The full programme for the 16th annual Glasgow Film Festival has been revealed today and the festival, which takes place across 12 days between 26th February and 8th March. Among the 380 film screenings, talks, and special events taking place, the festival will host 9 world premieres, 10 European premieres, 102 UK premieres and 39 Scottish premieres.
The film festival will open and close with UK premieres of films directed by women – Alice Winocour’s Proxima and Coky Giedroyc’s How to Build a Girl.
We’re excited that our very own Darryl Griffiths (@LegallyBOD) will be covering the film festival again for us this year with a mixture of written and video reviews.
World premieres taking place at the festival include Anthony Baxter’s Flint, which follows the situation in Flint, Michigan over six years of denial, evasion, betrayal and hypocrisy after the city’s domestic water supply switched to the Flint River, Julian Jarrold’s Sulphur & White which sees Mark Stanley star as inspiring real-life mountaineer and charity campaigner David Tait, and Lucy Brydon’s directorial debut Body of Water which is described as a sensitive take on the impact of an eating disorder on an individual and their loved ones.
European premieres include Nail in the Coffin: The Fall and Rise of Vampiro, which follows a professional wrestler juggling dual roles of running Lucha Libre AAA in Mexico whilst being a father to his teenage daughter, Over the Sea, a beguiling coming-of-age story, following boisterous and carefree youngster, 11-year-old Xiaoji, and This World Won’t Break, a country music drama shot in the dive bars and spit-and-sawdust venues of Dallas. South Korean female buddy cop drama Mrs and Miss Cops will also have its European premiere at the festival.
The True History of the Kelly Gang, Lost Transmissions, Escape From Pretoria, and Radioactive will have their UK premieres at the festival – with stars including George Mackay, Caitlin Moran, Simon Bird, Emily Beecham, Celia Imrie, Bill Paterson, Haifaa Al-Mansour, Craig Roberts gracing the red carpet.
Michael Caton-Jones’ riotous comedy Our Ladies will be making its Scottish cinema debut and one of the film’s stars, Marli Siu, also stars in the Scottish premiere of Run. We had the pleasure of sitting down to interview with Marli at Tribeca last year to discuss her role in Run. We shared the brand new trailer for Our Ladies earlier this week.
Inbetweeners star Simon Bird’s directorial debut Days of the Bagnold Summer will also have its Scottish premiere. The warm and witty film stars Nick Cave’s son Earl Cave and Bird’s Friday Night Dinner co-star Tamsin Greig, and featuring a new soundtrack by Belle and Sebastian.
Glasgow Film Festival’s Co-director, Allan Hunter, 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.”
Across the final three days of the festival, GFF will be screening Mark Cousin’s epic homage to the history of female talent behind the camera, Women Make Film, showing this groundbreaking 14-hour documentary narrated by Tilda Swinton and Jane Fonda in five instalments.
Allison Gardner, Glasgow Film Festival Co-director, said “GFF20 features some stunning work from across the globe, from Bacurau from Brazil to Dolly Kitty and Those Twinkling Stars from India via fifty other countries, ensuring we have a film from most corners of the globe. With 15 titles in our Future Cult strand we have a film that surely will take your fancy, I loved Deerskin especially and Nobadi took me on an unexpected journey. This year’s Stranger Than Fiction documentaries strand has work covering the life of Toni Morrison, Truman Capote, Barry Gifford and Henry Glassie to name a few. In Sound & Vision we have films on Billie Holiday and Ike White and my personal highlight, a 4K restoration of 1959’s Jazz on a Summer’s Day. There really is a film for everyone in the feast of film that is GFF20.”