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Kristen Stewart’s Queer Noir ‘Love Lies Bleeding’ to Kick Off Glasgow Film Festival

The 20th edition of the Glasgow Film Festival is set to make a splash with the U.K. premiere of “Love Lies Bleeding,” a queer romantic noir starring Kristen Stewart. The film, directed by Rose Glass, gained critical acclaim at Sundance and is scheduled to open the festival with its intriguing tale of love, violence, and criminal entanglements.

1. Opening Night Extravaganza

Opening Night Extravaganza
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  • Sundance Sensation: “Love Lies Bleeding” created waves at Sundance, and now it’s making its mark as the opening night film for the Glasgow Film Festival’s 20th edition.
  • Queer Romantic Noir: The film follows Lou (played by Kristen Stewart), a reclusive gym manager who falls for Jackie, an ambitious bodybuilder on her way to Vegas. Their love story takes a dark turn, entwining them in the criminal web of Lou’s family.

2. Glasgow Film Festival Highlights and Premieres

  • Tummy Monster: Glasgow director Ciaran Lyons brings a hallucinogenic dark drama, “Tummy Monster,” featuring rising Scottish star Lorn Macdonald, to the festival with a world premiere.
  • Bucky Fcking Dent:* David Duchovny writes, directs, and stars in the big-screen adaptation of the blackly comic novel, promising a unique cinematic experience.
  • Billy Connolly: Big Banana Feet: A rare restoration of the documentary shot during comedian Billy Connolly’s 1975 tour of Ireland offers a nostalgic trip.

3. U.K. Premieres and Notable Films

U.K. Premieres and Notable Films
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  • Bleeding Love: Ewan and Clara McGregor embark on a road trip in this heartwarming film exploring familial bonds.
  • Drift: Cynthia Erivo and Alia Shawkat lead the cast in a compelling story of a Liberian refugee forming an unlikely friendship with an American tour guide.
  • The Dead Don’t Hurt: Viggo Mortensen takes on the role of director and star in this Western epic that promises to captivate audiences.

4. Documentary Delights and Special Screenings

Documentary Delights and Special Screenings
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  • High and Low: John Galliano: Kevin Macdonald’s documentary sheds light on the highs and lows of renowned fashion designer John Galliano.
  • The Beast: Lea Seydoux and George MacKay star in a film that promises a compelling narrative.
  • La Chimera: Alice Rohrwacher’s period romance, starring Josh O’Connor, is set to have its U.K. premiere, creating a buzz across the festival and partner cinemas.


As the Glasgow Film Festival celebrates its 20th edition, “Love Lies Bleeding” sets the stage for an exciting cinematic journey. With a lineup featuring premieres, U.K. firsts, and documentaries, the festival promises a diverse and engaging experience for film enthusiasts. Kristen Stewart’s presence in the opening night film adds star power to an already stellar lineup, ensuring that audiences are in for an unforgettable cinematic celebration. Stay tuned for more updates and highlights as the festival unfolds its cinematic treasures.

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