Glasgow Film Festival 2022 announces more events for 18th annual festival – Film News | Film-News.co.uk
The GFF will screen a program of African Stories – a collection of contemporary films celebrating the rich diversity of life in countries across the continent. Films range from Casablanca Beats, a joyful tribute to the power of music to transform lives in Morocco, and Khadar Ayderus Ahmed’s multi-award-winning Djibouti set, The Gravedigger’s Wife, to documentaries like Once Upon A Time in Uganda, on one man’s mission to create an action film industry in Uganda. The GFF is working with Scottish film festival Africa in Motion on events around some key titles. This program of films will combine to give a taste of a vital and growing cinematic continent.
This year’s program will also highlight the pioneering films of Edith Carlmar, Norway’s first female feature director. Discover Death Is a Caress (1949), Norway’s first film noir, opening the floodgates to the cult of 21st century Scandi Noir; the crazy comedy Fools In The Mountains (1957); the illuminating portrait of addiction Young Woman Missing (1953) and her candid last feature The Wayward Girl (1959) which marked Liv Ullmann’s screen debut – all projected on a beautiful 35mm.
The festival has previously confirmed the return of two of its most popular installments. Free morning screenings of modern masterpieces and cult classics are back, focusing in 2022 on Winds of Change: Cinema in ’62, with big-screen releases for To Kill A Mockingbird, Dr. No, The Manchurian Candidate and more.
For the first time ever, GFF’s gala premieres will be screened simultaneously both at the festival site, the Glasgow Film Theatre, and in cinemas across the UK, including London, Manchester, Sheffield, Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Stornoway. Alongside its big screen releases, the festival will build on the huge success of its 2021 digital edition, which took place during lockdown, and a selection of films will be available online to audiences across the UK with a specially curated program available to watch on GFF. digital platform, Glasgow Film At Home.
From March 6-10, the GFF will host its seventh edition of Industry Focus, featuring guest speakers, unique networking opportunities, high-level panel discussions and diverse professional development for those at any stage of their career, from students to seasoned professionals. Press and industry accreditation is now open and industry passes are available for purchase at www.glasgowfilm.org/festival.
GFF is one of the UK’s leading film festivals and is run by Glasgow Film, a charity which also runs the Glasgow Film Theater (GFT). The GFF is made possible by the support of the National Lottery and the Scottish Government through Screen Scotland, Event Scotland, the BFI and Glasgow Life.
The full GFF program will be announced on January 26, tickets will go on sale to Cinecard holders on January 28 and on general sale on January 31.
Allan Hunter, Co-Director of the GFF, said: “Over the past year we have seen so many outstanding films from countries across Africa that we have been spoiled for choice when it comes to bringing together African stories. This is a showcase for the films that have impressed us the most, ranging from dramas to documentaries, including the award-winning film The Gravedigger by Khadar Ayderus Ahmed, who is Somalia’s Oscar nominee. I think it will be a real journey of discovery for an audience filled with exciting discoveries.
Allison Gardner, co-director of GFF, said: “As the public knows, we love screening and championing films by women, from our screenings of Ida Lupino in 2018, Elaine May in 2019 and our selection of great films by women around from Mark Cousins’ documentary Women Make Film in 2020. For GFF22 we are screening four films by Norway’s first director Edith Carlmar. towards directing in 1949. We are honored to screen four of his feature films, including Death is a Caress, considered Norway’s first film noir, and it is a wonderful opportunity for audiences to experience his remarkable talent.