Our February 2023 programme

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We’re thrilled to reveal February’s programme, packed full of special events and seasons, including a Cinemasters season dedicated to the work of Women Talking director Sarah Polley and a Q&A with Georgia Oakley, director of four-time BIFA Award-winning Blue Jean. We’ll also be welcoming the Catalan Film Festival back to Scotland, as well as a whole host of the best new releases including Hirokazu Kore-eda’s (Shoplifters) highly anticipated Broker and heart-wrenching donkey-starring epic EO.

To mark the release of Canadian actor, writer and director Sarah Polley’s first feature in a decade, the sublime Women Talking, we're delighted to be screening a showcase of three of her most outstanding directorial features, including her Oscar-nominated debut Away From Her (2006), unconventional indie romance Take This Waltz (2011) and the fascinating and deeply personal documentary, Stories We Tell (2012). On top of this, we’ll be hosting a special late night screening of 2004's Dawn of the Dead in which she gives a thrilling starring performance.

Next month’s programme boasts a range of special events, including a Q&A with Dunstan Bruce, co-director and star of the documentary I Get Knocked Downa true life punk reimagining of A Christmas Carol — following the screening on Saturday 8 February. We’ll be premiering Margaret Tait Award recipient Andrew Black’s new documentary On Clogger Lane on Tuesday 21 February, and on Thursday 23 February we’re thrilled to be screening an extraordinary new production of Othello, Shakespeare’s most enduring tragedy, performed live on the Lyttleton stage of the National Theatre. On Sunday 19 February we’ll be welcoming Camilla Hall and Jennifer Tiexiera co-directors of Subjecta new film unpacking the ethics of documentary filmmaking — for a Q&A alongside Margie Ratliff who was a participant in The Staircase series.

We’re also delighted to host Georgia Oakley for a Q&A and preview of her directorial debut Blue Jean on Monday 6 February. Winner of four British Independent Film Awards — including Best Lead Performance for Rosy McEwan — and the Audience Award at Venice Film Festival, it follows gym teacher Jean, who is forced into living a double life with the introduction of Section 28 under the Conservative Government in 1980s Newcastle.

It joins The Inspection and Joyland as one of three new releases that mark LGBT History Month by beautifully charting the experience of LGBT characters. Inspired by director Elegance Bratton’s own experience, The Inspection follows a young gay Black man who finds unexpected camaraderie in the US Marines after being kicked out of home by his mother. In Saim Sadiq's groundbreaking Pakistani drama Joyland, a married man becomes infatuated with a trans woman who both must navigate the patriarchal society they live in.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with us as we welcome back Céline Sciamma's beautiful and heartbreaking Portrait of a Lady on Fire which is being screened alongside another of our handpicked romantic favourites, Richard Linklater's unconventional indie love story Before Sunrise.

It might be cold outside but at GFT we’ve got you covered with a wave of Mediterranean sunshine as the Catalan Film Festival returns to Scotland. Screenings coming to GFT include what for many cinephiles around the world was the most outstanding cinematic experience of the year, Albert Serra's Pacifiction - presented in Cannes Competition and crowned by Cahiers du Cinema as Best Film of 2022. It joins Isaki Lacuesta’s Berlinale Competition One Year One Night, in which European star duo Nahuel Pérez (120 BPM) and Noémie Merlant (Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Tár) portray a couple that survived the Bataclan terror attacks in Paris.

We’ve got new favourites in store for every kind of film fan next month at GFT. Witness the outrageous Babylon on the big screen, as well as Brendan Fraser's devastating starring performance in The Whale and the touching big screen debut of the internet’s most beloved mollusk, Marcel the Shell with Shoes On.

Other films showing in February will include Hirokazu Kore-eda’s (Shoplifters) highly anticipated new release Broker. We’ll also be welcoming Jerzy Skolimowski’s tender tour-de-force EO to GFT, alongside France’s entry for the International Feature category at the 2023 Academy Awards Saint Omer and bittersweet Italian crime drama Nostalgia.

Our overflowing programme still features monthly favourites, with the big-scale historical epic Silence - screening in 4K with a special introduction - as our Scorsese of the Month; Taiki Watiti’s charming comedy Boy as our Access Film Club pick; The Kids Are All Right starring Annette Bening and Julianne Moore as our Visible Cinema screening; and a 35mm screening of Frank Capra’s classic Arsenic and Old Lace for our Movie Memories feature.

Our Pay What You Decide initiative continues next month with a screening of two new releases: Blue Jean and Saint Omer. Designed to encourage customers to take a chance on new indie films, the Pay What You Decide screenings allow audiences to watch a film on the big screen before deciding how much they would like to pay.

Tickets for our February 2023 Programme are on sale now from glasgowfilm.org

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