Glasgow Film Festival 2017: CineMasters

Glasgow Film Festival's CineMasters strand is where you will find World class talents at the very top of their game!

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How can you go wrong when a film is handcrafted by a master of the cinematic arts? The films here are all created by world-class talents who have painstakingly studied their profession, learned from past failures and gone from strength to strength in careers that now stand as inspirational. These are the best of the best. These are the filmmakers who are always part of the awards season conversation, constantly collecting prizes from the finest film festivals in the world, and sometimes so admired that their very names have become an adjective. Outstanding CineMasters titles this year range from François Ozon’s heartrending period drama Frantz and Paul Verhoeven’s spectacular return to the limelight with the Oscartipped Elle to Lav Diaz’s Venice Golden Lion winner The Woman Who Left. Be the first in line to catch some of 2017’s must-see movies.

The Age of Shadows (Miljeong)

Cineworld / Sat 18 (20.30) & Sun 19 Feb (13.00)
Kim Jee-woon’s nail biting, cloak and dagger thriller is set at the close of the 1920s, during the Japanese occupation of Korea. Police captain Lee Jung-chool (Song Kang-ho) is under pressure to expose members of the Korean resistance. He concentrates on Kim Woo-jin (Gong Yoo) who is secretly plotting to smuggle explosives from Shanghai into Seoul. As Lee’s sympathies edge towards the resistance, the hunter becomes the hunted in a tale of shifting loyalties, betrayal and vengeance, in which stylish action sequences are matched by soul-searching moral quandaries.

CineMasters / Director Kim Jee-woon Cast Song Kang-ho, Gong Yoo, Han Ji-min
South Korea 2016, 2h19m, Korean and Japanese with English subtitles, N/C 15+ Thanks to Soda Pictures


GFT / Sun 19 (20.30) & Mon 20 Feb (15.30)
Isabelle Huppert gives a fearless tour-de-force performance in this typically provocative, suspense-laden drama from Paul Verhoeven. Huppert’s Michele is the iron hand that rules a successful video game company. There is no room for sentiment or weakness in the way she does business. When Michele is raped by a masked assailant, she makes it a point of honour to keep calm and carry on. When her attacker starts sending text messages, she joins in what becomes a sophisticated cat and mouse game to establish who truly has the upper hand. Audacious, entertaining and profoundly unsettling.

CineMasters / Director Paul Verhoeven Cast Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Cosigny
France / Germany 2016, 2h11m, French with English subtitles, N/C 18+ Thanks to Picturehouse Entertainment


GFT / Thu 16 (18.00) & Fri 17 Feb (13.05)
François Ozon breaks fresh ground with this touching, beautifully crafted period drama set in the aftermath of World War One. In a small German town, Anna (Paula Beer) mourns her fiancée Frantz who was killed in combat. She finds comfort in the arrival of Frenchman Adrien (Pierre Niney) who leaves flowers at Frantz’s grave. Sorrow draws them together but what does she really know about this mystery man? Largely filmed in gorgeous black and white, this is an impeccably staged tale in which personal tragedies reflect the agonies of a shattered continent struggling to heal the wounds of war.

CineMasters / Director François Ozon Cast Pierre Niney, Paula Beer, Marie Gruber
France / Germany 2016, 1h53m, German and French with English subtitles, N/C 12+ Thanks to Curzon Artificial Eye

Graduation (Bacalaureat)

GFT / Thu 23 (15.20) & Fri 24 Feb (10.45)
The latest work from Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days) deservedly won him Best Director at Cannes. It is a gripping drama in which good intentions and guilty secrets gradually erode the moral certainties of a middle-class family. Doctor Romeo Aldea (Adrian Titieni) wants only the best for his daughter Eliza (Maria-Victoria Dragus) and needs her to focus on her final exams. A series of violent incidents unsettles the family, forcing Romeo to consider using his personal connections to improve Eliza’s chance of success. The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

CineMasters / Director Cristian Mungiu Cast Vlad Ivanov, Maria-Victoria Dragus, Adrian Titieni
Romania 2016, 2h8m, Romanian with English subtitles, N/C 12+ Thanks to Curzon Artificial Eye


GFT / Fri 17 (17.50) & Tue 21 Feb (13.25)
Described by prolific director Pablo Larrain (The Club, Jackie) as “more of a ‘Nerudian’ film than it is a film about Neruda”; this latest provocative work weaves an exuberantly irreverent fantasy around events in the life of the poet and politician. In the early days of the Cold War, as Chile aligned itself with America, Neruda’s communist convictions saw him branded an enemy of the state and he was obliged to go into hiding. Gormless police inspector Oscar Peluchonneau (Gael Garcia Bernal) is soon on the case in a playful, fantastic-looking film that is as entertainingly constructed as it is surprisingly illuminating.

CineMasters / Director Pablo Larrain Cast Gael Garcia Bernal, Luis Gnecco, Mercedes Moran
Chile / Argentina / France / Spain 2016, 1h48m, Spanish and French with English subtitles, N/C 15+ Thanks to Network

One Sings, the Other Doesn’t (L’une Chante, l’Autre Pas)

GFT / Wed 22 Feb (15.40) | CCA / Thu 23 Feb (15.30)
It is 40 years since Agnes Varda released her feminist landmark One Sings, The Other Doesn’t, tracing a female friendship that develops against the backdrop of the Women’s Liberation movement. In the early 1960s, teenager Pauline (Valérie Mairesse) helps Suzanne (Thérèse Liotard), a mother of two, obtain an illegal abortion. Their close bond continues over the next decade as the two women choose different paths and experience lives touched by personal tragedy and political awakening. One friendship warmly illuminates this highly personal portrait of a generation.

CineMasters / Director Agnes Varda Cast Valérie Mairesses, Thérèse Liotard, Robert Dadiès
France 1977, 2h, French with English subtitles, 12 Thanks to Cine Tamaris

The Other Side of Hope (Toivon Tuolla Puolen)

GFT / Tue 21 (18.25) & Wed 22 Feb (15.15)
Six years after the sublime, award-winning Le Havre, Aki Kaurismäki returns with the second film in a planned trilogy focusing on port cities. Kaurismäki regular Sakari Kuosmanen stars as Wikstrom, a poker-playing restaurateur and former travelling salesman who crosses paths with a Syrian refugee (Sherwan Haji) who has just arrived in Finland. Shot on 35mm in Helsinki by Timo Salminen, The Other Side of Hope promises topicality and plaintive emotions as Kaurismäki tackles the most pressing of global issues: the plight of the refugee.

CineMasters / Director Aki Kaurismäki Cast Sakai Kuosmanen, Sherwan Haji, Janne Hyytiäinen
Finland 2017, 1h38m, N/C 12+ Thanks to Curzon Artificial Eye


GFT / Mon 20 (20.00) & Tue 21 Feb (10.45)
Three lives are thrust into tragedy in this sobering elegy to the holocaust. Winner of the Silver Lion at last year’s Venice Film Festival, Andrei Konchalovsky’s Paradise dissects Nazi Europe through the lens of a Russian member of the French resistance; the French collaborator who entraps her, and a naive SS officer who is hired to root out the corruption in concentration camps. A potent and incredible vision of one of the darkest periods in history and a film unafraid to bare each characters’ motives, regardless of which side they were on. An unshakeable and thought-provoking experience.

CineMasters / Director Andrei Konchalovsky Cast Yuliya Vysotskaya, Philippe Duquesne, Viktor Sukhorukov
Russia 2016, 2h11m, Russian, German and French with English subtitles, N/C 15+ Thanks to ARRI Media

Personal Shopper

GFT / Sat 18 (18.15) & Sun 19 Feb (13.00)
Director Olivier Assayas makes an unexpected move into Brian De Palma territory with this elegant fusion of supernatural chiller and psychological drama. Kristen Stewart stars as Maureen, a personal shopper for a fashion world celebrity. Maureen is reknowned amongst the high end stores of Paris as she selects the most expensive accessories and must-have outfits. Maureen is also a lonely, tormented soul, adrift after the sudden death of her twin brother and desperately seeking a comforting sign from beyond the grave. Matters of life and death grow increasingly intertwined in Assayas’ deadly tale.

CineMasters / Director Olivier Assayas Cast Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger, Sigrid Bouaziz
France / Czech Republic / Germany 2016, 1h45m, 15 Thanks to Icon Film Distribution

Salt and Fire

GFT / Thu 16 (20.45) & Fri 17 Feb (15.30)
Werner Herzog again proves he is the master of subversive feature filmmaking with this bizarrely compelling eco-thriller. Salt and Fire introduces us to three scientists, Laura, Dr Fabio and Professor Meyer, whose mission is to investigate an unfolding environmental disaster. Kidnappings, philosophical discussions and improbable scenarios ensue, and things take a further unexpected turn when Laura’s kidnapper (Michael Shannon) abandons her with blind twin children on a cactus island in the middle of the Uyuni salt flats. Open your mind and let Herzog lead you through his singular world.

CineMasters / Director Werner Herzog Cast Michael Shannon, Veronica Ferres, Gael García Bernal
France / USA / Germany 2015, 1h33m, N/C 15+ Thanks to International Film Trust

Scarred Hearts

GFT / Fri 17 (15.15) & Sat 18 Feb (12.45)
Aferim! director Radu Jude returns with a beautiful, rigorously unsentimental adaptation of the acclaimed autobiographical novel by Max Blecher, frequently compared to Thomas Mann’s Magic Mountain. In the late 1930s, chemistry student Emanuel (Lucian Teodor Rus) is diagnosed with Pott’s Disease and is sent to a sanatorium in search of a cure. He suffers excruciating pain and is encased in plaster to protect his spine. But nothing dims his spirit: there are friends to make, politics to debate and a romance to pursue. Even when death is in everyone’s thoughts, life finds a way.

CineMasters / Director Radu Jude Cast Lucian Teodor Rus, Ivana Mladenovic, Ilinea Harnut
Romania / Germany 2016, 2h21m, Romanian and German with English subtitles, N/C 15+ Thanks to Beta Cinema

The Secret Scripture

Cineworld / Wed 22 (20.30) & Thu 23 Feb (13.00)
Sebastian Barry’s magnificent heartbreaker of a novel is brought to the screen by Jim Sheridan in an elegantly crafted, unabashedly romantic production. Vanessa Redgrave’s elderly Roseanne McNulty is the heart and soul of the film. She has spent decades in a mental institution. Dr Grene (Eric Bana) is assigned to determine her future and discovers a bible filled with drawings and memories of her past. The young Rose (Rooney Mara) is a bold lass who sets her sights on dashing RAF pilot Michael (Jack Reynor) but it is a romance that is to put her at odds with church and state.

CineMasters / Director Jim Sheridan Cast Rooney Mara, Jack Reynor, Vanessa Redgrave
Ireland 2016, 1h48m, 15 Thanks to Vertigo

Soul on a String

GFT / Thu 16 (12.45) & Sat 18 Feb (17.45)
Paths of the Soul (GFF16) director Zhang Yang returns with a very different tale from Tibet. Couched in the form of a Western-style revenge saga, Soul on a String follows fugitive Tabei (Kimba) as he tries to evade capture by two brothers who are seeking vengeance for a blood feud that claimed the life of their father. But things take an unconventional turn, as Tabei is killed and reborn to undertake a quest that will restore a sacred holy stone to Palm Print Mountain. What follows is a visually stunning journey of self-discovery and redemption through some spectacular desert and mountain landscapes.

CineMasters / Director Zhang Yang Cast Kimba, Quni Ciren, Siano Dudiom Zahi
China 2016, 2h22m, Tibetan with English subtitles, N/C 12+ Thanks to Asian Shadows

Sweet Dreams (Fai Bei Sogni)

Cineworld / Tue 21 (20.30) & Wed 22 Feb (13.00)
Veteran Italian director Marco Bellocchio returns with an impeccably crafted, deeply felt adaptation of Massimo Gramellini’s autobiographical bestseller. Massimo (Valerio Mastandrea) is a successful journalist haunted by the loss of his beloved mother when he was just nine years-old. Finally confronting the secrets and lies of the past offers him the only possibility of finding peace of mind. Journeying from Massimo’s 1960s childhood to his life in modern Turin, the film features a standout performance from Mastandrea and builds into a touching portrait of the unbreakable bond between mother and son.

CineMasters / Director Marco Bellocchio Cast Valerio Mastandrea, Bérénice Bejo, Emmanuelle Devos
Italy / France 2016, 2h14m, Italian with English subtitles, N/C 12+ Thanks to Soda Pictures

Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey

Cineworld / Thu 16 (20.30) & Fri 17 Feb (13.00)
In the late 1970s, Terrence Malick began development on a project that aimed to explore the origins of life on earth, charting its existence until the end of time. Finally reaching our screens almost four decades later, Voyage of Time is a visually astonishing and intellectually stimulating epic that is simultaneously poetic, philosophical and undeniably cinematic. An expansion of the celebrated cosmic sequence from The Tree of Life, this lyrical voyage, with meditative narration from Cate Blanchett, features ruminations on life, death, nature and our place in the cosmos.

CineMasters / Director Terrence Malick
Germany/USA 2016, 1h30m, N/C 5+ Thanks to Wild Bunch

The Woman Who Left (Ang Babaeng Humayo)

GFT / Thu 16 (13.30) & Fri 17 Feb (11.00)
Winner of the Golden Lion at Venice, the latest masterly work from Lav Diaz takes its inspiration from Leo Tolstoy short story God Sees the Truth, but Waits. In 1997, Horacia (Charo Santos- Concio) is released from prison after serving 30 years for a crime she did not commit. On a personal level everything has changed: her husband is dead and her son cannot be found. But in society, everything is the same, as power and privilege still reside in the hands of a rich elite. Horacio begins to plot her revenge against a former lover in a lyrical, transcendent epic unfolding in glorious black and white.

CIneMasters / Director Lav Diaz Cast Charo Santos-Concio, John Lloyd Cruz, Michael de Mesa
Philippines 2016, 3h46m, Filipino with English subtitles, N/C 15+Thanks to Films Boutique

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