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Glasgow Film Festival announces 2019 line-up

Over one hundred film premieres will be screened at the festival, with stars such as Sir Michael Palin and Bo Burnham confirmed for the red carpet.

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Jonah Hill directs the festival opener, Mid90s. Credit: Variety

Monty Python legend Sir Michael Palin and American Horror Story’s Matt Bomer are amongst the guests announced for the 15th Glasgow Film Festival (GFF).

The festival will host seven world premieres, 102 UK premieres and a range of special events, including anniversary screenings of Fight Club and The Matrix.

Jonah Hill stepped behind the camera for Mid90s, a coming-of-age skateboarding comedy which opens the festival. The nineties are also the setting for closing gala Beats, a black-and-white drama about Scottish rave culture, which boats Steven Soderbergh as executive-producer.

A trio of comedians all bring their directorial efforts to the GFF, including Stephen Merchant’s wrestling comedy Fighting with My Family, Simon Amstell’s debut rom-com, Benjamin, and Bo Burnam’s critically acclaimed Eight Grade.

Amstell and Burnam will be in attendance, alongside Josh O’Connor (soon to be seen as Prince Charles in The Crown), Sex Education’s Connor Swindells, and director and actress Alice Lowe (Black Mirror: Bandersnatch).

Sir Michael Palin will attend the UK premiere of Final Ascent, about the life of famed Scottish mountaineer Hamish MacIness, and discuss his career in a live edition of the Empire Podcast.

Other premieres to look out for include Dev Patel’s terrorist thriller Hotel Mumbai, Emilio Estevez’s The Public, starring Alec Baldwin, and future Sundance entry, Dirty God, about a single mother reclaiming her life following an acid attack.

Scottish film-making talent will showcase their work with world premieres of Connect, which tackles Scotland’s suicide issue amongst young men, and Do No Harm: an investigation of modern-torture based on the work of Scottish born psychiatrist Dr. Ewan Cameron.

A snapshot of this year’s line-up. Credit: Glasgow Film Festival

The festival’s iconic special event strand includes a screening of horror classic The Blair Witch Project in a ‘secret location’, a sold-out 40th anniversary big-screen airing of Alien , and a showing of Ghostbusters, complete with a spooky, cocktail mixology lab.

Still Game’s Jack and Victor (Greg Hemphill and Ford Kiernan) will also recount their time in Craiglang and share an episode from the upcoming final series before it airs on TV.

Ten films will compete for the festival’s only prize, the Audience Award, which this year has six entries directed by women and is voted by attendees.

Festival co-director Allan Hunter said: “It is a real pleasure to be able to share the programme for Glasgow Film Festival 2019.

“The festival is peppered with exciting discoveries from around the world that range from action-packed Indian crowd-pleaser The Man Who Feels No Pain to elegant Vietnamese period piece The Third Wife, knockout coming of age tale Float Like a Butterfly from Ireland and the gorgeous Kyrgyzstan musical The Song of the Tree.

“I can’t wait for audiences to de- light in Louis Garrel’s romantic A Faithful Man, embrace Patrick Wang’s Altman-esque epic A Bread Factory and shudder at The Vanishing with Peter Mullan and Gerard Butler.

“The cherry on the cake is our tribute to the great Elaine May that is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.”

A full look at the 337 screenings, running from February 20th to March 3rd, can be found here. Tickets go on sale on Monday 28th January at 10 am, and full-time students can pick up concession tickets for £8.80.

 

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