Glasgow Film Festival 2017: Nerdvana

Alternative rules, cult filmmaking is king and the geeks are firmly in control, it's Glasgow Film Festival's Nerdvana!

Glasgow Film Festival 2017: Nerdvana

About Glasgow Film Festival 2017: Nerdvana

Greetings, pilgrims! GFF is proud to present to you the third outing of the strand that brings the awesome, the awe-inspiring and the downright abnormal under one roof: Nerdvana. Curated with counter-culture in mind, you’ll find a feast of exclusive curios, the likes of which will blow your collective nerdy socks off. Join us for the UK premieres of NYC video arcade elegy The Lost Arcade and the brand new 4K restoration of iconic zombie classic Night of the Living Dead, whilst The Raid star Iko Uwais brings the pain in martial arts epic Headshot. Try delving into the twisted mind of David Firth in Umbilical World / Cream, and let’s not forget a late night screening of Predator for its 30th Anniversary. Nerdvana came here to chew bubblegum and show awesome films….and we’re all out of bubblegum. Don’t miss it!

The Autopsy of Jane Doe

GFT / Fri 17 Feb (23.30) | Grosvenor / Sat 18 Feb (23.00)
If you go down to the mortuary tonight you are in for an enormous surprise. André Øvredal’s (Trollhunter) wickedly entertaining chiller combines nerve-jangling suspense, graphic procedures and the blackest of humour to test the strongest of constitutions. Four Virginia residents are found slaughtered in their own home. What happened is a mystery. The crime scene contains the pristine corpse of an unknown woman. The police demand an autopsy so coroner Tommy (Brian Cox) and his son Austin (Emile Hirsch) set to work. The first incision reveals that something is horribly wrong.

Nerdvana / Director André Øvredal Cast Brian Cox, Emile Hirsch, Ophelia Lovibond
UK 2016, 1h39m, N/C 18+ Thanks to Lionsgate


GFT / Sat 18 (23.00) & Mon 20 Feb (15.15)
If you loved The Raid then you will not want to miss this blistering, action-packed thrill ride starring Iko Uwais. Washed ashore on a small Indonesian island, a man wakes up in hospital with no memory of who he is or how he got there. Student doctor Ailin (Chelsea Islan) names him Ishmael in honour of Moby Dick. As he struggles to regain his memory, the past is about to pay a call in the shape of evil gang boss Mr Lee (Suny Pang). When Lee kidnaps Ailin, it is a declaration of war and the indestructible “Ishmael” prepares to fight an entire army of sadistic killers who were once his colleagues.

Nerdvana / Directors Timo Tjahjanto, Kimo Stamboel Cast Iko Uwais, Chelsea Islan, Sunny Pang
Indonesia 2016, 1h57m, Indonesian with English subtitles, N/C 18+ Thanks to Arrow Films

The Lost Arcade

CCA / Sun 26 Feb (16.00)
A fitting tribute to the rise and fall of video game arcades in New York City, The Lost Arcade is a touching elegy to an important figure within the gaming community. When it comes to arcades, NYC’s Chinatown Fair can only be described as legendary. Opening in 1944, once dealing as a penny game complex, the Fair rode at the crest of the wave when video arcades became popularised throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s. A bittersweet tribute to the death of an iconic space, masterfully capturing the sights, sounds and excitement of the arcade in its prime.

Nerdvana / Director Kurt Vincent
USA 2015, 1h29m, N/C 12+ Thanks to Cargo Films

Multiple Maniacs

GFT / Thu 16 Feb (21.00)
Hailed as a “demented comic opera of rage” by Variety, John Waters’ grotesque, thrillingly vicious shoestring second feature has rarely been seen since its release in 1970. Now, it has been restored to all its depraved, boundary-testing glory and is screening here in an uncut version for the very first time in the UK. Dare you enter Divine’s Cavalcade of Perversion? Will you be able to look at seafood in quite the same way again? Are the satirical stabs at America’s appetite for violence and disdain for the outsider just as shocking and relevant 50 years on? Not for the easily offended.

Nerdvana / Director John Waters Cast Divine, Mary Vivian Pearce, David Lochary
USA 1970, 1h33m, 18 Thanks to Park Circus

Night of the Living Dead

GFT / Thu 16 (15.30) & Fri 17 Feb (20.45)
The definitive zombie film, George A Romero’s debut feature tore through genre conventions and propelled the walking dead into icons of horror upon its release in 1968. It’s also one that has undergone various editions, many of questionable authenticity and quality. We are proud to present the brand new 4K restoration of the influential horror, overseen by Romero himself, which brings an incredible clarity to the terror. Come and relive the classic film that rebirthed the zombie as a metaphorical figure, and changed the course of horror films forever.

Nerdvana / Director George A Romero Cast Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea, Karl Hardman
USA 1968, 1h36m, 18 Thanks to MoMA

Original Copy

CCA / Sun 26 Feb (13.45)
The art of Indian cinema posters was once celebrated throughout the country; with each theatre employing a dedicated artist to paint a massive original mural for that week’s Bollywood blockbuster. The troubled Alfred Talkies in the heart of Mumbai is one of the last remaining dedicated Hindi cinemas, with chain-smoking, gruff-mannered and rough-talking Sheikh Rahman as the cinema artist fighting to keep the art alive. Original Copy is a poignant, funny and melancholic look at a dying art, which studies those whose passion for cinema is absolute.

Nerdvana / Directors Georg Heinzen, Florian Heinzen-Ziob
Germany / India 2015, 1h35m, Hindi with English subtitles, N/C 15+ Thanks to Magnet Film


GFT / Fri 17 Feb (23.15)
Glasgow Film Festival invites you into the jungle once more for a very special late night screening of this sci-fi action classic. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as Major Alan ‘Dutch’ Schaefer, the film follows a six-man team of elite soldiers who are tasked to rescue an official being held hostage by insurgents in the fictional country of Val Verde. However, the group soon become the target of a deadly extra-terrestrial warrior who slowly picks them off one-by-one for sport. Often copied but never bettered, with glorious action sequences and one-liners, Predator remains the ultimate ‘80s action movie.

Nerdvana / Director John McTiernan Cast Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Kevin Peter Hall
USA 1987, 1h47m, 18 Thanks to Twentieth Century Fox

A Silent Voice (Koe No Katachi)

GFT / Thu 23 Feb (17.45)
Shoya Ishida starts bullying the new girl in class, Shoko Nishimiya, because she is Deaf. But as the teasing continues, the class starts to turn on Shoya for his lack of compassion. When they leave elementary school, Shoko and Shoya do not speak to each other again… until an older, wiser Shoya, tormented by his past behaviour, decides he must see Shoko once more. He wants to atone for his sins but is it already too late?

Nerdvana / Director Naoko Yamada Cast Miyu Irino, Saori Hayami
Japan 2016, 2h9m, Japanese with English subtitles, N/C 12+ Thanks to Scotland Loves Anime

Umbilical World / Cream

GFT / Fri 17 Feb (23.00)
David Firth’s morbidly fascinating worlds are known to delve deep into the darkest recesses of the human psyche – it’s hard to shake the visceral effect of Salad Fingers or Spoilsbury Toast Boy in a hurry. Using surrealist techniques to explore depression and mental illness with some of the darkest humour this side of the 21st Century (his work has been featured on Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe and Mitchell & Webb), Firth has become one of the UK’s most significant independent animators. Umbilical World celebrates some of his most recognizable shorts, alongside a special screening of his brand new work, Cream.

Nerdvana / Director David Firth Cast David Firth, Christian Webb, Paul MacKenzie
UK 2016, 1h29m, N/C 18+ Thanks to Brainfeeder Films

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