Glasgow Film Festival 2020 reveals the focus of three special strands
- Julia Kajdi
- 11 November 2019
The annual celebration of film announces the first details of its upcoming programme
Returning for its 16th edition from Wed 26 Feb to Sun 8 Mar, the Glasgow Film Festival is one of the UK's most dynamic festivals devoted to national and international filmmakers, with yet another striking selection of screenings planned for 2020. The first events have been announced for next year's festival, with three special strands hosting a range of films from Scotland and around the world.
The ever-popular Retrospective strand will focus on dystopian worlds and stories, featuring free morning screenings of modern films and classics. Are We There Yet? – A Retrospective of the Future showcases works from the last 60 years, proving that faith in humanity and the future has always held a unique place in the minds of directors. True masterpieces like Tarkovsky's Stalker or Terry Gilliam's Brazil, alongside Michael Crichton's Westworld and Franklin J. Schaffner's Planet of the Apes share the bill, as well as Logan's Run (Michael Anderson), Soylent Green (Richard Fleischer), and The Day the Earth Caught Fire (Val Guest). Audiences will then have the opportunity to decide how much has changed in the last several decades in terms of our fears and hopes of the future, and compare these to modern hits like Kathryn Bigelow's Strange Days, Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men and Neill Blomkamp's District 9.
Another highly anticipated strand is the Country Focus, which allows nations to step up and showcase the very best in their industry. In 2020, the spotlight falls on Iceland and its extremely talented directors such as documentary-maker Yrsa Roca Fannberg, who will visit the festival and introduce her most recent film, The Last Autumn. The strand will also feature UK premieres and timeless classics. As GFF Co-director Alison Gardner says, 'We will be hosting a selection of feature films and documentaries including the UK premieres of The County by Rams director Grímur Hákonarson and Echo by Sparrows director Rúnar Rúnarsson. We are honouring Iceland's most famous songstress Björk and a host of Icelandic musical talent with a screening of Screaming Masterpiece and a Björk Club night, and hosting a 20th anniversary screening of the seminal Icelandic film 101 Reykjavik'.
The Industry Focus also returns for its 5th outing with special keynote speakers and panel discussions running for five days, suitable for anyone working or studying in the industry. This year's edition focuses on four major topics: sustainability in production; working practice and wellbeing; distribution; and music in film and TV. Early bird tickets go on sale at 10am Mon 11 Nov for £100 (£60), while standard tickets can be purchased for £120 (£75) from Sat 21 Dec.
The full programme for Glasgow Film Festival will be announced on Wed 29 Jan with tickets going on sale to the general public on Mon 3 Feb.
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