FROM 13 FEBRUARY 2021
Five great French titles from Glasgow Film Festival
This week we take a look at some of the French films that are coming up online at Glasgow Film Festival this year. It runs from Wednesday 24 February to Sunday 7 March.
From the directors of Blue Dog, featured in last year’s Short Cuts programme, one of the highlights is the Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh romantic urban fantasy, Gagarine. Set in a Paris housing estate, it’s a joyful celebration of community, love and shooting for the stars.
The Festival closes with the UK premiere of Suzanne Lindon’s remarkably assured directorial debut Spring Blossom. Delicately evoking the worlds of Francois Truffaut and Eric Rohmer, Lindon proves herself a dazzling new screen talent in a complete charmer of a film. For a bit of a flavour why not take a look at this short introduction by FFF Director Richard Mowe in our Trailer of the Week?
To watch, all you need is a Glasgow Film At Home account. Tickets are on sale now. All films are priced at £9.99 each, and film bundles are available.
We hope you enjoy the films.
Jumbo (N/C 15+)
Available 27 February – 2 March
Love is where you find it in Jumbo, a quirky charmer of a debut from Zoé Wittock, ‘inspired’ by a true story. Awkard, painfully shy teen Jeanne (Noémie Merlant from Portrait of a Lady on Fire) lives with her blowsy mother (Emmanuelle Bercot) and works as a cleaner at an amusement park.
Director Zoé Wittock
Cast Noémie Merlant, Emmanuelle Bercot, Bastien Bouillon
2019 | France / Luxembourg / Belgium| English subtitles | 93 mins
Gagarine (N/C 12+)
Available 4 – 7 March
A deeply romantic urban fantasy, Gagarine marks a beguiling feature-length debut from directors Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh. Built in the 1960s and named after Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the Gagarine housing estate in Paris has been earmarked for demolition.
Directors Fanny Liatard & Jérémy Trouilh
Cast Alseni Bathily, Lyna Khoudri, Jamil McCraven, Finnegan Oldfield
2020 | France | English subtitles | 98 mins
The Woman with Leopard Shoes
La Femme aux Chaussures Leopard (N/C 18+)
Available 5 – 8 March
Remember Here Comes Hell, that black and white mystery thriller that caused a Glasgow sensation? Well, here’s your next retro fix, first-timer Alexis Bruchon’s impressively old school yet ultra-modern noir thriller that twists, turns and twists again.
Director Alexis Bruchon
Cast Paul Bruchon
2020 | France | English subtitles | 80 mins
Out of the World
Hors du monde (N/C 18+)
Available 6 – 9 March
The very private Leo (a stunning performance by Kevin Mischel) has issues communicating with others due to past trauma and only lives for his music. For now, not able to have a career as a composer, he works as an Uber driver and lives in his car.
Director Marc Fouchard
Cast Kevin Mischel, Aurélia Poirier
2020 | France | English subtitles | 97 mins
Seize printemps (N/C 12+)
Available 7 – 10 March
Oh to be young and in love. The UK premiere of Suzanne Lindon’s dreamy, remarkably assured directorial debut provides the perfect conclusion to the 2021 Glasgow Film Festival. The daughter of Sandrine Kiberlain and Vincent Lindon, Lindon emerges as a force to be reckoned with in her own right.
Director Suzanne Lindon
Cast Suzanne Lindon, Arnaud Valois
2020 | France | English subtitles | 73 mins
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