Glasgow Film Festival Announces Line-Up for Opening and Closing Galas

Glasgow Film Festival, one of Scotland’s leading film events and an annual showcase of emerging Scottish and international film talent, returns from 17 to 28 February 2016. The festival has announced the choice of films for its opening and closing galas for the 12th edition.

Hail, Caesar!, the UK premiere of the hugely-anticipated newest film from the Coen Brothers, starring George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson and Tilda Swinton, has been selected for the 2016 Opening Gala. The UK premiere of Anomalisa, Charlie Kaufmann’s unique stop-motion animation, which won the Grand Special Jury Prize 2015 at Venice Film Festival, will close the festival.

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. 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 debut Blood Simple (1984), the Coen brothers have enjoyed international successes with audiences and critics alike for films such as FargoNo Country for Old Men and Inside Llewyn Davis. 

Anomalisa is the latest work from Charlie Kaufman. 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 until he meets the extraordinary Lisa (Jennifer Jason Leigh). The film is an exploration of life and what makes us human, and is humorous, heartfelt and deeply moving. Distributed by Curzon, Anomalisa opens in UK cinemas on 11 March 2016.

The Opening Gala is on 17 February  and the Closing Gala is on 28 February. The full festival programme will be announced on 20 January. For more information, visit

1. Coen Brothers, Hail, Caesar! Universal. Courtesy Universal and GFF.