The Fajr International Film Festival has scheduled the following feature films for its 2021 screening in the Contemporary Genre Films section.
The Big Hit
France | 2020 | 105 min
Director: Emmanuel Courcol
Cast: Kad Merad, David Ayala, Lamine Cissokho, Sofian Khammes
Etienne, an out-of-work but endearing actor, runs a theatre workshop in a prison, where he leads the prisoners to stage Samuel Beckett’s play, Waiting for Godot. When he is allowed to take them on a tour outside of prison, Etienne finally has the chance to thrive. Each date is a new success, and it soon comes the final performance in Paris. Will their last night together be the biggest hit of them all?
Denmark | 2019 | 107 min
Director: Ulrich Thomsen
Cast: Antony Starr, Ewen Bremner, W. Earl Brown, Joshua Harto
Gutterbee is a character driven comedy about sausages and friendship. Set in small-town America, it’s a story about two hopeless dreamers who join forces in a quest to erect the ultimate German sausage restaurant. Gutterbee is also a social satire about the nexus of identity fear, where religion becomes an intellectual cul-de-sac, and racism, homophobia and intolerance reign supreme.
Goodbye Soviet Union
Estonia, Finland |2020 | 91 min
Director: Lauri Randla
Cast: Ülle Kaljuste, TõnuOja, Niklas Kouzmitchev, Nika Savolainen, Pääru Oja
A coming of age story of Johannes, who is born prematurely to a premature single mother on the dramatic background of the collapsing Soviet empire.
Kosovo|2019 | 115 min
Director: Fatos Berisha
Cast: May-Linda Kosumovic, Velibor Topic, Doresa Rexha, Besart Sllamniku
Four actors travel illegally through Balkan borders in war times. To the theatre festival. But their real mission is to find their idol Michael Palin.
Bulgaria, Serbia I 2019 | 107 min
Director: Stephan Komandarek
Cast: Aleksandar Aleksiev, Ivan Barnev, Assen Blatechki
Three police patrol-vehicles, six policemen, city of Sofia in the night, between 9th and 10th of November 2019.
The 2021 FIFF is scheduled to get underway in the Iranian capital on May 26-June 2. This year’s event is presided over by Iranian film director and screenwriter Mohammad Mehdi Asgarpour. The festival is widely considered one of the most prestigious and influential in Asia, Europe and Greater Middle East.