Questlove’s ‘Summer Of Soul’ to Open Sheffield Doc / Fest – Deadline

The British documentary festival Sheffield Doc / Fest (4-13 June) will open with the European premiere of the famous Questlove film Summer of the soul, which won the Jury Grand Prix and Audience Award at Sundance this year. The doc chronicles the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival and will be released by Searchlight Pictures and Hulu this summer (in theaters and on Disney + Star in the UK).

The festival will end with The history of the gaze, the latest documentary from prolific filmmaker Mark Cousins. This time around, Cousins ​​turns his lens to look at the complexities, contradictions, and beauty of the world against the backdrop of the long confinements of people at home and the constant onslaught of images. Cousins ​​will also appear in the conversation during the event.

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In a first for Doc / Fest, the event will also screen its opening (June 4) and closing (June 12) night simultaneously in cinemas across the UK. Right now, the sites are slated to reopen in May under government coronavirus guidelines.

The festival also revealed other titles that will be screened in the program this year. The list includes Nick Green’s Carlos Ghosn The Last Flight, on the fate of former Renault-Nissan executive Kazuo Hara Minamata Mandala, an epic 15-year journey on the famous controversy told in a three-part film, the British premiere of Alba Sotorra’s The Return: Life After Isis, about a group of Western women whose adolescence was spent supporting the terrorist group but now want to return home, and the European premiere of Anna Muylaert and Lô Polit’s Alvorada Palace, about former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff in the run-up to her impeachment trial.

The rest of the Doc / Fest 2021 program will be unveiled on May 12.

“We wanted to open and close with films that talk about our program and what Sheffield Doc / Fest stands for, and inspire our audience after a very difficult time,” said Cíntia Gil, director of Doc / Fest. “These films have helped us imagine our program throughout the winter shutdown months and will hopefully add to the joy of coming together to share life and the film before summer blossoms.”

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