Glasgow Film Festival 2018: Ten things to see

The Scotsman's film critic Alistair Harkness picks his Glasgow Film Festival highlights

Wes Anderson's film Isle of Dogs is among the highlights of the 2018 Glasgow Film Festival. Picture: TSPL

Isle of Dogs - The festival’s opening gala sees Wes Anderson return to stop-motion animation with a dystopian epic about a pack of dogs helping a boy find his missing hound. 21 February.

The Unfilmables at Saint Luke’s - Having scored Under the Skin, Oscar-nominated composer Mica Levi brings her haunting sound to Glasgow again as part of this special live event soundtracking the greatest films never made. 28 February.

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The Party’s Just Beginning - Karen Gillan’s Inverness-set directorial debut – a comedy/drama about a young woman (Gillan) coming to terms with the suicide of her best friend. 24-25 February.

Let the Sunshine In - Fragmented romantic comedy from French auteur Claire Denis. Juliette Binoche stars; The Tindersticks do the soundtrack. 24 & 26 February.

120 BPM (Beats Per Minute) - French director Robin Campillo’s brilliant, semi-autobiographical dramatisation of the Act Up movement’s brash and urgent efforts to raise awareness of the AIDS crisis in Paris in the 1990s. 26-27 February.

Columbus - A story of love, loss and architecture from enigmatic video essayist Kogonada, making his feature debut. John Cho stars. 22-23 February.

A Fantastic Woman - Trans actress Daniela Vega more than lives up to the title of this moving Chilean drama about a trans woman dealing with the prejudices of her recently deceased partner’s family. 25-26 February.

Wonderstruck - Part black-and-white silent movie, part Bowie-inflected 1970s urban epic, Todd Haynes tells the twin stories of two deaf kids in New York decades apart. 22-23 February.

You Were Never Really Here - Lynne Ramsay returns with this stunning, artful spin on the hitman thriller starring Joaquin Phoenix at his most intense. 23-24 February.

Nae Pasaran - East Kilbride meets Chile in the festival’s closing film: a documentary examining an act of solidarity between a group of Scottish factory workers and the people of Chile living under Pinochet’s dictatorship. 4 March.

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