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GLASGOW 2021

The Glasgow Film Festival adapts to the pandemic and covers the whole of the UK

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- From 24 February-7 March, the GFF will host eight world, three European and 48 UK premieres online

The Glasgow Film Festival adapts to the pandemic and covers the whole of the UK
Creation Stories by Nick Moran

Initially planned as a hybrid event taking place both in cinemas and online, the 2021 edition of the Glasgow Film Festival will now unfold entirely online, via Glasgow Film’s new viewing platform Glasgow Film At Home. The movies will be accessible to everyone in the UK (not just in Scotland) for the price of £9.99 per film and with special, themed bundles.

Opening on 24 February with Lee Isaac Chung’s Minari, the festival will close on 7 March with Suzanne Lindon’s Spring Blossom [+see also:
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. Standing out among the festival’s eight world premieres is Nick Moran’s Creation Stories [+see also:
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, written by Scottish author Irvine Welsh and starring Ewen Bremner, of Trainspotting fame, as the infamous Alan McGee, founder of record label Creation Records, which brought into the world acts such as My Bloody Valentine, Primal Scream and Oasis. Another film having its world premiere at the festival is the documentary Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché, which sees director Celeste Bell retracing the steps of her own famous mother, Poly Styrene, founder of acclaimed punk band X-Ray Spex.

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Among the UK premieres are Kevin Macdonald’s The Mauritanian [+see also:
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, based on the best-selling memoir by Mohamedou Ould Slahi; Chino Moya’s Undergods [+see also:
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; and Aneil Karia’s thriller Surge [+see also:
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, starring Ben Whishaw. As part of a new collaboration with the Shanghai Film Festival, the Scottish gathering will also feature in its programme Back to the Wharf by director Xiaofeng Li and Yang Lina’s Spring Tide.

The programme is rounded off by films that have already proven successful on the festival circuit, such as Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh’s Cannes label recipient Gagarin [+see also:
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, Mohammad Rasoulof’s Golden Bear winner There Is No Evil [+see also:
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, Jeanette Nordahl’s Berlin title Wildland [+see also:
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, Christos Nikou’s Venice Orizzonti opener Apples [+see also:
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and Estonia’s Oscar candidate for 2021, Veiko Õunpuu’s The Last Ones [+see also:
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The candidates for the Audience Award – the only prize given out at the festival, and the winner of which will be revealed online on 7 March – are Zoé Wittock’s Jumbo [+see also:
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, Marley Morrison’s Sweetheart, Lili Horvát’s Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time [+see also:
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, Shorta [+see also:
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by Anders Ølholm and Frederik Louis Hviid, Philip Doherty’s Galway Film Fleadh winner Redemption of a Rogue [+see also:
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, and the documentary Castro’s Spies [+see also:
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by directors Ollie Aslin and Gary Lennon.

The festival will also feature a focus on South Korea, and will once again deliver the scares in partnership with FrightFest, with six titles on the menu, including Out of This World by French director Marc Fouchard.

This year’s Industry programme will run online between Monday 1 and Saturday 6 March, with young filmmakers aged under 30 from around the UK able to access the full Industry programme for £10, thanks to a sponsorship deal with MUBI.

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