The tenth Glasgow Film Festival will open with Wes Anderson’s The Great Budapest Hotel and close with Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin, it was announced yesterday.
Running from 20 February – 2 March, the Festival will feature UK, European and World premiere screenings of some hotly-anticipated films, distinguished, fascinating guests and innovative pop-up cinema experiences.
The Grand Budapest Hotel is one of Wes Anderson’s most ambitious creations yet, reflecting the political turmoil and social upheaval of Europe between the wars through the hectic lives of the staff and guests at one of the most famous hotels on the continent.
Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin offers an unsettling exploration of loneliness and alienation located in a desolate Glasgow that feels as remote as a distant planet. It stars Scarlett Johansson as a seductive alien entity luring her unsuspecting victims to their doom.
Elsewhere, special events will take place around the city. The Gothic spires of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum are the perfect surroundings for a fancy dress gala screening of Young Frankenstein, while the former industrial warehouses in North Glasgow become a retro-futuristic arcade for a ‘total cinema’ screening of Tron, and potholing enthusiasts are invited to a never-before-accessed location underneath Central Station for a mystery film.
The tenth Festival also taps into the city’s live music and visual art scenes, and pulls out all the stops, collaborating with artists, DJs, musicians, fashion designers, bands, video gaming experts, comic book icons and Hollywood legends in a huge, glorious celebration of cinema in all of its forms.
World Premieres include Whole New World by Rachel Maclean, winner of the 2013 Margaret Tait Award, The House of Him, the feature film directorial debut from Burnistoun star Robert Florence and Documenting John Grierson, a profile of the Scottish filmmaker who created the documentary format.
The 2014 programme also features fifty-seven Scottish premieres, including:
- Locke, starring Tom Hardy
- The Book Thief, the hugely-anticipated Holocaust film starring Emily Watson and Geoffrey Rush
- Tom Hiddleston making a surprising appearance in Joanna Hogg’s third feature, Exhibition.
- Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton and Anika Noni Rose in the film adaptation of Orange Prize for Fiction winner, Half of a Yellow Sun
- Kathleen Hanna profile The Punk Singer
- Starred Up, the new film from BAFTA Scotland winner David Mackenzie, starring Jack O’Connell
- Mistaken For Strangers, a rockumentary following The National on their European tour
Full details are available now on the Glasgow Film Festival website.