Spotlight on Glasgow for the 12th annual film festival

Above: GFF16 launches at the Barrowlands. Below: the programme includes the UK premieres of Hail, Caesar! and Zootropolis
Above: GFF16 launches at the Barrowlands. Below: the programme includes the UK premieres of Hail, Caesar! and Zootropolis

Settle into your seats, folks - it’s going to be an action-packed two weeks as the Glasgow Film Festival rolls around.

The 12th annual programme doesn’t disappoint, with UK, European and world premieres, big name guests — including Richard Gere — and site-specific events worth leaving the house for (yes, even in February).

GFF16 runs February 17-28, kicking off with an opening gala and the UK premiere of Hail, Caesar! by Ethan and Joel Coen. The closing film is Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson’s Oscar-nominated Anomalisa — but before that, there are some 308 events to get through.

Allan Hunter, festival co-director, said: “The 2016 programme is bursting with must-see movies and events.

“I’m excited to introduce audiences to real gems like Pablo Trapero’s gripping crime drama The Clan in our Argentine focus, Zhang Zhang’s breathtaking Tibetan film Paths Of The Soul, and a cracking line-up of Audience Award contenders including the unforgettable, Oscar-nominated Mustang.

“Where else would you want to be in February?”

Co-director Allison Gardner added: “We’ve got some exceptional premieres in our Gala strand, a great and thoroughly original line up of documentaries in Stranger Than Fiction and a charming, child-friendly Modern Families programme, headlined by the UK preimiere of Disney’s Zootropolis.”

Tickets are available now at www.glasgowfilm.org/festival.