A month away from the festival proper, FEST kicks off September revealing its feature film line-up, unraveling the titles in competition for the Golden Lynx award, both in the Fiction and Documentary categories, as well some of its Special Screenings.
Starting off, Cannes stunner The Divide will open the festival, months after winning the Queer Palm in France. Catherine Corsini's dramedy is a piercing insight into the Gilets Jeunes protests and France's decadent health care service that doesn't let up, and will certain make waves during FEST.
On to the Golden Lynx competition, this year's fiction selection is one of the most eclectic FEST's ever had, with A24's Lamb leading the pack with its chilling story about a mother - the incredible Noomi Rapace - who finds herself parenting a strange creature that will turn her life upside down. Teodora Mihai's The Civilian is also one of the highlights, painting a stark picture of the female experience in cartel-ridden Mexico. France's own Adèle Exarchoupoulos (Blue is the Warmest Color) returns to the fore with Zero Fucks Given, the story of a low cost airline hostess, struggling with the distant and alienating 21st century lifestyle. The female perspective continues in Mighty Flash, a sensorial look at a group of older women in rural Spain, looking for new purposes in the final stage of their lives. Pebbles is Indian filmmaker P.S. Vinothraj's debut, about the journey of an aggressive alcoholic father and his estranged young son, to pick up his runaway wife. The competition is capped with Poppy Field and Enforcement, a two-hander that indicts modern policing, exploring repressed sexual orientation, racism, xenophobia, and the repercussions of violence.
Regarding the Golden Lynx documentary section, Dear Future Children is one of these year's highlights, having previously won the audience awards at Hot Docs and Max Ophuls. The film looks at the younger generation of today, and how they are leading the way in climate change activism, the fight for human rights, and democracy. In the other end of the spectrum, Last Knights of the Right Side journeys to Poland, and its far-right movement. Closing the competition is A Way Home, directed by Karima Saidi, about both the pains and pleasures of a family marked by exile. A touching documentary which accompanies the reunion between the filmmaker and her Alzheimer-suffering mother.
But these are only the first confirmations for what FEST 2021 has in store. Stay tuned the next few weeks for more! Get your festival pass here.
Find a list below of the announced films, and more information here.
GOLDEN LYNX 2021
A Way Home, Karima Saidi, 2020, Belgium, 90'
Dear Future Children, Franz Böhm, 2021, Germany, 89'
Enforcement, Anders Ølholm, Frederik Louis Hviid, 2020, Denmark, 108'
Lamb, Valdimar Jóhannsson, 2021, Iceland/Sweden/Poland, 106'
Last Knights of the Right Side, Michał Edelman, 2020, Poland, 67'
Mighty Flash, Ainhoa Rodríguez, 2021, Spain, 98'
Pebbles, P.S. Vinothraj, 2021, India, 75'
Poppy Field, Eugen Jebeleanu, 2021, Romania, 82'
The Civilian, Teodora Mihai, 2021, Mexico/Belgium/Romania, 140'
Zero Fucks Given, Julie Lecoustre, Emmanuel Marre, 2021, France/Belgium, 110'
The Divide, Catherine Corsini, 2021, France, 97'