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Festival Circuit 2021

#1 Post by DarkImbecile » Fri Jan 01, 2021 1:00 am

Maybe some of these will happen this year!

If so, I'll keep this post updated with program, jury, awards, and other relevant information on the major film festivals as the year in fests continues to develop. Everything below is tentative; if you're lucky enough to be able to attend one of these (or another local or specialty festival), let the rest of us know which films to keep an eye on!

UPDATED 1/1/2021

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2021 Sundance Film Festival (Jan. 28 - Feb. 3; digital screenings only): Program / Awards
Notable premieres: Passing (Hall)

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71st Berlin International Film Festival (Mar. 1 - Mar. 5; digital screenings only): Program / Jury (President:) / Awards
Notable premieres:

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74th Cannes Film Festival (May 11 - May 22): Program / Jury (President: Spike Lee, for real this time) / Awards (Palme D'or: )
Notable premieres:
Competition:

Un Certain Regard:

Other Screenings:

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78th Venice International Film Festival (Sep. 1 - Sep. 11): Program / Jury (President: Bong Joon Ho) / Awards (Golden Lion: ; Silver Lion: )
Notable premieres:
Competition:

Out of Competition:

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48th Telluride Film Festival (Sep. 3 - Sep. 6): Program
Notable premieres:

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2021 Toronto International Film Festival (Sep. 9 - Sep. 19): Program / Awards
Notable premieres:

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59th New York Film festival (Sep. 24 - Oct. 10): Program
Opening Night -
Centerpiece -
Closing Night -

Notable premieres:

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#3 Post by domino harvey » Sat Jan 16, 2021 7:31 pm

Lincoln Center's annual Rendez-Vous with French Cinema will be virtual from March 4-14

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#4 Post by therewillbeblus » Sat Jan 16, 2021 9:21 pm

The main picture on the site is from the latest Mouret too, so nice to see him get that recognition and it'll be even nicer to see it again in the correct aspect ratio

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#5 Post by senseabove » Thu Feb 11, 2021 7:23 am

Berlinale competition lineup (including new Sciamma!)

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#6 Post by Never Cursed » Thu Feb 11, 2021 12:44 pm

Rendez-Vous with French Cinema lineup announced, includes the new Mouret, Dupieux, Ozon, among others

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#7 Post by therewillbeblus » Thu Feb 11, 2021 12:52 pm

Never Cursed wrote:
Thu Feb 11, 2021 12:44 pm
Rendez-Vous with French Cinema lineup announced, includes the new Mouret, Dupieux, Ozon, among others
I don't see specific dates and times listed, so are we to assume that these will all be available for the entire festival run, aside from the Opening Night film, or will they stick to single screenings like in the past during a live festival?

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#8 Post by Grand Wazoo » Tue Feb 16, 2021 7:27 pm

I am really impressed with Slamdance's presentation this year. It's $10 for a full festival pass and the interface both in-browser and via a Roku/Firestick app is pretty much flawless as far as these things go. They've also really taken inclusion and diversity seriously without a hint of the tokenized reverence or self congratulation I often see coming from other big festivals. Highly recommended. It continues through the 25th.

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#10 Post by Never Cursed » Fri Mar 05, 2021 5:13 pm

Berlin Film Festival awards:

Golden Bear: Bad Luck Banging Or Loony Porn (Radu Jude)

Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize: Wheel Of Fortune And Fantasy (Ryusuke Hamaguchi)

Silver Bear Jury Prize: Maria Speth, Mr Bachmann And His Class

Silver Bear For Best Director: Dénes Nagy, Natural Light

Silver Bear Best Leading Performance: Maren Eggert, I’m Your Man (Maria Schrader)

Silver Bear Best Supporting Performance: Lilla Kizlinger, Forest – I See You Everywhere (Benedek Fliegauf)

Silver Bear Best Screenplay: Hong Sangsoo, Introduction

Silver Bear Outstanding Artistic Contribution: Yibrán Asuad, for the editing of A Cop Movie (Alonso Ruizpalacios)

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#11 Post by lzx » Fri Mar 05, 2021 8:23 pm

Never Cursed wrote:
Fri Mar 05, 2021 5:13 pm
Silver Bear Best Leading Performance: Maren Eggert, I’m Your Man (Maria Schrader)

Silver Bear Best Supporting Performance: Lilla Kizlinger, Forest – I See You Everywhere (Benedek Fliegauf)
I think this makes Berlin the first major film festival to award gender-neutral acting prizes - surprised that there isn't more press on it. Looking forward to Kino acquiring the Jude...

Encounters winners:
  • Best Film: We by Alice Diop
  • Special Jury Award: Taste by Lê Bảo
  • Best Director (tie): The Girl and the Spider by Ramon Zürcher, Silvan Zürcher; Social Hygiene by Denis Côté
  • Special Mention: Rock Bottom Riser by Fern Silva

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#12 Post by domino harvey » Fri Mar 05, 2021 11:01 pm

20% off any Film at Lincoln Center rentals with code RDV21FLC — you can also purchase a special four film pass from the French Film Fest for $30

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#13 Post by skilar » Tue Mar 09, 2021 2:20 am

therewillbeblus wrote:
Thu Feb 11, 2021 12:52 pm
Never Cursed wrote:
Thu Feb 11, 2021 12:44 pm
Rendez-Vous with French Cinema lineup announced, includes the new Mouret, Dupieux, Ozon, among others
I don't see specific dates and times listed, so are we to assume that these will all be available for the entire festival run, aside from the Opening Night film, or will they stick to single screenings like in the past during a live festival?
This has been underway for the past few days. A few films are released at noon each day, and then they're available for five days. Once you press play, you have twenty-four hours to finish watching. Time's up after that, even if you have the all-access pass. The new Mouret is available today, Dupieux on Friday, and Ozon Saturday.

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#14 Post by therewillbeblus » Wed Mar 10, 2021 3:08 pm

Thanks skilar, have you (or anyone) been catching any of these films yet? I'm tempted to buy some individual tickets this week/end and outside of Summer of '85 and the Dupieux, I'm not really sure what I want to prioritize

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#15 Post by skilar » Wed Mar 10, 2021 5:27 pm

I've been slowly working my way through. I've watched up through Margaux Hartmann, save for Little Girl (I learned the hard way that you only have twenty-four hours to watch after pressing play).

I am perhaps not the best person to comment on what to prioritize. I've been hiding the subtitles in an attempt to learn French through immersion, so my understanding of the films isn't what it'd be if I was fluent or if I actually read the subtitles. That said, I'll attempt a quick write up of each film I've watched so far.

My Donkey, My Lover, and I is a lighthearted trip through Cévennes in southern France. Antoinette, a schoolteacher, is in the midst of an affair with the married father of one of her students. He rebuffs her, and she follows him and his family on their trip to the countryside. Of everything I've watched, this was the easiest to understand, perhaps because of its rather straightforward plot. It is fun and charming, particularly Antoinette's interactions with the donkey she's rented for the trip.

Red Soil features Zita Hanrot, who I've come to know through Netflix's Plan Coeur. She plays a nurse who takes a position at the chemical factory where her father has worked for thirty years. It is well assembled, and the cast offers good performances throughout, but it is nothing groundbreaking in terms of eco thrillers. It was interesting to see Hanrot in something so different from Plan Coeur, which I likely would've given up on after the first couple episodes if it weren't for this French immersion quest I'm on. I wish I had more to say about this one.

Faithful is the first time I've seen Vicky Krieps since Phantom Thread. Vincent Lacoste's role is much different than the others I've seen him in (Les Beaux Gosses, Victoria). Krieps plays a Polish woman in France who meets Lacoste, a French-Algerian communist. Lacoste fights for the rights of Algerians, and we see their relationship filtered through this struggle.

Of everything I've watched, this one is the most difficult to evaluate, given the language barrier. It felt thematically aimless. It is not as interested in the love story as much as it is with the politics of the time, but it also does not feel all that interested in an investigation of the French occupation of Algeria. A sympathetic viewer might say it is concerned with what it's like to be an outsider, but it does not go that deep here, either. There are several compelling, memorable scenes, though unfortunately I felt they did not add up to much in the end. Still, my impressions of this one are shaky. I'd be interested in hearing what someone else has to say about it.

And now I recall that I watched only the first third of Gagarine, though not for any fault of the movie. I was simply tired and did not pick up in time the next evening.

Margaux Hartmann is perhaps the greatest disappointment of these. It attempts a sparse portrait of a woman's pain and emptiness after the death of her husband. Unfortunately it leaves too many opportunities on the table, deciding to take a rather typical path. There are not many cinematic flourishes, and we follow Emmanuelle Béart's character with an often handheld camera. This approach might have worked with a less expected script, but given what we have, it does not bring out the best in the material.

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#16 Post by therewillbeblus » Wed Mar 10, 2021 6:00 pm

Thanks for the writeups, skilar! Faithful doesn't sound particularly interesting but I'm tempted to give it a go given Lacoste and Krieps' participation. And as if I needed another reminder that Vicky Krieps' absence from the public art form is beyond tragic- her snub and hibernation from the spotlight since giving one of the best perfs I've ever seen is just criminal.

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#17 Post by skilar » Wed Mar 10, 2021 7:35 pm

Both Krieps and Lacoste are excellent in it, as one would hope. Of these four, Faithful is probably the most interesting, at least to me, though the question is certainly whether or not it's worth $12.

On another note, it looks like Krieps has several films in post-production, including Bergman Island, from Mia Hansen-Løve.

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#18 Post by domino harvey » Wed Mar 10, 2021 7:40 pm

Keep in mind De nos frères blessés (Who keeps coming up with these dreadful English titles?) is only available to rent through noon tomorrow

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#19 Post by therewillbeblus » Thu Apr 15, 2021 9:54 am

Never Cursed wrote:
Fri Mar 05, 2021 5:13 pm
Golden Bear: Bad Luck Banging Or Loony Porn (Radu Jude)
This just popped up on backchannels with (untested) English subs

(Edit: Just did a brief test skipping through and subs look good)

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#20 Post by The Fanciful Norwegian » Thu Apr 15, 2021 11:56 am

It's actually been kicking around since early March, ditto Petite maman. Hardly the first time something like this has happened—just last year Days leaked very shortly after the Berlinale, prompting Tsai to post a public rebuke on social media—but it seems like going all-online for the festival's first stage this year has exacerbated it.

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#21 Post by therewillbeblus » Thu Apr 15, 2021 12:11 pm

I don't see Petite maman anywhere, so it must be in a different selective space

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#23 Post by DarkImbecile » Thu Apr 22, 2021 2:15 pm

The Toronto Jewish Film Foundation is holding free virtual screenings and discussions of dozens of major films related to the Holocaust for registrants from May 6 to May 15
“TJFF” wrote: FILMS AVAILABLE IN USA
THE GREAT DICTATOR (1940)
ROME OPEN CITY (1945)
NIGHT AND FOG (1956)
A MAN ESCAPED (1956)
KAPO (1960)
DIAMONDS OF THE NIGHT (1964)
THE PAWNBROKER (1964)
THE BIG RED ONE (1980)
COME AND SEE (1985)
NUMBERED (2012)
GERMAN CONCENTRATION CAMP FACTUAL SURVEY (2014)
1945 (2017)
SCANDAL IN IVANSK (2017)
116 CAMERAS (2017)
WHO WILL WRITE OUR HISTORY (2018)
YOU ONLY DIE TWICE (2018)
SOBIBOR (2018)
LIBERATION HEROES (2019)
CHEATING HITLER (2019)
SCHOOL OF EXECUTIONERS (2019)

FILMS AVAILABLE IN QUEBEC
THE GREAT DICTATOR (1940)
MURDERERS ARE AMONG US (1946)
DIAMONDS OF THE NIGHT (1964)
THE PAWNBROKER (1964)
THE THIRD PART OF THE NIGHT (1971)
THE BIG RED ONE (1980)
SCHINDLER'S LIST (1993)
LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL (1997)
BLACK BOOK (2006)
NUMBERED (2012)
GERMAN CONCENTRATION CAMP FACTUAL SURVEY (2014)
PHOENIX (2014)
SON OF SAUL (2015)
DENIAL (2016)
1945 (2017)
SCANDAL IN IVANSK (2017)
116 CAMERAS (2017)
WHO WILL WRITE OUR HISTORY (2018)
YOU ONLY DIE TWICE (2018)
SOBIBOR (2018)
LIBERATION HEROES (2019)
CHEATING HITLER (2019)
SCHOOL OF EXECUTIONERS (2019)

FILMS AVAILABLE IN THE UK
NIGHT AND FOG (1956)
THE PAWNBROKER (1964)
THE BIG RED ONE (1980)
COME AND SEE (1985)
NUMBERED (2012)
SOBIBOR (2018)
LIBERATION HEROES (2019)
SCHOOL OF EXECUTIONERS (2019)

FILMS AVAILABLE IN AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND
NIGHT AND FOG (1956)
THE PAWNBROKER (1964)
THE BIG RED ONE (1980)
COME AND SEE (1985)
NUMBERED (2012)
SOBIBOR (2018)
LIBERATION HEROES (2019)
SCHOOL OF EXECUTIONERS (2019)

FILMS AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE
THE PAWNBROKER (1964)
THE BIG RED ONE (1980)
NUMBERED (2012)
SOBIBOR (2018)
LIBERATION HEROES (2019)
SCHOOL OF EXECUTIONERS (2019)

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#24 Post by therewillbeblus » Fri Apr 30, 2021 2:35 pm

IFF Boston's Festival is online this year, and the schedule is up- I haven't heard of most of these, curious if anyone has suggestions.


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