THE line-up for this year’s Glasgow Film Festival, running from February 21-March 4, has been announced.
It is returns only for the opening and closing galas (Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs, and the documentary Nae Pasaran). Among the other galas, let your fingers do the clicking in the direction of Journeyman (February 27), starring Paddy Considine as a boxer fighting to regain the life he had. Fresh from her success in Jumanji, Scotland’s Karen Gillan has the world premiere of her directorial debut, The Party’s Just Beginning (February 24/25). Another local hero, James McAvoy, stars in Submergence (February 23/24), Wim Wenders’ adaptation of JM Ledgard’s novel, and for the Scots hat trick, check out You Were Never Really Here (February 23/24), Lynne Ramsay’s take no prisoners thriller with Joaquin Phoenix, pictured below, as a not so angelic avenger. Ramsay will introduce her film.
Hollywood legend Bill Pullman will be in town for the UK premiere of The Ballad of Lefty Brown (February 22), a western. The brilliant Diane Kruger takes the lead in the Golden Globe and Cannes-winning In the Fade (February 27/28), while Daniela Vega stars in the Oscar-nominated tale of love and loss, A Fantastic Woman (February 25/26). Liam Neeson plays the title role in Watergate drama Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (March 3/4), and David Tennant stars in rom com You, Me and Him (February 25/26). No festival would be complete without The Surprise Film (February 28).
Among the special events is Soundtracking with Edith Bowman (February 24) in which the Scots DJ talks music and movies with director Lynne Ramsay. If you fancy your chances as a movie mastermind, head for Paul Greenwood’s festival quiz at Saramago’s (February 26); and festival regular and provocateur Ben Wheatley (Down Terrace, High Rise) is in conversation (March 4).
The ever popular free screenings of classics are back. Titles taking an extra bow this year in the “Rebel Heroes” strand include Angels with Dirty Faces (February 22), Cool Hand Luke (March 1), and On the Waterfront (February 24).
If you’ve loved Feud on TV, you will adore the documentary Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (February 26/27), and a true insider’s look at the movie industry is on offer in Rod Taylor: Pulling No Punches (February 25/26). 
Keep an eye out, too, for the blisteringly timely Ida Lupino strand featuring movies from the woman who made her way from actress to director decades ahead of her time.
For families, there is body swap animation caper Monster Family (February 24/25), with Nick Frost among the voice cast.
Booking opens at 10am on Monday, January 29. Online, glasgowfilm.org/festival; in person from GFT and CCA; phone, 0141 332 6535.

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