Glasgow Film Festival directors list their top picks from the upcoming digital festival
- The List
- 27 January 2021
Co-directors Allan Hunter and Allison Gardner each share their top five films from the festival streaming online from 24 Feb to 7 March
The Glasgow Film Festival (GFF) is heading online this year and is set to host screenings via new streaming platform Glasgow Film at Home. This year's impressive festival programme – available to stream online from Wed 24 Feb to Sun 7 Mar – boasts six world premieres, two European premieres and 49 UK premieres. With so many innovative and acclaimed films to choose from, it's difficult to know where to begin.
To help provide some GFF inspiration, festival co-directors Allan Hunter and Allison Gardner have each shared their top five films from this year's festival with The List. Read on to learn about some of the finest films you can watch from home during the festival run. Films are available online for limited dates and tickets for all screenings are available now.
Allison Gardner's GFF Top 5 Picks
Set in a futuristic, post-Apocalyptic landscape, director Chino Moya weaves his stories together seamlessly in this anthology. The production design of the dystopian Europe the characters inhabit is outstanding and the imagery bleakly beautiful and compelling in its support of stories that are disturbing and sometimes darkly humorous.
Available online from 26 Feb–1 Mar.
One of our features in collaboration with Shanghai Film Festival, Yang Lina's award-winning Spring Tide charts the experiences of three generations of Chinese women living under the same roof. The film is deeply satisfying as we get to peel away the layers of the women and how they navigate their lives.
Available online from 25–28 Feb.
BIG vs SMALL
This compelling documentary focuses on Joana Andrade, Portugal's first female big wave surfer, known to many as 'Tiny Fighter'. In her quest to improve her skills and face her demons, Joana seeks help from celebrated Finnish freediver, Johanna Nordblad. I loved the determination of these two incredible women and this is a fascinating watch.
Available online from 2–5 Mar.
Viktor Kossakovsky's (Aquarela) labour of love is a beguiling ode to sow Gunda and her adorable newborn piglets, with a supporting cast of a one-legged chicken and a herd of cows. Filmed in black and white the documentary immerses us in farmyard life; this compelling film, with no dialogue or plot, is mesmerising in its focus on the animals.
Available online from 7–10 Mar.
Jeanette Nordahl's dark, chilling crime drama has family at its heart. When her mother dies in a car crash, teenager Ida is given a home by her long-estranged aunt Bodil, but when Ida learns the nature of the family business she is shocked. This is a tense, compelling drama of an adolescent dropped into a family that has its own rules and problems.
Available online from 4–7 Mar.
Allan Hunter's GFF Top 5 Picks
Yer Old Faither
Heather Croall's documentary is such a joyous salute from a daughter to a father as she captures the life of her dad, John, a Glaswegian doctor who left Scotland for sunnier climes in Australia. His lasting impact on the local community is inspirational.
Available online from 6–9 Mar.
Sweetheart will strike a chord for any angst-ridden teen who suffered a family holiday where they would rather have been anywhere else. It is a sweet, funny coming of age tale that marks out star Nell Barlow and director Marley Morrison as talents to watch.
Available online from 3–6 Mar.
A majestic documentary from the masterful Frederick Wiseman that immerses us in the governance of Boston and becomes a salute to civic life and public duty. Given all the events in America over recent months this couldn't be more timely.
Available online from 5–8 Mar.
A true story from Serbia becomes the basis of a film that really grips and moves. Judged to be an unfit father, a man has his children placed into care. His epic quest to regain custody becomes a salute to the way love inspires extraordinary acts from seemingly ordinary individuals.
Available online from 27 Feb–2 Mar.
A soulful South Korean debut from Lim Jungeun filmed in dreamy black and white. A chance encounter between strangers blossoms into something more as they walk through the empty streets of Seoul by night. One for romantics.
Available online from 4–7 Mar.
Glasgow Film Festival runs online from 24 Feb to 7 Mar. For more information on this year's programme and to book tickets, visit glasgowfilm.org/festival.