GFF 2022 - Staff Top Picks

As GFF 2022 draws nearer, we asked the festival team for their top picks from this year's festival. Feast your eyes on a variety of films from all corners of the world as we give you just a little a taste of what this year's exciting and diverse programme has to offer. Share your picks and let us know what you're looking forward to.

To browse the full programme, and decide on you your own top picks, click here.

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The Blind Man Who Did Not Want To See Titanic

Picked by Allan Hunter, GFF Co-Director

The Blind Man Who Did Not Want To See Titanic had me at the title. Teemu Nikki’s smart, funny tale is one of those little gems just waiting to be discovered by Festival audiences. The lead actor Petri Poiolainen has MS, is virtually blind and needs to use a wheelchair. He is a complete charmer and dedicated cinephile with a passion for the films of John Carpenter and a desire to never have to watch James Cameron’s Titanic. The film has been created for him. He speaks to Sirpa every day but they have never met. His decision to independently go and visit her is the start of a great adventure. This film is completely captivating; tense, dramatic, poignant and very entertaining. It is a triumph.

Screening at Cineworld Renfrew Street on 3 March (21.30) and 4 March (15.30). Get your tickets here.

The Quiet Girl (An Cailín Ciúin)

Picked by Chris Kumar, GFF Programme Coordinator

It is easy to get lost in our programme with the array of quality on show but I do highly recommend that you check out The Quiet Girl if you don’t already have this on your list. Coming fresh from a World Premiere at Berlin, Colm Bairéad’s delicate coming-of-age tale about a shy young girl who is sent to spend the summer with a foster family is truly breathtaking. As the story peels back its layers and you watch her blossom under new care, I can guarantee there will not be a dry eye in the house.

Screening at GFT on 4 March (20.30) and 5 March (13.30). Get your tickets here.

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Picked by Maria, GFF Young Selector

As a young adult myself, trying to navigate the complicated seas of becoming a person, coming-of-age stories have always served as a reminder that I am not alone. I am looking forward to seeing how Yuni, with its seemingly wonderful cinematography and attractive tones, navigates the exploration of the self as a young adult in a cultural context that is unfamiliar to me. I hope that the film will offer me a window from which to look very closely at a personal story that I can both learn from and relate to.

Screening at GFT on 4 March (17.55) and 5 March (15.45). Get your tickets here.

Also available to rent UK-wide on Glasgow Film At Home from 5-8 March.


Picked by Lilli Carter, GFF Delegate Services Intern

Even though Jeremy LaLonde and Jonas Chernick’s newest film Ashgrove deals with a pandemic, luckily it does not feel like it's hitting too close to home. Our heroine, played by Amanda Brugel (The Handmaid's Tale), is the only scientist who can find the cure for a critical toxicity level in the world’s water supply. However, she is ordered to take a mental health break at her farmhouse with her husband and friends. While the characters fight over how much watermelon is too much, there is an underlying eeriness that dominates the film. Is this simply because of the presence of the pandemic or is there more to their stay? Come and find out!

Screening at GFT on 3 March (20.30) and 4 March (15.30). Get your tickets here.

Cléo from 5 to 7

Picked by Lily Cameron, GFF Volunteer Assistant

I can’t think of a more uplifting way to start my day than with a screening of Agnès Varda’s beautiful third film Cléo from 5 to 7 on GFT’s largest screen. Varda’s seminal film is the only foreign language and female-directed movie in GFF’s 1962 retrospective, Winds of Change: Cinema in 62’, and getting to see it on the big screen is a rare opportunity. All you need to do is show up at 10.30am on Tuesday 8 March to pick up a free ticket, and you will be rewarded with a journey back in time, to Paris in '62 and the power of French New Wave filmmaking. A small warning: prepare for goosebumps as you hear lead actress Corinne Marchand’s sumptuous and melancholic performance of Cléo’s iconic theme tune, ‘Sans toi.’ I guarantee her music will haunt the rest of your day.

Screening at GFT on 8 March (10.30). Tickets are FREE and will only be available at the GFT Box office on the day of the screening. For more info, and to explore the full retrospective, click here.

One Take Grace

Picked by Sam Bennett, GFF Programme Assistant

Sometimes you watch a film that really sticks with you. One Take Grace is one such film. It's a debut feature from Lindiwe Matshikiza and it documents the life of actor/domestic worker, Mothiba Grace Bapela. Mothiba's life is incredible and her perseverance to survive and succeed makes this film an amazing watch. This isn't an ordinary documentary and Matshikiza has created a film that is completely unique. There's a lot of experimental techniques used throughout, from fish-eye lens footage to cartoon sketches – and they really work. Audiences will not be disappointed by One Take Grace. It's a must see at GFF 2022!

Screening at Cineworld Renfrew Street on 7 March (18.15) and 8 March (15.45). Get your tickets here.

Love, Life and Goldfish (すくってごらん)

Picked by Nils Finken, GFF Guest Services Coordinator

Love, Life and Goldfish is a quirky story about finding connection, whoever you are. It's weird and wonderful in all the right ways and I am sure audiences will love it. I'm also really excited to have director, Yukinori Makabe, joining us for the UK Premiere! Love, Life and Goldfish is a film that feels like a hug and is a must see at GFF 2022.

Screening at GFT on 6 March (18.00) and 7 March (15.30). Get your tickets here.

GFF 2022 opens on 2 March and will close on 13 March.

What are you most looking forward to seeing in 2022? Tell us your top picks on Twitter @glasgowfilmfest.

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