By Jennifer Lynn
We’ve had a hard time choosing which movies to indulge in at this month’s Glasgow Film Festival, but judging from our picks of the programme, it’s going to be all about the ladies. Let’s hear it for the girls!
Part of the Youth Film Festival, First Position documents the trials and tribulations of six young dancers as they battle against each other and their own insecurities for the chance to become professional ballerinas, at the Youth America Grand Prix. Directed by Bess Kargman, a former ballerina herself, First Position is a frank, interesting and almost scary account of what it takes to make it in the dance industry, and why so many kids give up their childhoods to do so.
Showing Tuesday 5th February at 12.45pm and 6.15pm
Set in Rotterdam, this Dutch movie shows that the adolescent need to fit in and be adored transcends all language barriers. Lena is a smart but chubby 17-year-old who is looking for love in all the wrong places – until she meets Daan, that is. Seemingly the perfect man, it isn’t until this illusion is shattered that Lena really gets to show the strength we know is in her all along, but can she keep it up or will her weaknesses defeat her?
Showing Wednesday 6th February at 8.30pm
Bringing a new perspective to the infamous life of Marilyn Monroe is no mean feat, but Oscar-winning director Liz Garbus manages just that, by asking actors from Lindsay Lohan to Ellen Burstyn to make their mark on her story. Whether you’re a diehard Marilyn fan or not, you won’t fail to be enchanted by her presence, through old home movies and the letters she so often wrote. Not to be missed.
Showing Friday 15th February at 3.30pm and Saturday 16th February at 6.30pm
Ever wondered what will happen to Kate Moss when she’s old and wrinkly? Will the fashion world still worship at her feet or will she be retired to the vaults of supermodels past? In this candid documentary, said supermodels past come out from the shadows to discuss the ageing process, and what it means for their careers. Featuring the likes of Jerry Hall and Isabella Rossellini, this is a must-see for fashion fans.
Showing Monday 18th February at 4.40pm
The odd coupling of young aspiring actress Jane and widowed eighty-something Sadie makes this movie magical from the outset. After meeting at Sadie’s yard sale, where Jane buys an old thermos flask she later discovers is stuffed with cash, the pair develop a friendship which transcends their age gap and vastly different lifestyles. Expect a star turn from the beautiful Dree Hemingway as Jane.
Showing Thursday 21st February at 8.45pm and Friday 22nd February at 2pm
Taken from the February issue of Scotcampus, out now. For full Glasgow Film Festival listings and to book tickets visit Glasgowfilm.org