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Introducing Our Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2021

Introducing Our Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2021

As we bid adieu and wave good riddance to 2020 it’s with measured optimism that we tread/transition lightly into the new year of cinema. Undeniably there are a significant number of film projects that were supposed to premiere in ’20 (and several of these projects will have benefitted from more fine-tuning) that will likely give toppers at Berlin, Cannes, Locarno, Venice and TIFF some true conundrums in terms of programming. Simply put, if there is even a quasi return to normal, 2021 will be stacked in both quantity and quality and saying that’ll be a vintage year is an understatement.

Welcome to our annual Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2021 list where we take inventory of global cinema offerings that have yet to receive a premiere and if safety measures permit it, we’ll get to “unmask” these oeuvres at major film festivals and theatres alike. Curated by Nicholas Bell and myself, Eric Lavallée, we celebrate cinema by putting the spotlight on one hundred future film projects worth keeping tabs on but before this, we’ll put out two days worth of films that didn’t make the cut. A special word of thanks goes to our friends at Mubi for helping us stay sane in 2020 and for supporting us with this annual hodgepodge. Make sure to check out our social channels for free subscription giveaways!

201. Ils sont vivants – Jérémie Elkaïm
202. Kung Fu Zohra– Mabrouk El Mechri
203. Bruno Reidal – Vincent Le Port
204. Le bal des folles – Melanie Laurent
205. The Father Who Moves Mountains – Daniel Sandu
206. Veneciafrenia – Álex de la Iglesia
207. Luzzu – Alex Camilleri
208. Prime Time – Jakub Piątek
209. Mother Schmuckers – Lenny Guit, Harpo Guit
210. The River – Ghassan Salhab
211. Lui – Guillaume Canet
212. Yakuza Princess – Vicente Amorim
213. El Planeta – Amalia Ulman
214. Blood – Brad Anderson
215. One for the Road – Baz Poonpiriya
216. Amira – Mohamed Diab
217. Comedians – Gabriele Salvatores
218. Sons of the Neon Night – Juno Mak
219. The Deep House – Alexandre Bustillo & Julien Maury
220. Human Factors – Ronny Trocker
221. Dealer – Jeroen Perceval
222. The Night Knows – Jamie M. Dagg
223. Brighton 4 – Levan Koguashvili
224. Next Door – Daniel Brühl
225. Schachnovelle – Philipp Stölzl
226. Fire in the Mountains – Ajitpal Singh
227. Violence of Action – Tarik Saleh
228. Madeleine Collins – Antoine Barraud
229. The Score – Malachi Smyth
230. Hive – Blerta Basholli
231. Chickboy – Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson
232. No – Dietrich Brüggemann
233. Rose – Niels Arden Oplev

234. Miss Osaka – Daniel Dencik
235. Coming Home in the Dark – James Ashcroft
236. Knocking – Frida Kempff
237. Jeunes amants – Carine Tardieu
238. Il materiale emotivo – Sergio Castellitto
239. The Power – Corinna Faith
240. En corps – Cédric Klapisch
241. Casablanca Beats – Nabil Ayouch
242. Alternate – Anthony Garland
243. Simone, une femme du siècle – Olivier Dahan
244. Connemera – Isild Le Besco
245. Delia’s Gone – Robert Budreau
246. La ruche – Christophe Hermans
247. The Pink Cloud – Iuli Gerbase
248. La Santa Piccola – Silvia Brunelli
249. Cry From The Sea – Vic Sarin
250. In The Country Of Last Things – Alejandro Chomski
251. Une femme de notre temps – Paul Civeyrac
252. Adieu Monsieur Haffman – Fred Cavaye
253. Mitra – Kaweh Modiri
254. Archipel – Félix Dufour-Laperrière
255. Best Sellers – Lina Roessler
256. La Tana – Beatrice Baldacci
257. Petite leçon d’amour – Ève Deboise
258. Selon la police – Frédéric Videau
259. Ecuadorian – José María Avilés
260. Gensan Punch – Brillante Mendoza
261. Drifting – Li Jun
262. Perfect Strangers – Wissam Smayra
263. Nuestros Días Más Felices – Sol Berruezo Pichon-Rivière
264. The Lost Girls – Livia De Paolis
265. The Marco Effect – Martin Zandvliet
266. Mon Père, le Diable – Ellie Foumbi

267. De bas étages – Yassine Qnia
268. Sexual Drive – Yoshida Kota
269. Haute couture – Sylvie Ohayon
270. Mighty Flash – Ainhoa Rodríguez
271. Les Sorcières de l’Orient – Julien Faraut
272. The Last Bus – Gillies MacKinnon
273. Bebia, à mon seul désir – Juja Dobrachkous
274. Die Frau des Piloten – Anna Zohra Berrached
275. Landscapes of Resistance – Marta Popivoda
276. Rajah – Michael Haussman
277. People Just Do Nothing: Big in Japan – Jack Clough
278. Liborio – Nino Martínez Sosa
279. Bridget Bardot the Wonderful – Lech Majewski
280. It’s Not Her Name – Veta Geraskina
281. Looking for Venera – Norika Sefa
282. Black Medusa – Youssef Chebbi
283. Rendez-vous in Paradise – Alain Berliner
284. The Edge of Daybreak – Taiki Sakpisit
285. The Seven Sorrows of Mary – Pedro Varela
286. Medieval – Petr Jákl
287. Bipolar – Queena Li
288. Gunpowder Milkshake – Navot Papushado
289. The Cemil Show – Bariş Sarhan
290. Kompromat – Jérôme Salle
291. A Corsican Summer – Pascal Tagnati
292. Walking in Paris – Peter Greenaway
293. Lone Wolf – Jonathan Ogilvie
294. Loveland – Ivan Sen
295. Feast – Tim Leyendekker
296. Il Boemo – Petr Vaclav
297. Agate mousse – Selim Mourad
298. Friends and Strangers – James Vaughan
299. The Education of Fredrick Fitzell – Christopher MacBride
300. Emperor – Lee Tamahori

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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