Glasgow Film Festival 2013: Joss Whedon and, er, Alex Salmond

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This year’s Glasgow Film Festival line-up is certainly tailored to please the more fanatically inclined cinema (and for that matter TV) viewer.

The Opening Gala will be screening the UK premier of French film Populaire,  marketed to coincide with Valentine’s Day and featuring Běrénice Bejo, star of The Artist. The Closing Gala will present Joss Whedon’s adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing, a small-scale affair shot straight off the back of The Avengers director’s home, and featuring a Whedon alumni cast such as Nathan Fillion and Amy Acker to name a few. This will no doubt appeal to a core fanbase as well as a broader audience thanks to The Avengers’ record-breaking box-office numbers, and rumour has it that Whedon himself will be attending the screening.

Continuing with the comic-con style material, the GFF will be holding an event to mark the start of the new season of Game of Thrones. This will include a discussion panel with cast members before a showing of a season two episode. There will also be a celebration of fifty years of Doctor Who, as well as a comic-book based discussion with Kick-Ass writer Mark Millar, John Wagner (Judge Dredd) and Steve Niles (30 Days of Night). However, the programme also lists an evening hosted by Alex Salmond, where the First Minister will reveal ‘his nerdy side, introducing his favourite geek cinema classic’ (while no doubt also preaching of independence).

There are however other notable cinematic premiers, including Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance’s new offering, star-studded The Place Beyond the Pines; as well as controversial The Paperboy.

The festival runs from 14-24 February, and tickets will be available to purchase from January 17.

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