A few years ago, Netflix was underestimated by the Hollywood film academy, which was reflected in the awards. However, the situation changed when Alfonso Cuarón's “Roma” (2018) won three statuettes. In 2021, the streaming service will have even more chances in the competition, since, for the first time, features that were not shown in cinemas will be eligible for the category of Best Film. Bula has put together a list of ten original productions from the platform, launched this year, which may compete for the Oscar 2021, according to film critics. Among them are the documentary “Atleta A”, by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk; and the suspense “Rebecca – The Unforgettable Woman”, by Ben Wheatley. Titles are organized in alphabetical order.
A few years ago, Dick Johnson, father of filmmaker Kirsten Johnson, was diagnosed with dementia. As a therapeutic activity to face her father's inevitable death, Kirsten decides to enact the ways in which he can die. In each scenario, the elderly person plays with Kirsten's acid humor and imaginative fantasies. Thus, father and daughter prepare for separation and create eternal memories together.
The documentary presents the case of the more than 150 gymnasts of the United States team that were sexually abused by the team's doctor, Larry Nassar. He was sentenced to 175 years in prison in 2018 after 89 athletes testified against him in court. In addition to some of the victims, the production also interviews journalists who were involved in the investigation of the crimes.
In the early 1970s, adolescents with disabilities faced a future shaped by isolation and discrimination. In this context, the Jened camp in Catskills started a revolution. Jened was a utopian place, welcoming these young people with summer sports and recreational activities. At the site, the first activists were formed who forever changed the legislation on accessibility for all.
The film tells the story of three black friends who fought in the Vietnam War: Otis, Eddie and Melvin. Years later, they decide to return to the place where they fought, in search of the remains of the squad leader. In addition, they hope to find a treasure that was hidden by their friend. On that journey, ex-soldiers have to deal with painful memories of the war.
Despite having doubts about their relationship, a young woman travels to meet her boyfriend's parents, Jake. Upon arriving at their farm, she begins to feel strange and finds the in-laws' behavior bizarre. But in spite of this, she cannot leave, as a snowstorm strikes the region. Stuck on the spot, she starts to question everything she thought about her boyfriend and herself.
The story takes place in the 1960s, in a rural Ohio community, and follows several peculiar characters who have been affected by the war in different ways. Chief among them, Willard Russell, is a veteran tormented for failing to save his wife from death. His son, Arvin Eugene, grows up trying to become a good man, but ends up being hit by the violence that dominates the city.
In 1968, in Chicago, the Democratic Party held a convention to choose candidates for that year's presidential election. Outside, more than 15,000 protesters against the Vietnam War clash with the police and the U.S. National Guard. Organizers of the protest, which was initially peaceful, are accused of conspiracy and inciting disorder. Their judgment attracts worldwide attention.
A young woman of humble origin and newlywed moves to Manderley, the imposing mansion of her husband, Maxim, a wealthy and seductive English aristocrat. The house is managed by Mrs. Danvers, a strict housekeeper. Already installed on the property, the young woman is confronted by the memories of Rebecca, Maxim's first wife, who died a few years ago. Mrs. Danvers torments the new mistress's life, making her believe that she is inferior to Rebecca and does not deserve to be married to Maxim.
In 1968, in New York, a group of gay friends get together to celebrate the birthday of one of them, Harold. The host of the night is Michael, a drunk and wasteful screenwriter, who bought a special gift for the birthday boy. But the drink night is interrupted when Michael proposes a game of confessions. The truths said end up threatening the friendship of the group.
Written, directed and starred by Radha Blank, this semi-biographical feature follows a 40-year-old actress, whose career is on the decline. In search of reinventing herself, she starts rapping and discovers a new passion. Now, she must survive in a world dominated by younger men. In addition, the rapper tries to deal with various personal and family problems.