GFT kick of the New Year with a packed programme in January and February. Major new releases in January include: Martin Scorsese’s hotly-anticipated historical epic Silence; the critically acclaimed musical masterpiece La La Land starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, from director Damian Chazelle (Whiplash); astonishingly realised character study Manchester by the Sea featuring a career defining performance from Casey Affleck; The Club director Pablo Larrain’s English-language debut Jackie starring Natalie Portman as First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and Danny Boyle’s long-awaited follow-up to his generation defining 1996 film Trainspotting, T2 Trainspotting, reuniting many of the original cast and creative team.
In February, Jeff Nichols’ understated drama based on a true story, Loving, starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga comes to GFT; already creating a buzz on the awards circuit, Barry Jenkins’s breakout independent drama Moonlight following pre-teen Chiron as he grapples with queerness in an environment where it is simply not an option and Sight & Sound critics’ best film of 2016, uniquely thought-provoking absurdist German comedy, Toni Erdmann.
Glasgow Film Festival celebrates its’ 13th year in 2017 from 15 – 26 February. Two strands have already been announced for the upcoming festival - Dangerous Dames presents free of charge retrospective screenings celebrating some of the sultriest femme fatales of the big screen. Titles include: Out of the Past and The Last Seduction. GFF announced their Country Focus for 2017 as Canada and present True North: New Canadian Cinema marking 150 years of Canada’s confederation with a selection of strikingly original new and rediscovered voices in independent Canadian cinema. Well known for spectacular pop-up cinema and site-specific special events, three titles have been revealed. GFF celebrate the 30th anniversary of endlessly quotable The Princess Bride with a pop-up screening and sword fencing demonstrations; the 15th anniversary release of the sweetest BDSM film ever made, Secretary gets a special screening at SWG3 and 1980s cult classic The Lost Boys will be at a top secret location – this follows the sell-out success of last year’s secret location screening of Con Air, which took place in an airplane hangar on the outskirts of Glasgow!
The GFF Opening and Closing Galas will be announced on 5 January, with tickets going on sale on 9 January. The main programme will be announced on 18 January, with tickets going on sale to GFF members on 19 January and on general sale 23 January.
Visiting Seasons at GFT
Nordic-Baltic Film Festival (4 – 25 January)
To celebrate their fifth annual celebration of films from the far north, Nordic Film Festival have decided to expand the remit of their programme to include Baltic as well as Nordic cinema. This year’s festival has a strong comedy flavour alongside some of the best new dramas and documentaries including: entertaining puzzler with a sharp Fargo-style attitude, Mother; timely documentary BUGS – exploring sustainable production methods and insects as a foodstuff; unsentimental coming-of-age drama Mellow Mud and unexpected secrets in family drama The Homecoming.
Fokus: Films from Germany (3 – 24 January)
The Goethe-Institut and Filmhouse are working together for a second year to bring a selection of recent German films, this year the topic of personal struggle takes centre stage - whether it is a political struggle, a struggle against mental illness or the struggle for acceptance by a mainstream society. Hedi Schneider is Stuck explores a young, happy family facing mental health problems up against well-meant advice, hysterical parents and bored therapists; GFF16 favourite and award-winning political thriller The People Vs Fritz Bauer; an essential documentary exploring arguably the most important period of German cinema – The Weimar Republic (1918 – 1933) – From Caligari to Hitler and WILD, a tale of freedom and happiness between a woman and a wolf.
Sound & Vision
Returning to GFT this January due to popular demand, Jim Jarmusch’s Gimme Danger recounts the hard-rocking history of Iggy Pop and his legendary punk band, The Stooges; fascinating documentary featuring interviews and never-before-seen archive footage Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock & Roll presents the country’s inexplicable rock & roll music scene and how it relates to Cambodian society past and present.
Crossing the Line
The winner of the 2016 Margaret Tait Award, Kate Davis, is a Glasgow-based artist whose work reconsiders what certain histories could look, sound and feel like. The January Crossing the Line screening presents a programme of her previous works ahead of the premiere of her new film at Glasgow Film Festival 2017. Following the screening, Kate will take part in a Q&A with LUX Scotland. In February, presented with LUX Scotland is Steve Reinke’s Anthology of American Folk Song plus Selected Shorts exploring the relationships between desires, bodies and action.
Stuck in a wooden cabin, Ash (Bruce Campbell) and some friends find themselves battling for their lives against demons summoned from the dead in the chainsaw-laden, demon-whacking gore-fest Evil Dead 2.
Valentine’s Day at GFT
Give your Valentine a dose of butterflies by bringing them to GFT this February 14. To celebrate the most romantic day of the year, GFT present Audrey Hepburn as the iconic Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and the ‘60s French classic that propelled Catherine Deneuve to stardom, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, cited by Damain Chazelle as a defining influence on La La Land.
Access Film Club
GFT, together with Scottish Autism; present Access Film Club screenings and post-film discussions in a friendly and welcoming environment. Topping Empire Magazine’s Best of 2016 Film list; Hunt for the Wilderpeople from Taika Waititi (What We Do In The Shadows) is a funny and rousing adventure movie starring Sam Neill. Screening Tuesday 10 January (18.00). All tickets £5.50.
More information on these events can be viewed here.
In January, Visible Cinema team up with the performance students from Royal Conservatoire of Scotland BA Performance course to present Visible Cinema: RCS Curates Strangers and The End, the second in the programme of curated short films focusing on Deaf culture, plus a lively discussion.
Tarkovsky: Sculpting Time (22 January – 12 February)
Following the huge success of our Tarkovsky season in summer 2016, we’re giving you another chance to see four of the Russian master’s best-known works, back on the big screen where they belong.
Did You Miss?
Bringing back some of the most popular hits at GFT, Did You Miss? gives you a second chance to catch: Ken Loach’s Palme d’Or winning I, Daniel Blake presenting a star reminder of the profound injustices of life in contemporary Britain; action packed Neo-Western Hell or High Water plus two films you may have missed earlier in the year get their GFT debuts: Sully, the true story of the Miracle on the Hudson starring an awards-tipped Tom Hanks in the title role and Alicia Vikander stars with Michael Fassbender in M.L. Stedman adaptation The Light Between Oceans.
Award-winning Japanese animation Your Name returns to GFT screens in early January following its popular screening in November.
Director Christine Molloy will attend a Q&A following the screening of Further Beyond on Monday 9 January (17.50).
Abel Gance’s landmark masterpiece Napoleon (1927) has been painstakingly restored and screens in its glorious entirety for one day only on Sunday 8 January (13.00).
Scottish artist Donna Rutherford presents Lullaby, a combination of film and live performance exploring personal and public aspects of family, ageing and motherhood (Monday 16 January, 18.30). All tickets £5.50.
Actor/Director Alice Lowe joins for a Q&A following a screening of her directorial debut, dark comedy Prevenge (Mon 30 Jan, 18.20).
Director Sean Spencer joins for a Q&A following the screening oif Panic, a London-based thriller following Andrew Deeley (Interstellar’s David Gyasi) on a heart-pounding search for a woman the world has forgotten (Tuesday 19 January, 20.30).