A film by Irvine Welsh and another with Jodie Foster are among the features that will be shown for the first time at the Glasgow Film Festival (GFF) in 2021.
Lockdown measures forced the discontinuation of a hybrid approach to the showing of films. The annual festival is now only online from February 24th to March 7th.
It opens with Lee Isaac Chung’s autobiographical drama Minari – after a Korean-American family with actor Steven Yeun from The Walking Dead – and with Suzanne Lindon’s debut film Spring Blossom.
The Eye of the Storm by Scottish filmmaker Anthony Baxter, who accompanied the painter James Morrison for the last two years of his life, is one of the world premieres of this year’s festival.
Allison Gardner, Managing Director of Glasgow Film and Co-Director of GFF, said: “The 2021 Glasgow Film Festival may look different from previous years, but what hasn’t changed is the quality of incredible films from around the world that we add to ours Present to the audience.
“The program is full of jewels, but some of my highlights have to be Ben Sharrock’s enchanting tale of a refugee in Scotland Limbo, the charming coming-of-age romance Sweetheart, Mads Mikkelsen’s outstanding performance in Riders Of Justice, breathtaking and compelling documentary BIG vs. SMALL and Gunda, a farm story about a sow and her piglets who will steal your heart. “
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Other world premieres at the festival are Poly Styrene: I Am A Cliche, by the founder of the renowned punk band X-Ray Spex and co-director of her daughter Celeste Bell; Luke White’s documentary Handsome; Marly Morrison’s debut film Sweetheart; and Philippe McKie’s dreams on fire.
The Mauritanian, directed by Kevin Macdonald, based on the bestsellers by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, premieres in the UK. It tells the story of Slahi (played by Tahar Rahim), who was held in Guantanamo Bay for years and who plays Foster alongside Benedict Cumberbatch.
Another UK premiere is Creation Stories – written by Welsh with Ewen Bremner and Jason Isaacs and directed by Nick Moran. It shows the rise of Creation Records founder Alan McGee.
Allan Hunter, co-director of the festival, said: “Everyone stays inside and keeps it safe. We are very excited that the 2021 Glasgow Film Festival can play its part in the home touring landscape.
“A great selection of new features pays tribute to Glasgow’s tradition of discovering gemstones from around the world and showcasing the very best of home-grown productions.
“Among the many highlights I would like to highlight are an exceptional selection of documentaries directed by Frederick Wiseman’s majestic City Hall and Sonia Kenneback’s captivating Enemies Of The State, including new works by festival favorites, including Iciar Bollain’s romantic charmer Rosa’s Wedding. “
Tickets will go on sale on Monday at 12 noon at https://glasgowfilm.org/glasgow-film-festival. The titles can be viewed on an online platform (https://athome.glasgowfilm.org/) between February 24th and March 7th. .