An exclusive preview of a new Outlander episode will premiere at this year’s Glasgow Film Festival, organizers have announced.
The 18th edition of the annual film celebration will host 10 world premieres, four European premieres, 65 UK premieres and 13 Scottish premieres.
Audiences will return to the cinema for this year’s event from March 2-13 after last year’s festival was held online due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The festival will open with the UK premiere of The Outfit, a “gripping and masterful” thriller starring Mark Rylance, and conclude with the UK premiere of Golden Camera winner Murina, a family drama directed by Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic and executive-produced by Martin Scorsese.
For the first time ever, the Glasgow Film Festival (GFF) will partner with cinemas across the UK to simultaneously screen some of its biggest premieres which will be screened in Stornoway, Bristol, Edinburgh, Manchester, Dundee, Sheffield and London.
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GFF co-director Allan Hunter said: “Welcoming audiences old and new to the Glasgow Film Festival 2022 is a source of great joy and not a bit of relief.”
He added: “The team watched more films than ever before to put together a program rich in diversity and wonder. There are so many great films to recommend from all over the world and I am particularly excited by the abundance of stories and Scottish productions that showcase the country’s many brilliant talents. I can’t wait for people to pick their own favourites.
World premieres at the GFF include Christina Ricci fleeing an abusive husband to encounter other otherworldly horrors in Monstrous, and Skint, a series of monologues about life in poverty from a creative team led by Peter Mullan, Jenni Fagan, Cora Bissett and Derry Girls creator Lisa McGee.
Also screened will be the documentary Wake Up Punk by Joe Corre, son of Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood, who questions whether the legacy of the counterculture has been commodified.
European premieres include Alan Cumming in the true story of the 30-something Scotsman who enrolled in class under a new identity in My Old School and a look at photojournalist Stephen McCurry in McCurry: The Pursuit of Colour.
GFF will also host a preview of the first episode of season six of Starzplay’s Outlander series and welcome Glasgow-born Armando Iannucci with an ‘In Conversation’ live event, looking back on his extensive career.
Among the Scottish films is that of young Glasgow filmmaker Paul Morris, who has the world premiere of his first feature, the comedy Angry Young Men, shot in Hamilton on a “micro-budget”.
Other strands of the festival include African Stories, a collection of nine contemporary films celebrating the people, history and culture of select countries across the continent, while the festival also celebrates female filmmaking talent from around the world.
The FrightFest strand also returns, with “thrills, chills and spills.”
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GFF Co-Director Allison Gardner said, “I can’t begin to describe our joy at being able to bring our loyal, engaged and fun audience back to the festival.
“We’ve all been through different and difficult times over the past two years and nothing helps us heal and connect like a movie.”
The festival will take place at GFT and Cineworld Renfrew Street, as well as partner cinemas across the UK, while a selection of films from across the program will also be shown online for a limited time during the festival, via the Glasgow Film At Home digital. player.
Tickets will go on sale from 10am on Monday 31 January at the Glasgow Film Festival box office and online at glasgowfilm.org/festival.