Innovative Ambitions

The cinematic universe is rapidly expanding. The 14th annual Glasgow Film Festival showcases emerging international talent, taking an innovative interdisciplinary approach to programming whilst celebrating a wealth of classic cinema. This year’s edition opens with the UK premiere of Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs, an animated adventure featuring a host of canine characters. The voice cast comprises well known figures such as Bryan Cranston, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton and Yoko Ono.

Notable festival strands include Ireland: The Near Shore, which celebrates bold and original work from the island with a strong focus on emerging female practitioners. Featured filmmakers provide unique visions of youth and examine the meaningful influence of an individual’s formative years. For example, Nora Twomey’s animated feature The Breadwinner chronicles the life of a strong young girl living in Afghanistan under the Taliban, whilst Aoife McArdle’s stylish debut Kissing Candice tells a coming-of-age story set in a lifeless seaside town. As Allison Gardner, Co-Director, notes: “It’s particularly rewarding to be able to showcase work from new female directors with fresh takes on the universal story of growing up and making your mark on the world.”

The event also celebrates the important contribution of visual artists and musicians to the industry through multidisciplinary and interactive methods. Composer Mica Levi – creator of the Oscar-nominated score to Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin – collaborates with her sister, video artist Francesa Levi, on a re-imagining of Sergei Parajanov’s The Colour of Pomegranates. Furthermore, electronic supergroup Wrangler perform live alongside the duo to accompany the Scottish premiere of The Unfilmables, and 2017 Scottish Album of the Year winners Sacred Paws provide music for artist filmmaker Margaret Salmon’s Mm. The piece – shot on 35mm – explores language and notions of masculinity whilst bridging boundaries between creative disciplines.

From 21 February. Find out more:

1. Aoife McArdle, Kissing Candice, 2017.