The Glasgow Film Festival 2020 will open and close with major features – Proxima and How to Build a Girl – directed by women.
Gala Galsby Alexa Dalby
CAUTION: Here be spoilers
The 16th annual Glasgow film festival will open 26 February with the UK premiere of Alice Winocour’s Proxima starring Eva Green.
The festival will close on 8 March with the UK premiere of the big screen adaptation of Caitlin Moran’s How to Build a Girl starring Beanie Feldstein and directed by Coky Giedroyc.
Proxima is the latest drama from award-winning Alice Winocour, director of Augustine and Disorder. Eva Green (Casino Royale, Penny Dreadful) gives one of her most powerful performances in a heartfelt portrait of a woman torn between professional ambition and the demands of motherhood.
On 8 March, the big screen version of Caitlin Moran’s cherished, semi-autobiographical bestseller How to Build a Girl, directed by Coky Giedroyc is a hilarious, inspirational coming-of-age comedy set to be a homegrown crowd-pleaser. Beanie Feldstein (Booksmart) shines as Johanna Morrigan, a 16-year-old extrovert from the outskirts of Wolverhampton with raging hormones, an unstoppable imagination and gigantic dreams.
The cast includes Paddy Considine, Alfie Allen, Chris O’Dowd, Emma Thompson, Sarah Solemani, Frank Dilane, Laurie Kynaston and Arinze Kene plus fantastical cameos from Sharon Horgan, Lily Allen, Jameela Jamil, Lucy Punch, Alexei Sayle, Michael Sheen, Sue Perkins, Mel Giedroyc and Gemma Arterton.
Tickets for Opening and Closing Galas go on sale at 12 noon on Monday 13 January from glasgowfilm.org/festival and GFT Box Office (0141 332 6535).
The full programme for Glasgow Film Festival 2020 will be announced on 29 January.
Glasgow Film Festival (GFF) is one of the leading film festivals in the UK and run by Glasgow Film, a charity which also runs Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT). GFF is made possible by support from Screen Scotland, the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery, Glasgow Life and EventScotland, part of VisitScotland.