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Spotlight: Short Films: Lasting Impact

These films may be small, but their influence and legacy are undeniable. Often under-watched and overlooked in favor of feature-length films, many short films have a powerful impact. Let’s take a look at some fantastic short films that address social issues like war, sexuality, and feminism head-on.

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Spotlight: San Sebastián International Film Festival

As the San Sebastián Film Festival begins, and coincides with the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month in the US, it seems like an opportune moment to celebrate some of the festival’s prize winning films from Spain, Argentina, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, and Peru.

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Spanish movie from 2002: Mondays in the Sun

Mondays in the Sun

Fernando León de Aranoa
2002 Spain, France, Italy
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Spotlight: Memories

Memories materialize on film. From a conversation between a mother and a daughter to a tragic love affair in the aftermath of war, cinema condenses both small moments and grand narratives in time. Under the camera’s gaze, the personal merges with the political through the power of memory.

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Thai movie from 2010: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

Apichatpong Weerasethakul
2010 Thailand, United Kingdom, France
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French movie from 1963: Muriel, or the Time of Return

Muriel, or the Time of Return

Alain Resnais
1963 France, Italy
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Spotlight: Sound Bath

While what we hear in a film may not always get the same attention as what we see, thoughtful sound design can bring life, authenticity, and dimension to moving images. The following films feature primarily diegetic sound designs and limited dialogue, resulting in immersive soundscapes that enhance the films' visuals and sweep the viewer away on waves of auditory texture.

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French movie from 2019: Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Céline Sciamma
2019 France
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English movie from 1968: 2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey

Stanley Kubrick
1968 United Kingdom, United States
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Spotlight: Golden Lions and Hidden Gems

With the Venice Film Festival starting this week, let's look back at some of the lower-profile winners of the top prize. Over time, the Golden Lion has launched some films into the annals of film history, while others have fallen into obscurity. This list showcases those under-seen films honored by the festival.

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Spotlight: Youssef Chahine

This week, we explore the work of Youssef Chahine. This legendary Egyptian filmmaker's career spanned five decades and countless social and political changes in Egypt and across the Arab world. His themes run the gamut from political revolution to psychological torment to queer identities, with the latter making him a pioneer in Arab cinema and in 20th-century film overall.

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Spotlight: Found Family

The films in this week’s Spotlight celebrate finding kinship in unlikely places. They feature characters who have lost or left behind their biological families to build their own. Some temporary, some permanent, these chosen families prove that the bonds of family go beyond blood.

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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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Swedish movie from 2013: We Are the Best!

We Are the Best!

Lukas Moodysson
2013 Sweden, Denmark
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Spotlight: Stuck

At what moment do you realize that you have been stuck in one place for too long? These are the films that focus on women struggling in the stagnant waters of life, trying to find their way to a more fulfilling and liberating existence.

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Japanese movie from 2015: Happy Hour

Happy Hour

Ryūsuke Hamaguchi
2015 Japan
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Italian movie from 2009: I Am Love

I Am Love

Luca Guadagnino
2009 Italy
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Spotlight: Summer in the City

The heat has set in and there's no escape. You drift through sweltering crowds searching for relief. While these films showcase different urban landscapes across the globe, they all capture one distinct feeling: there's nothing like summer in the city.

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Portuguese movie from 2002: City of God

City of God

Fernando Meirelles
2002 Brazil, France
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