Venice Film Festival 2021

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Anatomia (Country: Poland; Year: 2021; Director: Ola Jankowska; Writer: Ola Jankowska; Stars: Karolina Kominek-Skuratowicz, Ewa Dalkowska, Anna Krotoska, Lena Parol, Andrzej Poniedzielski, Krzysztof Zarzecki, Piotr Zurawski, Karolina Kominek-Skuratowicz, Ewa Dalkowska, Anna Krotoska, Lena Parol, Andrzej Poniedzielski, Krzysztof Zarzecki, Piotr Zurawski)
Mika arrives in Poland to pay a hospital visit to her father, who is suffering from severe brain injury and memory loss. It's the first time they have met in many years, yet her father thinks they still live together and she's a teenager.
Californie (Country: Italy; Year: 2021; Director: Alessandro Cassigoli, Casey Kauffman; Writer: Alessandro Cassigoli, Casey Kauffman, Vanessa Picciarelli; Stars: Khadija Jaafari)
Jamila is an exuberant Moroccan girl with street smarts, who seems to have enormous potential to achieve great things - or else trigger mega-disasters. Californie follows her day in and day out from age 9 to 14, in the small town in southern Italy where she lives.
Dusk Stone (Piedra Noche) (Country: Argentina, Chile, Spain; Year: 2021; Director: Iván Fund; Writer: Martín Felipe Castagnet, Iván Fund, Santiago Loza; Stars: Mara Bestelli, Alfredo Castro, Marcelo Subiotto, Maricel Álvarez)
Less than a year ago, Greta's son mysteriously disappeared by the sea. As she and her husband Bruno are struggling with grief, Bruno claims to have seen something that confirms the locals' rumours: the appearance of a strange shape coming from the sea.
Imaculat (Country: Romania; Year: 2021; Director: Monica Stan, George Chiper; Writer: Monica Stan; Stars: Ana Dumitrascu, Vasile Pavel, Cezar Grumazescu, Andreea Moustache, Ana Dumitrascu, Vasile Pavel, Cezar Grumazescu, Andreea Moustache)
When young Daria enters rehab to kick the drug habit her first love left her with, her perceived innocence saves her from the sexual advances of the mostly male junkies inside and gains her their protection. Suddenly thrown into the spotlight and enjoying the attention, Daria soon finds out that special treatment comes at a great price.
Lovely Boy (Country: Italy; Year: 2021; Director: Francesco Lettieri; Writer: Peppe Fiore, Francesco Lettieri; Stars: Ludovica Martino, Andrea Carpenzano, Enrico Borello, Ludovica Martino, Andrea Carpenzano, Enrico Borello)
Nic, alias Lovely Boy, is a rising star on Rome's trap scene who becomes sucked into a spiral of self-destruction and has to go to a remote rehab centre.
Madeleine Collins (Country: France; Year: 2021; Director: Antoine Barraud; Writer: Antoine Barraud, Héléna Klotz; Stars: Virginie Efira, Quim Gutiérrez, Bruno Salomone, Jacqueline Bisset, François Rostain, Loïse Benguerel, Thomas Gioria, Valérie Donzelli, Nadav Lapid, Nathalie Boutefeu, Mona Walravens, Anne Lepla, Assouma Sow, Lorette Dugardin, Sofiane Felouki)
Judith manages a busy double life between Switzerland and France. On the one hand there's Abdel, with whom she has a little girl, and on the other Melvil, with whom she has two older boys. Gradually, this delicate balancing act starts to crack.
Out Of Sync (Tres) (Country: Spain, Lithuania, France; Year: 2021; Director: Juanjo Giménez; Writer: Juanjo Giménez, Pere Altimira; Stars: Marta Nieto, Julius Cotter, Miki Esparbé, Cris Iglesias, Fran Lareu, Luisa Merelas, Carmen Méndez)
A sound designer finds herself out of step with the world as her brain begins to deliver sound on a delay.
Out Of This World (Shen Kong) (Country: China; Year: 2021; Director: Guan Chen; Writer: Guan Chen; Stars: Ruguang Wei, Keyu Deng, Ruguang Wei, Keyu Deng)
When a pandemic breaks out, Li You is given a long vacation while Xiao Xiao is forced to remain in a city that she does not know well.
Private Desert (Deserto Particular) (Country: Brazil, Portugal; Year: 2021; Director: Aly Muritiba; Writer: Henrique Dos Santos, Aly Muritiba; Stars: Antonio Saboia, Pedro Fasanaro, Luthero Almeida, Thomas Aquino, Laila Garin, Sandro Guerra, Otavio Linhares, Zezita Matos, Cynthia Senek, Antonio Saboia, Pedro Fasanaro, Luthero Almeida, Thomas Aquino, Laila Garin, Sandro Guerra)
Daniel has been suspended from active police work and is under internal investigation for violence. When Sara, his internet love affair, stops answering his texts he decides to drive north in search of her.
The Stranger (Al Garib) (Country: Syria, Qatar, Germany, Israel, Palestinian Territories; Year: 2021; Director: Ameer Fakher Eldin; Writer: Ameer Fakher Eldin; Stars: Ashraf Barhom, Mohammad Bakri, Amal Kais, Amer Hlehel, Hitham Omari, Mahmud Abu-Jazi, Elham Araf)
In a small village in the occupied Golan Heights, the life of a desperate unlicensed doctor, who is going through an existential crisis, takes another unlucky turn when he encounters a man wounded in the war in Syria.
You Resemble Me (Tu Me Ressembles) (Country: US, France, Egypt; Year: 2021; Director: Dina Amer; Writer: Dina Amer, Omar Mullick; Stars: Lorenza Grimaudo, Ilonna Grimaudo, Grégoire Colin, Sabrina Ouazani, Zinedine Soualem, Dina Amer, Mouna Soualem, Hedi Bouchenafa, Tania Dessources, Nassima Benchicou, Elodie Rouprêt, Sana Sri, Nassima Benichou, Djino Grimaudo, Romain Royet)
Cultural and intergenerational trauma erupt in this story about two sisters on the outskirts of Paris.

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