Glasgow Film Festival is running this year from Thursday 17th to Sunday 27th of February. Like all film festivals, it’s a great chance to see films months before they get their nationwide release, as well as seeing some pictures that will never make it to the big screen.
If you’ve never been to a film festival before, I’d highly recommend it. The opportunity to take a risk and discover hidden gems is an experience you only really get at a festival. Being surrounded by the energy and enthusiasm of fellow film lovers allows for an atmosphere to each screening you don’t get at any other time of the year.
However, the difficult thing about any festival is trying to figure out which of the hundreds of films on offer you are going to see. Not knowing anything about a film before you see it is great if it turns out to be the next Amelie or Moon. However, it can backfire if the film is a piece of pretentious arthouse nonsense.
The programme for the festival was released last week, and features over 250 films. I’ve had a chance to look through the programme, and I bring you Part One (of Two) of the films I think will be worth checking out:
Directed by Richard Ayoade (Moss in The IT Crowd), this is a coming of age movie that is receiving a lot of praise at this year’s Sundance. Described by one reviewer as having “The quirk of ‘Juno,’ the whimsy of Gondry, the light-heartedness of Wes Anderson and the melancholy of (500) Days of Summer“, this is the British answer to the recent wave of these whimsical, hyper-real, Sundance-y films.
Friday’s screening of Submarine will also be introduced by Ayoade, and its two lead actors Craig Roberts and Yasmin Paige.
You can watch an interview with Ayoade about the film below:
Herzog’s first (and apparently last) venture into 3D, sees him exploring the Chauvet Cave in Southern France. Home of the earliest known cave paintings in the world, Herzog had to get special permission from the French government to take him and his three man crew down there. A one of a kind film from a one of a kind filmmaker.
Catherine Deneuve and Gérard Depardieu star in this year’s opening gala film. Set in the 70s it sees Deneuve (a trophy wife, or potiche) forced into taking charge of her husband’s umbrella factory. Helped by the town mayor, played by Depardieu, she suddenly finds a new identity in her new role. Described as “a frothy farce with serious dramatic undertones”, expect a comedy done with the kind of style, grace and panache only the French can deliver.
Watch the trailer below (which unfortunately doesn’t have subtitles)
Just when you thought you’d seen every serial killer in existence, along comes Robert the psychic tyre… After seeing his brethren burned to death in scrap yards, Robert is hell-bent on revenge against the human race. In my opinion, one the most imaginative and well-conceived ideas for a horror film in a while.
EDIT: You can read part two of my recommendations for Glasgow Film Festival by clicking here.