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With final box office figures unavailable at the time of writing, the festival (which ran Feb 20-March 2) has hit the 40,000 mark for the first time with a programme of 369 screenings, panel discussions, live performances and pop-up cinema events.
Speaking at the closing gala, festival co-directors Allan Hunter and Allison Gardner thanked the festival’s sponsors - Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, Event Scotland, Creative Scotland and the BFI. Gardner added: “We’ve had a truly wonderful time with the festival: great films, fabulous guests and the warmest audiences. Thank you very much for the support and a huge thanks to the massive team that’s worked so hard across a huge »
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Future Film Festival | Glasgow Film Festival | Deep Desires & Broken Dreams | Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival
Future Film Festival, London
This three-day festival is aimed at nurturing young film-makers, and there's plenty for them to be inspired by. The first day focuses on documentary as a tool for radical politics and social change (as in The Act Of Killing or Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer), and the second, on fiction, brings rebellious teen flick We Are The Freaks. The third day is on animation, with screenings, workshops (on how to make a short doc on your mobile)and professional advice, including wise words from Gravity's visual effects ace, Neil Corbould.
BFI, SE1, Fri to 23 Feb
Glasgow Film Festival
Where to start with this many-tentacled sprawl of a festival? How about Scarlett Johansson cruising Glasgow in a Transit van trying to pick up men? That's on offer in Jonathan Glazer's dark sci-fi Under The Skin, »
- Steve Rose
Germany’s The Match Factory, traditionally one of Europe’s most prominent sales companies at the Berlin Festival, has taken world sales rights to Berlin Golden Bear contender “Praia do Futuro,” from Brazil’s Karim Ainouz (“Madame Sata,” “The Silver Cliff).
As Brazilian film production mounts in volume, with 127 releases last year – a modern high – plus international ambition, “Praia” reps a pioneering Brazil-Germany co-production linking Brazil with one of the major European movie powerhouses.
It also marks a step-up in budget for Ainouz and the first time he has worked with an international cast, said Georgia Costa Araujo at Sao Paulo’s Coracao da Selva, its lead producer.
Exploring the artistic potential of an a Brazil-Germany link-up, “Praia” kicks in at the real-life Praia do Futuro in Ainouz’s home city of Fortaleza, on Brazil’s north-east seaboard, where a Brazilian lifeguard save a German tourist from drowning. The two men fall in love, »
- John Hopewell and Leo Barraclough
• Under the Skin – first look review
The tenth edition of the Glasgow film festival has announced its full lineup for an event that is increasing challenging Edinburgh's supremacy as Scotland's major film festival.
The festival's headline films are Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, which opens the festival with its UK premiere after debuting at Berlin, while the closing gala is the hotly anticipated Under the Skin, directed by Jonathan Glazer and starring Scarlett Johansson, about an alien roaming Scotland preying on hitchhikers. Under the Skin will be a Scottish premiere: after screening at Venice, Toronto and London film festivals last year.
Other notable screenings at the festival include UK premieres for »
- Andrew Pulver
London — Scotland’s Glasgow Film Festival, which runs Feb. 20-March 2, will open with the U.K. premiere of Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” and will close with the Scottish premiere of Jonathan Glazer’s “Under the Skin,” which was partly filmed in the city.
The fest has 60 U.K. premieres, including: “My Name is Hmmm…,” the feature film directorial debut from French fashion icon agnès b.; “Mr Morgan’s Last Love,” starring Michael Caine and Clemence Poesy; Michel Gondry’s “Mood Indigo,” starring Romain Duris and Audrey Tautou; Kristin Scott Thomas and Daniel Auteuil starrer “Before the Winter Chill”; Thomas Imbach’s “Mary Queen of Scots”; “The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out »
- Leo Barraclough
At an intimate press launch earlier this evening, the programme for the 2014 Glasgow Film Festival – which boasts a vast array of UK, European and World premieres and runs February 20 – March 2 – was announced.
The festival, which this year celebrates its tenth anniversary, will open on February 20 with the UK premiere of Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel, before closing on March 2 with the Scottish premiere of Under the Skin, which was partly shot in and around the city itself.
Over the course of the festival’s ten day run, films old and new will screen at various venues across the city, while unique, once-in-a-lifetime events, such as a mysterious descent into the unexplored depths of Glasgow Central Station, will award film fans the opportunity to make some everlasting memories.
New films scheduled to screen include 20 Feet from Stardom, The Double, A Long Way Down, Mood Indigo and Starred Up, while classics »
- Jamie Neish
Meryl Streep breaks Oscar record: Oscar 2014 nominations (photo: Meryl Streep in ‘August: Osage County’) The 2014 Oscar nominations were announced earlier today at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Thor: The Dark World and Snow White and the Huntsman actor Chris Hemsworth — whose Rush was completely shut out — made the announcements, including that of Best Actress contender Meryl Streep, in the running for her performance in John Wells’ August: Osage County. Streep’s competitors are her Doubt and Julie & Julia co-star Amy Adams for David O. Russell’s American Hustle, Sandra Bullock for Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, Judi Dench for Stephen Frears’ Philomena, and likely winner Cate Blanchett for Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. (Emma Thompson’s absence from the Best Actress roster — for her performance in John Lee Hancock’s Saving Mr. Banks — was quite a surprise. »
- Steve Montgomery
Back in 1998, Gwyneth Paltrow didn't seem to have much hope of winning an Oscar for "Shakespeare in Love." She kept getting trounced at the early film-critics' awards by Cate Blanchett ("Elizabeth"), Fernanda Montenegro ("Central Station") and Cameron Diaz ("There's Something About Mary"), but she suddenly zoomed ahead of the pack when she prevailed at the Golden Globes and gave the performance of her career at the podium. Paltrow mentioned two family members who were battling cancer and she wept as she thanked her dad "who's had a tough year and to my grandpa, who's having an even tougher year. Hang in there, grandpa!" When Oscar voters saw that, they wanted an encore at their own awardsfest. (Watch below) When Ben Affleck looked so dignified winning Best Director at last year's Globes, all Hollywood rallied behind him and "Argo" ended up nabbing the Oscar for Best Picture. Just three days e. »
9 items from 2014
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