13 June 2024

The Gravedigger by Khadar Ahmed - BUFO - photo by Lasse Lecklin

Glasgow Film Festival To Celebrate ‘African Stories’ In 2022 Festival

We may still be a few months away from the next Glasgow Film Festival, it’s now shaping into an international event. Next to the recent 1962 retrospective, the 18th annual festival line up will be celebrating African Stories and Norway’s first female film director Edith Carlmar.

The festival will screen a programme of African Stories, a collection of contemporary films celebrating the rich diversity of life in countries across the continent. The films range from Casablanca Beats, a joyous salute to the power of music to transform lives in Morocco and Khadar Ayderus Ahmed’s multi award-winning Djibouti-set The Gravedigger’s Wife, to documentaries including Once Upon A Time in Uganda, about one man’s mission to create an action movie industry in Uganda. The festival is also working with Scotland’s Africa in Motion film festival on events around some key titles. This programme of films will combine to provide a taste of a vital and booming filmmaking continent.

Allan Hunter, GFF Co-director said: ‘Over the past year, we have seen so many outstanding films from countries all across Africa that we have been spoilt for choice in collating African Stories. This is a showcase for the films that have impressed us most, ranging across dramas and documentaries and including Khadar Ayderus Ahmed’s award-winning The Gravedigger’s Wife, which is Somali’s Oscar candidate. I think this will be a real voyage of discovery for audiences filled with exciting discoveries.’

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This year’s programme will also shine a light on the pioneering films of Edith Carlmar, Norway’s first female feature film director. Experience Death Is a Caress (1949), the first Norwegian film noir, opening the floodgates to the 21st century cult of Scandi Noir; madcap comedy caper Fools In The Mountains (1957); the illuminating portrait of addiction Young Woman Missing (1953) and her candid final feature The Wayward Girl (1959) which marked the screen debut of Liv Ullmann – all screened on beautiful 35mm.

Allison Gardner, Co-director GFF also commented, ‘As audiences know, we love to screen and champion films by women, from our Ida Lupino screenings in 2018, Elaine May in 2019 and our selection of great films by women around Mark Cousins’ documentary Women Make Film in 2020. For GFF22 we are screening four films by Norway’s first female director Edith Carlmar. Born into a poor family in the working-class districts of East Oslo she became an actress and turned her hand to directing in 1949. We are honoured to be screening four of her features, including Death is a Caress which is considered to be Norway’s first film noir. This is a wonderful opportunity for audiences to discover her remarkable talent.’

For the first time ever, GFF’s gala premieres will screen simultaneously at both the festival’s home venue, Glasgow Film Theatre, and at cinemas across the UK including London, Manchester, Sheffield, Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Stornoway. Alongside its big screen outings, the festival will build on the huge success of its 2021 digital edition, which took place during lockdown, and a selection of films will be accessible online to audiences across the UK with a specially curated programme available to watch on GFF’s digital platform, Glasgow Film At Home.

The 18th Glasgow Film Festival will be taking place from 2nd until 13th March 2022.

The full programme for the 2022 line up  will be announced on 26th January, with tickets going on sale to Cinecard holders on 28th January and on general sale 31st January. This is our local festival, one of the best in the UK and we hope to be there in some shape or form.

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