Glasgow Film Festival to host the UK premiere of Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs

Glasgow Film Festival to host the UK premiere of Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs

The acclaimed director's latest film will open Glasgow's fourteenth annual celebration of film

Glasgow Film Festival has kicked off 2018 with some news that will excite film lovers all over Scotland and beyond. Returning to the city on 21 Feb, this year's festival is set to open with the UK premiere of Wes Anderson's latest flick Isle of Dogs, released in UK cinemas on 30 Mar. The animated adventure is set in a futuristic Japan and tells the story of Atari Kobayashi, 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When all the dogs of Megasaki City are quarantined to a vast garbage-dump, Atari sets off on an epic journey in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots, making some canine friends along the way.

The film sees Anderson go feature length with stop-motion animation again following on from his 2009 comedy Fantastic Mr. Fox, which starred George Clooney, Meryl Streep and Jason Schwartzman, among others. Stop-motion scenes have also cropped up The Life Aquatic and The Grand Budapest Hotel. Like all Anderson films, Isle of Dogs boasts an all-star cast, including Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Scarlett Johansson, Ken Watanabe and many more.

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.'

Along with the Opening Gala, other confirmed events include the School Disco, which involves simultaneous screenings of Gregory's Girl and Clueless, followed by an 80s v 90s disco. Elsewhere on the programme, there's a focus on new Irish cinema, a night of The Big Lebowski and bowling, a live performance from Oscar-nominated composer Mica Levi as part of The Unfilmables and an appearance from SAY Award winners Sacred Paws, who will provide a live soundtrack to Margaret Salmon's documentary Mm.

The full programme for Glasgow Film Festival will be announced on Wed 24 Jan. Tickets for the Opening Gala go on sale at 10am on Mon 8 Jan at glasgowfilm.org/festival.

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

Wed 21 Feb

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Thu 22 Feb

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Fri 23 Feb

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…and 9 more dates until 4 Mar

Isle of Dogs

  • 2018
  • US
  • Directed by: Wes Anderson
  • Cast: Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Kunichi Nomura, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Courtney B. Vance, Fisher Stevens, Mari Natsuki, Harvey Keitel, Koyu Rankin, Liev Schreiber, Bob Balaban, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton
  • UK release: 30 March 2018

A boy searches for his dog in this animated film from director Wes Anderson.

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