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The Grand Budapest Hotel a sell-out as GFF opener

By on February 7, 2014

 The programme for the 10th edition of Glasgow Film Festival (GFF) features UK, European and World premiere screenings of some hotly-anticipated films, distinguished guests and innovative pop-up cinema experiences.

Running from February 20 to March 2, the GFF will open with the UK premiere of Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel (now sold-out – see our ticket update below) and close with the Scottish premiere of Under the Skin, which was partly filmed in the city.

 As ever at GFF, the biggest star of the Festival is Glasgow itself. This year, audiences can look out for special events in unusual venues across the whole city:

–       the Gothic spires of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum are the perfect surroundings for a fancy dress gala screening of Young Frankenstein

–       a former industrial warehouse in North Glasgow, the Glue Factory, will become a retro-futuristic gaming arcade for a ‘total cinema’ screening of Tron

–       pot-holing enthusiasts are invited to a never-before-accessed location underneath Central Station for a mystery film.

The GFF also taps into the city’s live music and visual art scenes, 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.

Opening Gala (February 21) The Grand Budapest Hotel (UK Premiere)

As Glasgow Film Festival’s first-ever closing gala was Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou it is particularly fitting that the tenth Festival opens with the UK Premiere of his latest film, two weeks after its world premiere at the Berlinale. The Grand Budapest Hotel is one of 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. The star cast, headed by Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton, includes Jude Law, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Murray, Saoirse Ronan, Harvey Keitel and Willem Dafoe.

Closing Gala (March 2) Under the Skin (Scottish Premiere)

Jonathan Glazer’s adaptation of Scottish-based writer Michel Faber’s extraordinary novel is a strikingly original exploration of loneliness and alienation located in a desolate Glasgow that feels as remote as a distant planet, with Scarlett Johansson as a seductive alien entity luring her unsuspecting victims to their doom.

Allan Hunter, Glasgow Film Festival Co-Director, said: “In the decade since the Festival began, it’s grown almost beyond recognition. One thing remains essential, though – GFF is and will always be an access-all-areas event, where you can meet the filmmakers, ask awkward questions, and make friends with the person sitting next to you. Everyone is a VIP here, and in our 10th year we’re pulling out all the stops, trying to create the best possible experiences for our audiences, and involving as much of the city as we can.

“This is set to be a thrilling year for Scotland with the Commonwealth Games, Ryder Cup and Homecoming attracting visitors from all over the world. Glasgow is at the heart of these celebrations and we are proud to offer our special anniversary programme as part of what promises to be an amazing period in the life of the city.”

Special Events

Over the past few years, GFF has established itself as the home of pop-up cinema, creating exciting one-off ‘total cinema’ experiences in some of the city’s best-loved venues. The programme also explores crossovers between film and music, visual art, comic books and computer gaming, with a series of one-off evenings to remember.

Highlights include:

• a special GFF commission at the Old Fruitmarket, where Scottish indie-folk group Admiral Fallow collaborate with emerging filmmakers from across the country, to weave footage from the landmark 1951 documentary Glasgow, No Mean City into a one-off live performance.

• Celebrate the Motor City with two days of techno, hip hop, documentary and visuals at The Arches – the endlessly funny Detroit hip hop artist Danny Brown teams up with filmmaker Rollo Jackson (who has made music videos for Hot Chip and James Blake) for a live audio/visual set, while godfather of Detroit techno Carl Craig DJs after a screening of Julien Temple’s celebrated documentary Requiem For Detroit?

• One of Scotland’s most hotly-tipped visual artists, Rachel Maclean, the current winner of GFF’s annual Margaret Tait Award, leads Tae Think Again: Rethinking Identity in Contemporary Scotland, a symposium of artists on Scottish identity, as well as serving up the world premiere of her new film on British nationality and Empire, A Whole New World.

• Eat along with the on-screen action in foodie classics When Harry Met Sally, Goodfellas, Rataouille and Withnail & I, as GFF teams up with hip feeders Street Food Cartel for Street Food Cinema at The Briggait, Glasgow’s former fishmarket.

• As a continuation of Game Cats Go Miaow!, the programming strand which explores the crossover between video games and cinema, audiences can turn a documentary into their very own gaming-style experience, with the interactive 48 Hour Games.

• GFF’s partnership with Glasgow’s Tall Ship continues, as they screen Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and John Carpenter’s chilling

sea-bound horror The Fog, in the hold of The Glenlee, under the water level.

• A special day of programming celebrating Shetland, in film, poetry and song.

• A mini-strand of films from Commonwealth countries, connected to Glasgow 2014.

• The Pop-Up! Programmers, a group of 18-24 year olds dedicated to making cinema accessible in community spaces, organise a series of exciting film events across Glasgow and Ayr. From a screening of The Steamie in Bridgeton (with special guests from the film and archive footage projected onto a drying green) to In the Mood for Love brought to Glasgow’s Chinese community, they’re taking cinema directly to the people.

• Comic books and computers clash in the Geeks vs Gamers Super Quiz, as two celebrity panels, captained by Kapow! strand programmer and Kick-Ass kingpin Mark Millar and Game Cats Go Miaow! programmer and Scots comedy hero Robert Florence, face off in afficienado Armageddon!

• 2013 Jarman Award nominated artist Ed Atkins presents an eclectic compilation of classic artists’ films, strung together with a live karaoke performance, in Man of Steel.

• The UK premiere of Run & Jump, starring Will Forte, leads into a Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival discussion about the portrayal of mental health issues in cinema, led by Duglas T Stewart (BMX Bandits).

Confirmed Guests

• Director and Academy Award-winning set designer Roger Christian (Alien, Star Wars) presents the European premiere of his painstakingly-restored short Black Angel, shot in and around Scotland and created specifically to screen before The Empire Strikes Back in cinemas. Christian will also discuss his long Hollywood career and enduring collaboration with George Lucas.

• Legendary Dutch director George Sluizer discusses Dark Blood, famously River Phoenix’s last film. Sluzier has recently finished a final cut of the film, which has its UK premiere at GFF.

• Director, actor and writer Richard Ayoade returns to the Festival to discuss his new film The Double, which stars Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska

• John Sessions, one of the most versatile and accomplished Scottish actors of his generation discusses his incredible career, which includes working with Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Anthony Hopkins, and a latex puppet of Margaret Thatcher.

• agnés b., the internationally-renowned fashion designer-turned-producer/director, delivers a masterclass on filmmaking and her cinematic inspiration, as well as the UK premiere of her film My Name Is Hmmm!, which stars Glasgow artist and Turner Prize-winner Douglas Gordon.

• Lauren Mayberry, co-founder of feminist collective TYCI and member of the band

CHVRCHES, introduces The Punk Singer, the documentary about Bikini Kill front-woman Kathleen Hanna.

UK Premieres

This year, a record 60 of the films in the programme – more than ever before – are UK premieres, including:

• The Opening Gala screening of Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel

• Oscar-nominated documentary 20 Feet from Stardom, about the legendary backing singers in rock & roll.

• My Name is Hmmm!, the feature film directorial debut from French fashion icon agnès b.

• Mr Morgan’s Last Love, starring Michael Caine and Clémence Poésy

• Mood Indigo, the new film from Michel Gondry, starring Romain Duris and Audrey Tautou

• Kristin Scott Thomas and Daniel Auteuil in Before the Winter Chill

• The highly anticipated horror sequel Wolf Creek 2

• The restoration of James Dean’s star-making film, Rebel without a Cause.

• Richard Dreyfuss starring in Cas & Dylan, directed by Jason Priestley

• Thomas Imbach’s new take on the life of Mary Queen of Scots, starring Camille Rutherford, Sean Biggerstaff, and Tony Curran as John Knox

• Dear Mr Watterson, an innovative profile of Calvin and Hobbes creator and legendary recluse Bill Watterson

• Go for Sisters, the latest film from cult director John Sayles

• The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared, based on Jonas Jonasson’s globally best-selling novel.

• A Thousand Suns, Mati Diop’s hauntingly beautiful tribute to her late uncle Djibril Diop Mambéty’s multi award-winning classic Touki Bouki

• Quai D’Orsay, the new work from cinema legend Bertrand Tavernier

• The Red Robin, starring cinema veteran Judd Hirsch

• Beyond the Edge 3D, a revolutionary 3D documentary piecing together Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’s ascent of Everest from archive footage

• Yves Saint Laurent, an evocative, exciting biopic of the pioneering French designer

• Witching and Bitching, which has just received ten nominations in Spain’s Goya Awards

• Seven of the best new films made in Chile in the last year, as part of CineChile, a homage to Chilean cinema

GFF is also delighted to host the first-ever public UK screening of the eagerly anticipated A Long Way Down, based on the novel by Nick Hornby, starring Aaron Paul, Imogen Poots, Toni Collette and Pierce Brosnan

World Premieres

• A 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

• David Graham Scott’s Iboga Nights, a revealing insight into a controversial treatment for drug withdrawal

• Documenting John Grierson, a profile of the Scottish filmmaker who created the documentary format

• Katie Cassidy, Michelle Tratchenberg and Eliza Dushku team up in the big screen adaptation of Daniel Schaffer’s graphic novel The Scribbler, as part of FrightFest which will also screen the European premiere of Jordan Baker’s Torment

• Video Nasties: Draconian Days, a documentary looking at the restrictive censorship and horror movies of the 1980s

Scottish Premieres

The 2014 programme also features 57 Scottish premieres, including:

• Locke, starring Tom Hardy

• Oscar-nominated documentary 20 Feet from Stardom, about the legendary backing singers in rock & roll.

• The Book Thief, the hugely-anticipated Holocaust film starring Emily Watson and Geoffrey Rush.

• Tom Hiddleston making a surprising appearance in Joanna Hogg’s excellent 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.

• the Closing Gala screening of Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin, starring Scarlett Johansson

The Festival Club takes over CCA’s Theatre and Terrace Bar for the duration of the Festival. A series of free talks and events examines the Scottish film, television and gaming industries from all angles – from casting to criticism, Scotland as film location and inspiration, and how to write for video games. After the discussions, a selection of GFF-associated DJs will keep things busy late into the night, in this unique club space where, if 2013 is anything to go by, audiences and filmmakers will most certainly meet and mingle.


Glasgow Short Film Festival: 13–16 February

Scotland’s leading short film festival returns with a packed programme of screenings, workshops and parties devoted to petite and perfectly-formed movies. This year sixty-three films compete for the Bill Douglas Award for International Short Film and the Scottish Short Film Award. GSFF has also taken a major step in developing unique events this year: the programme explores the slippery relationship between music and film with a major new classical composition, a sonic art installation in an underground car park, and an audio/visual spectacular complete with DJs. There’s also a focus on Miami’s anarchic filmmaking collective The Borscht Corporation and a major discussion on the potential impacts of independence on the Scottish film industry. Tickets are priced at £5 unless otherwise stated, and will go on sale from Friday 24 January. See for full listings.

Glasgow Youth Film Festival: 2 – 12 February

The only film festival in Europe curated entirely by 15-17 year olds presents international film premieres, workshops and events for child, teenage and young adult audiences. Beginning with teenage punks and ending with a band night, this year’s raucous, attitude-laden and hormonally-charged programme focuses on the way that teenage life continues to fascinate filmmakers all over the world. Look out for some great UK Premieres, one-off workshops with industry experts, and a chance to meet Sharon Rooney, the star of E4’s My Mad Fat Diary.

Standard GFF ticket prices apply and tickets are on sale now – see for full listings.



• 1939: Hooray for Hollywood! – The finest films from the greatest year in the history of Hollywood, every one a classic.

• Best of British – A selection of finest British fare from an industry that continues to make small miracles on modest budgets.

• CineChile – Savour all the glories of a resurgent filmmaking Chile that is making some of the most consistently beguiling films in world cinema.

• Crossing the Line – Exotic fusions of art and cinema that explore brave new worlds without the benefit of a safety net – expect the unexpected.

• Eurovisions – A grand tour of Europe taking in the most acclaimed films of its festivals

• Events and Pop-Up Cinema – Experience films in the most dramatic venues in Glasgow, and uncover new territory in some of the city’s most unusual spaces.

• FrightFest – Two days of gut-wrenching horror programming by the Film4 FrightFest team.

• Gala Premieres and first glimpses of the best films released throughout 2014.

• Game Cats Go Miaow! – Robert Florence of BBC Scotland’s Burnistoun and videoGaiden, is back for a second year with a snappy selection of video game events, discussions and unmissable film experiences

• Glasgow Music and Film Festival (dates as GFF) – Glasgow’s great music scene is fused with its heritage as a cinema city in this celebration of the best music on film, punctuated by some wonderful live events.

• Glasgow Short Film Festival: 13 – 17 February –  Scotland’s leading short film

showcase returns for four days of screenings, events and parties, with focuses this year on music and film, the Miami-based Borscht Corporation, and how independence might affect the Scottish Film Industry.

• Glasgow Youth Film Festival: 2 – 12 February – Curated and programmed entirely by 15-17 year olds, showcasing the best contemporary international cinema for and by young people alongside workshops, masterclasses, competitions and special events.

• Great Scots – A celebration of native talent and local heroes with screenings of the best new productions from Scottish filmmakers and Scottish production companies.

• It’s a Wonderful World – Around the world in much less than eighty films, with top titles from all across the globe that have stormed the local box office, charmed the grumpiest critic or earned top festival prizes

• Kapow!@GFF – Curated by comic book legend and 20th Century Fox creative consultant Mark Millar, this ever-popular strand focuses on superhero flicks and comic crossovers.

• Music and Film – Showcasing an inspired and inspirational programme of live music events that celebrate the special relationship between film and music.

• Out of the Past – Classic movies in peak condition, back on the big screen where they come alive all over again.

• State of Independents – Far from the Hollywood crowd, this strand looks at the hot new American talents and off.

• Stranger than Fiction – The most dynamic new documentaries from across the globe reveal incredible journeys, extraordinary lives and amazing stories


TICKET UPDATE – Although tickets for the opening and closing galas and some other special events were snapped up within hours booking opening there are still plenty of treats to catch at the  GFF. To keep in touch with availability check here

The following GFF14 screenings and events are now sold out:

 Closing Gala: Under the Skin

Opening Gala: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Grand Budapest Hotel: Friday February 21 (15.45)

Rab’s Videogame Empty

Potholing Expedition Seeks Recruits: all shows

The Punk Singer: Friday 28 February (21.00)

Street Food CInema: Goodfellas

The Tall Ship: The Fog

The Tall Ship: The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Tron: Off the Grid

Here are four treats with availability:

Mary Queen of Scots (main image)

Swiss director Thomas Imbach brings a fresh perspective to the key events in the life of Mary, Queen of Scots, stripping away the romantic artifice and melodrama in Hollywood versions of that life in favour of something more stark and true to history.

Admiral Fallow – We are Ten

2014 is not only the 10th anniversary of GFF, but also ten years since a group of five young musicians came to Glasgow, gradually forming what was to become the orchestral indie band, Admiral Fallow. Celebrating this shared anniversary, the band has programmed an evening of music and visuals at the Old Fruitmarket.

Yves Saint Laurent

The pioneering French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent is stunningly portrayed in this evocative biopic which charts 20 years of the prodigal creative’s life.

A Long Way Down

Hogmanay can be the loneliest night of the year; a time for maudlin regrets and suicidal impulses. Disgraced television presenter Martin (Pierce Brosnan) has decided to end it all but finds he’s not alone as single mum Maureen (Toni Collette), teenager Jess (Imogen Poots) and rock star JJ (Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul) have similar plans. Adapted from Nick Hornby’s hilarious and heartbreaking novel, A Long Way Down is brought to the screen by Heartbreaker director Pascal Chaumeil and an all-star cast.

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