Viewfinder 2022

Belfast

Kenneth Branagh
97′, 2021, United Kingdom
SCREENING: Limassol (09/04), 22:00 / Nicosia (10/4), 20:00

A personal and joyful story about the power of memory, set in late ‘60s Northern Ireland. Buddy is a young boy on the cusp of adolescence whose life is filled with familial love, childhood hijinks and a blossoming romance. Yet, with his beloved hometown caught up in increasing turmoil, his family faces a momentous choice: hope the conflict will pass or leave everything they know behind for a new life.

Selected Awards

  • Nominated for seven Academy Awards (Best Motion Picture, Screenplay, Performance by an Actor and Actress in a Supporting Role, Sound, Achievement in Directing, Original Song), USA, 2022.
  • Golden Globe for Best Screenplay, Golden Globes, USA, 2022.
  • Chairman’s Vanguard Award, Palm Springs International Film Festival, 2022.
  • Outstanding Director of the Year Award, Santa Barbara IFF, 2022.
  • Best Film – People’s Choice Award, Toronto International Film Festival, 2021.
  • Top film of the year, New York Film Critics Award, USA, 2021.
  • Behind the Camera Award, Hamilton Behind the Camera Awards, Hollywood, USA, 2021.
  • Best Picture and Supporting Actress Awards, Iowa Film Critics Awards, 2022.
  • Audience Award, Montclair Film Festival, 2021.
  • Best Young Actor, Music City Film Critics’ Association Awards, 2022.

Compartment No. 6

Juho Kuosmanen
106′, 2021, Finland, Germany, Estonia, Russia
SCREENING: Limassol (10/04), 22:00 / Nicosia (11/4), 22:00

A young Finnish woman escapes from an enigmatic love affair in Moscow by boarding a train to the arctic port of Murmansk. Forced to share the long ride and a tiny sleeping car with a Russian miner, the unexpected encounter leads the occupants of Compartment no. 6 to face the truth about their own yearning for human connection.

Awards

  • Grand Prix & Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, Cannes Film Festival, France, 2021.
  • “From Cottbus to Cinema” Distribution Prize – Cottbus Film Festival of Young East European Cinema, Germany, 2021.
  • Golden Camera 300, International Cinematographers’ Film Festival Manaki Brothers, 2021.
  • International Cinema Award for Best Film, Jerusalem Film Festival, Israel 2021.
  • Best Actor Award, Sao Paolo International Film Festival, Brazil, 2021.
  • Best Actor Award, Valladolid International Film Festival, Spain, 2021.

Pleasure

Ninja Thyberg
109’, 2021, Sweden, The Netherlands, France
SCREENING: Limassol (11/04), 22:00 / Nicosia (12/4), 22:00

A journey into the American porn industry that follows 19-year-old Bella from Sweden, who arrives in Los Angeles with the dream of becoming the next big porn star. A raw film that offers both a human and humorous portrayal of a male-dominated world seen from a female perspective.

Awards

  • FIPRESCI Prize for Best Feature Film, Göteborg Film Festival, Sweden, 2021.
  • Best Film & Best Female Performance Awards, Art Film Festival, Košice, Slovakia, 2021.
  • Jury Prize, Deauville Film Festival, France, 2021.
  • Best non-US Release Award, Online Film Critics Society Awards, USA, 2022.
  • Nominated for “European Discovery”, European Film Awards, EFA, 2021.

Lamb

Valdimar Jóhannsson
107′, 2021, Iceland, Sweden
SCREENING: Limassol (12/04), 22:00 / Nicosia (14/4), 18:00

A couple living alone on a remote farm in Iceland find their quiet existence shaken by the astonishing discovery of a mysterious newborn amongst their sheep. They decide to raise the child as their own, but soon face the consequences of defying the will of nature.

Awards

  • Prix du Regard Original – Un Certain Regard Competition, Cannes Film Festival, France, 2021.
  • European Visual Effects Award, European Film Awards, EFA, 2021.
  • Best Foreign Language Film, North Texas Film Critics Association, USA, 2021.
  • Best Actress, Best Directorial Revelation, Best Motion Picture, Sitges – Catalonian International Film Festival, 2021.
  • Best Film, Trieste Science+Fiction Festival, Italy, 2021.

The Worst Person in the World

Joachim Trier
107′, 2021, Norway, France, Sweden, Denmark
SCREENING: Limassol (13/04), 22:00 / Nicosia (09/4), 22:00

Julie is turning thirty and her life is an existential mess. Several of her talents have gone to waste and her older boyfriend, Aksel – a successful graphic novelist – is pushing for them to settle down. One night, she gatecrashes a party and meets the young and charming Eivind. Before long, she has broken up with Aksel and thrown herself into yet another new relationship, hoping for a new perspective on her life. But she will come to realize that some life choices are already behind her.

Selected Awards

  • Nominated for Best Original Screenplay & Best International Feature Film Awards, Academy Awards, USA, 2022.
  • Best Actress Award, Cannes Film Festival, France, 2021.
  • Best Cinematography Award, Chicago International Film Festival, USA, 2021.
  • Best International Co-production, Lumiere Awards, France, 2022.
  • Best Foreign Language Film, New York Film Critics Circle, USA, 2021.
  • Best Film Award, Valladolid International Film Festival, Spain, 2021.
  • Best International Film, Boston Online Film Critics Association, USA, 2021.

Brighton 4th

Levan Koguashvili
95′, 2021, Georgia, Russia, Bulgaria, Monaco, USA
SCREENING: Limassol (14/04), 20:00 / Nicosia (13/4), 22:00

Former wrestling champion Kakhi always has his family on his conscience. This leads him on a journey from his home in the Republic of Georgia to visit his son Soso in the Russian-speaking neighbourhood of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. There, he finds Soso living in a shabby boarding house populated by a colourful group of fellow Georgian immigrants. But Soso is not studying medicine, as Kakhi believed. He works for a moving company and has accrued a $14,000 gambling debt to a local mob boss. Kakhi sets his mind to helping his hapless son out of his debt, leading to situations as often comic as they are dire. Levan Tediashvili in the lead role is himself a former Olympic wrestling champion.

Awards

  • FIPRESCI Prize, Prize for an Outstanding Individual Performance, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, Cottbus Film Festival of Young East European Cinema, Germany, 2021.
  • Best International Narrative Picture, Best Actor, Best Screenplay Awards, Tribeca Film Festival, USA, 2021.