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Music strand at 2013 Glasgow Film Festival - programme highlights

Music/film crossover programme features Jane Birkin, Dark Star and Whatever Gets You Through the Night

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Music strand at 2013 Glasgow Film Festival stronger than ever

Rachel Sermanni in Whatever Gets You Through the Night

This year’s typically strong music strand in the GFF includes pervy old men, gothic cathedrals, virtuoso guitarists and small-hours storytelling.

This year’s typically strong music strand in the GFF includes pervy old men, gothic cathedrals, virtuoso guitarists and small-hours storytelling.

The 2013 Glasgow Film Festival can barely wait to expose its music and film strand delights, with the hotly-anticipated Jane Birkin’s Songs of Serge providing a pre-festival pulse-quickener. A rare and intimate live performance by Serge Gainsbourg’s former muse will see her reinterpret some of the dirty old man of Gallic pop’s finest numbers, following a screening of her film Souvenirs of Serge, a revealing portrait of the ‘Je T’aime … Moi Non-Plus’ pair’s saucy and stormy 13-year romance.

Come the February main event, another must-see is a film by Daniel Warren made as part of the award-winning Whatever Gets You Through the Night multimedia art project – a collection of wee-small-hours stories-in-song, curated by director Cora Bissett, playwright David Greig and band Swimmer One. The latter will also appear in concert, alongside Rachel Sermanni, Wounded Knee and Bigg Taj.

In the live music-accompanied screening stakes, Sheffield experimental ensemble Animat will put a distinctive spin on cult sci-fi/horror director John Carpenter’s 1974 debut Dark Star, while Ruth Paxton’s contemporary mood-piece Nevada will be sonically augmented by Scottish nu-folk trio Lau. Most dramatically, Carl Dreyer’s pioneering 1928 epic The Passion of Joan of Arc will be shown in the gothic surrounds of Glasgow Cathedral, to a haunting soundtrack from Irish composer Irene Buckley.

Documentary standouts include In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey, a portrait of the influential American blues guitarist which will be followed by a set from Scottish freak-folkie Alasdair Roberts, and the Monorail Film Club-selected Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me, which will precede a musical celebration of the esteemed American power-pop band’s influence on Glasgow’s music scene. After Grandma Lo-Fi -- the story of prolific Danish/Icelandic freak-pop pensioner Sigrídur Níelsdóttir -- Tangles and other local lo-fi luminaries will showcase their homemade sounds. Finally, back by popular demand, it’s Popcorn II: Electric Boogaloo @ The Flying Duck, a gathering of local bands to cover their favourite film themes, from the silly to the sublime, with free popcorn.

WHATEVER GETS YOU THROUGH THE NIGHT / FILM TRAILER

Dark Star (1974) - Trailer (en)

Trailer: In Search of Blind Joe Death - The Saga of John Fahey

The Passion Of Joan Of Arc

  • 1928
  • France
  • 80 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Carl Theodor Dreyer
  • Written by: Joseph Delteil, Carl Theodor Dreyer
  • Cast: Renée Jeanne Falconetti, Eugène Silvain, André Berley, Maurice Schutz

An acclaimed masterpiece, a landmark in cinematic history and one of the most intense films ever made. Dealing only with the last days of her trial and her subsequent execution, the passion and intensity is communicated almost exclusively through close-ups of crosses, bars, robes and faces.

Whatever Gets You Through the Night

  • 2012
  • UK
  • 54 min
  • Directed by: Daniel Warren

Screening of the film of the Cora Bissett, Swimmer One and David Greig multi-arts project followed by live performances by participants including Rachel Sermanni, Bigg Tajj, Wounded Knee and others.

In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey

  • 2012
  • Canada
  • 58 min
  • Directed by: James Cullingham

Doc about the legendary American guitarist, composer and provocateur John Fahey.

Grandma Lo-Fi: The Basement Tapes of Sigríður Níelsdóttir

  • 2011
  • Iceland/Denmark
  • 65 min
  • Directed by: Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir, Orri Jonsson
  • Written by: Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir
  • Cast: Sigridur Nielsdottir

Documentary about a 70-year-old woman who became a cult pop star in Iceland.

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