Crossing Boundaries

Glasgow Film Festival returns this February, continuing its aim to enable audiences to experience the best international cinema. The GFF programme features new local and international films from all genres, from mainstream cinema to groundbreaking art-house experimentation. It sees the return of well-loved classics alongside rare cult gems with filmmaker guest appearances, interactive workshops and discussion panels.

This year’s edition presents the strand Crossing the Line. Focusing on artists and experimental filmmakers working in cinema, these films push the boundaries of conventional film form and interrogate the meaning behind moving images. David Lynch’s Factory Photographs/La Jetée celebrates two of the best-known experimental filmmakers from the last 50 years with unique sonic compositions around the works of Chris Marker and David Lynch.

LUX Scotland return for the Crossing the Line programme, and filmmaker Anja Kirschner presents her new film Moderation, which will show alongside one of its influences, 1987’s Morning Patrol. Celebrated filmmaker Ben Rivers showcases his two new films, and Kate Davis unveils the world premiere of her new film, commissioned through GFF’s annual Margaret Tait Award.

The festival also welcomes two guests for events in this strand: director Douglas Gordon who will attend the screening of I Had Nowhere to Go on Saturday 18 February and Lauren Howes who will join the showing of ’67 Was Golden on Tuesday 21 February.

I Had Nowhere to Go with Director Douglas Gordon
Douglas Gordon pays tribute to Jonas Mekas, the godfather of the American avant-garde, with a film that is appropriately radical. The work contains very few images and repeatedly fades to black, forcing the viewer to concentrate on the audio track. We hear the resonant tones of 93 year-old, Lithuanian-born Mekas as he reads from diary entries covering his life as a displaced person in the Europe of World War Two and as a lonely immigrant in Brooklyn. The result is a hypnotic and moving film that captures Mekas’ laconic wit and determination to endure through the darkest times.

’67 Was Golden with Director Lauren Howes
Circa 1967 – Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (CFMDC) is founded as Canada’s first artist run, not for profit film distribution centre. Michael Snow, one of the founders of the centre, creates the seminal and groundbreaking 16mm avant-garde film Wavelength, when Canada celebrates its 100th Anniversary as a colonized country. Showcasing seminal works alongside contemporary work – Rimmer’s Canadian Pacific meets the structuralist detritus captured in First Nations artist Lyndsey McIntyre’s Barge Dirge of the Arctic. Where the old ‘garde’ meets the new ‘garde’ the Falls Keep Falling, from when ’67 was Golden.

Glasgow Film Festival 2017, 15 – 26 February, Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street, Glasgow G3 6RB. For more information on the Crossing the Line strand, visit

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1. Douglas Gordon, I Had Nowhere to Go.