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With awards season upon us, the first two months of the year are always heralded as a purple patch for the film industry, when the best movies are released and the A-listers strut up and down the red carpet.
Film buffs will therefore be delighted to hear that a little bit of the celluloid fairy dust is set to be scattered in Scotland as the Glasgow Film Festival – the third-biggest film event in the UK – arrives for its ninth year. With 368 events being held across 27 venues, there's something for everyone in the programme - from world cinema to horror, by way of superheroes.
During the festival's 11-day run, there will be themed strands such as those exploring music and film (including the event Sonic Complex in The Arches, in which films will be screened while new original scores are played live by the composers: Metropolis has had an aural reworking courtesy of Krautrocker Dieter Moebius), and the role of fashion in film.
Music will also take centre stage when Jane Birkin, legendary chanteuse and former partner of Serge Gainsbourg (both pictured, left), will be performing live and premiering her film about the musician.
Another top-draw screening is Cloud Atlas (pictured, top right), the celluloid adaptation of David Mitchell's novel that boasts a stellar cast, including Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant and Jim Broadbent. Glasgow is the ideal place for its first public screening, given that some of the scenes were filmed there.
Unusual venues are set to be taken over, such as The Tall Ship (by the city’s Riverside Museum), which will see Jaws and Dead Calm shown, and Glasgow Cathedral, which will play host to the screening of The Passion of Joan of Arc.
For those interested in the Clockwork Orange – Glasgow's underground train line, that is, rather than the brutal Stanley Kubrick masterpiece – there is the Secret Subway event, where 50 people will be taken into the tunnels for an exclusive screening of a mystery film.
Glasgow is well placed for its festival: the city's love of film harks back to the golden age of cinema – indeed, it's nicknamed Cinema City due to the inhabitants' penchant for the silver screen. At its height, there were roughly 130 picture-houses serving the city's population, offering escapism from the then-dreary industrial hub.
So, why not escape the darkness of February with some escapist film fabulousness?
Glasgow Film Festival takes place from14-24 February. For more information and tickets, visit the festival website. For a full programme of Sonic Complex at The Arches, visit the venue website. For further information on booking your trip to the city, visit the See Glasgow website.