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Cannes Film Festival selection 2021

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Cannes Film Festival selection 2021

June 3, 2021

It's beginning to look a lot like... summer. With the good season comes the 74th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, taking place from 6 to 17 July 2021. 

Official Selection

The films of the Official Selection have been announced and we were happy to find one TFLFilm - within Un Certain Regard - and a couple of Alumni presenting their new titles in competition. 

The Un Certain Regard section returns to the origins focusing on emerging cinema and it includes works that have an original aim and aesthetic and are guaranteed to make a discreet but strong impact on screens around the world - as stated by Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate since 2007.
We are excited to have LA CIVIL by Teodora Ana Mihai, among the 18 titles selected. 
The film - ScriptLab project in 2017 - tells the story of Cielo, a mother in search of her daughter, abducted by a criminal cartel in Northern Mexico. As the authorities fail to offer support in the search, Cielo takes matters into her own hands and turns from housewife into avenging activist. The story was inspired by true events.

We also want to send hugs and congrats to our alumni Julia Ducournau and Juho Kuosmanen whose films - TITANE and HYTTI NRO 6 - will be featured within the Official Competition. 
Also, Kuosmanen's film has been produced by Jussi Rantamäki who is currently a FeatureLab participant. 

15 projects have also been selected for the Atelier de la Cinéfondation di Cannes, among them, there is Zuzana Kirchnerová with her project CARAVAN which was developed within ScriptLab 2018 and FeatureLab 2020. 

Semaine de la Critique 

It's time for the Cannes Film Festival section dedicated to discovering international new talents and showcasing first and second feature films: la Semaine de la Critique.
Three #TFLFilms - out of a total of seven - are included in the 2021 competition and they’ll be presented between 7 and 15 July 2021. These are the titles.

AMPARO by Simón Mesa SotoScriptLab 2017 – takes place in Columbia in 1998 where
Amparo, a single mother, struggles to free her teenage son after he is drafted by the army and assigned to a war zone. She is thrown into a race against time in a society ruled by men, corruption and violence.

FEATHERS by Omar El ZohairyScript&Pitch 2016 and FeatureLab 2017 – focuses on a 
passive mother who dedicates her life to her husband and children. Stuck in daily, repetitive, mundane chores, she has made herself as little as she possibly could. When a magic trick goes wrong at her 4-year-old son's birthday party, an avalanche of coincidental absurdities befalls the family. The magician turns her husband, the authoritarian father, into a chicken.

SMALL BODY by Laura SamaniScriptLab 2017, FeatureLab 2018 and winner of the TFL Production Award 2018 (€ 40.000) is set in Italy in 1900.  The story begins with young Agata's baby stillborn and so condemned to Limbo. Agata hears about a place in the mountains, where infants can be brought back to life for just one breath, to baptize them and save their soul. She undertakes a voyage with her daughter's small body hidden in a box and meets Lynx, a solitary boy who offers to help her. They set off on an adventure which will enable both to come close to a miracle.
SMALL BODY  is co-written by the TFL Alumnus Marco Borromei.

Lastly, among the 10 short films in competition, we are happy to spot SAFE by Ian Barling, ScriptLab participant 2021.

Quinzaine des Réalisateurs

Two #TFLFilms are also featured in the programme of the 53rd edition of the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs. Keep reading for details.

MEDUSA by Anita Rocha da Silveira - ScriptLab 2017 - is the second feature of the Brasilian director and focuses on Mariana, 21 years old, that belongs to a world where she must do her utmost to keep up the appearance of a perfect woman. In order to resist temptation, she and her girlfriends try their best to control everything and everyone around them. And that includes the town sinners. 

Still, a former ScriptLab project 2017 we have THE SEA AHEAD by Ely Dagher, debut feature of the Lebanese director. The story begins when Jana, a young woman, suddenly returns to Beirut after a long time. She finds herself reconnecting with the familiar yet strange life she had once left. 

Among the selected films we also spotted A CHIARA by Jonas Carpignano and FUTURA by Pietro Marcello, whose joined TFL with previous works and CLARA SOLA by Nathalie Álvarez Mesén, who is currently developing her project The Wolf Will Tear Your Immaculate Hands within the ScriptLab programme 2021.