Film Guide 2021

Section
Spotlight

The buzz starts here: our Spotlight screenings feature a diverse range of star-studded and award-winning films that will no doubt count among the year’s best.

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BELFAST

2021 Spotlight | narrative feature | 97 min East Coast Premiere Set amidst the sociopolitical turmoil of late-1960s Northern Ireland, BELFAST follows Buddy (Jude Hill), a nine-year-old boy who is lovingly raised by his Ma and Pa (Jamie Dornan and Caitríona Bal …

Directed by Kenneth Branagh

C’MON C’MON

2021 Spotlight | narrative feature | 108 min Writer-director Mike Mills (BEGINNERS, 20TH CENTURY WOMEN) returns to the festival with the story of Johnny (Joaquin Phoenix), a well respected radio journalist who finds his life turned upside-down …

Directed by Mike Mills

CYRANO

2021 Spotlight | narrative feature | 124 min East Coast Premiere A man ahead of his time, Cyrano de Bergerac (a delightful Peter Dinklage) dazzles, whether with ferocious wordplay at a verbal joust or with brilliant swordplay in a duel. But, convinced that his ap …

Directed by Joe Wright

JOCKEY

2021 Spotlight | narrative feature | 95 min East Coast Premiere ​​Despite his age and deteriorating health, veteran jockey Jackson (Clifton Collins Jr.) stubbornly decides to train for what is likely to be his final season on the circuit, hoping to win one l …

Directed by Clint Bentley

THE LOST DAUGHTER

2021 Spotlight | narrative feature | 121 min Adapted from Elena Ferrante’s novel, Maggie Gyllenhaal’s extraordinary directorial debut follows celebrated academic Leda (Olivia Colman), whose seaside holiday takes a sinister turn upon the ar …

Directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal

PARALLEL MOTHERS “MADRES PARALELAS”

2021 Spotlight | narrative feature | 123 min The latest from Academy Award-winning auteur Pedro Almodóvar (PAIN AND GLORY, ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER) is an arresting melodrama following the lives of successful, middle-aged photographer Janis (Pené …

Directed by Pedro Almodóvar

PASSING

2021 Spotlight | narrative feature | 98 min Rebecca Hall’s stunning directorial debut follows two Black women, Irene Redfield (Tessa Thompson) and Clare Kendry (Academy Award® nominee Ruth Negga), who can “pass” as white, but choose to …

Directed by Rebecca Hall

THE POWER OF THE DOG

2021 Spotlight | narrative feature | 127 min Set in majestic rural Montana in the early 20th century, Jane Campion’s highly anticipated new film follows the successful cattle-ranching Burbank brothers—brutal and beguiling Phil (Benedict Cu …

Directed by Jane Campion

SECRET SCREENING

2021 Spotlight | narrative feature | 126 min This year HIFF will be presenting a special surprise screening of one of the biggest hits from this year’s Cannes Film Festival. And if this year’s surprise goes well, maybe we will make a habit …

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