The full line-up has been announced for this year’s Glasgow Film Festival, which runs from Wednesday 18th February to Sunday 1st March, and it features over 150 UK, Scottish or European premieres, as well as multiple rep screenings and special events.
The festival opens with the European premiere of While We’re Young, Noah Baumbach’s comedy follow-up to Frances Ha, starring Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfried and Charles Grodin. The closing night gala on 1st March will be the UK premiere of Swedish director Ruben Östlund’s already much-vaunted darkly comic relationship drama Force Majeure.
Additional UK premiere highlights include awards season darling Still Alice, Wim Wenders’ recently Oscar-nominated documentary The Salt of the Earth, Olivier Assayas’ Clouds of Sils Maria, starring Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart, and legendary Swedish director Roy Andersson’s A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting Upon Existence, his first film in seven years and clearly the forthcoming release with the best title.
This year’s festival is host to a particularly exciting batch of Japanese screenings. There’s The Light Shines Only There, which was the country’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Oscars,as well as the UK premiere of Fires from the Plain from filmmaker Shinya Tsukamoto (Tetsuo: The Iron Man), a remake of the classic war drama previously directed by Kon Ichikawa in 1959. Other notable Asian highlights include Naomi Kawase’s Cannes entry Still the Water, Zhang Yimou’s Coming Home, Golden Bear winner Black Coal, Thin Ice, and Lav Diaz’s typically epic From What Is Before.
Further Scottish premieres include hyped horrors Spring and It Follows, Iranian vampire western A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Cannes prize winner The Wonders, horror remake The Town That Dreaded Sundown, Xavier Dolan’s Mommy, Joe Strummer doc I Need a Dodge!, Argentine Oscar nominee Wild Tales, Jon Stewart’s Rosewater, François Ozon’s The New Girlfriend, Gregg Araki’s White Bird in a Blizzard, Lisandro Alonso’s Jauja, Christian Petzold’s Phoenix, Bruno Dumont’s L’il Quinquin, the family-aimed Moomins on the Riviera, Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos, Monsters sequel Dark Continent, Maori action movie The Dead Lands, Danish teen werewolf movie When Animals Dream, Mia Hansen-Løve’s French DJ drama Eden, and Girlhood from director Céline Sciamma (Tomboy).
This year’s retrospective is dedicated to actress Ingrid Bergman, with the festival showing several of her most beloved films. Casablanca of course gets a showing, alongside Gaslight, Anastasia, Murder on the Orient Express, Notorious, Spellbound, The Bells of St. Mary’s, A Woman’s Face, and Autumn Sonata, her film with Ingmar Bergman. Additional highlights in terms of repertory screenings include a showing of Dazed and Confused that’s preceded by a roller disco, a late night showing of Talking Heads rockumentary Stop Making Sense, a restoration of Powell and Pressburger’s The Tales of Hoffmann, a screening of Strictly Ballroom at Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Museum, and Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior at Glasgow’s IMAX. The festival’s edition of FrightFest will also include a screening of Mario Bava’s 1964 horror Blood and Black Lace.