While this is only Maria Schrader’s fourth directed film, it is her second submitted for the Oscar (‘’Stephan Zweig: Farewell to Europe was Austria’s submission a year ago). ‘I’m Your Man’ is a sci fi rom com and seemingly funny while surreptiously posing deeper questions about humans and our quest for love and companionship.

The world is first revealed to children on the school playground and in ‘Playground’, whose French title is ‘Un Monde’, as in ‘A World’ or ‘A Universe’, seven year old Nora and her older brother Abel whose driving desire is to fit in, find the world is filled with pitfalls, danger, and shaming. Laura Wandel’s debut feature creates the world of Nora and Abel as seen through the eyes of Nora as interpreted and played by Maya Venderbegue.

Strange that opening with a funeral can end in a comedy, but this film, called ‘Merlich Merlich’ is, as its title suggests, ‘not serious, not serious’.

Debuting at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival in the Directors’ Fortnight section, and winner for Best Actor and Best Director at the just-wrapped Red Sea International Film Festival.

‘Europa’ depicts events taking place on the Balkan Route of Migration. The youth Kamal has fled Iraq to try to enter “Fortress Europe”. At the Turkish-Bulgarian border, local mercenaries are ruthlessly hunting down migrants. Alone in the forest, Kamal has three days to escape.

Known as an action director for two decades, Seung-Wan Ryoo broke the traditional genre boundaries and won the FIPRESCI Prize at the 58th Cannes Film Festival and Best Director at the 2005 Busan Film Critics Association for his film Crying Fist starring Choi Min-sik (‘Old Boy’) and his younger brother Ryoo Seung-bum.

Tereza37 is the official international feature film Oscar© entry from Croatia for the 94th Academy Awards® which premiered at 2020 Warsaw International Film Festival. Every year, the Croatian Film Workers’ Association selects a feature film that will represent Croatia at Oscars in the category of best foreign international film. The film won the Golden Arena Prize in Pula last year for best Croatian film, best director and best script, and also the audience award at the 2020 Zagreb Film Festival.This is the third film of Šerbedžija’s that has represented a country at the Oscars following ‘72 Days’ for Croatia and ‘The Liberation of Skopje’ for Macedonia which he co-directed with his father, renowned actor-director Rade Šerbedžija.

The Los Angeles screening of this emotionally packed love story was a great success culminating with an extravagant performance of the theme song by a red feather-laden sequined performer after which the director, Ali Muritiba spoke in careful terms, so as not of offend the Brazilian consulate, an honored guest, about the film that is sure to offend the country’s reactionary strongman Bolsanaro.

‘Rehana’, A Feminist Tale as Told by a Man

Writer-Director Abdullah Mohammad Saad’s ‘Rehana Maryam Noor’ (aka ‘Rehana) premiered at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard. It is the first Bangladesh feature film to make it to Cannes’ official selection — 19 years after Tareque Masud’s Matir Moina (The Clay Bird) was in Directors’ Fortnight, a parallel section, in 2002. It is also Bangladesh’s official submission for Academy Award nomination for Best International Feature.

‘Rehana’s Lead Actress Azmeri Haque Badhon and Director, Abdullah Mohammad Saad in Cannes

Hilarious gallows humor shows the warped and cutting sense of humor and perception of humanity of Radu Jude!

Sydney Levine

Sydney’s 40+ years in international film business include exec positions in acquisitions, twice selling FilmFinders, the 1st film database, teaching & writing.

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