The full program for the 2023 Glasgow Film Festival has been released

The city’s annual celebration of cinema, in its 19th year, will run from 1-12 March and will host 70 UK premieres, six world premieres, 16 European/international premieres and six Scottish premieres.

The impressive programme, which will see over 250 performances in total, will take place at the Glasgow Film Theater and venues across the city.

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Glasgow Times: Girlgirl (photo: GFF)

The festival will open with the UK premiere of Girl, shot in Glasgow, the directorial debut of Adura Onashile.

It tells the story of 11-year-old Ama and her mother, Grace, who are trying to build a new life in Glasgow, the city where they feel alienated and hostile.

GFF23 will see world premieres of films including the feature documentary Cassius X: Becoming Ali, which traces Muhammad Ali from confident teen to heavyweight champion. Dog Days, a closer look at a musically gifted homeless Dundee man; and I Am Weekender, an exploration of Wiz’s controversial and banned 1992 film about the UK’s acid house scene, featuring a cast of talking heads including Bobby Gillespie and Irvine Welsh.

Glasgow Times: Paul Mescal in Creatures of the GodsPaul Mescal in Creatures of the Gods (photo: GFF)

The comprehensive list of UK premieres includes Creatures of God, starring Paul Mescal and Emily Watson; Butcher’s Crossing, starring Nicolas Cage; and exemplary entertainer The Pirate King starring Kelly MacDonald, while Scottish premieres include Alfred Hitchcock’s smash hit My Name by Mark Cousins.

The festival will also celebrate the lively with its 2023 country focus: Viva el cine Espanol! which showcases eight contemporary films from Spain, including the award-winning The Beasts, Lullaby and Prison 77.

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Glasgow Times: Monstersmonsters (photo: GFF)

GFF23 will be the final festival for co-director Alan Hunter, who said the event is “a great way to discover a whole world of cinema.”

Alan said: “It is always a pleasure to unveil the program of the El Gouna Film Festival.

The hand-picked 2023 gems series spans the fantastic new work by home-grown talent to the very best that world cinema has to offer.

Spanish cinema is a shining beacon of creativity right now and I can’t wait for audiences to see an amazing array of premieres that include the award-winning thriller The Beasts, the irresistible family drama Lullaby and Prison 77, a prison story to rival The Shawshank Redemption.

There are so many I’d like to recommend from the tense Turkish thriller Burning Days to the magical and eye-catching The Ordinaries, to Lav Diaz’s latest epic When The Waves Gone.

“All that plus a free retrospective that allows audiences to see undisputed classics like Bonnie and Clyde and The Piano on the big screen absolutely free.”

He added, “It’s bittersweet [it’s my last festival] But it just doesn’t feel real right now, until we get to the close of the night and I’ll be like, “Where do I go now?”

“But this was the right time.”

Glasgow Times: Kelly MacDonald in Typical Artist Pirate KingKelly MacDonald in Typical Artist Pirate King (Photo: Pirate King typographic artist)

Alison Gardner, Co-Director of GFF, said: “I am always so excited to be sharing the hard work of the team here at Glasgow Film and letting our audiences and fellow cinematographers across the UK and abroad know about the wide range of films we have on offer.

“I am delighted that audiences across the country can watch How To Blow Up a Pipeline and The Five Devils at our partner venues.

We can’t wait for British audiences to be the first to see films like My Name is Alfred Hitchcock, with the 60th anniversary screening of The Birds on First Sunday, Sanctuary and some great Icelandic films, Driving Mum, A Letter from Helga and Band.

“While I will sorely miss Associate Director Alan as this is his final year, I think he will agree that this program is a wonderful testament to the power of cinema.”

Tickets for the full GFF23 program will go on sale at 12 noon on Monday 30 January at and via 0141 332 6535.

Tickets for the closing ceremony will go on sale at 12 noon on Wednesday, January 25th.

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