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The 15th edition of the Glasgow Film Festival opened with the UK première of Jonah Hill's Mid90s and closed with Beats, a story set in Scotland's rave culture. It included seven world premières and 102 UK premières. Six out of the ten nominees for the prestigious Glasgow Film Festival Audience Award were new features directed by women. Special strands included a focus on new Belgian cinema and a look back to the great US movies of 1969, plus there was a strand dedicated to the underappreciated work of Elaine May.

The festival runs from 20 February to 3 March.

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Dirty God
Dirty God
Jade is a young mother in the prime of her life when an acid attack leaves her severely burned. While her face has been reconstructed, her beauty is lost beneath the scars. Descending a self-destructive path with relationships crumbling, Jade must take drastic action to reclaim her life.
The Ghost Of Peter Sellers
The Ghost Of Peter Sellers
In 1973, director-on-the-rise Peter Medak nabbed notoriously difficult comic genius and box-office star Peter Sellers for his new pirate comedy, Ghost In The Noonday Sun. Sellers immediately began sabotaging the film.
Eminent Monsters
Eminent Monsters
‘Do no harm’ is an abiding principal of psychiatry. It is abandoned time after time in this exploration of the profession’s collusion with state sponsored torture over the past 70 years.
Happy As Lazzaro
Happy As Lazzaro
A young nobleman asks a peasant to help fake his own kidnapping.
In My Room
In My Room
A bored man suddenly realises that everyone around him has disappeared and he isn't sure what happened.
A tragic accident leaves a man stranded in the Arctic with no hope of rescue.
Hotel Mumbai
Hotel Mumbai
A dramatisation of the 2008 terrorist attacks that centred on Mumbai's Taj Mahal Palace Hotel.
A seedy, ambitious Puglian property developer sets his sights sets on Rome and access to Berlusconi’s inner circle.
Wild Rose
Wild Rose
A Glasgwegian single mum tries to make it in the world of country music.
Meeting Gorbachev
Meeting Gorbachev
Werner Herzog interviews Mikhail Gorbachev and captures the human side of a world leader as he recalls his relationships with Reagan and Thatcher, his beloved wife Raisa and his dashed dream of lasting change.
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Glasgow Film Festival Features

Thinking big
Zach Lipovsky and Adam B Stein on Freaks, Bruce Dern and telling big stories with small budgets
A tale of the unexpected
Zach Lipovsky and Adam B Stein on keeping viewers guessing, working with children, and Freaks
A son's journey
Iain Cunningham on searching for his mother and making Irene's Ghost
A familiar face
Perry Blackshear on male friendship, mental illness and They Look Like People
A sense of purpose
David Dastmalchian on finding humanity in dark places and All Creatures Here Below
Scoring White Crow
Ilan Eshkeri on his third collaboration with Ralph Fiennes
My hometown
Kent Jones on the casting and soundtrack in Diane
The beat goes on
GFF Diary days 11&12: Beats, Frightfest, Michael Palin, Vicky Knight and terror in the woods
It's your funeral
Rehana Rose on death, remembrance and Dead Good
That Friday feeling
GFF Diary days 9&10: Jessie Buckley, Claire Pijman, whisky and Frightfest
Something in the water
Perry Blackshear on rusalkas, mythic filmmaking and The Siren
All in the game
Søren Juul Petersen on games, gore and Finale
Beyond the Valley
GFF Diary days 7&8: Peter Howson, Adam Pearson, Carol Morley and a little bit of time travel
Life in movement
Icíar Bollaín and Paul Laverty on bringing Carlos Acosta's biopic Yuli to the screen
Who ya gonna call?
GFF Diary days 5&6: Roxy Toporowych, the Margaret Tait Award and a spot of ghostbusting
Inside his head
Billy Senese on psychiatry, horror, The Dead Center and building stories through sound
All abuzz
GFF Diary days 3&4: Carlos Acosta, David Dastmalchian, busy bees and a trip inside The Matrix
Dinner and devilry
Jack McHenry and Margaret Clunie on Here Comes Hell
Ready, steady, go!
GFF Diary days 1&2: Mid90s, Matt Bomer, Mark Millar and a date with Priscilla
On the level
Danishka Esterhazy on telling women's stories in genre films and Level 16
Stepping back to the Seventies
Benjamin Naishtat chats about his genre thriller Rojo
Heroines of tragedy
Tom Volf on Maria Callas as Norma, the golden age, and time travel in Maria by Callas
To the stars in Heaven
Tom Volf on a divided life and Maria By Callas
A love story
Julian Schnabel and Jean-Claude Carrière on paintings, movement and At Eternity's Gate
Dancing through life
Carlos Acosta on ballet and biopic Yuli
Comedy at the double
Louis Garrel and Jean-Claude Carrière on writing A Faithful Man together
Prison of life
Sarah Marx talks about drama The Truk
The power of ellipsis
Kent Jones on Mary Kay Place and the objects in Diane
Emotional response
Marta Bergman on the heroine's journey in Alone At My Wedding
How Cruz and Bardem split life and work
Farhadi wrote Cannes opener roles with couple in mind
On the road again
Kent Jones on Tribeca award winner Diane

Glasgow Film Festival News

Glasgow announces country focus and retrospective
Iceland and dystopian futures take centre stage
Full Glasgow Film Festival programme announced
Alice Lowe, Matt Bomer and Michael Palin among stars set to attend
Glasgow announces opening and closing films
Mid90s and Beats bookend festival
Alien and Matrix events planned for Glasgow Film Festival
Celebration of Belgian cinema will also take place

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