'Heavens Above'

Source: Delirium Films / Locarno

‘Heavens Above’

Abel Ferrara’s contemporary thriller Zeros And Ones and Srdjan Dragojević’s dark comedy Heavens Above are among 17 films from 12 countries having their world premiere in the international competition at the 74th Locarno Film Festival (August 4-14) under the new artistic director Giona A. Nazzaro.

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In his first collaboration with Ferrara, Zeros And Ones sees Ethan Hawke plays an American soldier stationed in Rome who pursues an unknown enemy threatening the entire world after the Vatican gets blown up.

Ahead of shooting in Italy last autumn Ferrara described it as “a film of lockdown and war, danger and espionage, American soldiers, Chinese middlemen, Middle Eastern holy men, provocateurs, diplomats, rogue elements of the CIA and KGB.” Capstone’s Blue Box International introduced the project to buyers at last year’s AFM.

Serbian director Dragojević’s Heavens Above features three intertwining stories about the impact of miracles in post-communist society. Dragojević’s previous films include the controversial Bosnian war drama Pretty Village, Pretty Flame.

The competition line-up also includes Icelandic action-drama Cop Secret by director Hannes Tor Halldórsson (who also plays in goal for his national football team and memorably saved Lionel Messi’s penalty at the World Cup in 2018), and Indonesian filmmaker Edwin’s black action-comedy Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash.

The international competition jury comprises US filmmakers Eliza Hittmann and Kevin Jerome Everson, Italian actress Isabella Ferrari, director Philippe Lacote from Ivory Coast, and Portuguese actress Leonor Silveira.

The festival’s second main competition strand – Filmmakers of the Present – has world premieres with 15 first or second features by filmmakers from Philippines, Chile, Mexico, Tunisia as well as Western Europe.

In addition, this year’s Piazza Grande open-air programme of 14 titles includes world premieres of Stefan Jäger’s Monte Veritá – which was shot at locations close to Locarno last summer, Oscar winner Stefan Ruzowitzky’s Hinterland, and US director John Swab’s crime drama film Ida Red, starring Melissa Leo, Frank Grillo and Josh Hartnett.

As previously announced, Ferdinando Cito Filomarino’s Beckett will open the festival, set to take place as an in-person event.

Concorso internazionale 2021

After Blue (Fr)
Dir Bertrand Mandico 

Al Naher (Leb/Fr/Ger/Qat)
Dir Ghassan Salhab 

Espiritu Sagrado (Sp/Fr/Tur)
Dir Chema Garcia ibarra 

Gerda (Rus)
Dir Natalya Kudryashova 

I Giganti (It)
Dir Bonifacio Angius 

A New Old Play (HK/Fr)
Dir QIU Jiongjiong 

Juju Stories (Nig/Fr)
Dirs C.J. “Fiery” Obasi, Abba T. Makama, Michael Omonua

La Place d’une Autre (Fr)
Dir Aurelia Georges 

Cop Secret (Ice)
Dir Hannes Tor Halldórsson 

Luzifer (Austria)
Dir Peter Brunner 

Medea (Rus)
Dir Alexander Zeldovich 

Heavens Above (Serb/Ger/North Mac/Slo/Cro/Mont/Bos)
Dir Srdjan Dragojević 

Petite Solange (Fr)
Dir Axelle Ropert 

Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash (Indonesia/Sing/Ger)
Dir Edwin

The Odd-Job Men (Sp)
Dir Neus Ballus 

Soul Of A Beast (Switz)
Dir Lorenz Merz 

Zeros And Ones (It/Ger/USA)
Dir Abel Ferrara 

Concorso Cineasti del presente 2021

Actual People (USA)
Dir Kit Zauhar

Holy Emy (Gr/Fr/USA)
Dir Araceli Lemos 

Public Toilet Africa (Ghana)
Dir Kofi Ofosu-Yeboah 

Brotherhood (Czech/It)
Dir Francesco Montagner 

Virgin Blue (China)
Dir NIU Xiaoyu

Il Legionario (It/Fr)
Dir Hleb Papou 

Whether The Weather Is Fine
Dir Carlo Francisco Manatad 

L’Ete L’Eternite (Fr)
Dir Emilie Aussel 

Mis Hermanos Suenan Despiertos (Chile)
Dir Claudia Huaiquimilla 

Mostro (Mex)
Dir Jose Pablo Escamilla 

Niemand ist bei den Kälbern (Ger)
Dir Sabrina Sarabi 

Shankar’s Fairies (Ind)
Dir Irfana Majumdar 

Streams (Tun/Lux/Fr)
Dir Mehdi Hmili 

Wet Sand (Switz/Geo)
Dir Elene Naveriani 

Zahori (Switz/Arg/Chile/Fr)
Dir Mari Alessandrini 

Piazza Grande 2021

Beckett (It)
Dir Ferdinando Cito Filomarino 

Free Guy (USA)
Dir Shawn Levy 

Heat (USA)
Dir Michael Mann 

Hinterland (Austria/Lux)
Dir Stefan Ruzowitzky 

Ida Red (USA)
Dir John Swab 

Monte Verita (Switz/Austria/Ger)
Dir Stefan Jager 

National Lampoon’s Animal House (USA)
Dir John Landis 

Respect (Canada/USA)
Dir Liesl Tommy 

Rose (Fr)
Dir Aurelie Saada 

Sing-Keu-Hol (Sinkhole) (South Korea)
Dir KIM Ji-hoon 

The Alleys (Jor/Egy/Saudi Arabia/Qat)
Dir Bassel Ghandour 

The Terminator (USA/UK)
Dir James Cameron 

Vortex (Fr/Bel/Mon)
Dir Gaspar Noe

The Walking Liberty (It)
Dir Alessandro Rak