CCA Cinema / 21 - 23 February 10:00
During Industry Focus we’re screening 3 films from the GFF programme exclusively for industry delegates.
Tuesday 21st February 10:00 CCA Cinema
Life is cheap and virtue is never rewarded in this thrilling debut feature from Chinese-Canadian director Johnny Ma. Every day is a struggle for taxi driver Lao Shi (Chen Gang). When a drunken passenger grabs his arm, the taxi swerves and hits a motorcyclist. A crowd gathers to observe but nobody wants to get involved. Shi takes the initiative and drives the victim to hospital but as he lapses into a coma it is Shi who becomes liable for all the medical expenses. A Dostoevskyan tale of crime and punishment that darkens into a nightmare vision of a society without conscience or compassion.
Director Johnny Ma
Cast Chen Gang, Nai An, Hongwei Wang
Certification N/C 15+
Running time 1h20m
Country Canada / China
Language Mandarin with English subtitles
Wednesday 22nd February 10:00 CCA Cinema
A L Kennedy’s spellbinding novella has been brought to the screen in an elegantly crafted production with a standout performance from Martina Gedeck as Helene. Stuck in a loveless marriage, crippled with insomnia and drifting away from her once comforting faith, Helene tries to find some answers from popular psychologist Eduard Glück (Ulrich Tukur). A spark of curiosity between them deepens into something more meaningful. Can Helene convince herself that she deserves a little happiness? A wise, darkly comic reflection on love, hope and the straitjacket of our own imperfections.
Director Sven Taddicken
Cast Martina Gedeck, Ulrich Tukur, Johannes Krisch
Certification N/C 18+
Running time 1h41m
Language German with English subtitles
Year of production 2016
Thursday 23rd February 10:00 CCA Cinema
Frequently described as the greatest boxer that Scotland has ever produced, Benny Lynch became the flyweight champion of the world. It was a sweet triumph for the man from the Gorbals, who had been raised in extreme poverty. Archive footage, animated sequences and the admiring comments of modern boxers combine to celebrate Benny’s remarkable achievements and to put his life in context. Lynch was only 33 when he died in 1946, overwhelmed by the chronic alcoholism he had been unable to defeat. Benny is an affectionate salute to the people’s champion.
Director Andrew Gallimore
Certification N/C 12+
Running time 1h10m
Year of production 2017