Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2021

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Drive My Car Drive My Car
Drive My Car and Benedetta
Ahed's Knee (Country: France, Israel; Year: 2021; Director: Nadav Lapid; Writer: Nadav Lapid; Stars: Nur Fibak, Avshalom Pollak)
An Israeli filmmaker throws himself in the midst of two battles doomed to fail: one against the death of freedom, the other against the death of a mother.
Ali & Ava (Country: UK; Year: 2021; Director: Clio Barnard; Writer: Clio Barnard; Stars: Adeel Akhtar, Claire Rushbrook, Ellora Torchia)
Over the course of a lunar month, a deep connection begins to grow between two people, despite the legacy of Ava's past relationship and Ali's emotional turmoil at the breakdown of his marriage.
All Eyes Off Me (Country: Israel; Year: 2021; Director: Hadas Ben Aroya; Stars: Elisheva Weil, Yoav Hayt, Elisheva Weil, Yoav Hayt)
Danny is pregnant by Max who is busy trying out Avishag’s sexual fantasies with her. She wants him to hit her when they have sex. Avishag takes her bruises to Dror, whose dog she sits. A generational portrait that asks: how liberated are we really?
Amparo (Country: Colombia, Sweden, Qatar, Germany; Year: 2021; Director: Simón Mesa Soto; Writer: Simón Mesa Soto; Stars: John Montoya, Luciana Gallego, Diego Alejandro Tobûn, Sandra Melissa Torres, John Montoya, Luciana Gallego, Diego Alejandro Tobûn, Sandra Melissa Torres)
Colombia 1998, Amparo, a single mother, struggles to free her teenage son after he is drafted by the army and assigned to a war zone.
Ananda (Country: Italy; Year: 2020; Director: Stefano Deffenu; Writer: Bonifacio Angius, Stefano Deffenu, Pierre Obino)
The personal travel diary of a naive dreamer in search of an ancient tale told by a scoundrel.
The Tale Of King Crab The Tale Of King Crab
The Tale Of King Crab and Babi Yar. Context
Apples (Mila) (Country: Greece, Poland, Slovenia; Year: 2020; Director: Christos Nikou; Writer: Christos Nikou, Stavros Raptis; Stars: Aris Servetalis, Sofia Georgovassili, Anna Kalaitzidou, Argyris Bakirtzis, Kostas Laskos, Babis Makridis, Kimon Fioretos, Costas Xikominos, Alexandra Aidini, Nota Tserniafski, Konstantinos Papatheodorou, Electra Sarri, Natalie Chavez, Akis Benardis, Simos Vogiatzoglou)
A man caught up in an amnesia pandemic tries to construct a new life for himself.
Babi Yar. Context (Country: Ukraine, Netherlands; Year: 2021; Director: Sergei Loznitsa; Writer: Sergei Loznitsa)
Nazi troops massacre 33,771 Jews in Kyiv over a two-day period in September 1941.
Bad Luck Banging Or Loony Porn (Babardeală cu bucluc sau porno balamuc) (Country: Romania, Croatia, Czech Republic, Luxembourg; Year: 2021; Director: Radu Jude; Writer: Radu Jude; Stars: Tudorel Filimon, Claudia Ieremia, Olimpia Malai, Ilinca Manolache, Daniela Ionita Marcu, Katia Pascariu, Alexandru Potocean, Nicodim Ungureanu, Andi Vasluianu, Dana Voicu)
Emi, a school teacher, finds her career and reputation under threat after a personal sex tape is leaked on the Internet.
Ballad Of A White Cow (Ghasideyeh gave sefid) (Country: Iran; Year: 2020; Director: Maryam Moghadam, Behtash Sanaeeha; Writer: Mehrdad Kouroshniya, Maryam Moghadam, Behtash Sanaeeha; Stars: Maryam Moghadam, Alireza Sani Far, Pouria Rahimi, Avin Poor Raoufi, Mohammad Heidari, Maryam Moghadam, Alireza Sani Far, Pouria Rahimi, Avin Poor Raoufi, Mohammad Heidari)
A single mum, whose husband has been executed, struggles for justice.
Benedetta (Country: France, Netherlands; Year: 2021; Director: Paul Verhoeven; Writer: David Birke and Paul Verhoeven, based on he book by Judoth C Brown; Stars: Charlotte Rampling, Lambert Wilson, Virginie Efira, Daphne Patakia, Olivier Rabourdin)
A 17th-century nun in Italy suffers from disturbing religious and erotic visions. She is assisted by a companion, and the relationship between the two women develops into a romantic love affair.
Memory Box Memory Box
Memory Box and Wheel Of Fortune And Fantasy
Best Sellers (Country: Canada, US; Year: 2021; Director: Lina Roessler; Writer: Anthony Grieco; Stars: Aubrey Plaza, Cary Elwes, Michael Caine, Scott Speedman, Ellen Wong, Veronica Ferres, Victoria Sanchez, Elana Dunkelman, Frank Schorpion, Max Laferriere, Christopher Hayes, Alexandra Petrachuk, Susan Almgren, Frank Fiola, Elisabeth Etienne)
A has-been autho is on a book tour with a young editor who is trying to save her family's publishers.
Between Two Worlds (Ouistreham) (Country: France; Year: 2021; Director: Emmanuel Carrère; Writer: Florence Aubenas, Emmanuel Carrère, Hélène Devynck; Stars: Juliette Binoche)
Marianne Winckler, a well-known author, goes to live in northern France to research for her new book on the subject of job insecurity. Without revealing her true identity, she gets hired as a cleaner, working with a group of other women.
A Chiara (Country: Italy, France; Year: 2021; Director: Jonas Carpignano; Writer: Jonas Carpignano; Stars: Grecia Rotolo, Swamy Rotolo, Silvana Palumbo, Rosa Caccamo, Claudio Rotolo, Carmelo Rotolo)
The Guerrasio family and their friends gather to celebrate Claudio and Carmela’s oldest daughter’s 18th birthday. There is a healthy rivalry between the birthday girl and her 16-year-old sister Chiara, as they compete on the dancefloor. It is a happy occasion, and the close-knit family is in top form. However, everything changes the next day when Claudio disappears...
Commitment Hasan (Baglilik Hasan) (Country: Turkey; Year: 2021; Director: Semih Kaplanoglu; Writer: Semih Kaplanoglu; Stars: Umut Karadag, Filiz Bozok, Gökhan Azlag, Ayse Gunyuz Demirci)
A man who makes a living from his father’s orchard tries to prevent an electricity pole from being plated in the middle of it, and makes a pilgrimage to Mecca.
Compartment No 6 (Hytti Nro 6) (Country: Finland, Estonia, Germany, Russia; Year: 2021; Director: Juho Kuosmanen; Writer: Andris Feldmanis, Juho Kuosmanen and Livia Ulman, based on the book by Rosa Liksom; Stars: Yuriy Borisov, Dinara Drukarova, Seidi Haarla, Vladimir Lysenko, Dmitriy Belenikhin)
A young Finnish woman escapes an enigmatic love affair in Moscow by boarding a train to the arctic port of Murmansk, but is forced to share the long ride and a tiny sleeping car with a Russian miner.
Onoda: 10,000 Nights In The Jungle Onoda: 10,000 Nights In The Jungle
Onoda: 10,000 Nights In The Jungle and Stop-Zemlia
Conference (Country: Russia, Estonia, United Kingdom, Italy; Year: 2020; Director: Ivan I Tverdovskiy; Writer: Ivan I Tverdovskiy; Stars: Filipp Avdeev, Natalya Tsvetkova, Natalya Pavlenkova, Natalya Potapova, Yan Tsapnik, Aleksandr Zlatopolskiy, Natalya Batrak, Olga Lapshina, Anna Slyu, Aleksandr Semchev, Kseniya Zueva, Oleg Feoktistov, Aleksandr Golubkov, Roman Shmakov, Elena Nesterova)
A nun is sent to Moscow to organise a memorial evening 17 years after a terror attack, through the course of the film we learn the details of her personal story.
Crock Of Gold: A Few Rounds With Shane McGowan (Country: UK; Year: 2020; Director: Julien Temple; Writer: Julien Temple; Stars: Shane McGowan, Johnny Depp)
Documentary about The Pogues frontman.
The Dawn (Zora) (Country: Croatia, Italy; Year: 2020; Director: Dalibor Matanic; Writer: Dalibor Matanic; Stars: Kresimir Mikic, Tihana Lazovic, Lara Vladovic, Maks Kleoncic, Marko Mandic, Natasa Matjasec, Boris Isakovic, Trpimir Jurkic, Mijo Jurisic, Mario Knezovic, Sinisa Popovic, Livio Badurina, Edita Karadjole, Mate Gulin, Agata Bulic)
In the near future, a family is forced to choose between staying in the village they've lived in for years or fleeing violence.
Drive My Car (Doraibu Mai Kâ) (Country: Japan; Year: 2021; Director: Ryûsuke Hamaguchi; Writer: Ryûsuke Hamaguchi and takamasa Oe, based on the book by Haruki Murakami; Stars: Hidetoshi Nishijima, Masaki Okada, Reika Kirishima, Tôko Miura)
Nishijima Hidetoshi as a stage actor and director happily married to his playwright wife. Then one day the wife disappears.
El Planeta (Country: US, Spain; Year: 2020; Director: Amalia Ulman; Writer: Amalia Ulman; Stars: Amalia Ulman, Ale Ulman, Nacho Vigalondo, Zhou Chen, Saoirse Bertram)
Amid the devastation of post-crisis Spain, mother and daughter bluff and grift to keep up the lifestyle they think they deserve, bonding over common tragedy and an impending eviction.
Apples Apples
Apples and Olga
The Employer And The Employee (El Empleado Y El Patron) (Country: Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, France; Year: 2021; Director: Manolo Nieto; Stars: Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Cristian Borges)
The employer is a young man who apparently has everything going on for him, except one pressing concern: his baby’s health. The employee is looking for a job to support his newborn too. He does not hesitate when the first decides to hire him to work in his lands. Both will meet their needs by helping each other. But one day an accident happens. This unexpected event will strain the ties between them, endangering the fate of the two families.
Even Mice Belong In Heaven (Country: Czech Republic, France, Slovakia, Poland; Year: 2021; Director: Jan Bubenicek, Denisa Grimmová; Writer: Jeffrey Hylton, Richard Malatinský, Alice Nellis, based on the book by, Iva Procházková)
A mouse and a fox meet in animal heaven and forge an unexpected friendship.
Feathers (Country: Egypt, Netherlands, Greece, France; Year: 2021; Director: Omar El Zohairy; Writer: Ahmed Amer, Omar El Zohairy; Stars: Samy Bassouny, Mohamed Abd El Hady, Fady Mina Fawzy, Demyana Nassar, Abo Sefen Nabil Wesa)
When a magic trick goes awry at a children’s birthday party, the authoritative father of the family turns into a chicken. An avalanche of coincidental absurdities befalls everyone...
First Reformed (Country: US; Year: 2017; Director: Paul Schrader; Writer: Paul Schrader; Stars: Amanda Seyfried, Ethan Hawke, Michael Gaston, Cedric the Entertainer, Philip Ettinger, Victoria Hill, Mahaleia Gray, Elanna White, Bill Hoag, Frank Rodriguez, Joseph Anthony Jerez, Michael Metta, Jake Alden-Falconer, Satchel Eden Bell, Delano Montgomery)
Thriller centring on an ex-military chaplain who has lost his son and a member of his church who is grieving for her husband.
Flee (Country: Denmark, France, Sweden, Norway; Year: 2021; Director: Jonas Poher Rasmussen; Writer: Jonas Poher Rasmussen)
Amin arrived as an unaccompanied minor in Denmark from Afghanistan. Today, he is a successful academic and is getting married to his long-time boyfriend. A secret he has been hiding for 20 years threatens to ruin the life he has built.
Flee Flee
Flee and Pleasure
The Furnace (Country: Australia; Year: 2020; Director: Roderick MacKay; Writer: Roderick MacKay; Stars: David Wenham, Jay Ryan, Erik Thomson, Mahesh Jadu, Goran D. Kleut, Baykali Ganambarr, Gary Young, Osamah Sami, Ahmed Malek, Samson Coulter, Trevor Jamieson, Kaushik Das, Mansoor Noor, Amanda Ma, Quentin Yung)
1897 Western Australia. To escape a harsh existence and return home, a young Afghan cameleer partners with a mysterious bushman on the run with two 400oz Crown-marked gold bars.
Ghosts (Hayaletler) (Country: Turkey, France, Qatar; Year: 2020; Director: Azra Deniz Okyay; Writer: Azra Deniz Okyay; Stars: Nalan Kuruçim, Beril Kayar, Emrah Ozdemir, Dilayda Günes, Nalan Kuruçim, Beril Kayar, Emrah Ozdemir, Dilayda Günes)
Four lives intersect on day in Istanbul.
A Glitch In The Matrix (Country: US; Year: 2021; Director: Rodney Ascher)
Are we living in a simulation?
Hit The Road (Country: Iran; Year: 2021; Director: Panah Panahi; Writer: Panah Panahi; Stars: Hassan Madjooni, Pantea Panahiha, Rayan Sarlak, Amin Simiar)
Drama based around a road trip in a borrowed car.
Hive (Country: Kosovo, Switzerland, Macedonia, Albania; Year: 2021; Director: Blerta Basholli; Writer: Blerta Basholli; Stars: Yllka Gashi, Çun Lajçi, Aurita Agushi, Kumrije Hoxha, Adriana Matoshi, Kaona Sylejmani)
Fahrije’s husband has been missing since the war in Kosovo. She sets up her own small business to provide for her kids, but as she fights against a patriarchal society that does not support her, she faces a crucial decision: to wait for his return, or to continue to persevere.
The Worst Person In The World The Worst Person In The World
The Worst Person In The World and What Do We See When We Look At The Sky?
The House Arrest (Country: Russia; Year: 2021; Director: Aleksey German Jr; Writer: Aleksey German Jr, Maria Ogneva; Stars: Aleksandra Bortich, Roza Khayrullina, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Anastasiya Melnikova, Anna Mikhalkova, Merab Ninidze, Aleksandr Pal, Anastasia Talyzina)
When David, a university professor, accuses the local mayor of corruption via social media, he finds himself facing trumped up charges.
Introduction (Inteurodeoksyeon) (Country: South Korea; Year: 2021; Director: Hong Sang-soo; Stars: Shin Seokho, Park Miso, Kim Minhee)
A young man tries to find his way in the world in the face of his parents' desires.
The Intruder (Country: Argentina, Mexico; Year: 2020; Director: Natalia Meta; Writer: Natalia Meta; Stars: Cecilia Roth, Erica Rivas, Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Daniel Hendler, Mirta Busnelli, Agustín Rittano, Guillermo Arengo, Cecilia Roth, Erica Rivas, Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Daniel Hendler, Mirta Busnelli, Agustín Rittano, Guillermo Arengo)
After a traumatic episode, a woman starts to find it hard to distinguish between what is real and what is imaginary.
Inquilinos (Country: Spain; Year: 2014; Director: Jaume Balagueró; Writer: Jaume Balagueró, Manu Díaz; Stars: Antonio de la Torre, Manuela Velasco, Fele Martínez)
Trouble with the tenants.
Lamb (Country: Iceland, Sweden, Poland; Year: 2021; Director: Valdimar Jóhannsson; Writer: Valdimar Jóhannsson, Sjón; Stars: Noomi Rapace, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Hilmir Snær Guðnason)
A childless couple, María and Ingvar discover a mysterious newborn on their farm in Iceland. The unexpected prospect of family life brings them much joy, before ultimately destroying them.
Prayers For The Stolen Prayers For The Stolen
Prayers For The Stolen and El Planeta
Laurent Garnier: Off The Record (Country: UK; Year: 2021; Director: Gabin Rivoire; Stars: Laurent Garnier, Abd Al Malik, Ellen Alien, Madonna The Blessed, Kerri Chandler, Matthieu Chedid, Carl Cox, Carl Craig, Charlotte de Witte, Lenny Dee, Stéphane Dri, Quentin Dupieux, Peggy Gou, Dave Haslam, Richie Hawtin)
Profile of the godfather of 1990s techno music.
Love Affair(s) (The Things We Say, the Things We Do, Les choses qu’on dit, les choses qu’on fait) (Country: France; Year: 2020; Director: Emmanuel Mouret; Writer: Emmanuel Mouret; Stars: Camélia Jordana, Niels Schneider, Vincent Macaigne, Émilie Dequenne, Jenna Thiam, Guillaume Gouix, Julia Piaton, Jean-Baptiste Anoumon, Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Claude Pommereau)
François has to rush back to Paris to cover for a sick colleague, leaving his partner Daphné, three months pregnant, to welcome his cousin, Maxime. In the four days till Francois’ return Daphné and Maxime get to know each other, sharing increasingly intimate stories that bring them closer.
Luzzu (Country: Malta; Year: 2021; Director: Alex Camilleri; Writer: Alex Camilleri; Stars: Michaela Farrugia, Jesmark Scicluna, Michaela Farrugia, Jesmark Scicluna)
A struggling Maltese fisherman faces tough choices about the future.
Mariner Of The Mountains (Country: Brazil, France, Germany, Algeria; Year: 2021; Director: Karim Aïnouz; Writer: Karim Aïnouz, Murilo Hauser)
In January 2019, Brazilian filmmaker Karim Aïnouz boards a boat in Marseille in order to make his first ever visit to his father’s homeland, Algeria.
Memoria (Country: Colombia, Mexico, France, UK, Thailand, Germany, China, Switzerland; Year: 2021; Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul; Writer: Apichatpong Weerasethakul; Stars: Tilda Swinton, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Jeanne Balibar, Juan Pablo Urrego, Daniel Toro)
A woman from Scotland, while traveling in Colombia, begins to notice strange sounds. Soon she begins to think about their appearance.
Ahed's Knee Ahed's Knee
Ahed's Knee and Hive
Memory Box (The Notebooks) (Country: France, Lebanon, Qatar, Canada; Year: 2021; Director: Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige; Writer: Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige, Gaëlle Macé; Stars: Manal Issa, Isabelle Zighondi, Rim Turkhi, Manal Issa, Isabelle Zighondi, Rim Turkhi)
Three generations of women in Canada, deal with memories of their homeland of Lebanon.
Minamata (Country: UK, US, UAE, Japan; Year: 2020; Director: Andrew Levitas; Writer: David Kessler, Stephen Deuters, Andrew Levitas, Jason Forman; Stars: Akiko Iwase, Johnny Depp, Katherine Jenkins, Bill Nighy, Minami, Tadanobu Asano, Ryô Kase, Hiroyuki Sanada, Jun Kunimura, Yosuke Hosoi, Lily Robinson, Masayoshi Haneda, Tatsuya Hirano, Kenta Ogawa, Shunsuke Okubo)
New York, 1971. Eugene Smith, once a highly sought-after photographer, now lives as a recluse. But then an unexpected trip to the Japanese city of Minamata, where an unscrupulous corporation has been releasing untreated wastewater into the bay, brings new meaning to his life.
Mr Bachmann and His Class (Herr Bachmann und seine Klasse) (Country: Germany; Year: 2021; Director: Maria Speth)
Documentary about a teacher and his pupils.
Nadia, Butterfly (Country: Canada; Year: 2020; Director: Pascal Plante; Writer: Pascal Plante; Stars: Katerine Savard, Ariane Mainville, Pierre-Yves Cardinal, Hilary Caldwell, Cailin McMurray, John Ralston, Amélie Marcil, Eli Jean Tahchi, Andrew Di Prata, Marie-José Turcotte, Andrew Simms, Kaoru Matsui, Pascal-Hugo Caron-Cantin, Katerine Savard, Ariane Mainville)
While young and in her prime, Nadia decides to retire from pro swimming after the Olympic Games... but she struggles to adapt to retirement.
Nemesis (Country: Switzerland; Year: 2020; Director: Thomas Imbach; Stars: Milan Peschel, Milan Peschel)
Director Thomas Imbach spent seven years observing the demolition of an old freight station from his window, followed by the construction of an immense prison that will house a large number of foreigners.
Compartment No 6 Compartment No 6
Compartment No 6 and Love Affair(s)
The Nest (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Sean Durkin; Writer: Sean Durkin; Stars: Jude Law, Carrie Coon, Oona Roche, Charlie Shotwell, Anne Reid, Adeel Akhtar, Michael Culkin, James Nelson-Joyce, Bernardo Santos, Polly Allen, Kaisa Hammarlund, Julian Ferro, Abby Stretch, Andrei Alen, Marcus Cornwall)
Charismatic entrepreneur, Rory, relocates his family to England with dreams of profiting from booming 1980s London. But as his wife, Allison, struggles to adapt, and the promise of a lucrative new beginning starts to unravel, the couple have to face the unwelcome truths lying beneath the surface of their marriage.
Oasis (Korisnici) (Country: Serbia, Netherlands, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France; Year: 2020; Director: Ivan Ikic; Writer: Ivan Ikic; Stars: Goran Bogdan, Marusa Majer, Marijana Novakov, Tijana Markovic, Valentino Zenuni, Milica Djindjic, Sasa Strugar, Draginja Voganjac, Goran Bogdan, Marusa Majer, Marijana Novakov, Tijana Markovic, Valentino Zenuni, Milica Djindjic, Sasa Strugar)
Upon her arrival at an institution for people with mental disabilities, Maria becomes fast friends with the equally fiery Dragana. When it becomes clear that they are both in love with the more withdrawn Robert, their relationship gradually grows into a dangerous game of hide-and-seek.
Olga (Country: France, Switzerland, Ukraine; Year: 2021; Director: Elie Grappe; Writer: Raphaëlle Desplechin, Elie Grappe; Stars: Stéphanie Chuat, Aleksandr Mavrits, Philippe Schuler, Bernd Würch)
2013. A 15-year-old gymnast is torn between Switzerland - where she is training for the European Championship in preparation for the Olympics - and Ukraine, where her mother is a journalist, reporting on Euromaidan unrest.
Onoda: 10,000 Nights In The Jungle (Country: France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Japan; Year: 2021; Director: Arthur Harari; Writer: Bernard Cendron, Arthur Harari, Vincent Poymiro; Stars: Endô Yûya, Tsuda Kanji, Matsuura Yûya, Chiba Tetsuya, Kato Shinsuke , Inowaki Kai, Issey Ogata, Taiga Nakano, Nobuhiro Suwa, Mutsuo Yoshioka, Tomomitsu Adachi, Kyûsaku Shimada, Angeli Bayani, Jemuel Satumba, Kuu Izima)
It's the end of 1944. Japan is losing the war. Hiroo Onoda is sent to an island in the Philippines just before the American landing. The handful of soldiers that he takes with him into the jungle keep fighting, not realising the war is over.
The Painted Bird (Country: Czech Republic, Ukraine, Slovakia; Year: 2019; Director: Václav Marhoul; Writer: Jerzy Kosinski, Václav Marhoul, Václav Marhoul; Stars: Stellan Skarsgård, Harvey Keitel, Barry Pepper, Julian Sands, Udo Kier, Aleksey Kravchenko, Tim Kalkhof, Jitka Cvancarová, Pavel Kríz, Petr Vanek, Lech Dyblik, Petr Kotlar, Radim Fiala, Milan Simácek, Filip Kankovský)
A lone Jewish boy has to fend for himself in Nazi-occupied eastern Europe.
Zanka Contact Zanka Contact
Zanka Contact and Crock Of Gold: A Few Rounds With Shane McGowan
Paris, 13th District (Les Olympiades) (Country: France; Year: 2021; Director: Jacques Audiard; Writer: Jacques Audiard, Léa Mysius, Céline Sciamma; Stars: Noémie Merlant, Stephen Manas, Geneviève Doang, Lumina Wang)
Émilie meets Camille who is attracted to Nora, who crosses paths with Amber. Three girls and a boy - They're friends, sometimes lovers and often both.
Petite Maman (Country: France; Year: 2021; Director: Céline Sciamma; Writer: Céline Sciamma; Stars: Gabrielle Sanz, Joséphine Sanz, Nina Meurisse, Stéphane Varupenne, Margot Abascal,)
Something magical happens to a young girl after the death of her grandma.
Pleasure (Country: Sweden, Netherlands, France; Year: 2021; Director: Ninja Thyberg; Writer: Ninja Thyberg; Stars: Sofia Kappel, Revika Anne Reustle, Evelyn Claire, Chris Cock, Dana DeArmond, Kendra Spade)
A 20-year-old woman moves from her small town in Sweden to LA for a shot at a career in the adult film industry.
Prayers For The Stolen (Noche De Fuego) (Country: Mexico; Year: 2021; Director: Tatiana Huezo; Writer: Tatiana Huezo; Stars: Mayra Batalla, Norma Pablo, Olivia Lagunas)
Life in a town at war seen through the eyes of three young girls on the path to adolescence.
Quo Vadis, Aida (Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, Romania, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, France, Norway, Turkey; Year: 2020; Director: Jasmila Zbanic; Writer: Jasmila Zbanic; Stars: Jasna Djuricic, Johan Heldenbergh, Raymond Thiry, Boris Isakovic, Emir Hadzihafizbegovic, Joes Brauers, Reinout Bussemaker, Izudin Bajrovic, Teun Luijkx, Alban Ukaj, Ermin Bravo, Ermin Sijamija, Sol Vinken, Juda Goslinga, Sanne den Hartogh)
A UN translator in Srebrenica when the Serbian army takes over the town faces a difficult choice.
Even Mice Belong In Heaven Even Mice Belong In Heaven
Even Mice Belong In Heaven and Minamata
Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain (Country: US; Year: 2021; Director: Morgan Neville)
Documentary about the chef and travel documentarian.
The Sea Ahead (Country: France, Lebanon, Belgium; Year: 2021; Director: Ely Dagher)
After a long time gone, Jana, a young woman, suddenly returns to Beirut. She finds herself reconnecting with the familiar yet strange life she once left.
The Sparks Brothers (Country: UK; Year: 2021; Director: Edgar Wright; Stars: Ron Mael, Russell Mael)
How can one rock band be successful, underrated, hugely influential, and criminally overlooked all at the same time? Take a musical odyssey through five weird and wonderful decades with brothers Ron & Russell Mael, celebrating the inspiring legacy of Sparks: your favorite band's favorite band.
Stop-Zemlia (Country: Ukraine; Year: 2021; Director: Kateryna Gornostai; Writer: Kateryna Gornostai; Stars: Maria Fedorchenko, Arsenii Markov, Yana Isaienko, Oleksandr Ivanov)
Drama follows a shy teenager and her friend as they navigate their 16th year.
Sweat (Country: Poland, Sweden; Year: 2020; Director: Magnus von Horn; Writer: Magnus von Horn; Stars: Magdalena Kolesnik, Julian Swiezewski, Aleksandra Konieczna, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Tomasz Orpinski, Lech Lotocki, Magdalena Kuta, Dominika Biernat, Katarzyna Dziurska, Wiktoria Filus, Bartosz Sak, Edgar Griszczuk, Dorota Zieciowska, Katarzyna Cynke, Bogna Defecinska)
A social media influencer begins to question her life.
The Painted Bird The Painted Bird
The Painted Bird and Hit The Road
The Tale Of King Crab (Re Granchio, The Legend Of King Crab) (Country: Italy, France, Argentina; Year: 2021; Director: Alessio Rigo de Righi, Matteo Zoppis; Writer: Alessio Rigo de Righi, Matteo Zoppis; Stars: Maria Alexandra Lungu, Darío Levy, Jorge Prado, Mariano Arce, Gabriele Silli, Severino Sperandio, Bruno di Giovanni, Daniel Tur, Ercole Colnago)
Italy, today. Some elderly hunters reminisce about the tale of Luciano - a drunk who locks horns with the head of the region over right of passage and is later exiled.
Tina (Country: US; Year: 2021; Director: Daniel Lindsay, TJ Martin; Writer: Daniel Lindsay, TJ Martin; Stars: Angela Bassett, Oprah Winfrey, Tina Turner, Katori Hall, Kurt Loder)
A documentary celebration of Tina Turner.
The Tsugua Diaries (Diarios De Otsoga) (Country: Portugal; Year: 2021; Director: Maureen Fazendeiro, Miguel Gomes; Writer: Maureen Fazendeiro, Miguel Gomes, Mariana Ricardo; Stars: Crista Alfaiate, Carloto Cotta, João Nunes Monteiro)
Details of this film have yet to be released.
Vortex (Country: France, Belgium, Monaco; Year: 2021; Director: Gaspar Noé; Writer: Gaspar Noé; Stars: Dario Argento, Alex Lutz, Françoise Lebrun)
Drama focused on a handful of dark days in the lives of an elderly couple in Paris.
What Do We See When We Look At The Sky? (Ras vkhedavt, rodesac cas vukurebt?) (Country: Germany, Georgia; Year: 2021; Director: Aleksandre Koberidze; Stars: Irina Chelidze, Giorgi Bochorishvili, Ani Karseladze, Giorgi Ambroladze)
A couple who fall in love at first sight, wake the next day with different appearances and struggle to find one another.
The Nest The Nest
The Nest and Vortex
Wheel Of Fortune And Fantasy (Guzen to sozo) (Country: Japan; Year: 2021; Director: Ryusuke Hamaguchi; Writer: Ryusuke Hamaguchi; Stars: Kotone Furukawa, Kiyohiko Shibukawa, Fusako Urabe)
An unexpected love triangle, a failed honey trap and an encounter that results from a misunderstanding are the three episodes, told in three movements to depict three female characters and trace the trajectories between their choices and regrets.
The Worst Person In The World (Verdens Verste Menneske) (Country: Norway, France, Sweden; Year: 2021; Director: Joachim Trier; Writer: Joachim Trier, Eskil Vogt; Stars: Anders Danielsen Lie, Renate Reinsve, Herbert Nordrum)
Four years in the life of Julie, a young woman who navigates the troubled waters of her love life and struggles to find her career path, leading her to take a realistic look at who she really is.
Zanka Contact (Country: Morocco; Year: 2020; Director: Ismael El Iraki; Writer: Ismael El Iraki; Stars: Khansa Batma, Ahmed Hammoud, Said Bey, Mourad Zaoui, Abderrahmane Oubihem, Fatima Attif, Khansa Batma, Ahmed Hammoud, Said Bey, Mourad Zaoui, Abderrahmane Oubihem, Fatima Attif)
In hellish Casablanca, a car-crash sets ablaze a burning, passionate love story between has-been rocker Larsen and the streetwise Rajae.
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Eye For Film continues to support festivals both locally and across the world. At the moment, we're covering:

Inside Out

Cannes Film Festival
The world's most famous film festival

Fantaspoa

Sands Film Festival
Weekend film event in St Andrews

Queer East

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