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Glasgow Film Festival: Richard Gere and Natalie Dormer to attend

Richard Gere in Time Out of Mind Image copyright Glasgow Film Festival
Image caption Richard Gere in Time Out of Mind

Hollywood star Richard Gere and Game of Thrones actor Natalie Dormer are to attend the UK premieres of their new movies at the Glasgow Film Festival.

Gere plays a homeless man in New York in Time Out Of Mind, while Dormer stars in supernatural horror, The Forest.

The Coen Brothers Hail, Caesar!, which stars George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson and Tilda Swinton, will open the festival on 17 February.

There will be 308 events and 174 films shown before the close on 28 February.

Festival co-director Allison Gardner said she was "really delighted" as full details of the 2016 programme were published.

"We've got some exceptional premieres in our Gala strand, a great and thoroughly original line up of documentaries...and a really charming, child-friendly modern families programme.

"The festival keeps moving forward, with new developments like our industry focus conference, whilst also maintaining our roots as an audience-focused festival where everyone can come together to share a love of cinema."

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Image caption Natalie Dormer in The Forest

Other notable names attending include director Ben Wheatley, who will support his adaptation of JG Ballard's High-Rise.

Game of Thrones and Skins actor Hannah Murray will also be there to support Bridgend, which examines suicides in a Welsh town in the mid 2000s.

She will be joined by fellow cast members Josh O'Connor (Ripper Street, Peaky Blinders) and Steven Waddington (The Imitation Game, Sleepy Hollow) and director Jeppe Rønde.

Bowie films

Director Michael Caton-Jones (The Jackal, This Boy's Life) and actor Letitia Wright (Cucumber and Banana) will attend in support of the UK premiere of Urban Hymn.

The festival will also feature a number of works featuring the late David Bowie.

D A Pennebaker's concert film of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars screens on 20 February, preceded by the documentary short, Let's Dance: Bowie Down Under.

The festival will close with the UK premier of Anomalisa, a romantic stop motion animation directed and produced by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson.

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