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SPOTLIGHT's Film Curation Archives

Spotlight: Mothers and Mother's Day

This week we present films that explore motherhood, prospective and actual, from a variety of perspectives and in contexts ranging from the legal to the supernatural. These films chart the complex and often determinative ways that mothers shape their children's lives, and conversely, that children shape the lives of their mothers.

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Spotlight: Directors: Satyajit Ray

Widely recognized as one of the best directors of all time, Satyajit Ray directed 36 films for which he received numerous prestigious awards, but our favorite tribute comes from fellow master Akira Kurosawa: “Not to have seen the cinema of Ray means existing in the world without seeing the sun or the moon.”

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Spotlight: Girls Getting Older

This week we're watching films about girls growing up and coming into their own. From sexual awakenings to political rebellions, these films depict girls claiming their independence in a variety of circumstances, and the forces arrayed against them as they do so.

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Spotlight: Directors: Park Chan-wook

Park Chan-wook has become one of the most important names in 21st century cinema, crafting films renown for their moral complexity, unflinching violence, quirky dark humor, and meticulous cinematography. With his latest film, “Decision to Leave,” sweeping festivals and awards shows over the past year, we thought it was an ideal time to revisit Park's body of work.

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Spotlight: The Melancholic City

This week we're watching films about isolation in an urban environment. From rush hour commutes to crowded nightclubs, these films highlight how, even in a bustling city, amidst a sea of people, we can still be searching for meaning and connection.

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Spotlight: Best International Feature Film Submissions 2023, Part II

We're back this week with part two of our Spotlight highlighting submissions to the Best International Feature Film Oscar category that are currently available to stream. While only one film can win the Oscar, there were a number of gems among the films presented for consideration this year that we think deserve their fair share of acclaim and applause.

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Spotlight: Best International Feature Film Submissions 2023, Part l

A whopping 93 countries submitted feature films for consideration in the Oscars category of Best International Feature -- including Uganda, which submitted a film for the first time. In the aftermath of the 95th Academy Awards, we present all the submitted films that are currently streaming.

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Spotlight: Conversations with Friends

Introspective and dialogue-driven, these films follow friends and lovers as they discuss love, life, identity, and even the nature of existence. These minimalist portraits of relationships highlight the beauty of human conversation ranging from our everyday exchanges to our deepest philosophical debates.

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Spotlight: International Films in the Oscars

For the 95th Academy Awards, a grand total of 27 international films received 46 nominations across 21 categories. Leading the pack are All Quiet on the Western Front (Germany), The Banshees of Inisherin (UK), and Triangle of Sadness (Sweden). We are proud to present these and all the nominated international feature films that are currently streaming.

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