Parallel Mothers

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Parallel Mothers

Pedro Almodovar’s Parallel Mothers has joined King Richard, Bruised, Swan Song and tick, tick… Boom! as a red carpet premiere at the upcoming hybrid 2021 AFI Fest as organisers unveiled the full line-up on Wednesday (October 13).

The drama, which Sony Classics has for the US, stars Penelope Cruz and will premiere on November 13 in Hollywood. It takes its place among a roster of 115 titles including 48 features, one episodic, 49 short films and 17 Conservatory Showcase shorts. Women directed 51% of the entire line-up, BIPOC filmmakers 40% and LGBTQIA+ filmmakers 13%. AFI Fest runs November 10-14.

World premiere feature selections are: Todd Stephens’s Swan Song, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s festival opener tick, tick… Boom!, Tommy Oliver’s documentary Juice Wrld, and Chris Woods’s documentary To What Remains. Reinaldo Marcus Green’s King Richard will close AFI Fest.

Audrey Diwan’s Venice Golden Lion winner Happening plays in the World Cinema section alongside: Nadav Lapid’s Ahed’s Knee; Clio Barnard’s Ali & Ava; Nabil Ayouch’s Casablanca Beats; Orit Fouks Rotem’s Cinema Sabay; Mounia Akl’s Costa Brava, Lebanon; Ryusuke Hamaguch’s Drive My Car; The Girl And The Spider by Ramon Zürcher and Silvan Zürcher; Jenna Cato Bass’s Good Madam; Sebastian Meise’s Great Freedom; Panah Panahi’s Hit The Road; Araceli Lemos’s Holy Emy; Hany Abu-Assad with Huda’s Salon; Radu Muntean’s Intregalde; Clint Bentley’s Jockey; and Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s Lingui, The Sacred Bonds.

The section includes: Anita Rocha da Silveira’s Medusa; Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Memoria; Zhang Yimou’s One Second; Jacques Audiard’s Paris, 13th District; Céline Sciamma’s Petite Maman; Ninja Thyberg’s Pleasure; Tatiana Huezo’s Prayers For The Stolen; Sean Baker’s Red Rocket; Michel Franco’s Sundown; Miguel Gomes’s The Tsugua Diaries, Kira Kovalenko’s Unclenching The Fists; Kaltrina Krasniqi’s Vera Dreams Of The Sea; Alexandre Koberidze’s What Do We See When We Look At The Sky?; Wildhood by Bretten Hannam; and Joachim Trier’s The Worst Person In The World.

Andrea Arnold’s Cow plays in Documentaries with: Douglas Tirola’s Bernstein’s Wall; Citizen Ashe by Rex Miller and Sam Pollard; Matthew Heineman’s The First Wave; Tommy Oliver’s Juice Wrld; Julia by Julie Cohen and Betsy West; Payal Kapadia’s A Night Of Knowing Nothing; Robert Greene’s Procession; The Real Charlie Chaplin by Peter Middleton and James Spinney; Megan Mylan’s Simple As Water; Chris Woods’s To What Remains; and Who We Are: A Chronicle Of Racism In America by Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler.

This year’s festival will feature five programmes spotlighting issues revolving around racial and gender equality, immigration and democracy, identity, criminal justice and police reform among others. Films include Bree Wayy: Promise Witness Remembrance by Dawn Porter about art as a means of protesting and healing and Ryan White’s short film Coded: The Hidden Love Of J.C. Leyendecker about early 20th century gay illustrator J.C. Leyendecker.