Glasgow Film Festival has announced some of the special events for its 20th edition early next year, including a screening of The Wizard of Oz.

Scotland's biggest film festival returns to the Glasgow Film Theatre and other venues across the city from 28 February to 10 March 2024.

The festival will mark both the 20th edition of the festival and the 85th year since the opening of the GFT, which was named the Cosmo cinema when doors opened in 1939.

To celebrate, Victor Fleming's The Wizard of Oz, the highest-grossing film of that year will be shown at the venue.

Next year will also mark 50 years since the Cosmo was transformed into the GFT after the building was bought by the Scottish Film Council.

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John Waters' Female Trouble is also celebrating five decades and will be given a special screening.

The Glasgow Film Festival also operates free morning showings, which will return in 2024 with retrospectives from some of the key years in the history of Glasgow cinema.

From 1939 there will be screenings of Mr Smith Goes To WashingtonNinotchkaOnly Angels Have Wings and Wuthering Heights.

Further celebrating the establishment of the GFT in 1974, there will be free screenings of The Godfather Part IIYoung Frankenstein and Foxy Brown.

The inaugural edition of the festival was held in 2005 and from that year there will be screenings of BrickWalk the Line and Wolf Creek.

The festival also shines a light on global cinema every year, and the country to be focused on for its 20th edition is the Czech Republic.

Dubbed 'Czech, please!' it will include the radical feminist film Daisies by Věra Chytilová, which was once banned for its stance on communism and patriarchy.

Is There Any Place For Me, Please? a debut feature documentary and UK premiere from Jarmila Štuková showcases an intimate portrayal of one woman navigating life after an acid attack. Other premieres include dystopian sci-fi Restore Point and chilling crime thriller Mr. and Mrs. Stodola.

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The latter, directed by Petr Hátle, tells the true story of a married couple, a Czech and a Slovak, who murdered eight elderly people between 2001 and 2002.

Initially intended to be a documentary, it is instead a drama about the line between the normal and the abnormal, and how a minor offence can snowball and take on monstrous dimensions.

Restore Point is set in Prague in 2024 and tells of a future where citizens are guaranteed one "whole life" by the Czech constitution, with a mysterious company bringing anyone back from the dead if they die an unnatural death, provided they've backed up their data in the past 48 hours.

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Period drama We Have Never Been Modern will inspect gender politics, martial constraints and self-identity. Brothers, the Czech Republic’s official submission to the 2024 Academy Awards for the Best International Film, examines liberation and resilience in a story focused on an anti-Communist resistance group.  

Allison Gardner, CEO of Glasgow Film and Director of GFF, said: "I am overjoyed to select titles for the 20th edition of the festival alongside a group of programmers with such vibrant and innovative ideas.

"Each programmer has been able to make their unique stamp on the upcoming festival through our popular special events, famous retrospectives and rich Czech titles."

The shortlist for the GFF24 Audience Award will be announced with the full programme on Wednesday 24 January with tickets going on sale on Monday 29 January.

Tickets for the special events go on sale on Wednesday 13 December at 1pm and can be purchased here.