Additional contributions by Ross Miller and Jonny McIntosh
It’s been a busy week here at Scotcampus, but we’re totally not complaining about cramming our usual workload into about half the time, because it’s Glasgow Film Festival time, we’ve seen some amazing films, and it’s only just begun…
Julianne Moore gives a stunning performance in this drama about a 50-year-old linguistics professor who is diagnosed with early on-set Alzheimer’s. The film gives a uniquely subjective viewpoint on a difficult, callous disease in an attempt to give us some sense what it actually feels like. Powerful and emotionally stirring viewing.
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
One of the strangest films likely to be released this year, this Swedish deadpan comedy is the third part in a thematic trilogy (the others being Songs from the Second Floor and You, the Living) looking at various facets of human existence through a series of droll vignettes. A truly surreal, hilarious and oddly captivating watch.
While We’re Young
Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts headline Noah Baumbach’s latest dramedy about a middle-aged couple who befriend a much younger, hipster couple (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried) in an effort to relive their youth. A witty, observant and consistently funny film that actually has something to say about being authentic and true to yourself: whatever your age.
The Clouds of Sils Maria
Kristen Stewart became the first non-French woman to win a Cesar Award for her performance in this film, and she totally deserves it. A stunning, and surprisingly intimate, story about an actress (Juliette Binoche) alone in the mountains with her young PR (K-Stew). Thought-provoking festival fare at its finest.
Although featuring a divisive scene involving an octopus – echoing American Pie – Short Skin features a chemistry-filled cast and is a beautiful portrayal of overcoming personal insecurity of a very… awkward… kind.
When Animals Dream
Think Let the Right One In but with werewolves. Jonas Alexander Arnby’s atmospheric film is an intelligent, minimalist and quietly terrifying coming-of-age tale of blossoming womanhood and rebellion.
Writer, director and star Desiree Akhavan’s sharp dialogue and self-deprecating humour helps to create a warm, relatable and intelligently observed exploration of sexuality, identity and belonging in today’s increasingly alienating culture.
What we’re looking forward to in Week 2…
Monday 23rd, 8.30pm & Tuesday 24th, 3pm
Xavier Dolan is a singular voice in cinema, and this family tale with an Oedipal edge looks like it has his usual biting storytelling style and visual flair.
Thursday 26th, 8.40pm & Friday 27th, 8.30pm
Raging hormones and teenage angst in a 1969 girls’ school, starring Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones), directed by exciting British director Carol Morley. Sounds like a winner.
Wednesday 25th, 6pm & Thursday 26th, 3pm
Heart-warming tale of a teenage prodigy with mild autism, packed with the great and the good of UK cinema.
A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
Friday 27th, 8.30pm & Saturday 28th, 8.30pm
A beautiful-looking, monochrome love story that’s garnering comparisons with Jim Jarmusch and David Lynch. Sold.
Friday 27th, 6.15pm & Saturday 28th, 1pm
Is there actually the prospect of a unique, charming and fun rom-com on the horizon? We think so. Norwegian storyteller Bent Hamer is a leading light in slow-moving Scandinavian idiosyncrasy, and this tale of an a whirlwind romance between a weights and measures expert and an impulsive, chaotic charmer looks set to be a delight.
To book tickets, head to visitgff.glasgowfilm.org.
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