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Spotlight: Bollywood Wanderlust

Two classic Bollywood road trip movies -- Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Dil Chahta Hain -- celebrate their 10th and 20th anniversaries this year, respectively. Specially curated for this occasion, this travel-themed spotlight aims to satisfy your wanderlust!

Hindi movie from 2012: English Vinglish

English Vinglish

Gauri Shinde
2012 India
Hindi movie from 2011: Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Zoya Akhtar
2011 India
Hindi movie from 2013: Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

Ayan Mukherjee
2013 India
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Spotlight: Canada Days!

This past week marked Canada Day and what better occasion to celebrate the launch of a new microsite for Canadian film on Telescope: CANADA NOW! You’ll find a new selection curated monthly plus 20,000 other Canadian films and series!

English movie from 2021: French Exit

French Exit

Azazel Jacobs
2021 Canada, Ireland, United Kingdom
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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Spotlight: Happy Pride 2021: LGBTQ Directors

We celebrate Pride month with a Spotlight dedicated to LGBTQ directors. In their work, they have chronicled queer history, reflected the queer experience, explored queer identity, and developed a queer sensibility – as well as shaping the history of cinema itself.

French movie from 1978: The Meetings of Anna

The Meetings of Anna

Chantal Akerman
1978 France, Belgium, West Germany
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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Spotlight: Father's Day

On the occasion of Father’s Day, we present this phalanx of filmic fathers and father figures: good ones, bad ones, present, absent, real, fake, and figurative. From fathers who sacrifice themselves for their children to those who sacrifice their children and everything in between…

Italian movie from 1997: Life Is Beautiful

Life Is Beautiful

Roberto Benigni
1997 Italy
English movie from 2002: About a Boy

About a Boy

Paul Weitz
2002 United Kingdom, USA, France
German movie from 2016: Toni Erdmann

Toni Erdmann

Maren Ade
2016 Germany, Austria, Monaco
English movie from 2000: Billy Elliot

Billy Elliot

Stephen Daldry
2000 United Kingdom, France
Swedish movie from 1986: The Sacrifice

The Sacrifice

Andrei Tarkovsky
1986 Sweden, France, United Kingdom
Hindi movie from 2016: Hotel Salvation

Hotel Salvation

Shubhashish Bhutiani
2016 India
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Spotlight: Temperatures are Rising

Summer is almost here, with its long days and hot nights. The stage is set for everything from a steamy romance at the beach to a showdown between rival yakuza gangs, from menages à trois, to murderous strangers on the prowl…

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Spotlight: Jacques Demy et ses amis

The bard of the French New Wave, and the creative and life partner of Agnès Varda, Jacques Demy is perhaps best known for his musicals, including the iconic The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, which blend romance, fantasy, and magic with a dose of melancholy reality.

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Spotlight: Rainer Werner Fassbinder and New German Cinema

As a leading figure in New German Cinema, Rainer Werner Fassbinder was a part of a generation that proclaimed in 1962, “The old cinema is dead. We believe in a new cinema.” In celebration of his birthday, we present a collection of films from this radical movement that sought to confront the social and artistic concerns of its time.

German movie from 1979: Nosferatu the Vampyre

Nosferatu the Vampyre

Werner Herzog
1979 West Germany, France
German movie from 1972: Aguirre, the Wrath of God

Aguirre, the Wrath of God

Werner Herzog
1972 West Germany
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Spotlight: Films from and about Palestine

This week we offer a series of movies from and about Palestine by directors who range from long-established master Elia Suleiman to newcomer Farah Nabulsi, whose short film The Present was recently nominated for an Academy Award.

Arabic movie from 2009: The Time That Remains

The Time That Remains

Elia Suleiman
2009 United Kingdom, Italy, Belgium
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Spotlight: Korean Thrillers (Beyond Bong)

Bong Joon-ho’s 2019 film Parasite achieved huge critical and popular success and brought renewed attention to the director’s earlier work. This week’s Spotlight highlights masterful genre-bending thrillers from South Korean directors who are not Bong, including his contemporaries, rivals, and influences.

Korean movie from 2018: Burning


Lee Chang-dong
2018 Korea
Korean movie from 2016: The Wailing

The Wailing

Na Hong-jin
2016 Korea, USA
SEE ALL: Korean Thrillers (Beyond Bong) ▷