The Glasgow Film Festival has announced its 2008 programme, with a number of high-profile UK premieres including Woody Allen's Cassandra's Dream (the opening night film), Craig Gillespie's Lars And The Real Girl (closing night), Roger Donaldson's The Bank Job, Paul Andrew Williams' The Cottage, Guiseppe Tornatore's The Unknown, Alain Corneau's The Second Wind, and documentaries such as Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro's Body Of War and Susan Morgan Cooper's An Unlikely Weapon.
Other selections will include John Sayles' Honeydripper, Asif Kapadia's Far North, Joanna Hogg's Unrelated, Celine Sciamma's Water Lilies (Naissance Des Pieuvres), Francois Ozon's Angel, John Barker's Bunny Chow, Esther Robinson's A Walk Into The Sea: Danny Williams And The Warhol Factory, Nadine Labaki's Caramel, Michael Haneke's Funny Games remake, Craig Zobel's Great World Of Sound, Charles Henri Belleville's The Inheritance, Alex Holdridge's In Search Of A Midnight Kiss, Grant Gee's Joy Division, Mark Waters' The Spiderwick Chronicles, and Srdjan Golubovic's The Trap (Klopka).
The festival runs Feb 14-25 and will show more than 100 films in four venues.
Glasgow's retrospective will honour Bette Davis (supported by TCM with a number of new prints that will later tour the UK). Special programmes include a focus on recent Eastern European cinema, American indies, horror films with FrightFest, strands for Scottish and UK film-makers, and a shorts retrospective devoted to former Screen International Star Of Tomorrow Zam Salim.
Masterclasses will be hosted by the likes of John Sayles and artist John Smith will host a lecture. Special events also include a 25th anniversary screening of Local Hero. The 2008 GFF will expand its Glasgow Schools Film Festival, which is free to all Glasgow schools and welcomed 3,500 attendees in 2008.
For more details, visit www.glasgowfilmfestival.org.uk.
(Disclosure: Screen International critic Allan Hunter serves as co-director of GFF with Allison Gardner.)