I am so incredibly excited, and grateful, that I am able to cover my first ever film festival, and in my home city nonetheless. The Nashville Film Festival will be held in-person and virtually from September 30 – October 6. You can find the schedule here, and you can head to nashvillefilmfestival.org to purchase tickets.
When it comes to my involvement in the 2021 Nashville Film Festival, these 5 films are the ones I am looking forward to the most. I think each of these films has a chance to be really special in the grand scheme of film, and I am so excited these are able to make their way to Music City!
The Humans is one of my most anticipated films for the rest of the year, and it’s clear why. This film, based on the Tony winning play, promises to be a tense drama, and one that could bring out some of the best acting performances of the year. The cast is loaded, highlighted by Oscar nominees Richard Jenkins, June Squibb, and Steven Yeun, Tony nominee (for this play) Jayne Houdyshell, Beanie Feldstein, and yes… Amy Schumer. These 6 members are the only 6 on the cast list as of now, and I for one am a massive fan of movies that include a small cast with a ton to say. This is the Closing Night feature, and what better way to go out.
Celine Sciamma’s last film, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, was a breathtaking and beautiful one. Her new film Petite Maman looks to continue her incredible status as a filmmaker. The trailer doesn’t give much away, but tells you what this story will be. If we know anything about how Sciamma makes a film… this movie could be just as heartbreaking as it is heartwarming.
Flee has been the talk of the town ever since it debuted at Sundance 2021. I sadly wasn’t able to catch it at Sundance, and I am going to make sure I don’t miss it here either. This animated documentary is said to be one of the most passionate and heartbreaking pieces of filmmaking of the year. It also looks to be one of the most innovative and inspired ones. Flee has a chance to make some incredible history in this years Oscars race, and I cannot wait to finally see how good it actually is.
Luzzu was another Sundance favorite that I wasn’t able to get to. The story sounds like a heartbreaking one, and the kind of film that is right up my alley. The film has a perfect 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, and is one I am definitely going to be seeing come this festival.
The Beta Test
Jim Cummings has recently become one of the most creative filmmakers working. Thunder Road was such an impactful experience, and he has only been growing more and more. The Beta Test has been garnering some really great reviews (currently at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, this would be Cummings’ third straight directorial effort to be “Certified Fresh) and the mix of mystery/thriller, with a little comedy, seems like something right up my alley.
Jacob is a film critic and co-founder of the Music City Drive-In. He is a member of the Music City Film Critics’ Association and specializes in the awards season. You can find him on Twitter @Tberry57.