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Glasgow Film Festival launches its 2015 programme

Glasgow Film Festival launches its 2015 programme

The lights have dimmed and Glasgow Film Festival 2015's opening scene is about to begin.

The festival launched its eleventh line-up to much fanfare from the city's movie buffs.

Glasgow Film Festival's 12-day stint runs from February 18 to March 1, boasting 174 events, and has recruited some of Glasgow's most beloved landmarks.

Screenings and special events will take place at Kelvingrove Museum, the Mitchell Library, Pollockshaws Burgh Hall and even, Drygate Brewery.

Having previously teased out their plans for 2015, the festival has unveiled a line-up that includes 11 world, ten European and 33 UK film premieres.

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What's on

The festival's many strands include a nod to Glasgow as "Cinema City", the city provided a back-drop to star-studded films including Under the Skin and World War Z.

An exhibition at the Mitchell Library will look back at 80 years of cinema-going in Glasgow and a screening of Fillies MacKinnon's autobiographical coming-of-age film Small Faces at the GFT feature within the strand.

Meanwhile "Nerdvana", a geek-friendly series of events headed up by "fearless ambassador" Robert Florence carries on from where the festival's "Kapow!" strand left off.

The Burniston comedian will lead a live game of Dungeons and Dragons at the CCA and later take over the IMAX for a 'Video Game Empty'. Not for the easily offended.

This year the festival have teamed up with the Gallery of Modern Art to host the UK's first "Internet Cat Video Festival", which is exactly what it sounds like.

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This year's festival special events also include a The Goonies-themed treasure hunt around Drygate Brewery and a Dazed and Confused screening featuring a proper 70s-style roller disco. If you want to nab tickets you'll need to, ahem, get your skates on.

Opening (and closing) night

Glasgow Film Festival will open with While We're Young, the European premiere of a "cautionary comedy" that proved popular at last year's Toronto International Film Festival.

The film boasts an impressive cast - Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried all star - and was described as "an almost perfect 90-minute hit of confident and inspired comedic commentary" in a five-star review by The Guardian.

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The festival will close with the UK premiere of Force Majeure, winner of Best Foreign Language Film at the Critics Choice Movie Awards.

The film story of a model Swedish family holidaying in the French Alps when disaster strikes. The Washington Post wrote that the film "leaves the audience squirming - in all the very best ways".

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Even more movies

Running on either side of Glasgow Film Festival are the Glasgow Youth Film Festival and Glasgow Short Film Festival.

Glasgow Youth Film Festival sees a throwback to your favourite films growing up, as kids (and childish adults) can relish in screenings of Labyrinth and Jumanji.

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Horror fans can delight at the return of Frightfest, which runs from Feburary 27 to 28.

Now in its tenth year, FrightFest's festival co-director Alan Jones promised “cutting edge quirkiness” as it kicks off with the UK premiere of Eliza Graves, a highly-anticipated Hammer horror starring Kate Beckinsale and Michael Caine.

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The gory festival also features the European premiere of The Asylum, "shockumentary The Atticus Institute and zombie comedy Wyrmwood.

A Frightfest pass (£70) will ensure horror lovers gain entry into all 11 films screening over the weekend.

'Glasgow's love affair with the movies'

Last year Glasgow Film Festival sold over 44,000 tickets and saw a six per cent surge in the number of film fans attending special events.

Festival co-director, Allan Hunter, said: "Glasgow's love affair with the movies is a passion that never fades and one that lies at the heart of this year's Glasgow Film Festival.

"It is a festival filled with people and places close to home but also one that embraces a diverse, wonderful world of cinema, perfectly illustrated by our opening and closing galas. Home and away, this is a festival for everyone who loves the movies."

Main image credit: Eoin Carey

FrightFest passes on sale from 10am on Thursday, January 22. Tickets for Glasgow Film Festival 2015 are on sale from 10am on Monday, January 26.

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