Glasgow Film Festival 2014: Day-by-day guide to the best events
One event for every day of the fest, including Starred Up, Goodfellas and Under the Skin
Ten of the best events coming up at this year’s Glasgow Film Festival - one for each day. Featuring Under the Skin, Starred Up, Mood Indigo, The Congress, Tracks, The Punk Singer and The Past.
Fri 21 Feb
Street Food Cinema: Goodfellas
Responding to the current enthusiasm for tasty, quality street food, the Glasgow Film Festival have partnered up with Street Food Cartel to present four films (each with a strong food and drink element to them) that you can enjoy while munching on scran from Scotland’s top vendors. The screenings will take place in The Briggait in Merchant City, a beautiful, recently-restored, covered market. Our pick of the screenings is Goodfellas (where we imagine you can look forward to your own ‘prison feast’) but you can also head along to When Harry Met Sally (Sat 22 Feb), Ratatouille (Sun 22 Feb) and Withnail and I (Sun 22 Feb).
For fans of: gangsters and gastronomy.
Sat 22 Feb
Prolific Scottish filmmaker David Mackenzie has been receiving rave reviews for this his eighth feature. Working with screenwriter Jonathan Asser, who spent time as a prison therapist, Starred Up is a gut-wrenching drama about violent teen Eric Love (played by the undeniable talented Jack O’Connell) who’s moved to an adult prison which also houses his estranged father Neville (Ben Mendelsohn). In our review from last year’s London Film Festival, we called it ‘as defiantly compassionate as it is brutal and nerve-wracking’. Catch it in February before it opens in cinemas later in the spring.
For fans of: prison dramas, British film and excellent performances.
GFT, Glasgow, Fri 21 Feb & Cineworld, Glasgow, Sat 22 Feb.
Sun 23 Feb
From Michel Gondry, the director of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep comes another wonderfully inventive love story. Mood Indigo is based on Boris Vian’s 1947 novel Froth on the Daydream, and concerns a loved-up couple, Colin and Chloe, whose lives are transformed when she is found to have a water lily growing in her lung. Playing the two leads are French stars Audrey Tautou (Amélie herself) and Romain Duris (Populaire, The Beat that My Heart Skipped). If the trailer is anything to go by, you can expect buckets of surrealism and whimsy, and an achingly romantic story that plays out in a fantasy version of gay Paris.
For fans of: whimsy and romance with a Gallic flavour.
GFT, Glasgow, Sun 23 & Mon 24 Feb.
Mon 24 Feb
Potholing Expedition Seeks Recruits
Have you heard about the underground vaults beneath Central Station? This tantalising event takes a small group of adventurous cinema-goers down into the underbelly of Scotland’s largest train station for a spine-tingling movie experience. The film is a surprise for now but we’ve been told it’s been picked to perfectly suit its surroundings, so expect something dark and very, very tense. This is the first time that the public has ever been allowed into this space, making it a very unique event indeed.
For fans of: small spaces, urban exploration and heart-in-your-mouth scenes.
Central Station, Glasgow, Mon 24–Thu 27 Feb.
Tue 25 Feb
We loved British director Joanna Hogg’s third feature when we saw it at the London Film Festival last year, a portrait of two artists preparing to sell their exquisite, modernist townhouse. Hogg follows up her acclaimed films Unrelated and Archipelago with another study of characters who, on first glance, aren’t the most likeable. Her films aren’t for everyone: they’re light on story and relish uncomfortable interactions. But Hogg achieves something most filmmakers don’t, in capturing a glimpse of the true complexity of human life and relationships.
For fans of: experimental film, character studies and awkward moments.
Cineworld, Glasgow, Tue 25 & Wed 26 Feb.
Wed 26 Feb
Back in 2008, Israeli director Ari Folman astonished film-goers with his powerful rotoscoped documentary Waltz with Bashir, based on his own experiences of serving in the 1982 Lebanon War. His latest feature turns away from reality and towards fantasy. The Congress is a futuristic story about actress Robin Wright (playing herself) who, having struggled for years to get work, decides to sell her digital image to a Hollywood studio on condition that she never acts again. It’s an idiosyncratic work, part live action, part animation with some thought-provoking ideas on virtual reality.
For fans of: psychedelic animation and sci-fi.
Cineworld, Glasgow, Tue 25 & Wed 26 Feb.
Thu 27 Feb
Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver (aka Adam from Girls) star in this spectacular Australian drama based on the true story of Robyn Davidson who, in 1977, made a 1700km trek across the desert from Alice Springs to the country’s west coast accompanied by four camels and a dog. The journey took nine months and was intermittently documented by photographer Rick Smolan (played by Driver). Tracks is an elegant adaptation of Davidson’s memoir on the adventure and features breathtaking scenery of the Australian outback. It’s sure to provide a little warmth during these chilly months.
For fans of: spectacular scenery and inspiring true stories.
Cineworld, Glasgow, Thu 27 & Fri 28 Feb.
Fri 28 Feb
Kathleen Hanna, the musician behind Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, in many ways embodied riot grrrl, the DIY feminist punk movement that challenged the male-dominated, heteronormative music scene of the 90s. This inspiring new documentary by performance artist Sini Anderson celebrates the singer and activist’s life and career. At this screening, Lauren Mayberry of electro-pop band Chvrches and founder of feminist collective TYCI will introduce the film.
For fans of: punk, feminism and revealing documentaries.
GFT, Glasgow, Fri 28 Feb & Sat 1 Mar.
Sat 1 Mar
It’s hard to forget the complex and nuanced family dramas of Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, who has previously impressed with About Elly and the Oscar-winning A Separation. His latest film, The Past, is another intimate tale. An Iranian man returns to Paris to finalise a divorce with his French wife who has started a new relationship but it’s not long before a revelation disrupts the group dynamics. Fans of Farhadi’s previous work will know to expect an intelligent interrogation of human relationships.
For fans of: world cinema and intricate drama.
Cineworld, Glasgow, Sat 1 & Sun 2 Mar.
Sun 2 Mar
The closing film of this year’s festival is the highly-anticipated adaptation of Edinburgh-based novelist Michel Faber’s chilling and unforgettable story of a cannibalistic alien seductress who drives through Scotland picking up unsuspecting hitchhikers. Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast, Birth) has created an eerie, philosophical thriller that has already picked up five-star reviews from critics at the Venice Film Festival. For those who know Glasgow, there’s a special thrill in seeing Scarlett Johansson cruising through the city’s grey streets trying to attract passing men (who were in fact unaware of the film being shot).
For fans of: arthouse horror, Scarlett Johansson and seeing Scotland on the big screen.
GFT, Glasgow, Sun 2 Mar.
Taking place over a weekend before the main film festival starts, GSFF has a packed programme of Scottish and international works, plus this year there's a special focus on sound and image. We were particularly intrigued by The Borscht Corporation (CCA, Fri 14, Sun 16 Feb), a Miami-based, no-budget filmmaking collective who’ll be showing a selection of their anarchic shorts portraying a very different side of the Floridian city.
Various venues, Thu 13–Sun 16 Feb.
Also Don’t Forget
This year's GYFF, the only film festival in Europe curated by 15 to 17-year-olds, focuses on teenage life.
Various venues, Sun 2–Wed 12 Feb.