Described as ‘The Perfect Movie Mix‘, February will see the return of Glasgow Film Festival. Tuesday saw the Press launch of 2020 Programme, a line up female film pioneers, inspiring documentaries to ‘building Girls’.
The 16th edition of the festival will take place across 12 days, that will host 9 World premieres, 10 European premieres, 102 UK premieres and 39 Scottish premieres. Over 380 movies to cater for all tastes and why Glasgow Film Festival is one of the UK’s leading Film Festivals.
As ever to tease our curiosities, the opening and closing galas were already announced. Opening the festival on 26th February with Alice Winocour’s Proxima starring Eva Green as an astronaut preparing for a mission to the International Space Station. Beanie Feldstein’s star turn in the big screen adaptation of Caitlin Moran’s blockbusting memoir How to Build a Girl, directed by Coky Giedroyc. Glasgow Film Festival closes on International Women’s Day with a celebratory showcase of female talent – with every film screened either directed or written by a woman or starring a female lead.
One of the many highlights of the 2020 Festival include: Julian Jarrold’s moving biopic Sulphur & White, with an impressive supporting cast of Anna Friel, Dougray Scott and Emily Beecham, a true life story of long-buried childhood trauma. Hugo Weaving shines as a world-weary Melbourne crime boss in a sharp contemporary re-telling of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure and Mrs and Miss Cops is a South Korean female buddy cop drama that’s a non-stop thrill-ride from start to finish.
Other must-see highlights include Kelly Macdonald in the sweeping Australian outback romance Dirt Music; Daniel Radcliffe as a South African activist attempting a daring jailbreak in the nail-biting true story Escape From Pretoria. George Mackay’s star continues to ascend as he leads alongside Russell Crowe in The True History of the Kelly Gang, Rosamund Pike puts in another luminous performance as Marie Curie in Radioactive and Simon Pegg impresses as a music producer struggling with his mental health who goes missing in LA in Lost Transmissions.
Hotly anticipated indies that have been getting rave reviews across the world will premiere in Glasgow, including The Truth – the first ever English-language film by Shoplifters director Hirokazu Kore-eda boasting an all-star cast of Juliette Binoche, Catherine Deneuve and Ethan Hawke. Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots as a pair of first-time buyers who get more than they bargained for in the twisted fable Vivarium. Michael Caton-Jones’ riotous comedy Our Ladies is the long-awaited big screen adaptation of Alan Warner’s hit novel The Sopranos, following a group of rowdy 1990s Catholic school girls as they journey from Fort William to Edinburgh to compete in a choir competition.
The Glasgow Film Festival have garnered a reputation for their special events. Every year they out do themselves and quickly those events sell out. For 2020, the festival will reappraise some vintage big screen visions of dystopian life and ask Are We There Yet? Everything from those ‘god damn apes’ from Charlton Heston in Planet Of The Apes to Terry Gilliam’s retro-futurist fantasia Brazil . What’s so great about these films, there free!
Allan Hunter, Glasgow Film Festival Co-director, said: “The 2020 programme is a real voyage of discovery, showcasing a treasure trove of little gems from all around the world. I think audiences will love the range and depth of exciting new talents we’ve chosen from the moving Sudanese drama You Will Die At 20 to the brilliant Isaac from Lithuania, and the outstanding reckoning with Guatemala’s past in Our Mothers. We highlight homegrown excellence with eagerly awaited new titles including Anthony Baxter’s riveting Flint, Eliza Schroeder’s charming Love, Sarah and Peter Mackie Burns’ beautifully acted Rialto. The Festival’s celebration of Icelandic cinema is our biggest Country Focus ever, and the epic documentary Women Make Film is an exciting game-changer that rewrites the history of world cinema. Inspirational films to raise the spirits of any audience.”
For full details of the full festival line up head over to www.glasgowfilm.org/festival For More details.
2020 Glasgow Film Festival will take place from 26th February until 8th March.
Tickets go on sale from 12 noon on Thursday 30 January for GFF members and GFT CineCard holders, and on general sale from 12 noon on Monday 3 February. Book online at glasgowfilm.org/festival.