GLASGOW FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS FOR THE 20TH YEAR RUNNING – FIRST SCREENINGS ANNOUNCED.

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The Glasgow Film Festival (GFF) is due to return next February to celebrate its 20th edition.

GFF 2024 will run between 28th February until 10th March and is marking a double celebration by also commemorating 85 years since the opening of the Glasgow Film Theatre (also known as the GFT) in which many of the festival’s activities operate from.

In 1939, The Cosmo Cinema (now the GFT) opened to the public for the first time. 

To mark this landmark date, film buffs will be able to click their heels together and be transported to the magical world of Victor Fleming’s the Wizard of Oz, which was released that very year. 

And a special screening of John Waters “Female Trouble” released in 1974 will celebrate its 50th anniversary alongside the theatre’s.

Sticking with the nostalgia theme, the GFF free morning retrospective returns with the Our Story So Far event.

Viewers will get the chance to watch an all-time classic on the big screen with films such as Wuthering Heights, the Godfather Part II and Young Frankenstein on show. 

In total, 10 films from the past will be available to see.

But the event will also look at the emerging voices in the Scottish film scene and will hear from Glasgow based Programme Coordinator; Christopher Kumar, Writer and Editor; Tomiwa Folorunso, Scottish-Zimbabwean writer; Natasha Thembiso Ruwona, Programme Assistant; Heather Bradshaw and film programmer and writer; Rosie Beattie. 

CEO of Glasgow Film and Director of the GFF since 2007 Allison Gardner said: ‘I am overjoyed to select titles for the 20th edition of the festival alongside a group of programmers with such vibrant and innovative ideas. Each programmer has been able to make their unique stamp on the upcoming festival through our popular Special Events, famous Retrospectives and rich Czech titles.’

Every year the GFF shines a light on global cinema, exploring contemporary and rediscovered film from across the globe with this year’s focus on Czechia (the Czech Republic) with Czech, Please!

It willshowcase titles such as Vera Chytilova’s 1996 feminist film Daisies, once banned for its stance on communisim and the patriarchy. 

Is There Any Place For Me, Please? is a debut feature documentary and UK premiere from Jarmila Stukova which offers an intimate portrayal of one woman navigating life after an acid attack.

Other premieres from the eastern European film scene include dystopian sci-fi Restore Point and chilling crime thriller Mr. And Mrs. Stodola, timely period drama We Have Never Been Modern which covers the issue of gender politics and self identity and Brothers, Czechias submission to the 2024 Academy Awards for Best International Film which examines liberation and resilience within an anti-communist resistance group. 

Tickets for these special events will go on sale on Wednesday 13 December at 1pm and can be bought here. https://www.glasgowfilm.org/home 

Organisers will release the full programme on Wednesday 24 January with tickets going on sale the following week on Monday 29 January. 

But if you can’t wait until then, fans can visit https://glasgow-film-festival.teemill.com/ for more information on specially produced merchandise to celebrate the 20th edition.

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