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She Will directed by Charlotte Colbert
She Will directed by Charlotte Colbert © Property of Popcorn Group

The 2021 Locarno Film Festival will premiere the psychological thriller She Will, a powerful debut by Franco-British director Charlotte Colbert, along with the World Premiere of Sto minut iz zhizni Ivana Denisovicha (100 Minutes) by Russian director Gleb Panfilov, who already won a Golden Leopard in 1969.

The Gala Premiere of the Fuori concorso section at the 74th Locarno Film Festival will present the World Premiere of Franco-British director Charlotte Colbert’s debut feature, She Will. The film explores the story of Veronica Ghent (Alice Krige) who after a double mastectomy, goes to a healing retreat in rural Scotland with her young nurse Desi (Kota Eberhardt).

The film stars Actors Alice Krige (Star Trek: First Contact, The OA, Carnival Row), Kota Eberhart (X-Men: Dark Phoenix), Malcolm McDowell (Bombshell, A Clockwork Orange), and BAFTA® Award winner Rupert Everett (The Happy Prince, My Best Friend’s Wedding).

Sto minut iz zhizni Ivana Denisovicha (100 Minutes)

The Piazza Grande program will showcase Sto minut iz zhizni Ivana Denisovicha (100 Minutes), the new film from Russian director Gleb Panfilov, who already won a Golden Leopard in 1969 for his debut feature V ogne broda net (No Path Through Fire, 1968) and a Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1987 for Tema (The Theme, 1979).

Gleb Panfilov’s latest tour de force: 100 Minutes, brings a new cinematic dimension to the life of Ivan Denisovich Shukhov, a literary hero whose tragic fate fascinated readers throughout the world and earned its creator, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, the Nobel prize for literature. 100 Minutes is a tale of thousands of Soviet soldiers who fought the Nazis and whose fate was to be captured by the Nazis and become – however briefly – prisoners of war. Stalin’s justice, meted out on the prisoners who came back, was swift: ten years of harsh labor in the Siberian camps. What then was the reason for prisoners like Ivan Denisovich to stay alive? What motivated them to wake up every morning to face another day of hell? Panfilov’s film answers these questions.

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