LONDON — Scotland’s Glasgow Film Festival, which runs Feb. 20-March 2, will open with the U.K. premiere of Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” and will close with the Scottish premiere of Jonathan Glazer’s “Under the Skin,” which was partly filmed in the city.
The festival will also host the first U.K. public screening of “A Long Way Down,” which is based on Nick Hornby’s novel and stars Aaron Paul, Imogen Poots, Toni Collette and Pierce Brosnan.
The fest has 60 U.K. premieres, including: “My Name is Hmmm…,” the feature film directorial debut from French fashion icon agnès b.; “Mr Morgan’s Last Love,” starring Michael Caine and Clemence Poesy; Michel Gondry’s “Mood Indigo,” starring Romain Duris and Audrey Tautou; Kristin Scott Thomas and Daniel Auteuil starrer “Before the Winter Chill”; Thomas Imbach’s “Mary Queen of Scots”; “The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared”; Bertrand Tavernier’s “Quai D’Orsay”; “Beyond the Edge 3D,” about Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’s ascent of Everest; “Yves Saint Laurent,” the biopic of the French designer; “Witching and Bitching,” which has just received 10 nominations in Spain’s Goya Awards.
Guests include set designer Roger Christian (“Alien,” “Star Wars”), who presents the European premiere of his painstakingly-restored short “Black Angel.” Also attending is Dutch director George Sluizer, who discusses “Dark Blood,” River Phoenix’s last film. Sluzier has recently finished a final cut of the film, which has its U.K. premiere at GFF. Other guests include director, actor and writer Richard Ayoade, who returns to the festival to discuss his film “The Double.”
Glasgow itself is the biggest star of the festival with special events staged in unusual venues across the city. The Gothic spires of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum are the setting for a fancy dress gala screening of “Young Frankenstein,” while 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 location underneath Central Station for a mystery film.
Allan Hunter, 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.”