50. BELGRADE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FEST
Thursday, March 3
USA, 2021 / 95’
Director: Dash Shaw
Voices: Lake Bell, Michael Cera, Emily Davis, Alex Karpovsky, Zoe Kazan, Louisa Krause, Irene Muscara, Angeliki Papoulia, Owen K. Price, Thomas Jay Ryan, Peter Stormar, Grace Zabriskie
As cryptozookeepers struggle to capture a baku (a legendary dream-eating hybrid creature) they begin to wonder if they should display these rare beasts in the confines of a zoo, or if these mythical creatures should remain hidden and unknown.
Sundance, Buenos Aires, Moscow, Annecy International Animation Film Festival, Berlin, Jerusalem, Reykjavik, Tokyo, Sydney
Sundance Film Festival: NEXT Innovator Award
Berlin Film Festival: Special Mention of the Generation 14plus International Jury
USA, UK, Canada, Italy, 2021 / 124’
Director: Joe Wright
Cast: Peter Dinklage, Haley Bennett, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Ben Mendelsohn, Bashir Salahuddin, Scott Folan…
A man ahead of his time, Cyrano de Bergerac dazzles whether with ferocious wordplay at a verbal joust or with brilliant swordplay in a duel. But, convinced that his appearance renders him unworthy of the love of a devoted friend, the luminous Roxanne, Cyrano has yet to declare his feelings for her – and Roxanne has fallen in love, at first sight, with Christian.
Hamptons, Rome, Rio de Janeiro
Golden Globes, NomineeS: Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy (Peter Dinklage)
France, Belgium, 2021 / 108’
Director: Julia Ducournau
Cast: Vincent Lindon, Agathe Rousselle, Garance Marillier, Laïs Salameh, Mara Cisse, Marin Judas, Diong-Kéba Tacu, Myriem Akheddiou, Bertrand Bonello
Alexia is a dancer who, after being injured in a car accident as a child, has a titanium plate fitted into her head. Amidst a series of brutal and unexplained murders, her path crosses with Vincent, a firefighter desperately searching for his long-missing son, changing their lives forever.
Cannes, Sarajevo, Jerusalem, Toronto, San Sebastián, New York, BFI London, Busan
Cannes: Palme d’Or
Toronto: People’s Choice Award
European Film Awards: Hair & Makeup Artist
17.00 HOUSE ARREST / DELO
Russia, 2021 / 106’
Director: Aleksey German Jr.
Cast: Merab Ninidze, Roza Khairullina, Anna Mikhalkova, Anastasia Melnikova, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Alexander Pal, Anastasia Talyzina, Borisovich Yuri Utkin, Alexandra Bortich, Li Tsyazuan
David, a university professor, takes to social media to criticize his city’s administration. But instead of the mayor’s dodgy dealings being investigated, David is himself accused of embezzlement and placed under house arrest. David remains defiant and will not apologise. With the court case drawing ever nearer, does David have any hope of winning this battle against Goliath?
Cannes (Un Certain Regard), Karlovy Vary, Busan, Warsaw, Pingyao Vienna
Pingyao: People’s Choice Awards
Austria, 2021 / 103’
Director: Peter Brunner
Cast: Franz Rogowski, Susanne Jensen, Theo Blaickner, Monika Hinterhuber, Erwin Geisler, Clemens Göbl, Markus Eibl
Johannes, a man with the mind of a child, lives secluded in the Austrian Alps with his God-fearing mother, a former drug addict. When a developer starts buying out the land in order to build a cable car, their world is turned upside down with tragic consequences.
Locarno, Austin Fantastic Fest, Sitges Film Festival
Locarno: Swiss Critics Boccalino Award
Austin Fantastic Fest: Best Actor (Franz Rogowski)
Sitges: Best Actor (Franz Rogowski), Best Actress (Susanne Jensen)
22.00 SISTERHOOD / SESTRI
North Macedonia, Kosovo*, Montenegro, 2021 / 90’
Director: Dina Duma
Cast: Antonia Belazelkoska, Mia Giraud, Marija Jančevska, Hanis Bagashov, Emil Isaevski, Verica Nedeska, Nora Kus-Ivanova, Ognen Drangovski, Ana Levajković, May-Linda Kosumović, Zaklina Ostir, Biljana Dragičević Projkovska, Zaklina Stefkovska
Teenagers Maya and Jana are inseparable and do everything together. Headstrong Jana usually takes the lead and Maya follows. One night at a party they catch Elena, the most popular girl in school, having sex on video with Maya’s long term crush. Jana convinces Maya to post the video and when it goes viral, Elena’s life is ruined. A heated confrontation between the three girls Maya wanting to go to the police…
Karlovy Vary, Reykjavik, Thessaloniki, Cottbus, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival
Karlovy Vary: Special Prize, East of the West Section
* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UN Security Council Resolution 1244 and the Opinion of the International Court of Justice on Kosovo’s declaration of independence. (https://www.srbija.gov.rs/kosovo-metohija/168200)