The 57th Chicago International Film Festival has unveiled its international competitions line-up, a roster that includes Venice Silver Lion winner The Power Of The Dog, Tatiana Huezo’s Prayers For The Stolen, and the world premiere of Holly Morris’s documentary Exposure.
The programme includes the international premiere of Franziska Stünkel’s The Last Execution. The festival runs October 13-24 and is the longest running competitive festival in North America.
The International Feature Competition line-up comprises: Péter Kerekes’s 107 Mothers (Slo-Czech-Ukr); Mohammed Diab’s Amira (Egy-Jor-UAE-Saud); Aleksey Chupov and Natasha Merkulova’s Captain Volkonogov Escaped (Rus); Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Drive My Car (Jap); Icíar Bollaín’s Maixabel (Sp); and Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Memoria (Col-Fra-Thai-Ger-Max-Qat).
Selections include: Bouli Lanners’ Nobody Has To Know (Bel-Scot); Jacques Audiard’s Paris, 13th District (Fra); Céline Sciamma’s Petite Maman (Fra); Jane Campion’s The Power Of The Dog (Aus-NZ); Tatiana Huezo’s Prayers For The Stolen (Mex-Ger-Bra-Qat); Michel Franco’s Sundown (Mex): Aleksandre Koberidze’s What Do We See When We Look At The Sky (Geo-Ger); Joachim Trier’s The Worst Person In The World (Nor-Fra-Swe-Den-US).
All films are North American premieres except Drive My Car, Memoria, Paris, 13th District, Petite Maman, The Power Of The Dog, Prayers For The Stolen, What Do We See When We Look At The Sky, and The Worst Person In The World. There are US premieres for Nobody Has To Know and Sundown.
Playing in New Directors Competition are: Simón Mesa Soto’s Amparo (Col-Swe-Qat-Ger); Ferit Karahan’s Brother’s Keeper (Turk); Mounia Akl’s Costa Brava, Lebanon (Leb-Fra-Sp-Swe-Den-Nor-Qat); Khadar Ahmed’s The Gravedigger’s Wife (Fin-Ger-Fra-Som-Qat); and Franziska Stünkel’s The Last Execution (Ger).
Rounding out the section are: Claudia Huaiquimilla’s My Brother’s Dream Awake (China); Constance Meyer’s Robust (Fra); Irfana Majumdar’s Shankar’s Fairies (Ind); Agnieszka Woszczynska’s Silent Land (Pol); Carlo Francisco Manatad’s Whether The Weather Is Fine (Phil): Kavich Neang’s White Building (Cam); and Kamila Andini’s Yuni (Sing-Fra-Indo-Aus).
All are North American premieres except international premiere The Last Execution. There are US premieres for Costa Brava, Lebanon, The Gravedigger’s Wife, Silent Land, Whether The Weather Is Fine, and Yuni.
Playing in International Documentary are: Alonso Ruizpalacios’s A Cop Movie (Mex); Margaret Byrne’s Any Given Day (USA); Sergei Loznitza’s Babi Yar. Context (Neth-Ukr); Holly Morris’s Exposure (US); Luiz Bolognesi’s The Last Forest (Bra); Ousmane Samassekou’s The Last Shelter (Fra-Mal-SA); Antonia Kilian’s The Other Side Of The River (Ger-Fin); and Cecilie Debell and Maria Tórgarō’s Skal (Faroe Is-Den).
Exposure from The Babushkas Of Chernobyl director Morris gets its world premiere and centres on an all-women expedition to the North Pole. Babi Yar. Context, The Other Side Of The River and Skal are North American premieres, and The Last Shelter, The Last Forest, and Any Given Day are US premieres
The full programme and screening schedule for the 57th Chicago International Film Festival will be announced on September 20, 2021.