Glasgow Film Festival launches programme

OVER 100 films are to be screened during the Glasgow Film Festival next month, details of which were revealed yesterday.

The festival, now in its fourth year and taking place between the 14th and 24th of next month, features UK premieres starring Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, Colin Farrell, Ryan Gosling, Romola Garai, Danny Glover and Monica Bellucci.

Opening the festival is the UK premiere of Woody Allen’s Cassandra’s Dream, co-starring McGregor and Farrell, about “debt-ridden Cockney brothers confronted with an offer they cannot refuse”.

The festival closes, again with an UK premiere, this time of Lars And The Real Girl.

A rare screening of the 1922 silent version of Oliver Twist will allow for a celebration of Glasgow-born director, Frank Lloyd, the first Scot to win an Oscar. In fact, he won two Oscars, as Best Director, for The Divine Lady (1929) and for Cavalcade (1933).

Back to the present day, local filmmakers, Zam Salim and Charles Henri Belleville, are also being celebrated. Salim’s short films, Laid Off and Is It Just Me are beginning to earn him an international reputation, while Belleville’s debut feature, The Inheritance – a low-budget ‘road movie’ following two brothers confronting their past as they head for Skye – has also been receiving rave reviews.