QUEBEC PREMIERE Official Selection – Tribeca Film Festival – 2021 Former wrestling champion Kakhi (Levan Tediashvili, himself a former Olympic wrestling champion) always has his family on his conscience, and in « Brighton 4th », this leads him on a journey from his home in the Republic of Georgia to visit his son Soso (Giorgi Tabidze) in the Russian-speaking neighborhood of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. There he finds Soso living in a shabby boarding house populated by a colorful group of fellow Georgian immigrants. And Soso is not studying medicine, as Kakhi believed, but is working for a moving company and has accrued a $14,000 gambling debt to a local mob boss. Kakhi sets his mind to helping his hapless son out of his debt, leading to situations as often comic as they are dire. Country of production: Georgia, Russia, Bulgaria, Monaco, United States Thanks to the professional translation program of the Department of Arts, Languages and Literature of the Université de Sherbrooke for the subtitles translation of Brighton 4th and Ange de ma vie presented during the Festival cinéma du monde de Sherbrooke.
Best of Annecy 2021 program combines a selection of shorts, mainly winning films from the latest Festival with two tailor-made opening sequences by second year students from the GOBELINS, l’école de l’image. In the program: Collection Capsule, by GOBELINS, l’école de l’image (France, 2021) – 1 min Boxballet, by Anton Dyakov (Russia, 2020) – 15 min* Hold Me Tight, by Mélanie Robert-Tourneur (France, 2021) – 6 min* Easter Eggs, by Nicolas Keppens (Belgium, France, Netherlands, 2021) – 14 min Affairs of the Art, by Joanna Quinn (United Kingdom and Canada, 2021) – 16 min* La confiture de papillons, by Shih-Yen Huang (France andTaiwan, 2021) – 6 min Écorce, by Silvain Monney and Samuel Patthey (Switzerland, 2020) – 15 min Le parc, by GOBELINS, l’école de l’image (France, 2021) – 1 min 13 years and older. *Featured Pictures
The Best of Annecy Kids 2021 assembles funny, touching and poetic short films that children will adore! In the program:Pon-Pon-Partyyy, by GOBELINS, l’école de l’image (France, 2021) – 1 minTemps de cochon, by Emmanuelle Gorgiard (France, 2020) – 9 minPrintsessa y bandit, by Mikhail Aldashin and Sosnina Mariya (Russia, 2020) – 3 min*Kiko et les animaux, by Yawen Zheng (France and Switzerland 2020) – 7 minTulip, by Phoebe Wahl and Andrea Love (USA, 2020) – 9 min*Bémol, by Oana Lacroix (Switzerland, 2020) – 6 minPod oblakami, by Vasilisa Tikunova (Russia, 2021) – 4 minUn caillou dans la chaussure, by Éric Montchaud (France and Switzerland, 2020) – 11 min* 6 years and older. *Featured Pictures
Special Jury Prize – Venice International Film Festival – 2020Russia’s entry, Best International Feature Film – The Academy Awards (Oscar) – 2021 A provincial town in the south of the USSR, 1962. Lyudmila, a devout Communist Party official and idealistic veteran of WW II, is a scourge of anything she perceives as anti-Soviet sentiment. Together with other local Party officials, she is taken by surprise by a strike at the local factory, in which her own daughter is taking part. As the situation quickly spirals out of control, Lyudmila begins a desperate search for her daughter in the face of curfews, mass arrests, and the authorities’ ruthless attempts to cover up the state violence. Her once unquestioning faith in the Party line is shaken by her growing awareness of its human toll, tearing apart the world she thought she knew.