Press & Industry Screenings

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    Accredited guests have free access to exclusive Press & Industry Screenings during the festival, with films selected for the International Competition, Envision Competition, Luminous, Frontlight, plus a few special additions. P&I Screenings are accessible to all pass holders except the Docs for Sale Participant pass. Please reserve your free ticket one day before the screening. See the complete list of films with a P&I screening below. For the list of our new Market Screenings, please click here.

    Films with a P&I Screening

    After A Revolution

    • Giovanni Buccomino
    • 2021

      A look into the lives of a brother and sister who fought on different sides of the uprising in Libya in 2011: he supported Gaddafi, she was one of the “rebels”. As war flares up in the years that follow, their fervor for justice is challenged.

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      A Marble Travelogue

      • Sean Wang
      • 2021

        With a light touch and wry humor, A Marble Travelogue portrays the Greek and Chinese marble production chain. The film makes complex connections and highlights the European aspirations of the Chinese middle class in a visually seductive style.

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        The Beach of Enchaquirados

        • Ivan Mora Manzano
        • 2021

          A sense of unfulfilled longing intermingles with irresistible, liberating warmth in this poetic portrait of the Ecuadorian fisher Vicky and the local transgender community she’s part of.

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          Beirut: Eye of the Storm

          • Mai Masri
          • 2021

            Four young women in Beirut document a turbulent period in recent Lebanese history, from the uprising against the ruling regime to the subsequent lockdown and then, just months later, the gigantic explosion at the port.

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            The Burrows

            • Sanshou Hu
            • 2021

              In keeping with tradition, the filmmaker and his family build a tomb for his grandparents. This carefully composed portrait of a village—with scenes of the work, personal memories, and philosophical reflections—is a mirror of existence itself.

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              The Case

              • Nina Guseva
              • 2021

                Lawyer Maria Eismont works to get the wrongly convicted activist Konstantiv Kotov released. All her media appearances come to nothing, and each appeal is rejected—until Putin suddenly appears on the scene.

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                Children of the Mist

                • Diem Ha Le
                • 2021

                  In the misty mountains of northern Vietnam, a Hmong teenage girl faces the challenges of growing up. In Di’s traditional culture, girls marry as early as 14. But at school she learns there are alternatives.

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                  The Delights

                  • Eduardo Crespo
                  • 2021

                    At Las Delicias agrotechnical boarding school in the Argentine countryside, high school students find their way through friendships and boyhood adventures, against an inviting backdrop of dogs and chickens, fields, greenhouses, and meadows.

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                    Darkness There and Nothing More

                    • Tea Tupajic
                    • 2021

                      Bosnia-born director Tea Tupajic invites two Dutch war veterans who served during the fall of Srebrenica to spend a night in her company. She wants answers to painful questions, but also tries to discover something in the two men that can give her hope.

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                      Day after...

                      • Kamar Ahmad Simon
                      • 2021

                        The Rocket is a century-old paddle steamer still regularly transporting passengers along the river delta of Bangladesh. All aboard for this philosophical and kaleidoscopic film in which rich and poor, young and old, and East and West come together.

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                        Eat Your Catfish

                        • Noah Arjomand, Adam Isenberg, Senem Tüzen
                        • 2021

                          The hell of ALS filmed with brutal honesty from the point of view of ALS patient Kathryn, who is completely paralyzed. The disease has destroyed everything, from Kathryn’s muscles to her marriage, but her sharp wit remains unaffected.

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                          The End of Wonderland

                          • Laurence Turcotte-Fraser
                          • 2021

                            Adult performer Tara Emory has been working for years on her “trans sci-fi porn epic” Up Uranus, featuring amazing design on a super-low budget—like everything in her life. A tender portrait of an intriguing transgender artist, auto mechanic, and hoarder.

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                            Eskape

                            • Adeline Neary Hay
                            • 2021

                              Fourty years after their flight from the Khmer Rouge, filmmaker Neary Adeline Hay hopes her mother will break her silence. She follows the trail back from France, in this very personal, elegantly filmed journey through their memories.

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                              For Your Peace of Mind, Make Your Own Museum

                              • Pilar Moreno, Ana Endara Mislov
                              • 2021

                                The late Senobia was an endearing woman who transformed her house in a Panamanian village into “The Museum of Antiquities of All Species.” Pilar Moreno and Ana Endara capture her personality and creation in a quirky, conceptual documentary.

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                                Four Journeys

                                • Louis Hothothot
                                • 2021

                                  Amsterdam-based filmmaker Louis Hothothot was born in China, a second child in the era of the one-child policy. His birth had devastating consequences for his parents, and when he visits them he discovers other distressing events in the family as well.

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                                  Homemade Stories

                                  • Nidal Al Dibs
                                  • 2021

                                    After filmmaker Nidal Al Dibs fled to Cairo from Syria, he started filming his Egyptian friends working to get a local community cinema reopened. A film about cinema as a symbol for the hopes and dreams of ordinary people in the Arab world.

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                                    Homes

                                    • Laila Pakalnina
                                    • 2021

                                      Occupants pose in simple tableaux vivants in front of their own homes. The camera films them from inside, through the window. That's all there is to it in this charming film about people, their houses, and making films.

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                                      The Hostilities

                                      • Sebastián Molina
                                      • 2021

                                        Rural Mexico is in the grip of the drug cartels. In a once sleepy village, older residents look back nostalgically at more peaceful times, while young men are enticed by the money, drugs, and women.

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                                        Housewitz

                                        • Oeke Hoogendijk
                                        • 2021

                                          Scenes which seem very ordinary—filmmaker Oeke Hoogendijk’s elderly mother in her living room, watching television with her cat—gradually develop into the portrait of an astute woman who has to live each day with the Holocaust as her housemate.

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                                          How the Room Felt

                                          • Ketevan Kapanadze
                                          • 2021

                                            A gentle and intimate portrait of a small community of young queer people in a Georgian city, formed around the local women’s football team. Here in this self-made family, shielded from outside threats, they can share love and friendship.

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                                            Ironland

                                            • Lucas Bambozzi
                                            • 2021

                                              After an environmental disaster in Minas Gerais, a Brazilian geographer returns to show how mining has both shaped and harmed her native region and its inhabitants, in a road movie that is both activist and poetic.

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                                              Journey to the Sun

                                              • Susana de Sousa Dias, Ansgar Schaefer
                                              • 2021

                                                Archive films bring to life the bittersweet memories of Austrians who as preschoolers were sent to stay with host families in Portugal to recuperate after the Second World War.

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                                                The Last Chapter

                                                • Gianluca Matarrese
                                                • 2021

                                                  A tender and unabashed portrayal of the filmmaker’s older lover and BDSM master Bernard. In the run-up to the move to a new apartment, he looks back on his eventful life as he embarks on its last chapter.

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                                                  Lessons for Luca

                                                  • Salvador Gieling
                                                  • 2021

                                                    In Cuba—modern Cuba—a farmer gets a six-year sentence for selling his own cow. Like all the best family sagas, Lessons for Luca paints a picture that’s both about individuals and society as a whole.

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                                                    locks & keys, water, trees

                                                    • Penny Andrea
                                                    • 2021

                                                      A moving journey through the life and mind of artist Penny Andrea, based entirely on her drawings. By studying her sketchbooks, she hopes to learn how a brain tumor shaped both her and her art.

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                                                      Mafifa

                                                      • Daniela Muñoz Barroso
                                                      • 2021

                                                        Filmmaker Daniela Muñoz Barroso, who is almost completely deaf, wants to discover the identity of the remarkable musician Mafifa. Her quest leads her on the trail of an enigmatic woman, and also makes her question her own head and heart.

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                                                        Makeup Artist

                                                        • Jafar Najafi
                                                        • 2021

                                                          Tradition and ambition clash when a young mother in rural Iran wants to train as a makeup artist in the city. She tries to break the deadlock with her loving but inflexible husband in this sometimes funny, sometimes painful film.

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                                                          Medusa

                                                          • Chloé Malcotti
                                                          • 2021

                                                            An unorthodox film about the ambivalent relationship between Italian coastal town Rosignano and the company that pollutes its beaches and sea, but has also brought prosperity and fame: the unnaturally white beaches and blue sea are a major attraction.

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                                                            The Mirror and the Window

                                                            • Diego Gutiérrez
                                                            • 2021

                                                              Diego Gutiérrez is asked to film the final phase of life of two loved ones: his mother and his best friend. On the threshold of death, events that have shaped their lives emerge.

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                                                              The Moment of Transition

                                                              • Chiara Marotta
                                                              • 2021

                                                                Chiara Marotta returns to the Christian community she grew up in and to which her grandmother, mother, and sister still belong. She seeks explanations for their behavior, an understanding of her own situation, and, perhaps, reconciliation.

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                                                                Mr. Landsbergis

                                                                • Sergei Loznitsa
                                                                • 2021

                                                                  Singing even a peaceful song can unleash a revolution. Lithuanian politician Vytautas Landsbergis looks back on his country’s independence struggle in this captivating masterclass on the collapse of the Soviet Union by the great chronicler Sergei Loznitsa.

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                                                                  Museum of the Revolution

                                                                  • Srđan Keča
                                                                  • 2021

                                                                    A basement in Belgrade, the only remnant of a 1961 plan to build a grand Museum of the Revolution as a tribute to Socialist Yugoslavia, now houses the outcasts of Serbian society.

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                                                                    O, Collecting Eggs Despite the Times

                                                                    • Pim Zwier
                                                                    • 2021

                                                                      A fascinating archive film about the oologist Max Schönwetter, who devoted his life to the study of birds’ eggs. He collected 19,206 beautiful specimens, from birds ranging from the tiny warbler to the rhea. In the meantime, WWII was looming.

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                                                                      Octopus

                                                                      • Karim Kassem
                                                                      • 2021

                                                                        The aftermath of the explosion that took place at the Port of Beirut in August 2020 is revealed in quiet stillness, from the destroyed buildings and the despair of local residents to the cautious first sounds of reconstruction.

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                                                                        One Take Grace

                                                                        • Lindiwe Matshikiza
                                                                        • 2021

                                                                          Life has been hard for South African domestic worker Mothiba Grace Bapela, and she’s lived it in service to others. In between, she pursued a career as an actor. A poignant portrait of social inequality and the oppression of women.

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                                                                          Portraits of the Future

                                                                          • Virna Gabriela Molina
                                                                          • 2021

                                                                            A creative and futuristic visual essay in which the Argentinian director, trapped at home during lockdown, connects social issues with a personal investigation of the past and future of her generation.

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                                                                            Rebellion

                                                                            • Maia Kenworthy, Elena Sanchez Bellot
                                                                            • 2021

                                                                              We follow Extinction Rebellion from its launch in 2018, as the movement calls for radical action on the climate emergency. Clashing with the authorities forms part of the strategy, but the members’ diverse backgrounds also cause internal collisions.

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                                                                              René – The Prisoner of Freedom

                                                                              • Helena Třeštíková
                                                                              • 2021

                                                                                Lovable Czech criminal René became a cause celebre in his home country, following the release in 2008 of a prize-winning documentary about his life inside and outside prison. In this sequel, he’s still struggling to get his life on track.

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                                                                                Resources

                                                                                • Hubert Caron-Guay, Serge-Olivier Rondeau
                                                                                • 2021

                                                                                  An observational film about the meat industry in Quebec, where asylum seekers, mainly from Latin America, process a vast herd of livestock into meat. What is life like at various points along this chain?

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                                                                                  Shabu

                                                                                  • Shamira Raphaëla
                                                                                  • 2021

                                                                                    When 14-year-old Shabu wrecks his grandmother’s car on a joyride, he has to work all summer to repair the damage—both to the car and to the family ties. Meanwhile, more enticing things beckon, such as making music, for which he has big plans.

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                                                                                    Skin

                                                                                    • Marcos Pimentel
                                                                                    • 2021

                                                                                      The walls in the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte are inundated with painted pictures and words: from stunning murals to old-school graffiti, and from enigmatic cries from the heart to furious cursing.

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                                                                                      Song to Bergslagen

                                                                                      • Nina Hedenius, William Long
                                                                                      • 2021

                                                                                        Against the backdrop of the passing seasons, this film observes the iron-ore region of Bergslagen, Sweden, where old ways of life are disappearing and an as-yet unformed future is emerging.

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                                                                                        Taamaden

                                                                                        • Seydou Cissé
                                                                                        • 2021

                                                                                          Faith, hope and harsh reality: Taamaden is an original story about the everyday lives of West African immigrants and their ties with mystical and religious fortune tellers—African occultism reaches to Europe via the smartphone.

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                                                                                          Travesti Odyssey

                                                                                          • Nicolas Videla
                                                                                          • 2021

                                                                                            The last ever performance of the highly entertaining activist transvestite show Cabaret Travesía Travesti, in October 2019, coincided with the Chilean uprising. Filmmaker Nicolás Videla was part of this vibrant troupe. Why did they stop performing?

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                                                                                            The Treasures of Crimea

                                                                                            • Oeke Hoogendijk
                                                                                            • 2021

                                                                                              Amsterdam’s Allard Pierson Museum inadvertently finds itself involved in an international wrangle over a loaned collection of art. This multifaceted reconstruction sheds light on the affair from every angle: political, legal, and emotional.

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                                                                                              A Thousand Fires

                                                                                              • Saeed Taji Farouky
                                                                                              • 2021

                                                                                                Understated, poetic portrait of a Burmese couple who drill oil from the ground by hand. They hope this grueling work will yield them enough money to give their children a better future.

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                                                                                                The One Who Runs Away Is the Ghost

                                                                                                • Qinyuan Lei
                                                                                                • 2021

                                                                                                  Two young sisters spend most of their time at an electronics market in Shenzhen. Their gaze transforms the impersonal world of electronics into a universe full of ghosts and monsters.

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                                                                                                  Turn Your Body to the Sun

                                                                                                  • Aliona van der Horst
                                                                                                  • 2021

                                                                                                    The powerful story of a Soviet soldier who was a prisoner of war during the Second World War and afterwards sent to a gulag. His daughter never got to hear the whole story. Archive footage and personal sources evoke the past in subtle but potent ways.

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                                                                                                    Vedette

                                                                                                    • Claudine Bories, Patrice Chagnard
                                                                                                    • 2021

                                                                                                      A year in the life of Vedette, a cow with a feisty personality who has to face the agonizing truth that she’s no longer Queen of the Swiss Alps. An affectionate documentary about aging that offers an alternate perspective on animals.

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