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Spotlight: Jean-Louis Trintignant

The career of French actor Jean-Louis Trintignant spanned seven decades and included an astonishing 124 films, from his breakout role in And God Created Woman in 1956, to the career-capping Amour, for which he won a César for Best Actor in 2013, with several of the great auteur films of the 20th century along the way.

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Italian movie from 1970: The Conformist

The Conformist

Bernardo Bertolucci
1970 Italy, France, West Germany
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French movie from 1994: Three Colors: Red

Three Colors: Red

Krzysztof Kieślowski
1994 Switzerland, France, Poland
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Spotlight: Nonlinearity

According to Einstein, “the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion," and these filmmakers would agree. Transcending the plot structure of beginning, middle and end, this week’s films all feature storytelling that warps the conventions of time.

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German movie from 1998: Run Lola Run

Run Lola Run

Tom Tykwer
1998 Germany
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English movie from 2021: Last Night in Soho

Last Night in Soho

Edgar Wright
2021 United Kingdom
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Spanish movie from 2016: A Monster with a Thousand Heads

A Monster with a Thousand Heads

Rodrigo Plá
2016 Mexico
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English movie from 1988: Distant Voices, Still Lives

Distant Voices, Still Lives

Terence Davies
1988 United Kingdom, West Germany
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English movie from 2001: Mulholland Drive

Mulholland Drive

David Lynch
2001 France, United States
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English movie from 2020: Eternal Beauty

Eternal Beauty

Craig Roberts
2020 United Kingdom
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Spotlight: Lives of Musicians

How do the lives of artists inform their art? These films focus on musicians from around the world at various points in their careers, showing how the joy and suffering in their personal lives and in the world around them impact the music they create.

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English movie from 2017: RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World

RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World

Catherine Bainbridge
2017 Canada
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English movie from 2007: Control

Control

Anton Corbijn
2007 United Kingdom, United States, Australia
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English movie from 2010: Chico & Rita

Chico & Rita

Fernando Trueba
2010 Spain, United Kingdom
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Spotlight: Immersed in the Elements

The subjects of this week’s spotlight find themselves living in the wild, whether by choice or not. Deserts, oceans, forests, and mountains—the untamed elements of nature provide the backdrop not just for tales of isolation and survival, but also for stories of connection and belonging.

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German movie from 2012: The Wall

The Wall

Julian Pölsler
2012 Austria, Germany
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English movie from 2016: Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Taika Waititi
2016 New Zealand
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German movie from 2018: Styx

Styx

Wolfgang Fischer
2018 Germany, Austria, Netherlands
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Spotlight: Animal Characters

This Spotlight focuses on movies featuring animal characters, including live action and animation, and ranging from documentaries to realist drama to fantasy. These films provide a unique perspective on our world, showing how animals interact with each other and with human society.

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English movie from 2015: Shaun the Sheep Movie

Shaun the Sheep Movie

Richard Starzak
2015 United Kingdom, France
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English movie from 2014: Paddington

Paddington

Paul King
2014 United Kingdom, France, United States
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Hungarian movie from 2014: White God

White God

Kornél Mundruczó
2014 Hungary, Germany, Sweden
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French movie from 2012: Ernest & Celestine

Ernest & Celestine

Benjamin Renner
2012 France, Belgium, Luxembourg
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Spotlight: Divorce Italian Style

On the occasion of the International Day of Families, we’re focusing on Italian cinema of the 1960s that reflects the transformation of society brought about by the post-war economic boom (aka the “Economic Miracle”). These films tackle subjects including women’s entrance into the workforce, divorce, abortion, sex work, and the social shift toward individuality as a result of capitalist consumerism.

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Italian movie from 1965: I Knew Her Well

I Knew Her Well

Antonio Pietrangeli
1965 Italy, France, West Germany
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Italian movie from 1960: Rocco and His Brothers

Rocco and His Brothers

Luchino Visconti
1960 Italy, France
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Spotlight: Very British Telly

In this Spotlight, we’re exploring Very British Telly. These single-camera comedies are characterized by their dry, cerebral humor and dark comedy. Further, unlike the classic British sitcoms that preceded them, these series represent a modern era in British TV and paint a contemporary portrait of life in the UK and of its inhabitants.

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Spotlight: Farm Life

This week, we’re spotlighting a range of documentaries and narrative films set on farms large and small. While some farms are backdrops for family-driven dramas, others become arenas of local resistance against environmental destruction, industrialization, patriarchy, and more.

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Spotlight: World Press Freedom Day

In a world increasingly shaped by fake news, celebrating the dogged search for truth is more important than ever. This week we’re spotlighting films that show the role of the Fourth Estate in holding the powerful accountable, and the important work of journalists around the world.

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English movie from 2008: Frost/Nixon

Frost/Nixon

Ron Howard
2008 United Kingdom, France, United States
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English movie from 2008: Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country

Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country

Anders Østergaard
2008 Denmark, Sweden, Norway
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