Richard Gere to attend as Glasgow Film Festival announces its 2016 lineup

Richard Gere to attend as Glasgow Film Festival announces its 2016 lineup

Richard Gere in Time Out of Mind

UK premieres, galas galore, A-list guests and immersive special events; the new programme has launched

Another highly-anticipated Glasgow Film Festival programme has been announced and this year's big headline is the attendance of Richard Gere to support the UK premiere of his new film, Time Out of Mind, a drama about a homeless man adrift in New York.

Joining Gere on the red carpet this coming February will be Natalie Dormer of Game of Thrones fame, who stars in supernatural horror film The Forest, and director Ben Wheatley, who will be in attendance for the Scottish premiere of his high-profile JG Ballard adaptation, High Rise. The dystopian thriller stars Tom Hiddleston and Sienna Miller.

We’ve already covered announcements of the opening night UK premiere of the Coen brothers’ Hail, Caesar! and closing night premiere of Charlie Kaufman’s Anomalisa, not to mention the special events and ‘total film’ experiences the festival is renowned for. But with 308 events and screenings, including 174 films, this is one of the largest programmes the festival has fielded in its 12 years.

Film highlights range from UK premieres of Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts and Palme d’Or nominee Louder Than Bombs, which stars Gabriel Byrne and Jesse Eisenberg, to the Scottish premiere of Palme d’Or winner Dheepan. Don Cheadle’s long-awaited Mile Davis film, Miles Ahead, should charm audiences, while new Disney animation Zootropolis – from the people behand Tangled and Wreck-It Ralph – makes its UK debut, and Norwegian action-thriller The Wave promises to enthral and possibly scare your pants off.

Another film to mark in your festival planner is Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room, a stunning follow up to his cult hit of 2013, Blue Ruin. The film stars Sir Patrick Stewart as leader of a neo-Nazi group – yes, you read that correctly. In terms of documentaries we have to note the world premiere of Hamish, a documentary about the Scottish poet, songwriter and folklorist Hamish Henderson.

‘The 2016 Glasgow Film Festival programme is bursting with must-see movies and events,’ says Festival Co-Director Allan Hunter. ‘I’m excited to introduce audiences to real gems like Pablo Trapero’s gripping crime drama The Clan in our Argentine focus, Zhang Yang’s breathtaking Tibetan film Paths Of The Soul, and a cracking line-up of Audience Award contenders including the unforgettable, Oscar-nominated Mustang.’

Adds Allison Gardner (Co-Director): ‘We’ve got some exceptional premieres in our Gala strand, a great and thoroughly original lineup of documentaries in Stranger Than Fiction, and a really charming, child-friendly Modern Families programme headlined by the UK premiere of Disney’s Zootropolis. The festival keeps moving forward, with new developments like our Industry Focus conference, whilst also maintaining our roots as an audience-focused festival where everyone can come together to share a love of cinema. And we’ve been around for a few years now, so look out for some extra-special movie anniversaries in the programme.’

The List is partnering with GFF's IMAX Blockbusters strand this year and we're giving you the chance to pick what film is screened at Glasgow IMAX on Sat 27 Feb (voting is now closed, Trainspotting is the winner).

Glasgow Film Festival runs 17–28 Feb.