Seven Columbia Filmmakers films are internationally acclaimed Cannes Film Festival 2021 . You are: Clara Sola , Murina , freedom , Down with the king , and Are you lonely tonight? , and the short films August sky ( August sky ) and Ma Shelo Nishbar ( If it's not broken ). This year marks the 74th season of the Festival de Cannes, which runs from July 6th to July 17th, 2021.
In order to achieve this longevity, the Festival de Cannes has remained true to its founding purpose: to draw attention to film and make it better known, with the aim of contributing to the development of cinema, stimulating and celebrating the film industry worldwide, cinema at international level, said the General Delegate of the Cannes Film Festival, Thierry Frémaux, in a press release.
Both Nathalie Álvarez Mesén '19 and Antoneta Address Kusijanović ’17 their functions will be carried out as part of the A fortnight of the director , a parallel selection of the Cannes Film Festival focused on new filmmakers and showing a wide range of films highlighting the most unique and visionary practices of contemporary cinema.
Clara Sola is Álvarez Mesén's feature film debut and follows the title character Clara, who is ascribed a special connection to God. As a “healer”, Clara supports a family and a village in need of hope while finding solace in their relationship with nature. After years of control by her mother's repressive care, Clara's sexual desires are awakened by her attraction to her niece's new boyfriend. This newly awakened power leads Clara into uncharted territory and allows her to cross both physical and mystical boundaries. Encouraged by her self-discovery, Clara gradually frees herself from her role as a saint and begins to heal herself.
Nathalie Álvarez Mesén is a Costa Rican-Swedish writer / director. Nathalie is a graduate of Columbia University's Graduate Film Program, Berlinale Talents, and TIFF Filmmaker Lab. Clara Sola received the CTT and El Taller awards at the Guadalajara Co-Production Meeting 2018. Álvarez Mesén's short films were featured on Telluride ( Apart ) and Venice (Between you and Milagros ), where she won the Horizons Award for Best Short Film as a co-writer. Your short, Philip It won the award for best film under 15 minutes at the Palm Springs Shortfest in 2016.
in the Murina Directed by Kusijanović, tension erupts between restless teenage girl Julija, her young mother Nela, and her oppressive father Ante when an old family friend arrives at her remote home on a Croatian island. While Ante seeks to broker a life-changing land contract and Nela resists the foreigner's advances, Julija pursues a deeper connection with this powerful new father figure on a weekend exposed by lust and violence. Murina was written by Kusijanovic and other alumni Frank Graziano '18
Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic is a writer and director who was born in Dubrovnik and lives in New York. Your short, Into the blue , was nominated for a Student Academy Award and won prizes at the Berlin International Film Festival, Sarajevo Film Festival, Oberhausen Film Festival and the Festival de Premier Plans, Angers. Murina is Antoneta's first feature film, developed with the support of the Résidence du Festival Cannes, Cinéfondation, First Films First of the Goethe-Institut and Jerusalem Film Lab. She has an MA from the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb and an MFA in screenwriting and directing from Columbia University in New York. Antoneta is an alumna of the Berlinale Talent Lab, the Sarajevo Talent Lab, the La Femis Producing Atelier and the Marcie Bloom Fellowship.
Frank Graziano is a New York based screenwriter and director whose films explore stories of the contemporary American city. He is the creator of the documentary series Feel my pain , who accompanies four of New York's most notorious gangsters of the 1990s as they prepare for a play about their lives. Graziano is also a founding partner of Unwashed Films and holds an MFA in directing from Columbia University.