Glasgow Film Festival reveals full programme for 2020 edition
- Deborah Chu
- 29 January 2020
Featuring nine world premieres and appearances from the likes of George Mackay, Caitlin Moran, Celia Imrie and more
One of the UK's largest film festivals, Glasgow Film Festival has announced the full details of its 2020 programme, boasting an incredible slate of premieres, award-winners and star vehicles set to screen across Glasgow cinemas from Wed 26 Feb to Sun 8 Mar.
The festival opens with the premiere of Alice Winocour's Proxima, starring Eva Green as an astronaut preparing for a year-long stint aboard the International Space Station, which will take her away from her young daughter. Other premieres featuring homegrown talent take the form of Flint, Scotland-based director Anthony Baxter's feature about the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Michigan, and Pictures From Afghanistan, Robbie Fraser's journey through modern Afghanistan alongside veteran photojournalist David Pratt. Lucy Brydon makes her directorial debut with Body of Water, and Eliza Schroeder serves up a slice of rom-com delight in Love, Sarah, starring Shelley Conn, Bill Paterson and Celia Imrie. Meanwhile, making its first European screening in Glasgow is a contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, with Hugo Weaving starring as a jaded Melbourne crime boss, and the devastating documentary Because We Are Girls, which delves into the secrets behind one Indo-Canadian family.
Over 100 films will be making their UK debut at the Glasgow Film Festival, including Mark Cousins' trailblazing 14-hour documentary Women Make Film, a tribute to women behind the camera throughout film history, which will be screened in five instalments. Glaswegian star Kelly Macdonald finds romance in the Australian outback in Dirt Music, while Daniel Radcliffe portrays a South African activist attempting a jailbreak in Escape from Pretoria, based on a true story. Rosamund Pike sheds light on the incredible life of Nobel Prize-winning scientist Marie Curie in Radioactive, and 1917 star George Mackay delivers another stunning performance alongside Russell Crowe in The True History of the Kelly Gang. After the runaway success of last year's Shoplifters, Hirokazu Kore-eda makes his English language directorial debut in The Truth, featuring heavy-hitters such as Juliette Binoche, Catherine Deneuve and Ethan Hawke.
Films making a splash abroad include the winner of the Venice Silver Lion Award, Roy Andersson's About Endlessness, which offers up another example of the Swedish film-maker's signature comedic streak. Glasgow audiences will get a chance to view the SXSW Audience Award winner The Garden Left Behind, which follows an undocumented Mexican trans woman who struggles to make a life for herself in New York. Ladj Ly's thrilling Parisian crime drama Les Misérables will also be marking its UK premiere at the GFF, hot on the heels of its Academy Award nomination for Best International Film.
But there's also local talent aplenty to be enjoyed at the festival, including Simon Bird's Days of the Bagnold Summer, a gentle film about a mother and son's strained relationship over one summer, starring Nick Cave's progeny Earl Cave, and featuring a new soundtrack by Glasgow's own iconic indie songsters Belle & Sebastian. Sally Hawkins plays a women with schizophrenia who discovers that life still has plenty of surprises in store for her in Craig Roberts' sophomore film Eternal Beauty, and a riotous group of Catholic school girls leave mayhem in their wake as they travel from Fort William to Edinburgh for a choir competition in Michael Caton-Jones' Our Ladies, a much-anticipated adaptation of Alan Warner's novel The Sopranos. Likewise, Scottish director Scott Graham sets his drama Run in Fraserburgh, as a group of young men seek to escape their stifling small-town life through the thrill of drag racing.
The Glasgow Film Festival Audience Award 2020, sponsored by Caledonian MacBrayne, will be announced at the Closing Gala – the UK premiere of How to Build a Girl – on Sunday 8 March.
Glasgow Film Festival, various venues, Glasgow, Wed 26 Feb–Sun 8 Mar. Full programme available at glasgowfilm.org/glasgow-film-festival
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Since 2005, Scotland's fastest-growing film festival has become a force to be reckoned with in the movie world.