When: Wednesday, February 17- Sunday, February 28, 2016
Hot Spot: Glasgow, UK
Deets: Glasgow Film Festival is delighted to announce its choice of films for the 2016 Opening and Closing Galas. The festival, which is supported by Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, Creative Scotland, the BFI and EventScotland, has chosen Hail, Caesar!, the UK premiere of the hugely-anticipated newest film from the Coen Brothers, starring George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson and Tilda Swinton, for the 2016 Opening Gala, fresh from its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival. The UK premiere of Anomalisa, Charlie Kaufman’s utterly unique stop-motion animation, which won the Grand Special Jury Prize 2015 at Venice Film Festival, will close the festival. Both films will go on sale to the public on Monday 18 January. The full festival programme will be announced on Wednesday 20 January and go on sale on Monday 25 January. Guests attending screenings will be confirmed ahead of the festival.
OPENING GALA: Hail, Caesar! **UK PREMIERE**
Wednesday 17 February (7PM, second screening 10.15PM) | GFT
Hail, Caesar! takes place during the latter years of Hollywood’s Golden Age, during the studio system’s heyday, and features an all-star cast including Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Channing Tatum. The comedy follows a single day in the life of a studio fixer who is presented with plenty of problems to fix. Renowned directors Joel and Ethan Coen have been a prominent fixture in international cinema for more than 30 years. After their sensational debut Blood Simple (1984), the Coen brothers have enjoyed international successes with audiences and critics alike for films such as Fargo (1996, Academy Award® for Best Original Screenplay), No Country for Old Men (2007, three Academy Awards® in the categories Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film and Best Director), Burn After Reading (2008), A Serious Man (2009) and Inside Llewyn Davis (2013). Hail, Caesar! is produced by Joel and Ethan Coen, and Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, through Mike Zoss Productions and Working Title Films. The film is released by Universal Pictures worldwide and will open in UK cinemas on 4 March 2016.
THURS 25 FEB – GFT Screen 1
21:00 The Forest (UK Premiere)
For centuries, the Aokigahara Forest at the northwest base of Mount Fuji has been linked with death and torment. Such strong associations have kept it a cultural marker for Japanese belief in the paranormal world. Legend speaks of the 'ubasute', spectres of old women abandoned by their families, and the 'yurei', spirits of lonely suicide victims. Now Sara (Natalie Dormer) is about to enter the sinister green canopy known as the ‘Sea of Trees’ hoping to find the answer to why her twin sister Jess has mysteriously disappeared. Ex-patriate journalist Aiden and forest path guide Michi are there to keep a protective eye on her. But as darkness falls, fear soon fragments Sara’s conscious as she faces the swelling legion of ghosts that prey on anyone who gets close.
FRI 26 FEB – GFT Screen 1
13:30 The Hexecutioners (UK Premiere)
15:40 Anguish (UK Premiere)
18:30 Cell (World Premiere)
21:00 The Mind's Eye (UK Premiere)
23:15 Patchwork (European Premiere)
SAT 27 FEB – GFT Screen 1
10:00 14:15 The Wave (Scottish Preview)
12:10 Southbound (UK Premiere)
14:05 SPL2: A Time for Consequences (Preview)
16:40 The Other Side of The Door (European Premiere)
19:05 Baskin (UK Premiere)
21:30 Martyrs (UK Premiere)
CLOSING GALA: Anomalisa **UK PREMIERE**
Sunday 28 February (7PM) | GFT
This latest mesmerising masterwork from the beautiful mind of Charlie Kaufman is a one-of-a-kind romance. Michael Stone (voiced by David Thewlis) is a customer services guru with a thriving career that takes him all over the country. However, everyone and everything seems the same to him: almost all the other characters are voiced by Tom Noonan – the hotel receptionist, an ex-girlfriend, even Michael’s wife and son. On a speaking tour in Cincinnati, Michael checks into the Hotel Fregoli and meets Lisa (Jennifer Jason Leigh). Lisa has a voice of her own. Lisa is extraordinary, and Michael knows it from the moment he sees her – love is definitely in the air, but nothing is straightforward. Topping many of 2015’s films of the year lists after a rapturous reception at Venice Film Festival, where it won the Grand Special Jury Prize, Anomalisa offers a plaintive exploration of all the little things that make us human. It is funny, charming, surprisingly erotic, deeply moving and completely, wonderfully irresistible. Distributed by Curzon, Anomalisa opens in UK cinemas on 11 March 2016.
Who You May Spot: Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Channing Tatum, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan, Charlie Kaufman