The 2019 edition of Glasgow Film Festival is in full swing. Across 12 days, the citywide event hosts over 300 screenings including numerous world, UK and Scottish premieres.
GFF19 opened with the UK premiere of Jonah Hill’s directorial debut Mid90s, a coming-of-age comedy drama following a 13-year-old boy and a group of skateboarders in 1990s Los Angeles. This theme continues with screenings of Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade, exploring the experiences of a teenage girl when faced with high school and life online.
Other highlights include the first ever screening of Alberta Whittle’s between a whisper and a cry. The 2018/19 Margaret Tait Award winner challenges conditions of racialised abjection, speaking of memory, trauma, and tensions between the land, the sea and the weather. Further championing filmmakers is the Pioneer strand, which presents work by new visionaries.
The list of sold-out screenings features Carol Morley’s adaptation of the Martin Amis novel Night Train. Part of the Cinemasters strand, Out of Blue is a dreamlike neo-noir. The programme continues with Alice Rohrwacher’s Cannes prize-winning Happy as Lazzaro, offering a magic realist take on modern Italy. Set in a tiny village that seems cut off from the modern world, it explore ideas of class and the impact of greed and corruption.
This year, GFF focuses on Belgian cinema in Both Sides Now, a selection of contemporary films spanning from thriller to animation. The collection features Lukas Dhont’s globally-acclaimed Girl.
The festival closes on 3 March with the UK premiere of Beats, the big screen adaptation of Scottish playwright Kieran Hurley’s hit stage show. Set in 1994, as the Criminal Justice Bill attempts to place restrictions on Scotland’s rave culture and the free party movement, Beats is a universal story of friendship, rebellion and the power of youth.
See the full programme here.