Glasgow Film Festival 2017: Modern Families

Glasgow Film Festival's Modern Families has been purpose built to provide a selection of child-friendly delights!

Glasgow Film Festival 2017: Modern Families

About Glasgow Film Festival 2017: Modern Families

The Modern Families strand is back with another array of familyfriendly treats for all. We know that our younger audiences are every bit as discerning and knowledgeable in their tastes as adults, and we offer a range of films guaranteed to keep kids from one to 91 entertained. From the animated tale of Bodi, a Tibetan Mastiff who dreams of becoming a musician in Rock Dog (voiced by Luke Wilson – with help from Eddie Izzard as feline pop idol Angus Scattergood) to our celebration of Rob Reiner’s unforgettable The Princess Bride (it’s inconceivable that this film is 30 years-old!) we have a great selection. With some of the best family films around this year, make sure to gather together and spend time watching these with your loved ones.


CCA / Sat 25 Feb (13.30)
Since losing his brother in a car crash, 10 year-old Adam has not been the same. Struggling with the bullies at school and his preoccupied parents at home, Adam feels completely alone. This all changes when he discovers an Abulele living in his building, an ancient bear-sized furry monster that appears to children in need of a friend. The pair secretly become friends until the Special Forces unit undertake a mission to capture the Abulele. Adam must move past his grief in order to return the Abulele safely to his family and experience the strength of love and friendship.

Modern Families / Director Jonathan Geva Cast Yoav Sadian, Idan Barkai, Bar Minali
Israel 2015, 1h36m, Hebrew with English subtitles, N/C 8+ Thanks to Epic Pictures

How to Steal a Dog

CCA / Sun 26 Feb (11.00)
Since the departure of the Ji-so’s father after the family business goes bust, Ji-so and her family have been living in a pizza truck. Dreaming of having a house of her own, Ji-so concocts a plan with her best friend, Chae-rang, to steal a dog from a wealthy woman who owns the restaurant Ji-so’s mother works for. Adapted from the acclaimed novel of the same title by Barbara O’Connor, How to Steal a Dog is a tender tale that uses humour to deal with challenging themes of compassion, honesty and love.

Modern Families / Director Sung-ho Kim Cast Hye-ja Kim, Hye-jeong Kang, Lee Re
South Korea 2014, 1h50m, Korean with English subtitles, N/C 8+ Thanks to 9ers Entertainment

My Life As a Courgette (Ma Vie de Courgette)

CCA / Fri 17 (18.30) - Subtitled & Sat 18 Feb (16.00) - Dubbed
Courgette is the nickname of 10 year-old Icare. When his alcoholic mother dies, he is sent to an orphanage where he instantly becomes a target for bullies. The arrival of the cool, mysterious Camille changes everything. Based on a book by Gilles Paris and adapted by Céline Sciama (Tomboy, Girlhood), Switzerland’s Oscar contender is a stop-motion animation gem that evokes the worlds of Tim Burton and Neil Gaiman. A melancholy journey through childhood tragedy towards a brighter future, mature enough for both adults and children alike to appreciate.

Modern Families / Director Claude Barras Cast Gaspard Schlatter, Sixtine Murat, Paulin Jaccoud
Switzerland / France 2016, 1h6m, French with English subtitles, N/C 8+ Thanks to Soda Pictures

Rock Dog

GFT / Sat 18 Feb (13.30) | Grosvenor / Sat 25 Feb (11.00) - Dog Friendly
Based on a graphic novel by Chinese rockstar Zheng Jun, Rock Dog follows a Tibetan Mastiff named Bodi who discovers rock music for the first time when a radio mysteriously falls from the sky. Abandoning his anticipated role of the next village guard, Bodi heads for the big city to pursue a career as a musician. On the way he encounters a hungry wolf and must find a way to rescue his family and friends back home without giving up on his musical destiny. The Sat 25 Feb screening is dog-friendly, bring your best canine pal.

Modern Families / Director Ash Brannon Cast Luke Wilson, Eddie Izzard, J K Simmons
China / USA 2016, 1h20m, N/C 5+ Thanks to Altitude

Take 2: Louis & Luca – The Big Cheese Race

GFT / Sat 25 Feb (11.30)
The Big Cheese Race is just around the corner and Louis the Magpie is intent on winning this year. Teaming up with his best friend Luca the Hedgehog, Louis is overcome with enthusiasm and places a secret bet on his team to win: putting his house and his inventor friend’s workshop on the line. What began as innocent inter-town rivalry becomes a high-stakes battle as the two teams race towards the brilliant and nail-biting finale. Will Louis be forgiven by his friends for his foolishness and still bring home the cheddar?

Modern Families / Director Rasmus A Sivertsen Cast John F Brungot, Anders Bye, Kåre Conradi
Norway 2015, 1h18m, dubbed, N/C 8+ Thanks to Sola Media GmbH

Take 2: Snowtime!

GFT / Sat 18 Feb (11.30)
Sophie and Luke, both 11 years-old, become leaders of opposing teams when they split their small village into rival gangs during a giant snowball fight. Defending an elaborately created snow fort, whichever side occupies the fort at the end of the school Christmas holidays will be the winner. An animated remake of The Dog Who Stopped the War (1984), Snowtime! explores the topic of war in a way that tempers the serious theme with a healthy dose of fun and laughter.

Modern Families / Directors Jean-François Pouliot, François Brisson Cast Angela Galuppo, Mariloup Wolf, Lucinda Davis
Canada 2015, 1h22m, English and French with subtitles, PG Thanks to Universal

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