PRESS RELEASE ***EMBARGOED UNTIL 20.00 WEDNESDAY 18 JANUARY*** GLASGOW FILM FESTIVAL 2012 ANNOUNCES PROGRAMME YOUR SISTER’S SISTER IS OPENING GALA Glasgow Film Festival 2012 has announced a packed programme of premieres, special guests and unique events. GFF 2012, funded by Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, Creative Scotland and EventScotland, is one of the first major events in the Year of Creative Scotland and runs from 16–26 February in sixteen venues across the city. The Festival will open on Thursday 16 February with the UK premiere of Your Sister's Sister, the latest feature from Humpday creator Lynn Shelton who was recently chosen by Variety as one of their ‘10 Directors to Watch in 2012’. Arriving in Glasgow after its Sundance screening, Your Sister's Sister is a StudioCanal release and stars Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt and Mark Duplass in a painfully funny and utterly captivating tale of bad timing, broken hearts and the healing power of love. Shelton's most impressive work to date has been winning rave reviews and glowing comparisons to the films of Woody Allen and Eric Rohmer. The Festival's closing gala on Sunday 26 February is Le Havre (an Artificial Eye release), the latest deadpan delight from Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki which won the prestigious Prix Louis Delluc in France and a host of international awards. Kaurismäki regular André Wilms plays a warmhearted shoeshine who befriends a young African immigrant on the run from the authorities. Their friendship is the basis of an intricately woven tale full of priceless poker-faced comedy and heartrending tenderness. "I think the superb quality and international credentials of the opening and closing galas reflect the very special programme of films and events that we have put together for the 2012 Festival," states Glasgow Film Festival Co-director Allison Gardner. "The Festival goes from strength to strength and the whole team are very focused on satisfying the great expectations that now attend the event." Glasgow Film Festival is an operating name of Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT). A company limited by guarantee, registered in Scotland No 97369 with its registered office at 12 Rose Street, Glasgow G3 6RB. GFT is registered as a charity (No SCO05932) with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator. The 2012 Festival will host 239 films and events in a programme that includes a record number of UK and European premieres. Among the many films receiving their first British screening at Glasgow are the eagerly-awaited Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy, romantic comedy The Decoy Bride co-starring David Tennant and Kelly Macdonald, acclaimed American independent drama In the Family, sumptuous period drama Bel Ami starring Robert Pattinson, award-winner Cloudburst with Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker, controversial documentaries Better this World and How to Die in Oregon and the highly acclaimed animated feature Wrinkles (Arrugas), one of the great international discoveries of the past year. "The guiding philosophy at Glasgow has always been to showcase the very best of world cinema without any prejudice or snobbery," says Glasgow Film Festival co- director Allan Hunter. "This year's programme is a rich and diverse selection of prize- winners and premieres from around the globe and around the corner. We bring the best films we can to Glasgow and provide a platform for the finest Scottish films to engage the world." The Scottish work within the programme ranges from a world premiere of the brilliant documentary No One But Me on legendary jazz singer Annie Ross to the UK premiere of Zam Salim's debut feature Up There, Scots writer/director Simon Arthur's inspired American indie drama Silver Tongues, inventive low- budget features Electric Man and Night is Day and a rare revival of the 1976 documentary Big Banana Feet in tribute to director, cinematographer and stills photographer David Peat, the 2011 recipient of the BAFTA in Scotland craft award. GFF will also screen Alexander Mackendrick’s The Maggie in the unique surroundings of The Tall Ship on the River Clyde. Scott Taylor, Chief Executive of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: “We are delighted to be continuing our support for Glasgow Film Festival as it enters its eighth year. The Festival has grown from small beginnings to become one of the most highly regarded film events in the UK and a real standout in the city’s cultural calendar. “Each year the Festival attracts large numbers of visitors and showcases a wealth of world cinema talent; capturing the imagination of local, national and international film- goers. This generates economic benefit for Glasgow while reinforcing both our cutting-edge style credentials and our reputation for successfully hosting major festivals and events. “In addition, the Festival celebrates one of the city’s most vital creative industries. Glasgow’s reputation as a first-class filming destination has never been more apparent and it is a real credit to the city that productions are increasingly choosing to locate here. Glasgow Film Festival plays an integral role in that success, positioning the city on the global film festival stage and highlighting our passion and expertise in the broadcast industry.” Glasgow Film Festival is an operating name of Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT). A company limited by guarantee, registered in Scotland No 97369 with its registered office at 12 Rose Street, Glasgow G3 6RB. GFT is registered as a charity (No SCO05932) with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator. Glasgow Film Festival has grown and developed a loyal audience throughout its existence and has now matured into a month-long celebration of cinema with Glasgow Youth Film Festival (5-15 February) and Glasgow Short Film Festival (9–12) preceding the main event. "The notion that Glasgow would become a Festival of Festivals has really flourished this year with both the Short Film Festival and Youth Film Festival rightly achieving such a level of popularity that they needed to stand alone and find more room to grow," observes Co-director Allan Hunter. "Both Festivals have excellent programmes this year and of course the Festival itself still has many different events under the one umbrella." Caroline Parkinson, Creative Director of Creative Scotland commented: “Glasgow has long established itself as a major centre for film and cinematic culture and the outstanding growth of Glasgow Film Festival is testament to this. Delivering another fantastic programme, the Festival showcases the very best of Scottish and international work, once again shining a spotlight on Scottish talent and celebrating and promoting Scotland’s cultural and creative strengths on a world stage. Creative Scotland is proud to have invested in the Festival, one of the first major events to take place in the Year of Creative Scotland.” Further highlights within the 2012 programme include a bumper crop of ghoulish delights from FrightFest with UK premieres of Aussie chiller Crawl and Gareth Evans’ much admired The Raid. Fashion and Film promises high fashion and high heels with a must-see documentary on our obsession with shoes, and portraits of icons Vivienne Westwood, Diana Vreeland and Ozwald Boateng. Last year’s fantastically successful Superheroes in Glasgow returns in the form of Kapow!@GFF. Dedicated to all things comic and superhero it’s once again expertly curated by GFF ambassador and local hero Mark Millar. Glasgow Music and Film Festival returns with cutting-edge documentaries and an unmissable live appearances from US art rockers High Places and Umberto, who will be performing a live soundtrack to a secret film. Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland said: “Glasgow Film Festival is a key date on Scotland’s cultural calendar, and it is one of the first major international events in 2012, the Year of Creative Scotland. Scotland is the perfect stage for events, and the strength of the GFF programme is testament to that fact, with Glasgow Short Film Festival and Glasgow Youth Film Festival contributing to a month-long celebration of cinematic talent.” 2012 programme addition Crossing the Line explores the crossover between cinema and visual art and includes works by Ben Rivers, Jan Svankmajer and the unique commission from 2011 Margaret Tait Award-winner Anne-Marie Copestake, And Under That. The country focus in 2012 is Welcome to Germany, a stunning selection of new features showcasing the very best of contemporary German cinema. Developed in partnership with the Goethe Institut, the focus comprises prize-winners, Festival Glasgow Film Festival is an operating name of Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT). A company limited by guarantee, registered in Scotland No 97369 with its registered office at 12 Rose Street, Glasgow G3 6RB. GFT is registered as a charity (No SCO05932) with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator. favourites and box-office hits including Maggie Peren's Toronto discovery Colour of the Ocean (Die Farbe des Ozean), Andreas Dresen's Cannes triumph Stopped on Track (Halt auf freier Strecke), Ulrich Kohler's Berlin prize-winner Sleeping Sickness (Schlafkrankheit) and the award-winning Vincent Wants to Sea (Vincent will Meer). Some old-fashioned glamour is introduced by Weimarvellous, a weekend of entertainment and experiment inspired by the cabaret movement of Weimar Republic Germany, curated and sponsored by the University of Edinburgh in partnership with Cinema Spectacular and GFF. The Festival has previously announced that the 2012 retrospective will honour Gene Kelly in the year that marks the centenary of his birth. Kelly remains the quintessential MGM song 'n' dance man who took dance on film to new heights with his inventive choreography, dazzling direction and amazing athleticism. The retrospective includes all the Kelly classics, from On the Town (1949) to An American in Paris (1951), Singin' in the Rain (1952) and Brigadoon (1954). Festival audiences will also have a chance to put on their dancing shoes and attend the Gene Kelly Ceilidh. Dedication to vintage cinema at the Festival continues with the Out of the Past strand, a showcase for new and restored prints of cinema classics. Highlights this year include a digital restoration of Death Watch (La mort en direct) (1980), Bertrand Tavernier's prescient tale of reality television's corrosive excesses. Shot in Glasgow and starring Harvey Keitel, Romy Schneider and Harry Dean Stanton, the film has long been unavailable in the UK, a situation that will be remedied by Glasgow-based distributor Park Circus who plan a cinema re-release in 2012. Bertrand Tavernier has confirmed his attendance at Glasgow and leads a list of confirmed Festival guests that includes Andreas Dresen, Dexter Fletcher and Irvine Welsh. ENDS Notes to Editors Glasgow Film Festival runs from 16–26 February 2012. For a full line up of screenings and events see www.glasgowfilm.org/festival. Tickets are on sale from 19 January from the Box Office, GFT, 12 Rose Street, Glasgow, by phone on 0141 332 6535 or from www.glasgowfilm.org/festival. For further information or images please contact Alison Young, Press Coordinator at email@example.com or on 0141 332 6535 ext 245. Glasgow Film Festival is an operating name of Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT). A company limited by guarantee, registered in Scotland No 97369 with its registered office at 12 Rose Street, Glasgow G3 6RB. GFT is registered as a charity (No SCO05932) with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator. Glasgow Film Festival would like to thank its major partners: Glasgow City Marketing Bureau is the official destination marketing agency for metropolitan Glasgow. It is engaged in national and international activity comprising: development and implementation of the city branding campaign Glasgow: Scotland with style; event creation, attraction, management and marketing; conventions, incentives, meetings and exhibition sales; conference and event accommodation bookings; public relations and the development of the website: www.seeglasgow.com. EventScotland is the national events agency. EventScotland is working to make Scotland one of the world’s leading event destinations. By developing an exciting portfolio of sporting and cultural events EventScotland is helping to raise Scotland’s international profile and boost the economy by attracting more visitors. For further information about EventScotland, its funding programmes and latest event news visit www.EventScotland.org. The Year of Creative Scotland 2012 will spotlight and celebrate Scotland’s cultural and creative strengths on a world stage and is a Scottish Government initiative led in partnership by EventScotland, VisitScotland, Creative Scotland and VOCAL. More information and resources to help businesses engage with Year of Creative Scotland are available at www.visitscotland.org/yearofcreativescotland-toolkit. Creative Scotland is the national development agency for the arts, screen and creative industries, and its ambition is to see Scotland recognised as one of the world’s most creative nations. Investing in our Creative Future, the organisation’s first corporate plan sets out its vision: That Scotland is recognised as a leading creative nation – one that attracts, develops and retains talent, where the arts and the creative industries are supported and celebrated and their economic contribution fully captured, a nation where the arts and creativity play a central part in the lives, education and well-being of our population. www.creativescotland.com. Glasgow Film Festival is an operating name of Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT). A company limited by guarantee, registered in Scotland No 97369 with its registered office at 12 Rose Street, Glasgow G3 6RB. GFT is registered as a charity (No SCO05932) with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.
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