Running from 1st to 12th March here's our pick of the films showing at Glasgow Film Festival 2023

Thursday 2nd March

Composer turned director Pierre Foldes has created an elegant animated adaptation of short stories by the great Haruki Murakami. Set in Tokyo in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake and tidal wave, it faithfully recreates the entrancing world of Murakami as a faltering marriage falls apart, a cat goes missing and a mild-mannered bank teller is visited by a large, ebullient frog seeking to prevent a catastrophe that is about to strike Japan.

Also showing on the 11th March

Based on true events, Audrey (Jena Malone) is drifting through life. She loses her job and her boyfriend and is struggling to pay the rent. YouTube videos of adult adoption inspire her to seek an older couple who might be prepared to adopt her. When she meets eccentric, uptight engineer Otto (an unforgettable Robert Hunger-Bühler) and his wife Sonny (Emily Kuroda) it is hardly a match made in heaven, but a bond gradually develops that challenges and surprises all of them.

Also showing on the 3rd March


Smalltown New Zealand boy Jim (Jordan Oosterhof) carries the weight of the world on his shoulders. Pumped up and primed, the 17-year-old is training for his first professional fight. It means everything to his alcoholic father Stan (Tim Roth). Jim is also confronted by the narrow-minded prejudices of a backwater community where gay Maori teen Whetu (Conan Hayes) is bullied and ridiculed. A friendship develops between Jim and Whetu that threatens to become something more meaningful.

Also showing on the 3rd March
Friday 3rd March

Based on true events, Audrey (Jena Malone) is drifting through life. She loses her job and her boyfriend and is struggling to pay the rent. YouTube videos of adult adoption inspire her to seek an older couple who might be prepared to adopt her. When she meets eccentric, uptight engineer Otto (an unforgettable Robert Hunger-Bühler) and his wife Sonny (Emily Kuroda) it is hardly a match made in heaven, but a bond gradually develops that challenges and surprises all of them.

Also showing on the 4th March

Paris Memories

Initially inspired by the experiences of her brother, Alice Wincour’s latest film unfolds in the aftermath of a terrorist attack on a busy Paris brasserie. Mia (Virginie Efira) survived. After time spent with her mother, she returns to a city and an event that haunts her. Can she start over? Can she piece together what happened that night? Gradually she remembers that she was not alone. A stranger reached out to clasp her hand and offer reassurance. Discovering his fate becomes essential in a moving story that tries to find some sense of hope in the midst of tragedy.

Also showing on the 4th March

Prison 77

In 1976, Spain is beginning to emerge from the shadows of the Franco dictatorship. Young accountant Manuel (Miguel Herran) is imprisoned on a fraud charge and may not even face trial for four years. He discovers a brutal, dog-eat-dog regime that treats all prisoners like animals. His quest for justice and reform sustains a muscular, intensely involving drama from Marshland director Alberto Rodríguez.

Also showing on the 4th March
Saturday 4th March

Virginie Efira shines in this elegant, beguiling melodrama from director Rebecca Zolotowski. Rachel (Efira) is a caring forty something Paris teacher who is all loved up with the older Ali (Roschdy Zen). She is beginning to form a special bond with his five-year old daughter Leila (Callie Ferreira-Goncalves) and a respectful relationship with his ex-wife Alice (Chiara Mastroianni). Rachel realises how much she wants a child of her own but she knows that time is not on her side as she navigates all the challenges and heartache of loving other people’s children.

Also showing on the 4th March


Bracing himself to inherit his late father’s hotel empire, Hal (Christopher Abbott) arranges a session with Rebecca (Margaret Qualley), a skilled dominatrix, who has been facilitating Hal’s fantasies for years. Unbeknownst to her, Hal is planning for this session to be their last, but Rebecca isn’t willing to sever ties just yet - and certainly not before she receives a parting gift that she believes she has earned.

Also showing on the 5th March
Sunday 5th March


Kelvin Harrison Jr (Waves, The Trial Of The Chicago 7, Elvis) dazzles once again in the incredible true story of violinist/composer Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. The illegitimate son of an African slave and a wealthy French plantation owner, Bologne achieved rock star status at the French court in the years leading up to the French Revolution. A virtuoso, considered the finest musician of his age, Chevalier’s trailblazing life as an outsider is marked by conflict, swashbuckling self-confidence, a disastrous love affair and a clash with Marie-Antoinette.

Also showing on the 6th March

The second piece in his X trilogy puzzle, Ti West's Pearl provides a perilous prequel well-worthy of its slinky predecessor. Mia Goth (Suspiria, A Cure For Wellness) reprises her role as the deeply disturbed Pearl, tending to her sickly father under the cruel, iron fist of her religious mother. Inspired by the cinema stylings of classic technicolor, West's origin story brings a brand-new, blood-soaked perspective to X's infamous villain.

Also showing on the 6th March
Monday 6th March

The Five Devils

The past leaves scars and only some of them are visible. Léa Mysius’s elegantly intriguing, finely crafted drama unfolds in gorgeous Alpine locations. Swimming instructor Joanne (Adèle Exarchopoulos) is married to fireman Jimmy (Moustapha Mbengue). Their mixed-race daughter Vicky (Sally Dramé) suffers at the hands of school bullies. When Jimmy’s sister Luisa (Swala Emati) returns after ten years rumours start to fly. Old memories are stirred and anxieties are heightened, especially for Vicky who can travel back in time to observe what really happened a decade earlier.

Also showing on the 7th March

The Artifice Girl

How comfortable are you with the appliance of science? Franklin Ritch’s smart, sinewy sci-fi thriller begins as a weary special agent asks Siri the impossible question: 'How do you know if you’re doing the right thing?'. It is a quandary that echoes down the decades as the use of Artificial Intelligence changes the very nature of crime and punishment. When special-effects technician Gareth (Ritch) comes under investigation the twisty, unpredictable storyline starts to reveal its true colours. A boldly original work exploring ethical dilemmas and the price of good intentions.

Also showing on the 7th March
Tuesday 7th March

La Syndicaliste

In December 2012, Maureen Kearney (Isabelle Huppert) was subject to a violent assault in her own home. A dedicated union representative, Maureen had risked everything to expose secrets deals between French nuclear energy companies and Chinese finance. Was this her final warning? As the police investigate, the righteous victim is slowly made to feel like she is the prime suspect.

Also showing on the 8th March

Mother and Son

Begins in the Paris of the late 1980s, where Rose and her two sons have arrived from the Ivory Coast to start a new life. Annabelle Lengronne’s firecracker central performance makes the independent, impulsive Rose an unforgettable character. What follows is a sensitive coming-of-age story following the lives of her sons Jean (Stéphane Bak) and Ernest (Ahmed Sylla), marked by the tensions between the family’s African roots and French nationality, and by what is lost and gained in their quest for happiness. French nationality, and by what is lost and gained in their quest for happiness.

Also showing on the 8th March
Wednesday 8th March

Typist Artist Pirate King

The film follows Audrey and her mental health carer Sandra (Kelly Macdonald) on a road trip to Sunderland. Revisiting key places from her life, it becomes a funny, poignant journey of sweet liberation, feisty confrontation and a reckoning with the past.

Also showing on the 9th March

Inspired by the death of her father, Mia Hansen-Løve’s deeply personal film is a touching reflection on love and loss and features a luminous Léa Seydoux as interpreter Sandra. A single mother, Sandra is faced with the twin responsibilities of a growing daughter and an ailing father in Georg (Pascal Greggory) a former philosophy professor. The one thing she didn’t anticipate is a growing fondness for old friend Clément (Melvil Poupaud).

Also showing on the 9th March
Thursday 9th March


From Jalmari Helander, director of Rare Exports and Big Game, a bloody World War II action epic that pits one hard-to-kill Finn against Nazi soldiers in Lapland. After a solitary prospector strikes gold in the wilderness, he runs afoul a retreating detachment of Nazi soliders who set their sights on claiming the bounty. Unfortunately for the stormtroopers, this is no ordinary miner, but a mythic one-man army epitomizing the quintessential Finnish concept of ‘sisu’ - white-knuckled courage and unimaginable determination in the face of overwhelming odds.


The latest film from Cristian Mungiu (Four Months, Three Weeks and Two Days) urgently confronts the rise of nationalism and xenophobia. A few days before Christmas, Matthias (Marin Grigore) leaves Germany and returns to his multi-ethnic village in Transylvania. He is keen to play a bigger part in his son’s life and worried about his elderly father. Life in this well-knit community seems to unfurl in harmony and understanding, until a group of Sri Lankans arrive to work at a local bakery. The thin veneer of tolerance is ripped away amidst escalating tension and bitter resentments..

Also showing on the 10th March
Friday 10th March

Winnie-The-Pooh:Blood Honey

During childhood, Christopher Robin befriended Winnie the Pooh, Piglet and their friends, played games and fed them. But as he grew older, the visits stopped, leaving them increasingly hungry and desperate, eyeing Eeyore as food. Now Christopher has returned to the forest with his new wife hoping to introduce her to his old friends. But it sends Pooh and Piglet on a murderous scavenger hunt for human flesh when they antagonize a group of college girls on a rural cabin vacation. Will Christopher still get Pooh back on the right track?

Our Father, The Devil

Marie lives a quiet life working as head chef at a retirement home in a small sleepy, village in France. When the arrival of a new priest to the village stirs up terrifying memories of home, Marie is convinced that he is indeed the face from the past that has haunted her for years. As he begins to ingratiate himself with the staff and residents, Marie finds herself backed into a corner and must decide whether to make the first move. Ellie Foumbi’s debut feature is a raw and intense revenge-driven story dissecting the lasting scars of past traumas.

Also showing on the 11th March
Saturday 11th March


“There is but one God. And his Shadow...” Grace is summoned to the Mount Saviour convent deep in the Scottish Highlands following the mysterious death of her priest brother. Refusing to believe he committed suicide, and determined to discover what really happened, Grace starts her own investigation as the nuns prepare a consecration ceremony to purify the holy site. Soon she inadvertently shines a light on murder, sacrilege, and a disturbing truth relating to the forgotten years of her own childhood, intertwined with that of the convent’s holy order and the secret it’s charged with protecting.

13 Exorcisms

Inspired by recent events in Spain, relentless suspense and skin-crawling horror unfolds when shy, sensitive teenager Laura is tricked into taking part in a Halloween séance to contact the spirit of a mad doctor who murdered his family. Dark presences, terrifying visions, ominous voices, painful marks on her skin, and other paranormal phenomena haunt her. Laura's religious parents decide to call the local priest for advice, who claims she’s possessed. To set her free, he will have to perform a series of exorcisms - each more violent than the last.
Sunday 12th March

Two 20-something Londoners embrace their impulsive side and embark on a day of joyous mayhem in director Raine Allen Miller’s debut feature that is a vibrant and playful rom-com for the new generation. When Yas finds Dom ugly-crying in a bathroom stall at a local art exhibition, she decides to accompany him on his way to an awkward meal with his ex and her new man who just so happens to be his best friend. From there, the pair navigate London via some familiar and not-so familiar haunts whilst slowly beginning to realise that maybe their hearts aren’t destined to be closed off forever.

British Pakistani schoolgirl Ria (Priya Kansara) is an expert martial arts fighter and dreams of a career as a stuntwoman. Her big sister Lena (Ritu Arya) has dropped out of art school and is drifting in limbo until a whirlwind romance threatens to carry her off. What is the possible appeal of handsome, sensitive, wealthy, geneticist Salim (Akshay Khanna)? Now Lena is abandoning all her dreams to become his wife and move to Singapore. Something doesn’t add up and a distraught Ria is determined to uncover the truth. Is plotting to kidnap Lena from her own wedding a step too far?

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