Film Guide 2021

Section
World Cinema Narrative

From international masters to global breakthroughs, this extraordinary section encompasses features ranging from award-winning festival favorites to one-of-a-kind discoveries, curated for our audience from around the world.

DRIVE MY CAR

2021 World Cinema Narrative | narrative feature | 179 min While grieving the loss of his wife Oto (Reika Kirishima), aging thespian Yusuke Kafuku (Hidetoshi Nishijima) develops an unexpected connection with Misaki (Toko Miura), the reticent young woman hir …

Directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi

THE HAND OF GOD “È STATA LA MANO DI DIO”

2021 World Cinema Narrative | narrative feature | 130 min East Coast Premiere In his stunning new feature, Academy Award® winner Paolo Sorrentino (THE GREAT BEAUTY, YOUTH, and The Young Pope) returns to his hometown to tell his most personal story yet. Inspired by events of …

Directed by Paolo Sorrentino

A HERO “GHAHREMAN”

2021 World Cinema Narrative | narrative feature | 127 min East Coast Premiere Celebrated filmmaker Asghar Farhadi (A SEPARATION, THE SALESMAN) returns to HIFF with his latest film, the winner of the Cannes 2021 Grand Prix. Rahim (Amir Jadidi), separated from his wife and chil …

Directed by Asghar Farhadi

PETITE MAMAN

2021 World Cinema Narrative | narrative feature | 70 min After the passing of her grandmother, 8-year-old Nelly (Joséphine Sanz) returns with her parents to her mother’s childhood home to begin clearing out the house. While wandering the surrounding wo …

Directed by Céline Sciamma

QUEEN OF GLORY

2021 World Cinema Narrative | narrative feature | 78 min Nana Mensah’s playful and charming debut feature follows the story of a brilliant daughter of Ghanaian immigrants, Sarah Obeng (played by the director herself), who is quitting her Ivy League PhD …

Directed by Nana Mensah

THE SOUVENIR PART II

2021 World Cinema Narrative | narrative feature | 108 min The much-awaited follow up to her mesmerizing 2019 masterpiece, Joanna Hogg’s THE SOUVENIR PART II follows Julie (Honor Swinton Byrne) in the aftermath of her tumultuous relationship with Anthony …

Directed by Joanna Hogg

TITANE

2021 World Cinema Narrative | narrative feature | 108 min Not for the faint of heart, Julia Ducournau’s (RAW) dazzling and sinister psychosexual thriller TITANE smashed over this year’s Cannes Film Festival like a tidal wave. With its plot shrouded …

Directed by Julia Ducournau

THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD

2021 World Cinema Narrative | narrative feature | 127 min Julie (Renate Reinsve) is restlessly cycling through career paths, relationships and the taxing realities of existence. As she goes hurtling into her 30s, she’s left wondering: when will life real …

Directed by Joachim Trier