Following on from the thirteenth Glasgow Film Festival (15-26 February), GFT present a bumper programme packed with new releases for March, welcoming back many popular festival titles including: Paul Verhoeven’s provocative drama Elle starring an Oscar-nominated Isabelle Huppert; supernatural chiller Personal Shopper; Aquarius, an insight into modern Brazil; Niall MaCann’s documentary Lost in France exploring the rise of Scotland’s independent music scene in the ‘90s; Best, a compelling insight into sporting icon George Best; Brendan Gleeson and Michael Fassbender head-to-head as father and son in crime drama Trespass Against Us; Indonesian action-packed thrill ride Headshot starring Iko Uwais (The Raid, also screening this month); Sandra Oh and Anne Heche in bitter female rivalry Catfight and following the sold out GFF17 Closing Gala, GFT welcomes exclusive UK preview screenings of Robert Mullan’s Mad to Be Normal from Friday 24 March.
Lost in France
Trespass Against Us
Other new releases screening in March include: Anna Rose Holmer’s compelling drama The Fits; Hugh Bonneville as Lord Mountbatten in Viceroy’s House; a stylish and wickedly fun examination of gender in Anna Biller’s The Love Witch; Kelly Reichardt’s latest release Certain Women starring regular collaborator Michelle Williams alongside Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart and newcomer Lily Gladstone; screenwriter Paul Laverty (I, Daniel Blake) and director Iciar Bollain’s latest collaboration The Olive Tree; the latest Oscar-nominated film from Iranian director Asghar Farhadi The Salesman; strikingly unique horror film The Eyes of My Mother and biographical documentary Antonia Bird: From EastEnders to Hollywood exploring the trail-blazing career of Antonia Bird in celebration of International Women’s Day.
Running from the 15th to 19th March, Scotland's biggest celebration of short film, Glasgow Short Film Festival, showcases the best in international and Scottish short filmmaking talent. 32 films from 24 countries screen in competition for the Bill Douglas Award For International Short Film and 19 filmmakers showcased in the Scottish Short Film Award represent the breadth of local talent. Other GSFF 2017 highlights include: a critical look at Virtual Reality storytelling; international collaborations with Indigenous film festival imagineNATIVE and Dokufest in Kosovo and the return of the hugely popular A Wall Is A Screen, the guerrilla mobile screening turning Glasgow's neglected spaces and popular landmarks into the ultimate pop-up cinema.
Visiting Seasons at GFT
Italian Film Festival (Friday 10 - Monday 14 March)
The annual celebration of Italian cinema returns with a wide-ranging programme that stretches from promising new talents to established greats. Highlights this year include Paolo Virzi’s hugely successful bittersweet comedy Like Crazy and the Kafkaesque comedy Ears, which was one of the discoveries of the Venice Film Festival. The 24th edition of the Festival also pays tribute to the late Ettore Scola with beautiful restorations of two of his finest films including the Oscar-nominated A Special Day teaming Sophia Loren with Marcello Mastroianni.
Outset Film Festival (Monday 13, 20 & 27 March)
Outset is a series of ground-breaking adventure documentary films that chart how three adventure sports have grown from their humble Californian roots into modern day global phenomena, including Dogtown and Z-Boys exploring the transformation of skateboarding from its former image as a land-bound pastime for surfers to its status today as an extreme and acrobatic sport. All tickets £5.50.
Sound & Vision
Returning to GFT this March is the digitally and audio re-mastered Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Regularly cited as the greatest concert film of all time, D A Pennebaker’s immortal document will be preceded by an all-new 30-minute documentary, featuring an exclusive interview with Spiders’ drummer Woody Woodmansey. Every attendee to the screening will also receive a rare souvenir copy of MOJO Magazine, specially curated for this event and dedicated to the life and times of Ziggy Stardust. Also screening is Jonas Akerlund’s extraordinary concert film, Rammstein: Paris, capturing the fast-paced state-of-the-art stage production of Rammstein playing live at Paris Bercy in March 2012, and the World Premiere of Deacon Blue: Live at the Glasgow Barrowlands, a celebratory film marking the 30th anniversary of their debut album ‘Raintown’ followed by a Q&A with the band.
Crossing the Line
The March Crossing the Line screening presents a screening of Marion Cajori’s Joan Mitchell: Portrait of an Abstract Painter, an intimate portrait of American abstract painter, Joan Mitchell (1925-1992). Hailed as one of the great abstract painters of the 20th century, Mitchell was an active participant of New York’s dynamic Abstract Expressionist scene. A reading from curator and writer Paul Pieroni, and a musical performance by artists Max Brand and Joanna Robertson will accompany the screening.
To coincide with Iko Uwais starring in new release Headshot, our March Cult Classic screening is Gareth Evans’ blistering, action-packed The Raid where Uwais plays special tactics officer Rama up against a ruthless crime lord.
Access Film Club
GFT, together with Scottish Autism; present Access Film Club screenings and post-film discussions in a friendly and welcoming environment. Hailed as “the best Irish comedy since Sing Street” (Empire), The Young Offenders is a hilarious romp following two inner city teenagers determined to find a missing cocaine bale worth 7 million euro, with hapless Sergeant Healey in hot pursuit. Screening Tuesday 14 March (18.00), all tickets £5.50.
This month’s Visible Cinema is part of Glasgow Short Film Festival, Visible Cinema: Sign of the Times is a programme of short films curated in partnership with Encounters Film Festival Bristol and Visible Cinema. The short films in this programme celebrate deafness and the deaf community through positive onscreen representation.
Returning in March as a regular strand of year-round programming from Glasgow Film Festival, CineMasters highlights the world-class talented filmmakers who have painstakingly studied their profession and gone from strength to strength in careers that now stand as inspirational.
CineMasters: Martin Scorsese (Sunday 5 – Wednesday 29 March)
Widely regarded as one of the most important filmmakers in American film history, Martin Scorsese’s films are ambitious, bold and beautiful works that demand the attention of the audience. Although best known for his violent depictions of crime culture, his filmography is wide and varied, often looking at our human connection to art, music and filmmaking itself. This season includes New Digital Restorations of Taxi Driver and Goodfellas alongside the often-overlooked Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore and rarely screened The King of Comedy.
CineMasters: Kelly Reichardt (Friday 3 – Thursday 9 March)
To coincide with the release of Certain Women, GFT celebrate the understated style of Kelly Reichardt with a short season including her debut River of Grass screening from a New Digital Restoration and the supremely affecting Wendy and Lucy, a film that marked the beginning of what continues to be one of the most rewarding partnerships in contemporary cinema, between Reichardt and Michelle Williams.
Did You Miss?
Bringing back some of the most popular hits at GFT, Did You Miss? gives yu a second chance to catch Oscar-nominated gems Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight. View Did You Miss? listings here
In March, NT Live: Hedda Gabbler and The Bolshoi Ballet: A Contemporary Evening are broadcast live to GFT, while three newly announced shows go on sale: NT Live: Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead stars Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Joshua McGuire (The Hour) and David Haig (Four Weddings and a Funeral) in a new production marking the 50###sup/sup### anniversary of Tom Stoppard’s brilliantly funny situation comedy and a new staging of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part play Angels in America Part 1: Millennium Approaches and Part 2: Perestroika stars Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge) and Russell Tovey (The Pass) navigating America in the mid-1980s – save £5 when you buy a ticket for both shows together. See all Event Cinema listings here.
Credited as writer, director, producer, editor, composer and more, the multi-talented Anna Biller joins for a Skype Q&A following the Wednesday 1 March screening of The Love Witch.
Directed by Academy Award nominated Steve Cantor, the UK premiere of Dancer on Thursday 2 March will be broadcast live from the London Palladium followed by a Q&A and live performance by Sergei Polunin.
To mark International Women’s Day on Wednesday 8 March, we screen a documentary looking at one of Britain’s most significant female filmmakers, Antonia Bird: From EastEnders to Hollywood will be followed by a discussion with director Susan Kemp about Bird’s career and the struggles of women filmmakers working today.
Filmmaker and director Christopher Houghton and producer Louise Pascale will join us for a Skype Q&A following the screening of Sons & Mothers, in partnership with Oska Bright Film Festival on Wednesday 22 March.
GFT will be screening exclusive UK previews of Mad to Be Normal from Friday 24 March. The screening on Sunday 26 March will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Peter Byrne (Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Mental Health Foundation).
Deacon Blue will be in attendance at GFT for a Q&A following the World Premiere of Deacon Blue: Live at the Glasgow Barrowlands on Thursday 30 March.
An ideal beginner’s course for those wishing to broaden their critical understanding of contemporary cinema, the (SOLD OUT) Contemporary Cinema Course returns from Mon 6 March. Led by Alistair Harkness (The Scotsman), films studied will include: Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women (the 18.20 Mon 6 March screening will be introduced), Paul Verhoeven’s Elle (the 17.50 Mon 20 March screening will be introduced) and more.