The 20th edition of the Glasgow Film Festival has landed one of Sundance’s most talked-about films for its opening night.
“Love Lies Bleeding,” Rose Glass‘ queer romantic noir starring Kristen Stewart that earned critical acclaim in Park City, is set to raise the curtain on the event with its U.K. premiere. The film follows “reclusive gym manager Lou (Stewart) who falls hard for Jackie (Katy O’Brian), an ambitious bodybuilder headed through town to Vegas in pursuit of her dream,” according to its official description. “But their love ignites violence, pulling them deep into the web of Lou’s criminal family.”
Billing itself as “Scotland’s largest film festival,” the Glasgow Film Festival runs Feb. 28-March 10 at the Glasgow Film Theater, which itself is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, plus venues across the city.
Other world and international premieres include “Tummy Monster,” a hallucinogenic dark drama by Glasgow director Ciaran Lyons starring rising Scottish star Lorn Macdonald; the big screen adaptation of blackly comic novel “Bucky F*cking Dent” written by, directed by and starring David Duchovny; and a new restoration of “Billy Connolly: Big Banana Feet,” the rarely seen documentary shot during the comedian’s 1975 tour of Ireland.
U.K. premieres include real-life father-daughter duo Ewan and Clara McGregor taking a road trip in “Bleeding Love,” Cynthia Erivo as a Liberian refugee who befriends Alia Shawkat’s American tour guide in “Drift” and Viggo Mortensen directing and starring in Western epic “The Dead Don’t Hurt.”
Other films screening include Kevin Macdonald’s documentary “High and Low: John Galliano,” the Lea Seydoux and George MacKay-starring “The Beast” and Luna Carmoon’s debut “Hoard.” Meanwhile, the U.K. premiere of Alice Rohrwacher’s period romance “La Chimera,” starring Josh O’Connor, will take place both at the Glasgow Film Festival and nine partner cinemas across the U.K.