Scotland’s 4th Glasgow Film Festival
The fourth edition of the Glasgow Film Festival is set to take place between 14 and 24 February 2008 in the beautiful city of Glasgow, Scotland. It has long been recognized that the uniting power of films transcends all race and language barriers as audiences respond to the raw emotions and insight that are encountered in real life drama, or the thrill of high action escapist entertainment. The Glasgow Film Festival aims to present a program that covers films, film stars and film-makers right from the era of silent cinema through to the latest films from renowned studios.
In keeping with previous festivals, a retrospective will be screened highlighting one of Hollywood’s greats in the film industry. The 2007 Glasgow Film Festival paid tribute to John Wayne in a sold-out event. The 2008 festival plans to pay tribute to the Oscar Award winning actress Bette Davis, with a retrospective of her successful sixty year film career.
Visitors to the 2008 Glasgow Film Festival can expect to see the pick of the films that will be entertaining audiences world-wide in 2008. Last year the Glasgow audiences were among the first in Scotland to enjoy the screening of David Lynch’s masterpiece “Inland Empire” as the surprise film of the festival. Audiences won’t even be told the title of the 2008 surprise film until the curtain opens, but organizers have promised that it will be unforgettable.
The Glasgow Film Festival proudly puts the immense talent in the Scottish film industry under the spotlight – both behind and in front of the camera. A choice of films will be screened which focus on promising new directorial talent as well as noteworthy performances from Scottish actors and others in the filmmaking world. Archive screens will bring to the attention of audiences some of Scotland’s filmmaking pioneers. The organizers are also committed to bringing the best of British cinema to the Glasgow Film Festival screens.
Independent cinema has launched many of today’s great filmmaking talents into the spotlight. The Glasgow Film Festival presents audiences with the opportunity to view some of independent cinema’s latest releases. Audiences will also have the opportunity to view some excellent films from Europe, Argentina, South Africa, China, Lebanon, Romania, Hungary, Serbia, Poland and the Czech Republic.
The ever popular Frightfest will form part of the festival and is guaranteed to thrill festival audiences with the latest in fantasy and horror films, as well as screening old movies with proven high-scare value. On the other end of the scale, the Glasgow Film Festival will present a wide range of documentaries which play an essential role in bringing the news and issues of concern to the attention of the public.
There is little doubt that the Glasgow Film Festival has something for everyone – from the discerning film connoisseur through to the movie-goer who enjoys escaping the concerns of daily life with some good entertainment.