Venice Film Festival 2021

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107 Mothers (Cenzorka) (Country: Slovakia, Czech Republic, Ukraine; Year: 2021; Director: Péter Kerekes; Writer: Péter Kerekes, Ivan Ostrochovský, Ivan Ostrochovský; Stars: Maryna Klimova, Iryna Kiryazeva, Lyubov Vasylyna, Maryna Klimova, Iryna Kiryazeva, Lyubov Vasylyna)
A woman begins a jail sentence having just given birth to her first child.
Amira (Country: Egypt, Jordan, UAE, Saudi Arabia; Year: 2021; Director: Mohamed Diab; Writer: Mohamed Diab; Stars: Saba Mubarak, Ali Suliman, Tara Abboud, Waleed Zuaiter, Ziad Bakri, Suhaib Nashwan, Reem Talhami)
Amira, a 17-year-old Palestinian, was conceived with the smuggled sperm of her imprisoned father, Nawar. Although their relationship since birth has been restricted to prison visits, he remains her hero. But her beliefs are about to be shaken.
Anatomy Of Time (Wela) (Country: Thailand, France, Netherlands, Singapore; Year: 2021; Director: Jakrawal Nilthamrong; Writer: Jakrawal Nilthamrong; Stars: Sorabodee Changsiri, Prapamonton Eiamchan, Thaveeratana Leelanuja, Wanlop Rungkumjad, Sorabodee Changsiri, Prapamonton Eiamchan, Thaveeratana Leelanuja, Wanlop Rungkumjad)
Two fragments in a woman’s life set 50 years apart.
Atlantide (Country: Italy, France, United States, Qatar; Year: 2021; Director: Yuri Ancarani; Stars: Daniele Barison, Bianka Berényi, Maila Dabalà, Alberto Tedesco)
Daniele is a young man from Sant’Erasmo, an island on the edges of the Venice Lagoon, where he dreams of building a souped up motorboat with unfortunate consequences.
The Falls (Pubu) (Country: Taiwan; Year: 2021; Director: Chung Mong-Hong; Writer: Chung Mong-Hong; Stars: Alyssa Chia, Gingle Wang, Chen Yi-Wen, Lee Lee-Zen)
When a classmate tests positive for Covid-19, high schooler Xiao Jing begins home quarantine and when her mother is asked to take a leave of absence the relationship between the women becomes strained.
Full Time (A Plein Temps) (Country: France; Year: 2021; Director: Eric Gravel; Writer: Eric Gravel; Stars: Laure Calamy, Olivier Faliez, Lucie Gallo, Cyril Masson, Romain Ogerau, Laure Calamy, Olivier Faliez, Lucie Gallo, Cyril Masson, Romain Ogerau)
Julie goes to great lengths to raise her two children in the countryside while keeping her job in a Parisian luxury hotel. When she finally gets a job interview for a position she had long been hoping for, a national strike breaks out, leading to a race against time.
The Great Movement (El Gran Movimiento) (Country: Bolivia, France, Qatar, Switzerland; Year: 2021; Director: Kiro Russo)
Mystical portrait of the contemporary central South American cityscape and those who work within its bowels and environs.
The Hole In The Fence (El Hoyo En La Cerca) (Country: Mexico; Year: 2021; Director: Joaquin del Paso; Writer: Lucy Pawlak, Joaquin del Paso; Stars: Valeria Lamm Williams, Yubah Ortega, Lucciano Kurti, Eric Walker, Santiago Barajas, Enrique Lascurain, Jacek Poniedzialek, Raul Vasconcelos)
Trouble brews at a secluded exclusive summer camp in the Mexican countryside for boys from a prestigious private school.
Inu-oh (Country: Japan, China; Year: 2021; Director: Masaaki Yuasa; Writer: Hideo Furukawa, Akiko Nogi; Stars: Avu-chan, Mirai Moriyama, Avu-chan, Mirai Moriyama)
Inu-Oh is born with unique physical characteristics, and the horrified adults cover every inch of his body with garments, including a mask on his face... but through his creative abilities he forges a different destiny to the one they intend.
Miracol (Country: Romania, Czech Republic, Latvia; Year: 2021; Director: Bogdan George Apetri; Writer: Bogdan George Apetri; Stars: Ioana Bugarin, Emanuel Parvu, Cezar Antal, Ovidiu Crisan, Valeriu Andriuta, Valentin Popescu, Marian Râlea, Nora Covali, Natalia Calin, Catalina Moga, Olimpia Malai, Vasile Muraru, Mircea Postelnicu, Dan Grigoras, Bogdan Farcas)
Divided into two chapters, Miracol follows a teenage nun as she sneaks out of her isolated convent to attend to an urgent matter. The second part deals with a determined police detective trying to understand what happened to her.
Once Upon A Time In Calcutta (Country: India, France, Norway; Year: 2021; Director: Aditya Vikram Sengupta; Writer: Aditya Vikram Sengupta; Stars: Sreelekha Mitra, Shayak Roy, Bratya Basu, Arindam Ghosh, Satrajit Sarkar, Anirban Chakrabarti, Reetika Nondini Sheemu)
After the loss of her daughter, Ela not only loses her identity as a mother, but also the only reason to be with her husband. But she finds starting the new life she wants isn't easy.
The Other Tom (El Otro Tom) (Country: Mexico; Year: 2021; Director: Rodrigo Plá, Laura Santullo; Writer: Rodrigo Plá, Laura Santullo; Stars: Julia Chávez, Israel Rodriguez Bertorelli)
Elena is a single mother dependant on Social Services and finds her custody of her child under threat after he is diagnosed with ADD.
The Peacock's Paradise (Il Paradiso Del Pavone) (Country: Italy, Germany; Year: 2021; Director: Laura Bispuri; Writer: Laura Bispuri, Silvana Tamma; Stars: Dominique Sanda, Alba Rohrwacher, Maya Sansa, Carlo Cerciello, Fabrizio Ferracane, Leonardo Lidi, Tihana Lazovic, Yle Vianello, Ludovica Alvazzi Del Frate, Maddalena Crippa, Carolina Michelangeli, Dominique Sanda, Alba Rohrwacher, Maya Sansa, Carlo Cerciello)
A film about an extended family in which everyone talks but no one really listens.
Pilgrims (Piligrimai) (Country: Lithuania; Year: 2021; Director: Laurynas Bareisa; Writer: Laurynas Bareisa; Stars: Gabija Bargailaite, Jolanta Dapkunaite, Zygimante Jakstaite, Giedrius Kiela, Paulius Markevicius, Indre Patkauskait)
A pair of old acquaintances revisit the scene of a crime with unexpected consequences.
Promises (Les promesses) (Country: France; Year: 2021; Director: Thomas Kruithof; Writer: Jean-Baptiste Delafon, Thomas Kruithof; Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Reda Kateb, Naidra Ayadi, Jean-Paul Bordes, Mustapha Abourachid, Soufiane Guerrab, Hervé Pierre, Laurent Poitrenaux, Walid Afkir, Vincent Garanger, Mustapha Abourachid, Christian Benedetti, Anne Loiret, Mama Prassinos, Youssouf Wague, Gauthier Battoue, Bruno Georis, Stefan Crepon, Rosita Fernandez)
A mayor in the final term of her political career faces a choice between integrity and ambition.
Rhino (Nosorih) (Country: Ukraine, Germany, Poland; Year: 2021; Director: Oleh Sentsov; Writer: Oleh Sentsov; Stars: Margo Dumas, Slava Babenkov, Oleksandr Rudynskyy, Alina Zievakova, Serhii Filimonov, Oleg Skripka, Georgiy Povolotskiy, Irina Mak, Yevhen Grygoriev, Lorena Kolibabchuk, Pavlo Shpegun, Evhen Chernykov, Yaroslav Bezkorovayny, Yelyzaveta Tsilyk, Yevhen Svitlychnyi)
Starting out as a petty thief, a young man nicknamed “Rhino” quickly works his way up the criminal hierarchy in 1990s Ukraine. Rhino has only known power and cruelty, but with nothing left to lose, could he finally find a chance at redemption?
True Things (Year: 2021; Director: Harry Wootliff; Writer: Deborah Kay Davies, Molly Davies, Harry Wootliff; Stars: Ruth Wilson, Tom Burke, Tom Weston-Jones, Hayley Squires, Elizabeth Rider, Melissa Neal, Robert Goodman, Chris Brazier, Malik Blumenthal, Ram Gupta, Max Bispham, Karol Steele, Jordan John, Nathan Ampofo, Charlie Heptinstall)
Kate is sleep-walking through life when a chance sexual encounter with a charismatic stranger awakens her.
Vera Dreams Of The Sea (Country: Kosovo; Year: 2021; Director: Kaltrina Krasniqi; Writer: Doruntina Basha; Stars: Teuta Ajdini, Alketa Sylaj, Refet Abazi, Astrit Kabashi, Ilire Vinca Celaj, Teuta Ajdini, Alketa Sylaj, Refet Abazi, Astrit Kabashi, Ilire Vinca Celaj)
Vera's serene life is disrupted by her husband’s suicide followed by an unwelcome, menacing parade of men who claim to have ownership over their village family house.
White Building (Bodeng Sar) (Country: Cambodia, France, China, Qatar; Year: 2021; Director: Kavich Neang; Writer: Daniel Mattes, Kavich Neang; Stars: Piseth Chhun, Chinnaro Soem, Sovann Tho, Jany Min, Hout Sithorn, Ok Sokha, Piseth Chhun, Chinnaro Soem, Sovann Tho, Jany Min, Hout Sithorn, Ok Sokha)
A trio of friends find their lives changing after the building they live in is marked for demolition.

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