Glasgow Film Festival 2018 will open on 21 February with the UK premiere of Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animation Isle of Dogs.
The latest film from the director of The Grand Budapest Hotel (which had its UK premiere at Glasgow Film Festival 2014) and Fantastic Mr Fox, tells the story of Atari Kobayashi, 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi.
When, by executive decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies to Trash Island in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire prefecture.
Voice cast includes Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber, Bill Murray, Bob Balaban, Jeff Goldblum, Scarlett Johansson, Kunichi Nomura, Tilda Swinton, Ken Watanabe, Akira Ito, Greta Gerwig, Akira Takayama, Frances McDormand, F. Murray Abraham, Courtney B. Vance, Yojiro Noda, Fisher Stevens, Mari Natsuki, Nijiro Murakami, Yoko Ono, Harvey Keitel and Frank Wood.
Allan Hunter, festival co-director said: “Wes Anderson is one of the most imaginative, beguiling filmmakers working in world cinema and we are thrilled to open GFF 2018 with the UK premiere of his brand new film. Four years ago we opened the festival by booking into The Grand Budapest Hotel. This year we invite audiences to set sail for the Isle Of Dogs. It will be a night to remember and the best possible start to a great festival.”
Fox Searchlight Pictures will release the film in the UK on March 30, 2018.
Glasgow’s announced industry programme to date includes a discussion on harassment in the workplace led by Women in Film and TV and a live recording of former BFI executive Alex Stolz’s podcast Film Disruptors.
For the first time, NFTS Scotland, which is due to open in April 2018, will partner on the three-day industry programme, which runs from Wednesday 28 February to Friday 2 March. The school will host events including a conversation with head of NFTS Jon Wardle.
The full programme for Glasgow Film Festival 2018 will be announced on Wednesday 24 January. The full industry programme is announced in January 2018.