The 10 foreign revelations of the 2020 cinema year

They are American, Spanish, Tunisian, Moroccan, Quebecois, Australian and Chinese. This year changed the course of their destinies

ITSASO ARANA ( Eva in August )

The devilish Rohmerian portrait of a heroine as if lost inside herself, Eva’s 130 minutes in August was one of the cinematographic delights of this year 2020. A pure summer film with a melancholy atmosphere. by a dazzling actress, the Spanish Itsaso Arana, so fair and natural that you could almost believe this was a documentary about her.


In the astonishing first feature film by Mehdi M. Barsaoui on a couple who explode in a race against the poignant time where the survival of their son is at stake, risking to die if we do not quickly transplant a liver, we delight in both the power of the intrigue, the relevant look at Tunisia in the middle of the Arab Spring and the strength of the interpretation. Where next to the always perfect Sami Bouajila, we discover the striking Najla Ben Abdallah, revealed in Tunisia by the Maktoub series but who finds here her first major role on the screen.


He is the co-producer, director, co-writer and co-lead performer (along with his ten-year-old friend Kyle Marvin) of The Climb , a very Allenian comedy that’s as endearing as it is gritty about a friendship. toxic between two men. Favorite of the Un Certain Regard Jury at Cannes in 2019, Michael Angelo Covino also shows his love for French cinema, through perfectly digested influences such as Le Grand Amour by Pierre Etaix.


In front of the camera of Maryam Touzani, this Moroccan actress has impressed in the role of a young single pregnant woman hoping to adopt her baby born and left to herself while waiting for someone to knock on the door of a pastry shop to find a job . The power of this beautiful political and societal film on the patriarchal system which stifles the daily life of women in Morocco rests a lot on the intensity of its composition of this stoic character despite the trials.


A much sought-after music video director (for Beyoncé, Rihanna …), with her stint in the cinema, she signs a fascinating reflection on the figure of the black American hero of modern times in the footsteps of a new couple – a sort of Bonnie & Clyde to their bodies defender of the time #blacklivesmatter – forced to play outlaw. And this after having shot, in defense, a particularly aggressive police officer during an arrest following a minor traffic violation. Suspense, politics and love story are intertwined with a virtuosity never faulted and an epic breath at the height of its flamboyant characters

CAMILA MORRONE ( Mickey & the Bear )

If this Annabelle Attanasio film about the complex relationship between an opioid addicted Iraq war veteran and his daughter succeeds in transcending the archetypes of family tragedy seen and re-examined, it owes it to its main female performer. Fascinating cinégénie, accuracy never faulted, ability to take each scene off the beaten track, Camila Morrone succeeds in a debut reminiscent of the revelation of Jennifer Lawrence in Winter’s bone . We wish him the same career.

ANDREW PATTERSON ( The Vast of night )

A mischievous tribute to The Fourth Dimension , his first feature film (to be seen on Amazon Prime) features a radio DJ and a switchboard operator who investigate a possible arrival of aliens in their small town in the heart of the 1950s. Film Broken and yet incredibly rich in image and camera movements, The Vast of Night reveals a devilishly inventive director and remarkable director of actors.

NAHEMA RICCI ( Antigone )

This 23-year-old Quebecer has burst the screen as Antigone in the contemporary rereading of the Sophocles tragedy by Sophie Deraspe. At ease like a fish in water in an atmosphere reminiscent of the world of Xavier Dolan or Jean-Marc Vallée, the one who dreams of filming with Céline Sciamma – whom she adored Portrait of the young girl on fire – shows a stunning incandescence.

ELIZA SCANLEN ( Daughters of Doctor March , The Devil All the Time )

We’ve all had a crazy year. But Eliza Scanlen, even more than all the others. First role on the big screen in January 2020: that of the youngest of the March sisters in Greta Gerwig. First steps on Broadway with Silence and Shadows . Second striking role of an orphan under the influence of a pastor in Le Diable tout le temps . The young Australian actress, spotted as the psychopathic little sister of Amy Adams in the Sharp objects series , has successfully made her first steps onto the big screen. And will cause a new shock in 2021 with its composition of a loving teenager with an incurable disease in Milla . His first first role.

GU XIAOGANG ( Stay in the Fuchun Mountains )

One of the biggest films of 2020 was released on January 1. At 31, the Chinese Gu Xiaogang laid the foundation stone – already impressive – of a family saga in contemporary China. In 2:20, as intense as they are captivating, he follows in the footsteps of Edward Yang, Hou Hsiao-Hsien or Jia Zhangke by his controlled staging and this camera always at a good distance from the intimate. It is an understatement to say that we are impatiently awaiting the next parts of this choral work.

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