Alien and Matrix events planned for Glasgow Film Festival

Celebration of Belgian cinema will also take place

by Jennie Kermode

In 2016, a xenomorph got loose at a Glasgow Film Festival event. Could this nightmare happen again?
In 2016, a xenomorph got loose at a Glasgow Film Festival event. Could this nightmare happen again? Photo: Max Crawford

The Glasgow Film Festival has something of a reputation for thrills and spills, and 2019 looks set to be no exception, with the first big events announced today. Brave film fans will have the opportunity to run around a warehouse with laser guns trying to escape a xenomorph before the survivors settle down with themed cocktails to enjoy the 40th anniversary restoration print of Alien. There will also be a 20th anniversary screening of The Matrix with immersive installations and an exclusive party deep in the caverns of Argyle Street Arches.

Also announced today is a festival strand dedicated to contemporary Belgian cinema, which will include Lucas Dhont's Girl, Marta Bergman's Alone At My Wedding and more. A strand dedicated to the great American cinema of 1969 will feature Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid, Midnight Cowboy, Easy Rider and True Grit.

"For GFF19 the team have pulled together a brilliant series of events and both The Matrix and Alien will be the pop-up events of the year! As ever it's our audiences who add the fun and frivolities to our immersive events and they have never let us down and always exceed our expectations and ensure the events are fun," said festival co-director Allison Gardner, revealing that more films and events will be announced on 23 January.

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