The full programme has been announced for Glasgow Film Festival 2020. One of the UK’s largest film festivals will host over 380 film screenings, talks and special events – including 9 World premieres and 10 European premieres.
The festival will open and close with UK premieres of films directed by women – Alice Winocour’s ‘Proxima’ starring Eva Green as an astronaut preparing for a mission to the International Space Station and Beanie Feldstein’s star turn in the big-screen adaptation of Caitlin Moran’s blockbusting memoir ‘How to Build a Girl’, directed by Coky Giedroyc.
Glasgow Film Festival closes on International Women’s Day with a celebratory showcase of female talent – with every film screened either directed or written by a woman or starring a female lead.
World Premieres will include features from both international and homegrown talent and includes;
Scotland-based director Anthony Baxter (You’ve Been Trumped) makes his long-awaited return with Flint, which follows the situation in Flint, Michigan over six years of denial, evasion, betrayal and hypocrisy after the city’s domestic water supply switched to the Flint River.
Robbie Fraser turns his lens on another legendary Scottish figure in Pictures From Afghanistan – a journey amongst the people and places of modern Afghanistan with veteran Glasgow photojournalist David Pratt, who has spent much of the last three decades reporting on changing fortunes and global conflicts.
Roy’s World: Barry Gifford’s Chicago brings to life beat poet and screenwriter Barry Gifford’s autobiographical story collection with archive footage, animation and narration by Willem Dafoe, Lili Taylor and Matt Dillon.
Mark Stanley stars as inspiring real-life mountaineer and charity campaigner David Tait facing up to long-buried childhood trauma in Julian Jarrold’s moving biopic Sulphur & White, with an impressive supporting cast of Anna Friel, Dougray Scott and Emily Beecham.
Debut UK directorial talent includes Lucy Brydon’s Body of Water, a sensitive take on the impact of an eating disorder on an individual and their loved ones, and Notting Hill meets Great British Bake Off in Eliza Schroeder’s irresistible rom-com Love, Sarah starring Shelley Conn, Bill Paterson, Celia Imrie and Rupert Penry-Jones.
Those receiving their European Premieres are as follows;
Hugo Weaving’s contemporary re-telling of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure
Mrs and Miss Cops – a South Korean female buddy cop drama that’s a non-stop thrill-ride from start to finish.
Over the Sea – a beguiling coming-of-age story, following boisterous and carefree youngster, 11-year-old Xiaoji.
This World Won’t Break – a country music drama shot in the dive bars and spit-and-sawdust venues of Dallas.
Because We Are Girls – a devastating but inspiring feature documentary shining a light on a conservative Indo-Canadian family in small-town British Columbia forced to come to terms with a devastating secret.
Henry Glassie: Field Work – follows the veteran American folklorist in a joyous celebration of outsider art from around the world.
Nail in the Coffin: The Fall and Rise of Vampiro – A feature documentary which follows a professional wrestler juggling dual roles of running Lucha Libre AAA in Mexico whilst being a father to his teenage daughter.
Glasgow Film Festival 2020 will feature the first big-screen outings in the UK for over 100 feature films. Across the final three days of the festival, GFF will be screening Mark Cousin’s epic homage to the history of female talent behind the camera, Women Make Film, showing this groundbreaking 14-hour documentary narrated by Tilda Swinton and Jane Fonda in five instalments.
For the full line up visit the Glasgow Film Festival site here