A dynamic line-up of screenings and events has been unveiled for 2012’s Glasgow Film Festival. Opening February 16 with the UK premiere of Your Sister’s Sister, starring Emily Blunt and Mark Duplass in a “painfully funny and utterly captivating tale of bad timing, broken hearts and the healing power of love,” according to the festival, Humpday director Lynn Shelton’s offering will be the first of 239 films screening in 16 venues across the city. Running from 16 to 26 February, this year’s event includes a record number of UK and European premieres including Rob Heydon’s much-anticipated adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy, and heartthrob Robert Pattinson’s latest turn in sensual period drama Bel Ami.
Growing steadily in popularity since its 2005 inception, with more than 34,000 visitors last year, festival co-director Allan Hunter has promised “an amazing week for Scottish film.” Notable highlights include a Gene Kelly retrospective, promising “all of the Kelly classics,” including 1952’s Singin’ in the Rain. The celebration culminates on February 25 with the intriguing Gene Kelly Ceilidh, where attendees are encouraged to put on their dancing shoes following a special screening of 1954’s Brigadoon.
Billed as a “festival of festivals,” 2012’s event will incorporate Film4’s Frightfest, showcasing eleven horror-fantasy exclusives, including Gareth Evan’s Indonesian martial-arts action picture The Raid and the UK premiere of William Brent Bell’s exorcism chiller The Devil Inside. Additional strands of 2012’s programme include Kapow!@GFF, dedicated to all things comic and superhero, and the Glasgow Music and Film Festival, presenting compelling music documentaries and exciting live performance from the likes of sonic pioneers Silver Apples.
Supporting what promises to be a lively period, Scott Taylor, Chief Executive of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau enthused about Glasgow’s “reputation as a first-class filming destination,” observing that the festival “plays an integral role in that success, positioning the city on the global film festival stage and highlighting our passion and expertise in the broadcast industry.”
As a taster, the festival is preceded by the Short film Festival (9-12 February) and the Youth Film Festival (5-12), including an advanced family gala screening of The Muppets.
Tickets are available now from www.glasgowfilm.org/festival.