By any terms, Berlin’s 2021 European Film Market will deliver its smallest pre-sales market in years. COVID-19 has put back productions, created distribution bottlenecks, and provoked huge uncertainty about cinema theater re-openings.
But there will still be titles – in development, in production and complete – across a broad gamut to whet buyers’ appetites, even at times have them reaching for their wallets.
The following are a curated selection of buzz titles, ranging from big budget to accessible arthouse.
“Our Last Summer”
Directors: Katie Ennis, Gary Jaffe
Writer: Gary Jaffe
Producer: Emily McCann Lesser, Katie Ennis
Executive producer: Alan Ball
Westchester, Summer 1991. Closeted teenager Daniel Rosen travels a bumpy road to self-acceptance when his estranged gay uncle Ira returns home, dying of complications from HIV/AIDS.
Sales: The Exchange