What Do We See When We Look at the Sky?

Director: Alexandre Koberidze Run Time: 150 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2021

Starring: Ani Karseladze, Giorgi Ambroladze, Giorgi Bochorishvili, Oliko Barbakadze, Sofio Chanishvili

Country: Germany, Georgia
Language: Georgian


Premiering in December as part of ICYMI: Autumn Season 2021


About the film:

Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2021 Berlin Film Festival. In the Georgian riverside town of Kutaisi, summertime romance and World Cup fever are in the air. After a pair of chance encounters, pharmacist Lisa and soccer player Giorgi find their plans for a date undone when they both awaken magically transformed — with no way to recognize each other.

About the filmmaker:

Georgian writer-director Alexandre Koberidze studied micro economics and film production before earning a degree in directing at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin. He has crafted several short narrative and documentary films, and the feature film Let the Summer Never Come Again, which won international awards including the Grand Prix at the 2017 Festival International de Cinéma de Marseille.

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The Hand of God (2021)

Director: Paolo Sorrentino Run Time: 129 min. Rating: R Release Year: 2021

Starring: Filippo Scotti, Luisa Ranieri, Marlon Joubert, Teresa Saponangelo, Toni Servillo

Country: Italy
Language: Italian


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About the film:

Grand Jury Prize winner at the 2021 Venice Film Festival. The semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story of Fabietto Schisa, a boy in 1980s Naples whose teenage years are marked by unexpected joys like the arrival of football legend Diego Maradona, and an equally unexpected tragedy. Fate plays its part, joy and tragedy intertwine, and Fabietto’s future is set in motion in a tale of family, sports and cinema, love and loss.

The Hand of God, Italy’s official submission, made the Shortlist for Best International Feature at the 94th Academy Awards.

“Sorrentino’s fond recollections of the miracles of family life and of his own coming of age — magical and mundane, holy and profane — give the film its furiously beating heart”

—David Rooney for The Hollywood Reporter

About the filmmaker:

Director, screenwriter and author Paolo Sorrentino was born in Naples. A regular at festivals around the world, seven of his films have been presented in Competition at the Cannes Film Festival, including The Great Beauty, which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2014. His other critically acclaimed films include The Consequences of Love, Il Divo, This Must Be the Place and Youth. He has published a novel, two collections of short stories, and helmed the 2016 HBO series The Young Pope.

For their breathtaking performances in Sorrentino’s most personal film, The Hand of God, Filippo Scotti and Teresa Saponangelo both earned prizes at the 2021 Venice Film Festival.

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Bergman Island (2021)

Director: Mia Hansen-Løve Run Time: 112 min. Rating: R Release Year: 2021

Starring: Anders Danielsen Lie, Mia Wasikowska, Tim Roth, Vicky Krieps, Wouter Hendrickx

Country: France, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Mexico
Language: English


Returning in December as part of ICYMI: Autumn Season 2021


About the film:

Official Selection of the 2021 Cannes Film Festival. An American filmmaking couple retreat to the island for the summer to each write screenplays for their upcoming films in an act of pilgrimage to the place that inspired Bergman. As the summer and their screenplays advance, the lines between reality and fiction start to blur against the backdrop of the Island’s wild landscape.

About the filmmaker:

Born in 1981, actress, screenwriter and director Mia Hansen-Løve is known for crafting personal stories centered on the emotional journeys of her characters. She studied at the Conservatoire D’art Dramatique in Paris and directed several short films before winning prizes at Cannes for her first two features, All is Forgiven and Father of My Children. Her other acclaimed features include Goodbye First Love, Eden, Maya and Things to Come, which earned her Best Director at Berlin in 2016.

Inspired by Ingmar Bergman, Hansen-Løve’s English-language debut, Bergman Island, is a film about writing and creating. Read more from the filmmaker here.

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Titane (2021)

Director: Julia Ducournau Run Time: 108 min. Rating: R Release Year: 2021

Starring: Agathe Rousselle, Garance Marillier, Laïs Salameh, Mara Cissé, Vincent Lindon

Country: France, Belgium
Language: French


Returning in December as part of ICYMI: Autumn Season 2021


About the film:

Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival. An out-of-control serial killer who had a titanium plate fitted in her head as child becomes pregnant after having sex with a car and escapes the authorities by posing as the long-lost son of a tortured fireman with a steroid addiction.

“Ducournau dares to challenge the boundaries of sexuality and taste with this bulletproof, nothing-to-lose body-horror shocker”

—Peter Debrudge for Variety

Titane is France’s official submission for Best International Feature at the 94th Academy Awards.

About the filmmaker:

Julia Ducournau was born in Paris and studied screenwriting at La Fémis and Columbia University. Her work as writer-director includes the 2012 TV movie Mange, the short Junior, and her debut feature Raw which received the Fipresci Prize at the 2015 Cannes Critics’ Week. Ducournau became the second woman in history to win the Palme d’Or with her second feature film Titane, a provocative look at gender and sexuality. Read more here.

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Spencer (2021)

Director: Pablo Larraín Run Time: 111 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2021

Starring: Jack Farthing, Kristen Stewart, Sally Hawkins, Sean Harris, Timothy Spall

Country: United Kingdom, United States
Language: English


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About the film:

World Premiere at the 2021 Venice International Film Festival. The marriage of Princess Diana and Prince Charles has long since grown cold. Though rumors of affairs and a divorce abound, peace is ordained for the Christmas festivities at the Queen’s Sandringham Estate. There’s eating and drinking, shooting and hunting. Diana knows the game. But this year, things will be a whole lot different.

Spencer is an imagining of what might have happened during those few fateful days.

“a film with the daring, and the imagination, to portray Diana not as a “princess,” or as a rebel princess either, but as the idiosyncratic flesh-and-blood woman she was”

Owen Gleiberman for Variety

About the filmmaker:

Known for his unforgettable heroines, Pablo Larraín is one of Chile’s foremost directors and a major producer through his production company, Fabula. Recently screened at the Film Center—after Venice, TIFF, and Sundance—Ema (2021) was the director’s eighth feature film, following successes such as the Academy Award-nominated No (2012) and Jackie (2016), as well as the Golden Globe-nominated Neruda (2016) and The Club (2015).

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Belfast (2021)

Director: Kenneth Branagh Run Time: 97 min. Rating: PG-13 Release Year: 2021

Starring: Caitriona Balfe, Ciarán Hinds, Jamie Dornan, Judi Dench, Lara McDonnell

Country: United Kingdom
Language: English


Previously returned in December as part of ICYMI: Autumn Season 2021


About the film:

Winner of the People’s Choice Award at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival. A story of love, laughter and loss through the eyes of a young boy amid the music and social tumult of the late 1960s, the height of the violent conflicts between Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland.

“a fitting film for our times, with a bigheartedness that is the antidote to all the division and antipathy taking place in a plague-stricken world”

—Brent Lang for Variety

About the filmmaker:

Renowned storyteller Kenneth Branagh was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He trained at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has directed and starred in his own critically acclaimed and accessible film adaptations, including Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, and Hamlet, as well as Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. His many other credits as director include Sleuth, Thor, and Cinderella. His films have screened at Venice, Toronto, Cannes, and other festivals around the world, and he has received five Academy Award nominations across five different categories.

Branagh’s most personal film, Belfast, is a story he has wanted to tell for 50 years. Read more from the filmmaker here.

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