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Highlights of the Glasgow Film Festival

Religious hypocrisy is prevalent in Paul Verhoeven’s entertaining Benedict

This week marks the start of a rich and exciting festival program that includes everything from French drama to Irish horror, as well as the big winners in Cannes and Sundance

The Glasgow Film Festival returns to its Glasgow Film Theater with Cineworld Renfrew Street and partner cinemas across the UK as it brings back the best of world and homegrown cinema to the big screen. Selected films will also be screened through Glasgow Film At Home’s online streaming platform.

With a rich program offered, where do you even start? Well, the opener Meeting should of course start things in style. Directorial debut of Graham Moore, Oscar winner A game of imitation, it follows master tailor Mark Rylance when he gets confused with some Chicago mobsters. One of our personal choices of the festival should be a double BAFTA award by Joachim Trier, a double Oscar nominee The worst man in the world (You can read our five-star review in a future March print issue) in which Cannes winner for Best Actress Renata Reinswe makes a hash of life and love in this funny and ultimately inspiring story.

Paul Verhoeven, Dutch director Basic instinct and Shereturns with an entertaining biopic about lesbian nuns Benedettowhich contains a lot of religious hypocrisy and dropping clothes. Meanwhile, gorgeous Mia Hansen-Leve is following a creative couple looking for artistic inspiration in Bergman Islandusually a fresh and thoughtful piece of filmmaking of the universal French slammer with Tim Roth and starring Ghost threadVicki Cripps.

Highlights of the Glasgow Film Festival

The winner of the Albanian and Kosovo Sundance Hive aims for misogyny

This year’s FrightFest program includes the world premiere of Christina Richie’s latest film Terriblefrom director Chris Sieverson (All the cheerleaders are dying). With the former child the star returned to his best qualities after the theft of the TV show phenomenon Yellow jackets, it will be interesting to see what she does with it. And you should check out Kate Dolan You are not my mothercold and uncomfortable socialist-realist horror in North Dublin that fans will love Relic and Hereditary.

Having recently received its director Audrey Carpet an unexpected BAFTA nomination, Happening looks like one of the highlights of this year (it also won the top prize at the Venice Film Festival in 2021, where it premiered). Unfolding in France in the 1960s, the focus is on a promising female student contemplating abortion in an era when the practice was still illegal. And another favorite of the awards Beehive from director Blerta Basholi, which will be shown and available for viewing through Glasgow Film At Home. This Albanian-Kosovo drama about an entrepreneurial woman struggling to hate women is the first film in Sundance’s history to win all three major awards.

Glasgow Film Festival, Wednesday, 2 – Sunday, March 13. See the full program at glasgowfilm.org/glasgow-film-festival

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