Glasgow Film Festival - best of the fest
Best of the fest
The opening night gala revolves around a heartbroken insomniac and his quest to find new love - through nightshift work. See Sean Biggerstaff interview. GFT, Thu 15 Feb, 7.30pm; Cineworld Renfrew Street, Fri 16 Feb, 6.30pm.
A Guide to Recognising the Saints
A drama about a boy growing up in Queens, New York in the 1980s. The strong cast includes Robert Downey Jr, Rosario Dawson and Martin Compston. Cineworld Renfrew Street, Thu 22 Feb, 7.30pm & Fri 23 Feb, 2pm.
12.08 East of Bucharest
Sixteen years after the abdication of Ceausescu in Romania, a group of guests arrive at a radio station to commemorate the event in this humourous satire. GFT, Sat 17 Feb, 8.30pm.
After the Wedding
Fearless Danish filmmaker Suzanne Bier (Brothers, Open Hearts) returns with another giddying, moving tangled mess of a melodrama about regret and second chances. GFT, Fri 23 Feb, 6.15pm; Grosvenor, Sun 25 Feb, 1.30pm.
The Boss of It
All Lars von Trier’s latest film is a tale of identity fraud in the corporate world. Packed with moral dilemmas and absurdist humour, it marks a return to the black comedy of The Kingdom and The Idiots. GFT, Fri 16 Feb, 6pm.
Buenos Aires 1977
Brutal and atmospheric Bolivian dramatisation based on the testimony of the real life survivors of Argentina’s brutal military regime of the 1970s and 80s. GFT, Sun 18 Feb, 8.45pm & Mon 19 Feb, 2.30pm.
Catch a Fire
Powerful true life drama about an oil refinery foreman in South Africa who became a radicalised freedom fighter when his family was persecuted by a police chief. Cineworld Renfrew Street, Wed 21 Feb, 7.30pm & Thu 22 Feb, 2pm.
Days of Glory
Epic and heartbreaking war film about the many heroic North Africans who fought for France during WWII without recognition. This compelling and involving film stars the cream of Moroccan and Algerian cinema. GFT, Thu 22 Feb, 8.20pm.
Everything’s Gone Green
Any film scripted by Douglas Coupland has got to be worth a look. This bittersweet comedy about one young man’s quest to make a quick buck was a huge hit in Canada. Cineworld Renfrew Street, Wed 21 Feb, 8.45pm & Thu 22 Feb, 1.30pm.
Finding Bob McArthur
Former Edinburgh International Film Festival director Jim Hickey is in the director’s chair for this mockumentary about an acclaimed Scottish filmmaker preparing to receive a lifetime achievement award. GFT, Fri 16 Feb, 8.30pm.
The Good Shepherd
Robert De Niro’s second directorial outing is a fascinating epic charting the history of the CIA through the experiences of one dedicated operative . Cineworld Renfrew Street, Mon 19 Feb, 7.30pm & Tue 20 Feb, 2pm.
Sundance stormer about an idealistic schoolteacher whose life slowly falls apart. Ryan Gosling is tremendous in the lead, earning an Oscar nomination. See interview. Cineworld Renfrew Street, Glasgow, Fri 23 Feb, 7.30pm.
Very rare chance to see an early short from the brilliant filmmaker behind If … and O Lucky Man! Introduced by Karl Magee, archivist of the Lindsay Anderson Collection at Stirling University. GFT, Fri 23 Feb, 12.30pm.
The List Surprise Film
What will it be? Who knows? It could be a Hollywood blockbuster or a European art house flick. This popular EIFF staple makes it’s debut on the west side. Cineworld Renfrew Street, Sat 24 Feb, 7.30pm.
Paris, je t’aime
Short meditations on Paris by a number of international filmmakers. Contributors include the Coen Brothers, Sylvain Chomet and Gus Van Sant. GFT, Fri 16 Feb, 2.30pm & 8.15pm; Cineworld Renfrew Street on 17 Feb, 6.15pm.
Werner Herzog revisits his excellent 1997 documentary Little Dieter Needs to Fly and remakes it as a thrilling drama starring chameleon man Christian Bale. Cineworld Renfrew Street, Fri 16 Feb, 7.30pm & Sat 17 Feb, 2pm.
Scott Walker: 30th Century Man
Revealing documentary about the mysterious and influential singer/songwriter Scott Walker. Grosvenor, Sat 24 Feb, 11.30pm; GFT, Sun 25 Feb, 1.30pm.
Scotland’s international art magazine Map launches its new spring issue with a celebration of new artists’ films. Never Still brings together a roster of international artists known for their film work. CCA, Fri 16 Feb, 7.30pm, £2.50.
This is England
Shane Dead Man’s Shoes Meadows returns with a comic study of life, love, skinheads and racism in a time of war - the Falklands War. Not to be missed. GFT, Tue 20 Feb, 8.15pm.
A brilliant Scottish cast (including Peter Mullan and Martin Compston) head up this impassioned film about the psychological and physical toll of people smuggling across the North sea. GFT, Sat 24 Feb, 8.30pm.