First screenings announced for Glasgow Film Festival 2018

Glasgow’s fourteenth annual celebration of film to showcase fresh new cinema from Ireland and the Baltics

The bumper twelve-day festival will also bring Hollywood’s broodiest Rebel Heroes back to the big screen in a free retrospective of classics starring James Dean, Sidney Poitier and more

The first major screenings for Glasgow Film Festival 2018 have been announced.

One of the UK’s largest film festivals, GFF 2018 will showcase bold emerging talent from the Baltics and Ireland, whilst the return of its ever-popular free morning retrospectives will toast some of Hollywood’s most smouldering Rebel Heroes.

The boldest and most original filmmaking talent from our neighbours across the sea will be highlighted in Ireland: The Near Shore. With a strong focus on emerging female directors, the strand will host the Scottish premiere of Nora Twomey’s hotly anticipated animated feature The Breadwinner, about a headstrong young girl living in Afghanistan under the Taliban, and the UK premiere of music video director Aoife McArdle’s debut film, the striking coming-of-age tale Kissing Candice. Other highlights include Frank Berry’s award-winning look at teenage life behind bars Michael Inside and Ellen Page in the Scottish premiere of David Freyne’s new twist on the zombie movie The Cured.

Our Pure Baltic strand will host the UK premieres of Jaak Kilmi's The Dissidents, an upbeat comedy about three teenage Estonian boys who escape to Sweden in the 1980's; Sergei Loznitsa’s A Gentle Creature, a captivating look at Russia’s atrophied society which received big buzz at this year’s Cannes, and Aik Karapetian’s Latvian psychological thriller Firstborn, alongside features from Estonia and Lithuania.

The festival’s much-loved morning matinees return with a season dedicated to Hollywood’s broodiest anti-heroes. Everyone’s favourite Rebel Heroes, from a doomed James Dean in Rebel Without A Cause to Sidney Poitier breaking free from the chain gang in The Defiant Ones, via Steve McQueen tearing up the streets of San Francisco in Bullitt and Elvis Presley shaking up his cellblock in Jailhouse Rock, will be returning to the big screen in these free events that are the perfect way to kick start a day at the festival. The full programme for Glasgow Film Festival 2018 is announced on 24th January. Tickets go on sale to GFF members and GFT CineCard holders from 12noon on 25 January and then on general sale from 10am on 29 January

Pure Baltic

Firstborn Aik Karapetian (2017)
A Gentle Creature Sergei Loznitsa (2017)
The Dissidents Jaak Kilmi (2017)
Plus more to be announced

Ireland: The Near Shore

The Breadwinner Nora Twomey (2017)
The Cured David Freyne (2017)
Kissing Candice Aoife McArdle (2017)
Michael Inside Frank Berry (2017)
Plus more to be announced

Rebel Heroes

Angels With Dirty Faces Michael Curtiz (1938)
Breathless Jean-Luc Godard (1960)
Bullitt Peter Yates (1968)
Cool Hand Luke Stuart Rosenberg (1967)
The Defiant Ones Stanley Kramer (1958)
Dog Day Afternoon Sidney Lumet (1975)
The Grapes of Wrath John Ford (1940)
Jailhouse Rock Richard Thorpe (1957)
On the Waterfront Elia Kazan (1954)
Rebel Without A Cause Nicholas Ray (1955)

“After the roaring success of the Dangerous Dames focus at GFF 2017, we salute cinema’s finest Rebel Heroes in 2018. A celebration of mavericks, misfits and ice-cool dudes, the 2018 retrospective ranges widely from Henry Fonda’s people’s champion in The Grapes of Wrath to Paul Newman’s defiant convict in Cool Hand Luke. We have films starring Steve McQueen, Sidney Poitier, Elvis Presley, Al Pacino and many more. Once again they are all showing free of charge, allowing everyone access to Glasgow Film Festival 2018”.

“We’re thrilled that GFF will be bringing the hottest filmmaking talent from our neighbours in Ireland to audiences in Glasgow. It’s particularly rewarding to be able to showcase work from new female directors with fresh takes on the universal story of growing up and making your mark on the world”.

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