Our May programme

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Glasgow Film Theatre are delighted to announce their forthcoming programme, packed with exciting new releases, remastered classics and one-of-a-kind seasons, including a CineMasters season dedicated to Wes Anderson. As we await his latest feature Asteroid City on 23 June, we are taking the opportunity to revisit all 10 of his previous features including: Rushmore; The Royal Tenenbaums - in 35mm; Bottle Rocket; The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou - in 35mm; The Darjeeling Limited + Hotel Chevalier - in 35mm; The Grand Budapest Hotel; Fantastic Mr Fox; Isle of Dogs; Moonrise Kingdom; and The French Dispatch. Three of the films will play from 35mm prints, and we will have several special introductions and additional talks throughout the season. There’s never been a better opportunity to dive into the iconic director’s world, so enjoy the summer of Wes at GFT.

On Saturday 13 May, we’re thrilled to be screening, for the very first time, the Eurovision Grand Final live on our big screens. Other special events include an National Theatre Live screening of Best of Enemies, starring David Harewood (Homeland, Blood Diamond) and Zachary Quinto (Star Trek, The Boys in the Band) as feuding political rivals in this multiple award-winning and critically acclaimed drama. On Thursday 15 and Tuesday 20 June, we’ll be welcoming Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s hilarious, one-woman play Fleabag back to our big screens for two National Theatre Live: Encore screenings.

As always, we’ll be screening a whole host of the best new releases, including Hereditary and Midsommar director Ari Aster’s latest feature Beau is Afraid. It’ll be hitting the big screen alongside the swashbuckling fun of The Three Musketeers: D’Artagnan; noir-inflected Ukrainian thriller Pamfir; identity search drama Return to Seoul; Paul Schrader’s latest feature Master Gardener; The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry starring Academy Award-winner Jim Broadbent; and Full Time, featuring a nail-bitingly tense performance from Laure Calamy. We’ll also be screening two visually stunning and emotionally captivating portraits of lives in flux with The Blue Caftan and Under the Fig Trees.

On Thursday 25 May we will be welcoming directors Mikk Mäki and Oskar Lehemaa for a Q&A following a special preview screening of their outrageous stop-motion comedy, The Old Man Movie: Lactopalypse. We will also be previewing Jewish Britain on Film. Narrated by Peep Show’s Isy Suttie, this feature-length documentary chronicles the extraordinary — and some wonderfully ordinary — scenes of 20th century Jewish life across the nation.

For documentary fans, we’ll also be screening Nina Menkes’ mesmerising visual journey through cinema's sexist bloodstream in Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power. Leaving to Remain paints an urgent and essential portrait of modern Britain; and the mesmeric Berg follows three hikers as they tackle a Slovenian mountainscape.

May also sees the return of some Glasgow Film Festival favourites, including the tender tale of friendship Eight Mountains; action packed gore-fest Sisu; dystopian drama Plan 75; and Irish drama starring Normal People’s Éanna Hardwicke, Lakelands. Polite Society, GFF’s spectacular closing gala, and fellow festival audience favourite How to Blow Up a Pipeline, continue to screen at GFT until 11 May.

Two of our favourite recent releases are back at GFT due to popular demand. Nominated for 6 Oscars, Tár stars BAFTA Best Leading Actress Award winner Cate Blanchett as Lydia Tár. It will be returning for a limited time, alongside Sarah Polley’s Oscar-winning Women Talking.

To mark the 40th anniversary of Bill Forsyth's Local Hero, we’re delighted to be screening the iconic Scottish classic from Friday 19 until Sunday 28 May. David Lynch’s psychological thriller Inland Empire will also be making its way back to GFT for the first time since it was featured as Glasgow Film Festival’s very first surprise film in 2007 — this time in 4K. Lynch fans won’t want to miss this rare chance to see this feature on a big screen.

From Friday 12 until Sunday 14 May we are welcoming SQIFF (Scottish Queer International Film Festival), who will be hosting The Trans-Generational Tour; bringing three beautiful screenings on inter-generational trans communities to GFT. The programme features films made by and with trans communities to explore journeys, experiences and history.

On Saturday 20 May, we’ll be screening a double bill of work by acclaimed Abenaki filmmaker and storyteller Alanis Obomsawin and Anishinaabe film maker Darlene Naponse. The screening of Falls Around Her and The Canoe celebrates different generations of women filmmakers making political work about the colonial erasure of Indigenous communities.

On Friday 5 May we continue our Late Night screening series with Edgar Wright’s action-comedy classic Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and on Monday 15 May our Scorsese of the Month screenings continue with propulsive gambling thriller The Color of Money, starring Paul Newman and Tom Cruise. We’ll be screening it alongside The Hustler, in which Paul Newman first took on the role as pool shark Fast Eddie Felson.

Next month’s Access Film Club will feature a screening of sci-fi classic The Incredible Shrinking Man, on Monday 8 May. Together with The National Autistic Society Scotland, we are delighted to provide the Access Film Club screenings with post-film discussions in a friendly and welcoming environment. Movie Memories, GFT's dementia friendly film programme will continue with Harvey on Thursday 18 May.

On Tuesday 23 May we’ll be hosting our next Visible Cinema screening. Our D/deaf and Hard of Hearing friendly film programme continues with Solar Flare: Deaf Heritage Tour. This special film screening and Q&A showcases new films created by deaf and deafblind artists. Take 2, our free, family-friendly programme, takes place every Saturday morning with films like Finding Nemo and Brother Bear keeping even the littlest film fans happy.

Our Pay What You Decide initiative also continues next month with Pamfir on Monday 15 May, and Full Time on Monday 29 May. Designed to encourage customers to take a chance on new indie films, the Pay What You Decide screenings allow audiences to watch a film on the big screen before deciding how much they would like to pay.

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