Our most anticipated new releases of 2022


The big screen is firmly back in town in 2022 and with so many hotly anticipated new films scheduled for release this year, there's a lot to look forward to. To whet our appetites, we spoke to those in the know — our Programming team — to find out which films they're most excited for in 2022.

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Allan Hunter, Glasgow Film Festival Co-Director

Killers of the Flower Moon

The first X-certificate film I ever saw was Boxcar Bertha. Not quite when it came out in 1972 I hasten to add but half a century later every new Martin Scorsese film still feels like an event. Three years after The Irishman, I can’t wait to see what Scorsese and his very impressive cast (Jesse Plemons, Di Caprio, DeNiro etc) have made of the David Grann bestseller on the FBI investigation into real-life murders of the Osage tribe in 1920s Oklahoma. Scorsese has described it as his first western which makes it all the more intriguing.

Where The Crawdads Sing

Delia Owens' novel was one of those books you eagerly recommend to all your friends and that you can vividly picture in your mind. No pressure on director Olivia Newman as she brings it to the screen. Daisy-Edgar Jones (Normal People) has the plum role of Kya, the young woman surviving the harshest of lives alone in the desolate marshlands of North Carolina. A combination of murder mystery, romance and tender coming of age tale that should make for an unforgettable film.

Chris Kumar, Glasgow Film Festival Programme Coordinator

Red Rocket

As soon as the credits rolled on The Florida Project, I was already anticipating what director Sean Baker would dream up next. Sean has a track record for keeping things simple with his filmmaking and how he manages to create such vivid stories that pop on screen is a joy to behold. With Red Rocket, Sean clearly has no intention to veer away from the style that has brought him so much success and I am really intrigued to see lead actor Simon Rex (of Scary Movie fame) flourish on screen in what many are calling a career rejuvenating performance. Sean has the knack when it comes to delving into the heartland of American society and emerging with stories that are as comedic as they are cutting.

Zalava

One of the big surprises coming out of festivals in the latter half of 2021 for me was Zalava.

The story of a small town in Kurdistan that is gripped with fear over the possibility of demons in their midst is the recipe for a truly unique look at how mob mentality can cause fear to override common sense. Arsalan Amiri’s directorial debut is full of black humour and audiences are sure to be gripping the arms of their seats as tensions rise to feverish levels amongst the townsfolks. No spoilers here but I will say that after watching Zalava, a glass jar will never look the same again.

Sam Bennett, Glasgow Film Festival Programme Assistant

Hommage

Shin Su-won’s Hommage is one of those films that sticks with you. It tells the story of a female filmmaker, Ji-wan, struggling in the film world when she is asked to help restore an archive film made by one of the first female filmmakers in South Korea. The project starts as a chore, but it becomes a journey of self-discovery and a mission to restore the film to its former glory. Hommage highlights the plight of women in the film industry and society, but it is more than that. The film acts as a love letter to cinema and the ongoing fight to keep it alive. For me, Hommage feels like a hug to all that love the wonder of cinema.

Bruno Reidal, Confessions of a Murderer

Vincent Le Port has taken a French true-crime case from over 100 years ago and turned it into a terrifyingly chilling portrayal of the mind of a murderer, Bruno Reidal. You are edged slowly into the inner workings of Bruno, and his metamorphoses into a brutal killer. Every new slither of information makes Bruno all the more terrifying. As the film comes to an end, you look at the crime from a new perspective. This film should be avoided by those faint of heart, but true-crime fans will not be disappointed.

Paul Gallagher, GFT Programme Manager

The Worst Person in the World

I have been a fan of Norwegian director Joachim Trier's unique, character-centred filmmaking since discovering his second film Oslo, August 31st at London Film Festival in 2011. He has made several films since then (including 2015's Louder Than Bombs, which he brought to Glasgow Film Festival), but it's this one, the third in his loose 'Oslo Trilogy' that has seen him celebrated on the festival circuit like never before. Lead actress Renate Reinsve won the top acting prize at Cannes for her performance as the somewhat adrift young woman at the centre of the story, and that's all I know about it. I've resisted reading any reviews as I want to see this as fresh as I can, and I can't wait til it comes to UK cinemas on 25 March.

Blonde

It's been 10 years since Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James) has had a new narrative film in cinemas. This could be the year that he returns, with this long-in-development, long-in-production project. It's an adaptation of the book by Joyce Carol Oates, an in-depth, fictionalised telling of the inner life of Marilyn Monroe. I haven't read the book, but I'm excited at the prospect of the film because Dominik seems the ideal filmmaker to take on this ultimate American icon and show us something we haven't seen before. Ana de Armas stars, and following her brilliant turn in Knives Out and stealing No Time to Die from Daniel Craig, she seems perfectly poised for something really meaty, which this will undoubtedly be.

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