The annual Glasgow Film Festival has announced its line-up for 2018 and it does not disappoint. Opening with the UK premiere of Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs, the festival will feature 180 films from 51 countries between 21st February and 4th March.
Arrow Films is well represented at the festival with UK premieres of A GENTLE CREATURE, THE CURED, THE THIRD MURDER and UNKNOWN SOLDIER.
A GENTLE CREATURE
Inspired by Dostoevsky’s short story, In the Fog director Sergei Loznitsa takes us into a lawless Russia where crime is often unpunished. A woman lives alone on the outskirts of a Russian village, when one day, she receives a parcel that she sent to her incarcerated husband marked ‘return to sender’. She decides to travel to Siberia in search of answers. Met by violence, corruption and humiliation, this ‘gentle creature’ pursues a quest for justice. A powerful and hugely ambitious state-of-the-nation fable.
A Gentle Creature screens on Friday 2nd and Sunday 4th March
A brilliant low-budget zombie film with a difference, The Cured is a powerful, thought-provoking tale set in a Dublin that has survived a zombie plague. What were once flesh-eating, bloodthirsty monsters have now been treated with an antidote, but can society ever forgive them for what they did? Senan (Sam Keeley) cannot forget the horrible acts he committed when he was infected. His American sister-in-law Abbie (Ellen Page) is willing to give him a second chance and welcome him into her home, but others are less understanding as a movement grows against the cured…
The Cured screens on Tuesday 27th February and Friday 2nd March
THE THIRD MURDER
Hirokazu Kore-eda steps away from the gentle family dramas that made his reputation for a complex murder mystery. Misumi (Kôji Yakusho) has beaten and killed an industrialist. He turns himself in and confesses to the crime. The case could not be more straightforward until defence attorney Shigemori (Fukuyama Masaharu) arrives, determined to do all he can help his client avoid the death penalty. Challenging assertions, seeking out inconsistencies and refusing to take anything at face value, he seeks to obscure the truth in order to save his client.
The Third Murder screens on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th March
Aku Louhimies’ gripping adaptation of the classic Second World War novel by Väinö Linna has been a phenomenon in Finland, smashing box-office records and embedding itself in the national consciousness. Released for the 100th anniversary of the country’s independence, it is the most expensive Finnish film ever made and focuses on a platoon of ordinary Finnish soldiers over three years of the brutal, exhausting Continuation War against the Soviet Union. A heartrending account of a band of brothers forged in battle and committed to fight for their country until the last man standing.
Unknown Soldier screens on Sunday 25th February.
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through the Glasgow Film website - https://glasgowfilm.org/glasgow-film-festival/whats-on/all