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Foreign Flick Friday: Young Actors Take the Lead in our Bollywood Double Feature

June 16, 2017

Nil Battey Sannata (The New Classmate) and Dhanak (The Rainbow) follow children on adventures to find themselves and their dreams of a better future. For Hindi speakers or other movie-lovers seeking a heartfelt laugh—Enjoy!

Foreign Flick Friday: Suspenseful Short Thrills Festival Goers in Chinese

June 9, 2017

Winner of Best Narrative Short at the 2016 DC Chinese Film Festival, Albert Ventura’s Für Elise has viewers follow newly acquainted Ashin and Elise on a thrilling game of chase—questioning who and what is real at every turn.

Foreign Flick Friday: First Female Saudi Filmmaker Wins Prizes and Hearts

May 26, 2017

In a country without movie theaters, Haifaa Al Mansour’s Wadjda tells the story of little girl who dreams about breaking boundaries and being her authentic self… on a bicycle. Winner of multiple international awards, we’re big fans.

Foreign Flick Friday: Banned Filmmaker Weaves Persian Language Docufiction from his Taxi in Tehran

May 19, 2017

In this Golden Bear award-winning film, Taxi, Iranian director Jafar Panahi explores themes of censorship and punishment while giving a glimpse into contemporary Tehran.

Foreign Flick Friday: Russian Short Charms Festival Goers with Father-Son Story

May 12, 2017

Filmmaker Alexandra Tsareva and cameraman Pavel Smirnov’s short The Hedgehog has received prizes from international and Russian festivals, telling the story of a boy who surprises his dad with a new pet—and the trade-off he made to procure him.

Foreign Flick Friday: Hindi Festival Favorite Brings a Mystical Side to Family Dynamics

May 5, 2017

Batul Mukhtiar’s Kaphal tells the story of a family in a remote Indian village who are trying to make the most of a difficult situation. When brothers Makar and Kamru seek out some magic, things get interesting!

Foreign Flick Friday: César-Winning French Film Brings Warmth & Whimsy

April 28, 2017

Screened at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and Oscar-nominated, My Life as a Zucchini tells the tale of an orphaned boy who finds friendship, hope, and love despite dark beginnings.

Foreign Flick Friday: ‘Zero Motivation’—Critics Love 2014 Tribeca Favorite

April 21, 2017

“Israel’s answer to Lena Dunham,” Hebrew-language filmmaker Talya Lavie uses satire and dark comedy to explore the story of two young women serving compulsory military service in the IDF. Watch the trailer with us!

Foreign Flick Friday: #1 Japanese Anime Arrives on the U.S. Big Screen

April 14, 2017

Being a teen is difficult enough without having to worry about randomly swapping bodies with a stranger! Writer-director Makoto Shinkai’s latest anime, Your Name, was Japan’s #1 2016 film and has now opened in U.S. cinemas. Watch the trailer with us.

How Japanese Cinema Inspired My Passion for Japanese Language and Culture

April 13, 2017

Student and guest blogger Nithya’s early interest in Japanese anime grew to include other aspects of Japanese culture—from TV shows to music and literature—and eventually a love of the Japanese language. Read her story here!