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myfavewar.jpg Glasgow Film Festival

The Glasgow Film Festival will be taking place from 24 February-7 March, and will be hosting 6 World premieres, 2 European premieres, 49 UK premieres online.

Opening the festival is Lee Isaac Chung’s autobiographical drama ‘Minari' which follows a Korean-American family's move to rural Arkansas’, and closing it will be Suzanne Lindon’s debut feature ‘Spring Blossom’, a coming-of-age tale set against a dreamy Parisian backdrop.

‘Poly Styrene: I Am A Cliché’ is a vivid personal profile of the founder of acclaimed punk band X-Ray Spex, co-directed by her daughter. 

90s music fans and those who think the Creation records crowd didn’t self-mythologise quite enough in documentary ‘Upside Down: The Creation Records Story’, will be catered for with Nick Moran’s ‘Creation Stories’, starring Ewen Bremner as company boss Alan McGee.

Kevin Macdonald’s’ The Mauritanian’, based on the best-selling memoir by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, tells the story of Slahi (Tahar Rahim), who was held for years in Guantanamo Bay. Jodie Foster and Benedict Cumberbatch argue his case in court.

Lawrence Michael Levine’s psychosexual drama ‘Black Bear’, is a bold, experimental darkly comic tale featuring top turns from Aubrey Plaza and Sarah Gadon. 

After its favourable impression at the London Film Festival last year, audiences get another chance to catch Ben Sharrock’s melancholy comedy ‘Limbo’, about refugees in a remote Scottish holding centre. 

‘Dreams On Fire’ explores the underground dance community in Tokyo via the experiences of an ambitious but cash-strapped young hoofer.

Greece’s ‘Weird Wave’ continues with ‘Apples’, the haunting debut feature from director Christos Nikou, set during a mysterious pandemic which causes sudden amnesia. 

A neuro-surgeon has an encounter with a man in New Jersey and arranges to meet up with him again in Budapest in the noir-tinged ‘Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time’.

Ilze Burkovska Jacobsen’s bold memoir ‘My Favourite War’ (pictured), which combines archive footage, family photos, interviews and animation, chronicles growing up in Latvia during the Soviet rule of the 1970s and 1980s.

Ben Whishaw won the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting at Sundance Film Festival for his performance in Aneil Karia’s stripped-back thriller ‘Surge’.

‘Jumbo’ is a reportedly quirky charmer of a debut from Zoé Wittock, 'inspired' by a true story. Awkward, painfully shy Jeanne (Noémie Merlant from ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’) is the painfully shy Jeanne who lives with lives with blowsy mother and works as a cleaner at an amusement park.

The Crack will covering the above and more over the next couple of weeks. The full programme is here: 


David Willoughby

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