Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 April 2014

French film kicks off festival

Cloud Atlas, starring Halle Berry, will get its UK premiere in Glasgow on Sunday

Glasgow Film Festival has officially kicked off with the UK premiere of French film Populaire.

In total, there will be 368 film screenings, 57 UK premieres and nine world premieres during the 10-day event.

Much of it will take place at the Glasgow Film Theatre, but there are also unique events programmed for the city's Tall Ship, the Arches and Glasgow Cathedral.

Populaire is a romantic comedy which tells the story of a young French woman in the 1950s who aspires to become a secretary. She moves town in order to get a job, and when her boss sees she only types with two fingers rather than all 10, he enrols her in a nationwide competition.

It is director Regis Roinsard's first feature film, and he said it was an "honour" to have it open Glasgow Film Festival.

He said; "It's an honour to open the festival and it's gala premiere. It's a very elegant premiere for me - Valentine's Day, Scotland, UK premiere - it's a magnificent mix, and I'm very honoured to present my movie here today."

He described his film as a love story, which is a "mix between My Fair Lady (but more modern), Rocky and Mad Men - but in a French style". Roinsard, who is from Paris, said: "I think it's a very good film for Valentine's Day because the principal thing in the movie is that it's a love story, so for that audience it's very cool."

Now in its ninth year, organisers said they wanted to keep the festival's biggest ever programme "fresh", with panel discussions, live events and contributions from fashion designers, comedians and musicians.

On Sunday, the UK's first ever public screening of Cloud Atlas will be shown - a day before it has its official premiere in London. Hollywood star Halle Berry was spotted on the streets of Glasgow when part of the film, based on the novel by British author David Mitchell, was being shot in locations around the city.

The festival runs until February 24.

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