Hail, Caesar! and Anomalisa to open and close 2016 Glasgow Film Festival


Glasgow Film Festival has today announced its choice of films for the 2016 Opening and Closing Galas.

The festival, which is supported by Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, Creative Scotland, the BFI and EventScotland, has chosen Hail, Caesar!, the UK premiere of the hugely-anticipated newest film from the Coen Brothers, starring George ClooneyScarlett Johansson and Tilda Swinton, for the 2016 Opening Gala, fresh from its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival.

The UK premiere of AnomalisaCharlie Kaufman’s utterly unique stop-motion animation, which won the Grand Special Jury Prize 2015 at Venice Film Festival, will close the festival. Both films will go on sale to the public on Monday 18 January.

The full festival programme will be announced on Wednesday 20 January and go on sale on Monday 25 January.

Guests attending screenings will be confirmed ahead of the festival


OPENING GALA: Hail, Caesar! 


Wednesday 17 February (7pm, second screening 10.15pm) | GFT

 Hail, Caesar! takes place during the latter years of Hollywood’s Golden Age, during the studio system’s heyday, and features an all-star cast including Josh BrolinGeorge ClooneyAlden EhrenreichRalph FiennesJonah HillScarlett JohanssonFrances McDormandTilda Swinton and Channing Tatum.

The comedy follows a single day in the life of a studio fixer who is presented with plenty of problems to fix. 

Renowned directors Joel and Ethan Coen have been a prominent fixture in international cinema for more than 30 years. After their sensational debut Blood Simple (1984), the Coen brothers have enjoyed international successes with audiences and critics alike for films such as Fargo (1996, Academy Award® for Best Original Screenplay), No Country for Old Men (2007, three Academy Awards® in the categories Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film and Best Director), Burn After Reading (2008), A Serious Man (2009) and Inside Llewyn Davis (2013).

Hail, Caesar! is produced by Joel and Ethan Coen, and Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, through Mike Zoss Productions and Working Title Films. 

The film is released by Universal Pictures worldwide and will open in UK cinemas on 4 March 2016.



Allison Gardner, Festival Co-Director, said:

We like to open the festival with something special to build audience excitement for the fortnight of films to come, and Hail, Caesar! is as big and beautiful a film as you can get.

We are absolutely delighted to be screening the Coens’ wonderful, all-star salute to Old Hollywood, and especially privileged to be hosting the film’s UK premiere.

A rollicking good time to be had by everyone!’




Sunday 28 February (7pm) | GFT

The total achievement feels immense.” ★★★★★ THE GUARDIAN

Predictably strange but soaringly profound.” ★★★★★ THE TELEGRAPH

This latest mesmerising masterwork from the beautiful mind of Charlie Kaufman is a one-of-a-kind romance.

Michael Stone (voiced by David Thewlis) is a customer services guru with a thriving career that takes him all over the country. However, everyone and everything seems the same to him: almost all the other characters are voiced by Tom Noonan – the hotel receptionist, an ex-girlfriend, even Michael’s wife and son. On a speaking tour in Cincinnati, Michael checks into the Hotel Fregoli and meets Lisa (Jennifer Jason Leigh). Lisa has a voice of her own. Lisa is extraordinary, and Michael knows it from the moment he sees her – love is definitely in the air, but nothing is straightforward.

Topping many of 2015’s films of the year lists after a rapturous reception at Venice Film Festival, where it won the Grand Special Jury Prize, Anomalisa offers a plaintive exploration of all the little things that make us human. It is funny, charming, surprisingly erotic, deeply moving and completely, wonderfully irresistible.

Distributed by Curzon, Anomalisa opens in UK cinemas on 11 March 2016.



Allan Hunter, Festival Co-Director, said:

Charlie Kaufman has a rare ability to blow your mind and warm your heart at the same time. 

Anomalisa is a one of kind experience that finds incredible depths of human emotion in the plight of its stop-motion animated characters. 

I am so thrilled that we will be closing with the UK premiere of one of the year’s most unforgettable films.’


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