The Coen Brothers’ latest comedy Hail, Caesar! will open the 2016 Glasgow Film Festival (GFF) next month, while Charlie Kaufman’s stop-motion oddity Anomalisa will bring it to a close 11 days later, it was announced today.
Josh Brolin, George Clooney and Scarlett Johansson star in the Coens’ 1950s-set love letter to Old Hollywood, which finds Eddie Mannix (Brolin) as a “fixer” on the epic film-within-the-film Hail, Caesar!, a production put in jeopardy when lead Baird Whitlock (Clooney) is kidnapped.
GFF co-director Allison Gardner 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!”
Hail, Caeser! will receive its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival on February 11, before opening in Glasgow on February 17.
Following a packed schedule of screenings to be announced on January 20, the GFF will close with the UK premiere of Anomalisa, adapted from director Kaufman from his own stage play.
David Thewlis voices Michael Stone, a married author bored by his mundane life, who finds a possible escape with sales rep Lisa (Jennifer Jason Leigh) during a business trip.
Both films will be available to book from the Glasgow Film Festival website from Monday, February 25.