The 2016 Glasgow Film Festival has announced its opening and closing films. The opening gala on Wednesday 17th February will be the UK premiere of the new Coen Brothers film Hail, Caesar! starring George Clooney, Josh Brolin and Scarlett Johansson. Hail, Caesar! takes place during the latter years of Hollywood’s Golden Age, during the studio system’s heyday, and features an all-star cast including Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Channing Tatum. The comedy follows a single day in the life of a studio fixer who is presented with plenty of problems to fix.
For the prestigious closing gala on Sunday 28th of February we will see the UK premiere of the highly anticipated new animated film from Charlie Kaufman, Anomalisa, which won the grand jury prize at last years Venice Film Festival. The film is a one-of-a-kind romance. Michael Stone (voiced by David Thewlis) is a customer services guru with a thriving career that takes him all over the country. However, everyone and everything seems the same to him: almost all the other characters are voiced by Tom Noonan – the hotel receptionist, an ex-girlfriend, even Michael’s wife and son. On a speaking tour in Cincinnati, Michael checks into the Hotel Fregoli and meets Lisa (Jennifer Jason Leigh). Lisa has a voice of her own. Lisa is extraordinary, and Michael knows it from the moment he sees her – love is definitely in the air, but nothing is straightforward.
The 2016 Glasgow Film Festival runs from the 17th to the 28th of February. As well as utilising the superb venue that is the Glasgow Film Theatre, there will be events all over the city including special events and pop up cinema screenings in some iconic locations. The festival program will be launched on 20th of January with tickets going on general sale on the 25th of January. For more information please go to www.glasgowfilm.org/festival