Glasgow Film Festival 2017: Gala Events

Every film at Glasgow Film Festival is special but there are some that are just that wee bit more special!

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In the immortal lyrics of the great Stephen Sondheim (sort of): ‘Got the time and the place and I got the rhythm, now all I need’s the film to go with ‘em’. We have just what you need. Every film at Glasgow Film Festival is carefully chosen and presented with tender loving care but the Gala films are just that smidgen more special. Prepare to experience the magic of the movies with a programme that includes the return of Ben Wheatley with his action-packed 1970s caper Free Fire, GFF favourite Aki Kaurismäki’s first film in six years, The Other Side of Hope and Lone Scherfig’s bittersweet star-stuffed wartime morale booster Their Finest. Start looking out those handbags and glad rags and remember to keep your eyes on the website as our Gala guests are announced throughout January and February.

Berlin Syndrome


GFT / Fri 17 (20.15) & Sat 18 Feb (15.45)
Cate Shortland ventures into Nicolas Roeg territory with a gripping psychological thriller based on the acclaimed novel by Melanie Joosten. Australian photographer Clare (Teresa Palmer, Hacksaw Ridge) is on a trip to Berlin when she meets charismatic charmer Andi (Max Riemelt). There is an instant attraction and Andi invites her to stay in his apartment. As a holiday fling develops into something more serious, has Clare found a place she can call home? Is Andi really looking for love, or something very, very different? A tale of obsession and the subjective nature of truth.

Gala / Director Cate Shortland Cast Teresa Palmer, Max Riemelt, Matthias Habich
Australia 2016, 1h56m, N/C 15+ Thanks to Curzon Artificial Eye

Catfight


GFT / Sat 18 (21.00) & Wed 22 Feb (13.10)
The gloves are off in this outrageous, no holds barred black comedy, charting the latest bruising rounds in a bitter rivalry. Affluent Veronica (Sandra Oh) lives a life of carefree luxury funded by her husband’s dubious business interests. She hasn’t spared a thought for struggling schoolmate Ashley (Anne Heche) in years. They meet at a party and old wounds are quickly ripped open resulting in an undignified and vicious brawl. That’s just the start of a war of attrition that we follow over five years, through countless reversals of fortune and some vicious fights. Is there a doctor in the house?

Gala / Director Onur Tuke Cast Sandra Oh, Anne Heche, Alicia Silverstone
USA 2016, 1h36m, N/C 15+ Thanks to Arrow Films

Free Fire


GFT / Wed 22 (20.45) & Thu 23 Feb (15.45)
Ben Wheatley returns with all guns blazing in a blackly comic shoot-em-up that would make John Carpenter proud. The setting is Boston in 1978 and a deserted warehouse where Provisional IRA members Frank (Michael Smiley) and Chris (Cillian Murphy) arrive to buy enough assault rifles and ammunition to start a small war. Justine (Brie Larson) has brokered the deal but everybody seems to want a piece of the action. As trigger fingers twitch, egos clash and tempers fray, all hell is about to break loose. Run for cover and savour a brilliant, bruising thrill ride.

Gala / Director Ben Wheatley Cast Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, Sharlto Copley, Michael Smiley
UK 2016, 1h30m, N/C 15+ Thanks StudioCanal

Goldstone


Cineworld / Thu 23 (20.30) & Fri 24 Feb (13.00)
Ivan Sen follows up his modern classic Mystery Road (GFF14) with Goldstone, a film that confirms him as the torchbearer for a new wave of Australian noir. Continuing focus upon Aboriginal detective Jay Swan (played with gritty and weathered aplomb by Aaron Pederson) on the hunt for a missing migrant worker in the Outback, Goldstone incorporates a thrilling perspective on a damaged society through assured direction by Sen and standout performances from David Wenham and Jacki Weaver. A slow-burn thrill ride topped off with a climax that’ll take your breath away.

Gala / Director Ivan Sen Cast Aaron Pedersen, Alex Russell, David Wenham
Australia 2016, 1h49m, English and Mandarin with English subtitles, N/C 18+ Thanks to Arclight Films

Handsome Devil


GFT / Thu 16 Feb (13.00)
Handsome Devil is a terrific coming-of-age, coming-out charmer that marks a significant step up for John Butler, and features a cast of supremely talented young actors. Fionn O’Shea is a complete delight as gawky, 16 year-old Ned, a bright, artistic lad who faces his own hell on earth when he is sent to an all-boys Irish boarding school where rugby is everything. He steels himself for the loneliness, ridicule and constant insinuations about his sexuality. Everything changes with the arrival of his new roommate Conor (Nicholas Galitzine), a star player in the rugby team, and inspirational English teacher Dan Sherry (Andrew Scott). Ned and Conor bond over a mutual appreciation ofcool music and an unlikely friendship blossoms.

Gala / Director John Butler Cast Fionn O’Shea, Nicholas Galitzine, Moe Dunford, Andrew Scott
Ireland 2016, 1h35m, N/C 15+ Thanks to Radiant Films International

Mindhorn


GFT / Mon 20 (20.30) & Tue 21 Feb (15.45)
The fame has faded and the waistline has expanded but top actor Richard Thorncroft (Julian Barratt) still clings to his status as beloved 1980s TV sleuth Mindhorn. Decades after the hit show, a dangerous criminal demands the fictional Mindhorn as his nemesis and Thorncroft is back in business. Redemption or disaster await as he returns to his old stomping ground on the Isle of Man to confront all the chaos he left behind. The ghosts of groovy Austin Powers and walking disaster area Inspector Clouseau haunt a rollicking comic romp graced by a stellar cast.

Gala / Director Sean Foley Cast Julian Barratt, Andrea Riseborough, Russell Tovey
UK 2016, 1h29m, N/C 12+ Thanks to StudioCanal

The Odyssey (L’Odyssée)


GFT / Wed 22 (17.45) & Thu 23 Feb (13.15)
The extraordinary life of underwater explorer, inventor and pioneering conservationist Jacques Cousteau is told in a lavish, handsomely crafted biopic starring Lambert Wilson. Spanning 30 years from Cousteau’s departure from the French Navy through some of his most significant voyages, the film also focuses on the troubled relationship with his son Philippe (Pierre Niney, also in Frantz) and the private sacrifices of a very public individual. The dazzling cinematography of Matias Boucard captures the awe and wonder of the aquatic world that Cousteau brought to the world.

Gala / Director Jerome Salle Cast Lambert Wilson, Audrey Tautou, Pierre Niney
France / Belgium 2016, 2h2m, French with English subtitles, N/C 12+ Thanks to Altitude

Patriots Day


Cineworld / Mon 20 (20.30) & Tue 21 Feb (13.00)
Patriots Day offers a taut, race-against-time thriller based around the bombing of the 2013 Boston Marathon and the four-day hunt for the perpetrators. Director Peter Berg salutes the heroes of the hour with chilling recreations of real events and an intensely focused dramatisation of the search for the two brothers who masterminded the attack. A top notch cast includes Mark Wahlberg as fictional police sergeant Tommy Saunders, Kevin Bacon as FBI agent Richard DesLauriers, John Goodman as commissioner Ed Davis and J K Simmons as small-town policeman Jeffrey Pugliese.

Gala / Director Peter Berg Cast Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, Kevin Bacon, J K Simmons
USA 2016, 2h10m, N/C 15+ Thanks to Lionsgate

Rules Don’t Apply


Cineworld / Sun 19 (20.30) & Mon 20 Feb (13.00)
The legendary Warren Beatty returns to directing for the first time in almost 20 years with a fizzy romantic comedy set amid the fading grandeur of the Hollywood studio system that inspired La La Land. In the late 1950s, aspiring actress Marla (Lily Collins) flies from Virginia to Los Angeles for the chance of a screen test with the famous, and famously eccentric, Howard Hughes (Beatty). Frank (Alden Ehrenreich, Hail, Caesar!) is a driver who falls for Marla, which is against all the rules that Hughes has established for his employees. A nostalgic, all-star remembrance of a lost era.

Gala / Director Warren Beatty Cast Lily Collins, Alden Ehrenreich, Warren Beatty
USA 2016, 2h7m, 12A: moderate sex references, infrequent strong language Thanks to Twentieth Century Fox

The Surprise Film


GFT / Tue 21 Feb (20.50)
There will be a film. It will be a surprise. Beyond that there is not a lot more that we can say. You buy a ticket and you take a chance that you might be among the first audiences in the UK, or even the world, to see Spring Breakers, Calvary or last year’s little beauty Love & Friendship. Would you like just a little hint? Well, ok. You will know that there were actually two new Lav Diaz films in the past year and officially we are only showing one of them. Read into that what you will but just saying. That approximate running time could be way, way out. So could the hint come to think of it…

Gala / 2h approx, N/C 18+

Their Finest


GFT / Sun 19 (18.00) & Mon 20 Feb (12.45)
Lone Scherfig’s bittersweet, all-star adaptation of Lissa Evans’ novel salutes the plucky souls who created morale-boosting propaganda films during the Second World War. Welsh wordsmith Catrin (Gemma Arterton) is hired to add a female perspective to films that lift the national mood and is soon fighting an army of male chauvinists. Reminiscent of GFF16 opener Hail, Caesar! in its knowing depiction of the filmmaking process, Their Finest also gives the incomparable Bill Nighy a peach of a part as an endlessly conceited old ham, Ambroise Hilliard. A witty, unexpectedly poignant tale from the home front.

Gala / Director Lone Scherfig Cast Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy
UK 2016, 1h57m, 12A: infrequent strong language, moderate sex, injury detail Thanks to Lionsgate

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