LOVE is in the air for more reasons than one this week.
The Glasgow Film Festival is back, bigger than ever, and wearing the city’s love of film firmly on its sleeve.
The official opening gala takes place tonight with the UK première of Populaire.
It’s a fitting tribute to the date — a retro-tinted French romantic comedy about a love affair between the fastest typist in the world and her handsome, commitment-phobic boss.
There are plenty of first screenings (UK or worldwide) during the 10-day festival, including the eagerly-anticipated Stoker starring Nicole Kidman, Guillermo del Toro-produced Mama, and Cloud Atlas (partially filmed in Glasgow).
Kevin Cameron’s Alasdair Gray: A Life in Progress also gets an airing, featuring fellow Scottish literature greats Liz Lochhead and the late Edwin Morgan.
Then, there are the curiosities – silent classic The Passion of Joan of Arc at Glasgow cathedral, a secret film screened in the depths of the subway, as well as a few nautical-themed scarefests (Jaws and Dead Calm) being shown aboard the tall ship.
But perhaps most eagerly anticipated is the closing gala première — and the director attending it.
Cult favourite turned household name Joss Whedon wound down from making Avengers Assemble by filming a black and white version of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing – as you do.
The cast is chock full of Whedonverse alumni, and it’s the hottest ticket in town, with tickets selling out in days.
Whether you’ve secured a golden ticket to the closing gala or not, it’s time to pick up a programme and immerse yourself in the silver screen.
Tickets from www.glasgowfilm.org.