The one thing we love about a new year, is a chance to taste what’s on offer in film for the year. Film festivals are the perfect venues for those tasty treats and tonight the Glasgow Film Festival unveils it’s 2022 line up. A line up that promises otherworldly horrors, powerful monologues and extraordinary women.
After last year’s online edition, cinephiles will be delighted that in March they can now head to the iconic Glasgow Film Theatre, see those films on the big screen. The 18th edition of the festival will not forget those people still cautious in returning to cinemas, by offering an Hybrid edition with films also online. This year’s festival will host 10 World premieres, 4 European premieres, 65 UK premieres, and 13 Scottish premieres.
The year’s festival will open with the UK premiere of The Outfit, a gripping and masterful thriller starring Academy Award winner Mark Rylance, and close with the UK premiere of the Camera D’or-winning Murina, a tense family drama directed by Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic and executive-produced by Martin Scorsese.
The other tasty delights that will be on show this year’s festival will be Paul Verhoeven’s tale of power, punishment and the divine, Benedetta. Scottish director Ruth Paxton’s feature debut, A Banquet and Joachim Trier’s freewheeling anti-rom-com, The Worst Person In The World. Oscar-nominated directors Julie Cohen and Betsy West (RBG, My Name Is Pauli Murray) celebrating another extraordinary woman in Julia, a deliciously entertaining portrait of the legendary chef and television celebrity Julia Child. Mia Hansen-Love’s relationship drama, Bergman Island, will have its Scottish premiere at GFF. Filmed on Ingmar Bergman’s island home, Faro, and starring Tim Roth and Vicky Krieps as filmmakers. Also the freewheeling documentary Wake Up Punk from Joe Corré – the son of Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood who in 2016 burnt millions of pounds worth of punk era memorabilia in protest – who questions whether the counterculture legacy has been commodified and distorted.
This year’s festival has a big theme of celebrating Female filmmakers and that theme continues in the prestigious Audience Award. The only award given out at GFF and voted for by our most important guests, the festival audience – returns with seven outstanding films, six of which are directed by women. Charline Bourgeois-Taquet’s debut feature, the witty romantic tale, Anaïs In Love. Cecile Ducrocq’s first film, Her Way, stars Laure Calamy (Call My Agent). Bertha Basholli’s Hive was an award-winner at Sundance and follows the inhabitants of a village that was the site of the Krusha Massacres during the Kosovo War, and their attempts to move on without their loved ones. Set in Mexico and inspired by a true story, Teodora Mihai’s gripping thriller, La Civil, explores what a parent can do to save their child after they’ve been kidnapped. Elie Grappe’s Olga, follows up-and-coming teenage gymnast, Olga (Anastasia Budiashkina) as she leaves to train for the Olympics in Switzerland shortly before her home country begins to experience political upheaval. Mob mentality meets the supernatural in Arsalan Amiri’s eerie, yet funny, Zalava, which sees townsfolk suspect a demon is nearby and find themselves caught between a local shamen, and Lizzie MacKenzie’s The Hermit of Treig.
The previously announced Winds of Change: Cinema in ‘62, ever-popular free morning screenings of cinema’s best cult classics and modern masterpieces, and this year, we’re focussing on films released in 1962. Some the classics on show will be Cape Fear, Dr. No, Lonely Are the Brave, The Manchurian Candidate. Also previously announced too, is African Stories will focus on an entire continent, a collection of nine contemporary films celebrating the people, history and culture in some of the 54 countries in Africa. The Festival also celebrates female filmmaking talent from around the world, from brand new UK premieres to a rare retrospective of Norway’s first woman director, Edith Carlmar. You can read about these strands here.
GFF Co-director Allison Gardner said: ‘I can’t begin to describe our joy at being able to have our loyal, committed and fun audiences back to the festival. We have all undergone different and difficult times over the last two years and nothing helps us to heal and connect like film. Having audiences in both our festival venues and our partner cinemas across the UK is a source of joy. The team have worked incredibly hard to pull together a unique and wonderful programme to enjoy.’
Allan Hunter, GFF Co-director also commented: ‘Welcoming audiences old and new to the 2022 Glasgow Film Festival is a source of great joy and not a little relief. I think we have all missed that sense of community and discovery you experience at a festival. The team have watched more films than ever to compile a programme rich in its diversity and wonders. There are so many great films to recommend from around the world and I am especially excited by the abundance of Scottish stories and productions that showcase the country’s many shining talents. I can’t wait for people to pick their own favourites.’
2022 Glasgow Film Festival will take place between 2nd March until 13th March. There will be no printed brochure this year, and you can get full details for the whole programme at glasgowfilm.org/festival
Tickets for the Opening Gala (The Outfit), Closing Gala (Murina) and International Women’s Day Gala (Happening) go on sale at 10am on Monday 31st January from GFT Box Office and glasgowfilm.org/festival
FrightFest passes go on sale at 10am on Tuesday 1st February from GFT Box Office and glasgowfilm.org/festival
All other screenings in the full GFF22 programme go on sale at 10am on Wednesday 2nd February from GFT Box Office and glasgowfilm.org/festival
This is our local film festival and glad to announce we will be at this year’s festival, so watch out for our coverage.