New Irish and Baltic cinema and Rebel Heroes strands announced for Glasgow Film Festival

James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause

Rebel Without a Cause

Emerging female filmmakers, Palme d'Or contenders and James Dean highlights of festival's first major programme announcement

A retrospective on Hollywood's Rebel Heroes and new cinema from Ireland and the Baltics are the first programming announcements for the 14th instalment of the Glasgow Film Festival, returning 21 Feb 2018.

In Ireland: The Near Shore, the festival will focus on bold and original filmmaking from the Emerald Isle, including emerging female directors. Nora Twomey's hyped animation The Breadwinner receives its Scottish premiere, while music video director Aoife McArdle (who has made vids for U2 and Simian Mobile Disco) makes her feature debut with coming-of-age tale, Kissing Candice. The strand includes Ellen Page in the Scottish premiere of David Freyne's zombie flick The Cured, and Frank Berry's hard-hitting drama on teenage incarceration, Michael Inside.

'We're thrilled that GFF will be bringing the hottest filmmaking talent from our neighbours in Ireland to audiences in Glasgow,' says Festival Co-Director Allison Gardner. 'It's particularly rewarding to be able to showcase work from new female directors with fresh takes on the universal story of growing up and making your mark on the world.'

Pure Baltic sees GFF host a number of UK premieres, including Jaak Kilma's The Dissedents, an upbeat, Estonian comedy about teenage boys escaping Soviet rule to Sweden in the 1980s, and A Gentle Creature is a Lithuania co-production that featured in the Palme d'Ord selection at Cannes this year and is highly recommended. The strand features further films from the region, keeping the spotlight on smaller filmmaking countries.

Following on from 2017's Dangerous Dames, GFF has flipped the gender switch, this time turning to simmering, masculine screen icons with Rebel Heroes, the festival's free morning retrospective strand. It's an all-star lineup, including: James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause; Sidney Poitier in The Defiant Ones, Steve McQueen in Bullitt; Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront; Al Pacino in Dog Day Afternoon, Henry Fonda in Grapes of Wrath, and more.

Full strand film lists:

Pure Baltic
Firstborn Aik Karapetian (2017)
A Gentle Creature Sergei Loznitsa (2017)
The Dissidents Jaak Kilmi (2017)
Plus more to be announced

Ireland: The Near Shore
The Breadwinner Nora Twomey (2017)
The Cured David Freyne (2017)
Kissing Candice Aoife McArdle (2017)
Michael Inside Frank Berry (2017)
Plus more to be announced

Rebel Heroes
Angels With Dirty Faces Michael Curtiz (1938)
Breathless Jean-Luc Godard (1960)
Bullitt Peter Yates (1968)
Cool Hand Luke Stuart Rosenberg (1967)
The Defiant Ones Stanley Kramer (1958)
Dog Day Afternoon Sidney Lumet (1975)
The Grapes of Wrath John Ford (1940)
Jailhouse Rock Richard Thorpe (1957)
On the Waterfront Elia Kazan (1954)
Rebel Without A Cause Nicholas Ray (1955)

Glasgow Film Festival, Various venues, Glasgow, Wed 21 Feb–Sun 4 Mar.

Glasgow Film Festival

Having launched in 2005, the Glasgow Film Festival has grown and grown: during that debut year, 6000 cinephiles passed through the doors, while 42,000 attended in 2016. Of course there are top-notch premieres, retrospectives and special guests (past visitors have included Richard Gere, Joss Whedon and Alan Rickman) but…

Various venues: Glasgow

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Thu 22 Feb 2018

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Fri 23 Feb 2018

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…and 9 more dates until 4 Mar 2018

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