George Clooney Movie Opens Glasgow Film Festival

The 12th Glasgow Film Festival is set to open with the UK premiere of the Coen brothers' Hail, Caesar!

The screening of the comedy starring Josh Brolin and George Clooney marks the start of a 12-day celebration of film and one of the festival's biggest-ever programmes.

Brolin plays Eddie Mannix, a "fixer'' in 1950s Hollywood tasked with keeping wayward actors in line, in the release that has met broadly positive reviews.

The Glasgow Film Festival will host more than 300 events and screenings before closing on February 28 with Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson's Oscar-nominated Anomalisa.

Walking the red carpet will be Richard Gere - in Glasgow for the UK premiere of Time Out Of Mind, which sees him play a homeless man in New York - and Hannah Murray, star of teen drama Skins and blockbuster series Game Of Thrones.

Murray features in Bridgend, Danish director Jeppe Ronde's take on the series of teenage suicides that put the Welsh town in the spotlight several years ago.

The film will receive its UK premiere at the festival, along with Urban Hymn, set against the backdrop of the 2011 England riots and starring Shirley Henderson.

Although the programme was finalised before his death, there will be a chance for audiences to remember David Bowie with a screening of The Man Who Fell To Earth at Glasgow Planetarium.

Showings are planned of the concert film of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars and the documentary short Let's Dance: Bowie Down Under, which follows the star in the early 1980s.

Around 40,000 people attended the 2015 festival, with organisers expecting a similar audience this year.

Co-director Allan Hunter said: ''The programme is bursting with must-see movies and events."

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