With the new year very much upon us it means award season is in full swing but more importantly the start of festival season.

The 2019 Glasgow Film Festival kicks things off with a bang with the announcement that Jonah Hill’s eagerly anticipated, Mid90s, will open this years festival on February 20th. This will also mark Hill’s directorial debut in a film he also pens.

The two-time Oscar nominated actor, said: “There is such an incredibly rich and cool art, music, design and film community in Glasgow, which has always embraced and championed artists. This is the first time the film is being shared with audiences in the UK and it’s a privilege to share our film.”

Also announced is the closing gala film, Beats, which is the adaption of Scottish playwright Kieran Hurley’s hit play. 

Allan Hunter, Co-director of Glasgow Film Festival, said: “We are thrilled to close the festival with the UK premiere of the hotly anticipated screen version of Kieran Hurley’s Beats. It is a wildly entertaining, desperately poignant blast of rebellion, romance and bittersweet friendship that beautifully captures the end of an era in 1990s Scotland. Showcasing a wealth of talent on both sides of the camera, it is the perfect closing night film.”

It is clear audiences share such levels of excitement for this years festival with both tickets for Mid90s and Beats selling out in under an hour.

A special 4K screening of Alien will also take place in what will be a cinematic immersive experience to commemorate the films 40th anniversary.

2019 Glasgow Film Festival will run from 20 February to 3 March and the full programme will be announced on 23 January. Full details can be found on: www.glasgowfilm.org/festival