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Spotlight: Films in Portuguese

From Brazil and Angola to Mozambique and Portugal, Portuguese is spoken by over 265 million people, and is the most widely spoken language in the southern hemisphere. In honor of World Portuguese Language Day, this spotlight celebrates Lusophone films from around the world.

Portuguese movie from 2002: City of God

City of God

Fernando Meirelles
2002 Brazil, France
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Portuguese movie from 2015: Arabian Nights: Volume 1, The Restless One

Arabian Nights: Volume 1, The Restless One

Miguel Gomes
2015 Portugal, France, Germany
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Portuguese movie from 2010: Elite Squad: The Enemy Within

Elite Squad: The Enemy Within

José Padilha
2010 Brazil
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Portuguese movie from 2015: Arabian Nights: Volume 2, The Desolate One

Arabian Nights: Volume 2, The Desolate One

Miguel Gomes
2015 Portugal, France, Germany
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Spotlight: Pioneers and Stalwarts of Indian Cinema

In honor of Satyajit Ray's hundredth birthday, this spotlight features the legendary director’s greatest works in conversation with the films of directors whom he promoted. Together these pioneering auteurs have made India one of the cinema capitals of the world.

Bengali movie from 1973: A River Called Titas

A River Called Titas

Ritwik Ghatak
1973 India, Bangladesh
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Hindi movie from 1977: The Chess Players

The Chess Players

Satyajit Ray
1977 India
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Bengali movie from 1955: Pather Panchali

Pather Panchali

Satyajit Ray
1955 India
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Spotlight: Oscar Omissions, Outsiders, and Outcasts

Some great films win Academy Awards, and many, many don’t. As we look forward to the 2021 ceremony, let’s take a moment to honor some of the films that received the love of critics and audiences but — perhaps surprisingly — not of Oscar himself.

Spotlight: Beauty and Horror

We are drawn to beauty -- but at what cost? Often in film, beauty either provokes violence or conceals a sinister intent. These films explore how an attraction to aesthetic beauty can wound either its possessor or beholder, in ways that range from the subtly psychic to spectacularly physical.

Japanese movie from 1973: Belladonna of Sadness

Belladonna of Sadness

Eiichi Yamamoto
1973 Japan
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English movie from 2014: Under the Skin

Under the Skin

Jonathan Glazer
2014 Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA
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Spotlight: Akira Kurosawa and the Japanese New Wave

In the history of postwar cinema, few countries figure as prominently as Japan, which rose to international attention through the film-art of Akira Kurosawa. This spotlight features the films that made him famous alongside the films of the Japanese New Wave, for which he paved the way.

Spotlight: Superstar Rajinikanth

From ticket-taker to megastar, Rajinikanth is one of the most popular figures in Indian cinema, with a legion of dedicated fans. A screen presence with a swagger like no other, Rajinikanth is best known for his working class heroes, a wide range of whom are featured in these films.

Spotlight: Academy Award for Best International Feature Submissions, Part 2

We’re back this week with more submissions for the Academy Award for Best International Feature. The final five nominees are chosen from a pool of nearly 100 submissions from countries around the world — many of which are already available for streaming.

Thai movie from 2019: Happy Old Year

Happy Old Year

Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit
2019 Thailand
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Turkish movie from 2019: Miracle in Cell No. 7

Miracle in Cell No. 7

Mehmet Ada Öztekin
2019 Turkey
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Romanian movie from 2020: Collective

Collective

Alexander Nanau
2020 Romania
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Spotlight: Academy Award for Best International Feature Submissions

Academy Award for Best International Feature Submissions: This week the five nominees for the Academy Award for Best International Feature were announced. The nominees are chosen from a pool of nearly 100 submissions from countries around the world. Many of these films are currently streaming and we are presenting them here in a special two-week Spotlight!

French movie from 2021: Night of the Kings

Night of the Kings

Philippe Lacôte
2021 France, Canada, Côte d'Ivoire
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Spanish movie from 2019: La Llorona

La Llorona

Jayro Bustamante
2019 Guatemala, France
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French movie from 2020: Two of Us

Two of Us

Filippo Meneghetti
2020 France, Luxembourg, Belgium
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Indonesian movie from 2019: Impetigore

Impetigore

Joko Anwar
2019 Indonesia
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Serbian movie from 2021: Quo Vadis, Aida?

Quo Vadis, Aida?

Jasmila Žbanić
2021 Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, Romania
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Spotlight: Comic Book Movies (Live Action)

Comic books are a truly global phenomenon. Not only are they among the most translated texts in the world, but different countries have given rise to their own subgenres from manga to manhua to bandes dessinées. This week we present live action films and series inspired by comics and graphic novels.

English movie from 2014: Kingsman: The Secret Service

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Matthew Vaughn
2014 United Kingdom, USA
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French movie from 2010: The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec

Luc Besson
2010 France, USA
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