Movies – European Movies To Watch Out For In 2021
So many great movies, most of which were postponed from their 2020 release date, are due this new year 2021. Big blockbusters, such as the new James Bond, No Time To Die, and Denis Villeneuve’s Dune, will hopefully hit the theaters this year. Among the long list of much-anticipated movies for 2021, here are 7 brilliant European movies to watch out for this coming year.
Sam and Tusker have spent their lives together, but must now face the inevitable prospect of being separated. Supernova is a beautiful drama written and directed by Harry Macqueen and starring Stanley Tucci and Colin Firth who play a long-term couple who go on a trip to the Lake District in Northern England. This is a story of love, of the strength of love between two people. This is the sort of film that breaks your heart, then stays with you for a while as it slowly mends. Supernova was meant to be released in the UK. on November 20, 2020. It is now scheduled to be released on March 5 2021 by StudioCanal in the UK. and on January 29 2021 by Bleecker Street in the U.S.
2. THE FATHER
The Father is based on the acclaimed stage play ‘Le père’ written by French novelist/playwright/director Florian Zeller, who co-adapted it for the screen and directed it. Starring Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Coleman and Rufus Sewell, The Father is a French-British co-production about 80-year-old Anthony and his relationship with his daughter Anne, as he slowly loses grip on reality. It is a heartbreaking story on memory loss and the onset of dementia, with an Oscar-worthy performance from Hopkins. The film is due to be released in the U.S. on February 26 by Sony Pictures Classics, 2021, and in the UK. on January 8 2021 by Lionsgate.
3. BLITHE SPIRIT
Starring Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey, Eurovision) and Judi Dench, this is a reimagining of Noël Coward’s very funny classic 1941 comedy, in which a best-selling crime novelist suffering from writer’s block participates in a séance held by a spiritualist medium. The writer’s deceased first wife is, however, accidentally summoned. The film is due to be released in the UK. and Ireland in theaters and on demand via Sky Cinema on January 15, and in the U.S. on February 19 by IFC Films.
4. NEVER GONNA SNOW AGAIN
Malgorzata Szumowska’s drama is Poland’s 2021 Oscar entry for this year’s International Film award. Never Gonna Snow Again is an enigmatic and hypnotic social satire from the director of horror film The Other Lamb. Never Gonna Snow Again follows Zenia (Alec Utgoff), who works as a masseur in a wealthy gated neighborhood in Poland. Through Zenia’s rounds to the different households, Szumowska’s mesmerising film is at times surreal and offers an intriguing social commentary on Polish society. Kino Lorber picked up North American rights to the film and plan a theatrical release in Spring, 2021.
5. THE HUMAN VOICE
The new short film, The Human Voice, directed by Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar and starring Tilda Swinton was meant to be released on November 7, 2020, at a special event screening in cinemas across the UK. Due to a second lockdown, Almodóvar’s short film was thus postponed. Sony Pictures Classics has acquired the film for U.S. release, which, according to IMDb, should be in March 2021. The Human Voice is a fantastically flamboyant adaptation of French artist Jean Cocteau’s 1930 one-woman play. The short film has already been released in Spain where it was a box office success, according to Cineuropa.
Directed by Ben Sharrock, Limbo follows Omar (Amir El-Masry), a young Syrian musician who has fled to the UK. to seek refuge from his war-torn country. He’s ended up in the Uists islands of the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. It is a vast desert-like landscape, with a phone booth seemingly in the middle of nowhere. Omar is seeking asylum, and is now waiting for his papers in this outpost. He is not allowed to work until he gets asylum status, and thus he waits with all the other men who are also granted their papers for the right to stay and work in the UK.
Sharrock’s film has a similar offbeat humor and aesthetics that can be seen in the films of Aki Kaurismaki or Elia Suleiman. Through this stylistic choice, Sharrock emphasizes the absurdity of people’s behaviors and the situations they inextricably find themselves in. This delightfully funny film offers a thoughtful and emotional view of the living conditions of refugees. Limbo, which also stars Danish actress Sidse Babett Knudsen (Borgen), is being released by MUBI in the UK. and Ireland on April 9, 2021.
7. THE GREEN KNIGHT
The Green Knight is not technically a European film, but its story is based on an epic Arthurian poem, so I am including it in this list (and it is also one of this writer’s most anticipated films for 2021). Directed by David Lowery and starring Dev Patel and Alicia Vikander, The Green Knight tells the tale of Sir Gawain, King Arthur’s nephew and a knight of the Round Table, who is sent on a quest to confront the Green Knight. The film is now expected to be released on July 30, 2021 by A24 Films.