Budapest Hotel opens Glasgow fest

This Is Lancashire: Ralph Fiennes stars in Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel Ralph Fiennes stars in Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel has opened the 2014 Glasgow Film Festival.

Although none of the stars nor the filmmaker attended the gala screening, the film, which stars Ralph Fiennes, Saoirse Ronan, Jude Law and Bill Murray, played to sold-out audiences at the Glasgow Film Theatre in the Scottish city.

The festival's co-director Allan Hunter said this year's event has surpassed expectations.

"It's so much bigger than I think anyone ever imagined 10 years ago. The audiences are now around 40,000, we are one of the biggest film festivals in the UK and there are more than 60 UK premieres this year," he said.

He added: "It's grown in terms of so many different areas we explore. That's the festival's ethos - there's no such thing as something that isn't a festival film. We embrace all cinema from fright fest to arthouse movies, to our 1939 retrospective, and focus on Chilean cinema to blockbusters."

His co-director Allison Gardner said that the city plays a major part.

"We use our whole city. We're using the Tall Ship, the arches, Kelvingrove art gallery and museum - the first time they've ever shown a film - and the area underneath Central Station so we are literally showing something everywhere across the city. This festival is for audiences and they love the pop-up cinema events," she said.

Richard Dreyfus, Richard Ayoade, Jack O'Connell and Jason Priestly are among the stars expected to attend the festival's premieres.

Jonathan Glazer's Under The Skin, starring Scarlett Johansson and partly filmed in Glasgow, closes the 10-day event, now in its 10th year, on March 2.

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