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Spotlight: Girls and Girlhood

What does it mean to be a girl? There may be an infinite number of answers to this question. This week, in celebration of the International Day of the Girl, we look at young female protagonists and the diverse experiences of girlhood that transcend time and geographical borders.

French movie from 2013: Blue Is the Warmest Color

Blue Is the Warmest Color

Abdellatif Kechiche
2013 France, Belgium, Spain
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English movie from 2017: I Am Not a Witch

I Am Not a Witch

Rungano Nyoni
2017 United Kingdom, France, Germany
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English movie from 2014: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Ana Lily Amirpour
2014 Iran, USA
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Vietnamese movie from 1993: The Scent of Green Papaya

The Scent of Green Papaya

Tran Anh Hung
1993 Vietnam, France
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SEE ALL: Girls and Girlhood ▷

Spotlight: Senior Spotlight

This week’s Spotlight highlights films featuring seniors, especially those who experience — and act upon — late-in-life epiphanies. There is always more to life, as these filmmakers demonstrate: from awakenings and transformations to reckonings and reconciliations.

English movie from 2018: The Wife

The Wife

Björn Runge
2018 United Kingdom, Sweden, USA
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Spanish movie from 2017: I Dream in Another Language

I Dream in Another Language

Ernesto Contreras
2017 Mexico, Netherlands
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French movie from 2019: The Truth

The Truth

Hirokazu Kore-eda
2019 France, Japan, Switzerland
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SEE ALL: Senior Spotlight ▷

Spotlight: Belmondo!

This week we look back at the work of Jean-Paul Belmondo, the iconic actor who played in several of the defining films of the French New Wave and who came to personify the rebellious, rough-edged honesty that it stood for.

French movie from 1966: Is Paris Burning?

Is Paris Burning?

René Clément
1966 France, United States
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French movie from 1964: That Man from Rio

That Man from Rio

Philippe de Broca
1964 France, Italy
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SEE ALL: Belmondo! ▷

Spotlight: Westerns Worldwide

Gunslingers, outlaws, tragic heroes. The Western film genre has both celebrated and interrogated the mythos of the frontier, whether made in Hollywood, Italy, or any number of countries that have elevated the genre in recent years. This list includes some of the best international Western of all time.

English movie from 2005: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

Tommy Lee Jones
2005 France, USA
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English movie from 2014: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Ana Lily Amirpour
2014 Iran, USA
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English movie from 2015: Slow West

Slow West

John Maclean
2015 United Kingdom, New Zealand
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English movie from 2019: The Nightingale

The Nightingale

Jennifer Kent
2019 Australia, Canada, USA
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English movie from 2005: The Proposition

The Proposition

John Hillcoat
2005 Australia, United Kingdom
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Thai movie from 2000: Tears of the Black Tiger

Tears of the Black Tiger

Wisit Sasanatieng
2000 Thailand
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Italian movie from 1966: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Sergio Leone
1966 Italy, Spain, West Germany
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SEE ALL: Westerns Worldwide ▷

Spotlight: The India–Korea Connection

India shares its Republic Day with Korea's National Day, but the connection between the two countries dates back to an Indian princess who became a queen during the Joseon Dynasty. This relationship extends to the film world, where Indian filmmakers have found creative ways to retell Korean stories.

SEE ALL: The India–Korea Connection ▷

Spotlight: The Romanian New Wave

More than a decade on, the Romanian New Wave is still going strong. Earlier in 2021, director Radu Jude won the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival for Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn. Here we’ll start with The Death of Mr. Lazarescu -- the film that started it all --- and catch you up to the present day.

Romanian movie from 2010: The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu

The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu

Andrei Ujica
2010 Romania, Germany
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Romanian movie from 2018: I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians

I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians

Radu Jude
2018 Romania, Germany, Bulgaria
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SEE ALL: The Romanian New Wave ▷

Spotlight: China Noir

Chinese crime films, which make up the growing subgenre “China noir” or “mainland noir,” relocate the distinctive style and atmosphere of 1940s and ’50s film noir in modern-day China. This Spotlight features 12 of these must-see melodramas set in the shadowy fringes of the neon city.

Chinese movie from 2018: Long Day's Journey Into Night

Long Day's Journey Into Night

Bi Gan
2018 China
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SEE ALL: China Noir ▷

Spotlight: A Day at the Beach

It’s the height of summer (in the northern hemisphere at least) and the time of year when people in countries that border the water head for the coast. They go to escape, to relax, and to daydream in that liminal space where sea, sand, and sky all meet.

Spanish movie from 2001: Y Tu Mamá También

Y Tu Mamá También

Alfonso Cuarón
2001 Mexico
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English movie from 2017: Call Me by Your Name

Call Me by Your Name

Luca Guadagnino
2017 Italy, France, Brazil
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SEE ALL: A Day at the Beach ▷

Spotlight: Films from and about Afghanistan

After nearly 20 years of war, US Armed Forces are withdrawing from Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Taliban forces are re-taking control of the country. This week, we bring you films from and about Afghanistan, telling the stories of ordinary people, which have too often been overshadowed by the conflict.

French movie from 2015: Neither Heaven Nor Earth

Neither Heaven Nor Earth

Clément Cogitore
2015 France, Belgium
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Persian movie from 2013: The Patience Stone

The Patience Stone

Atiq Rahimi
2013 Afghanistan, France, Germany
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SEE ALL: Films from and about Afghanistan ▷