Glasgow Film Festival (GFF) 2023 has announced that it will open on 1 March
with the UK premiere of Adura Onashile’s Glasgow-shot
debut feature Girl, following its World premiere
at Sundance in January 2023.
Grace (Déborah Lukumuena) and her 11 year-old daughter Ama
(Le'Shantey Bonsu) are trying to build a new life in
Glasgow, a city where everything feels strange and hostile. Traumatised by
her past, Grace just wants to keep her daughter safe from harm. Ama is told
to trust nobody. When Ama makes friends with a classmate, it only adds to
Grace’s anxiety and fear that their special bond is under threat. This
atmospheric and poignant tale of what it takes to escape the legacy of
violence and trust in the future marks Glasgow-based writer-director
Onashile as an exciting new voice in Scottish cinema. Girl is a
barry crerar production, supported in production by the BFI (awarding
National Lottery funding), BBC Film and Screen Scotland, in association
with Great Point Media.
Tickets to Girl will go on sale at noon on Monday 16 January at glasgowfilm.org.
, Co-Director of Glasgow Film Festival,
“I am delighted and honoured that we will open Glasgow Film Festival with
Adura Onashile’s Girl, a powerful and poignant feature debut set
in Glasgow. I’m also very proud of the Glasgow Film Festival team who have
put together a brilliant and inspiring programme of events for the Industry
Focus. Whilst I always knew that Glasgow Film Festival was the place to see
great films, now it is also the place for Industry professionals to come
and listen, participate and network with their peers”.