Glasgow to pay homage to Ingrid Bergman
by Naman Ramachandran
- Festival announces slew of new strands
The Glasgow Film Festival (February 18 – March 1, 2015) will stage Here’s Looking At You, Kid, a programme that pays homage to Ingrid Bergman’s life and work. The festival has also announced a plethora of new strands including Nerdvana focusing on cult cinema, gaming and comic book culture; Pioneer, positioned as a first encounter with the great directors of the future; and CineMasters, that will offer a look at new work from internationally renowned auteurs. The Cinema City strand will have screenings of classic Glasgow-set films, and an exhibition showcasing memorabilia and oral histories of cinema going in the city. The festival’s annual country focus will be on Australia.
The festival will run citywide now thanks to refurbishment work at the former central venue. Festival Co-Director Allison Gardner said, “We’re using this opportunity to take the festival out beyond the city centre and bring it to new audiences. We have always been an audience-focused festival, and our new strands like Pioneer and Nerdvana are the result of listening to feedback and picking up on elements of the festival our audience responds to. We’re also excited to engage with younger cinema-going audiences; so our Modern Families strand will show some really extraordinary and imaginative films about childhood. And I’m delighted that the culmination of our Cinema City project will result in a real celebration of what the movies mean to Glasgow – it’s like a little extra gift to our audiences.”