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10 must see films at RIFF 2021

There will be an amazing selection at RIFF this fall of films coming straight from this years film festivals. Films that have created a buzz or films that already have recieved great many nominations and awards. Following is a selection of must see films specially chosen by our curators.

Azor 

Yvan, a private banker from Geneva, arrives in Argentina to replace his partner, who has mysteriously disappeared. Navigating a clandestine, high finance society, against the backdrop of lounges, lavish pools, and lush gardens where hushed conversations take place, a duel between two bankers reveals more sinister operations at play.

 

Brighton 4th

Brighton 4th tells the story of Kakhi, a Georgian ex-wrestler who travels from Tbilisi to Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, to help his son Soso find a way out of a gambling debt. Kakhi’s last option to help his son is to offer Amir, his son’s creditor, a wrestling challenge — if Kakhi wins, Soso’s debt will be forgiven.

 

The Worst Person In The World

Romantic comedy-drama film directed by Joachim Trier. It is the third film, after Reprise and Oslo, 31 August, in the director’s “Oslo Trilogy.”The film premiered in competition at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, with Renate Reinsve winning the award for Best Actress for her performance in the film.

DOCUMENTARIES

Gabi, Between Ages 8 and 13

“Some say I want to be a boy, but I’m not, I just want to be Gabi.” A simple wish one could think, turns out it’s not. Gabi feels different. As the family moves to a small town and puberty closes in, things start to change.

 

Taming the Garden 

An ode to the rivalry between men and nature, Taming the Garden is the story of how a powerful man indulges in an unusual hobby by having century-old trees uprooted in communities along the Georgian coast and transplanted to his private garden.

Zinder

In her hometown of Zinder in Niger, filmmaker Aicha Macky immerses us in the lives of the “Palais”, local gangs feared by the inhabitants. Active and repentant gang members reveal their world to her, that of a group of jobless youths in search of dignity.

 

The Most Beautiful Boy In The World

The Most Beautiful Boy in the World is a 2021 documentary film about Björn Andrésen and the effects of fame thrust upon him when he appeared in Luchino Visconti ‘s 1971 film, Death in Venice. Andrésen was just 16 when the film came out and was unprepared for instantly becoming an international celebrity.

 

Sisters With Transistors 

SISTERS WITH TRANSISTORS is the remarkable untold story of electronic music’s female pioneers, composers who embraced machines and their liberating technologies to utterly transform how we produce and listen to music today. Theremins, synthesizers and feedback machines abound in this glorious ode to the women who helped shape, not just electronic music but the contemporary soundscape as we know it.

 

a-ha The Movie 

The film follows the band on tour, telling the full story of how three young men followed their impossible dream of becoming Norwegian pop stars. When Take On Me reached number 1 on Billboard in the US in 1985, the dream came true. Or did it? This is a story of ambitions, great music, broken friendships – and maybe forgiveness.

 

Animation

Cryptozoo 

As crypto-zookeepers struggle to capture a baku (a legendary dream-eating hybrid creature) they begin to wonder if they should display these rare beasts in the confines of a zoo, or if these mythical creatures should remain hidden and unknown.

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