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Spotlight: Nuevo Cine Mexicano

Starting in the 1990s, the Nuevo Cine Mexicano (New Mexican Cinema) movement revitalized Mexico’s stagnating film industry. With figures like Guillermo del Toro and Carlos Reygadas leading the way, Nuevo Cine Mexicano films often employ magical realism, nonlinear narratives, and arthouse techniques to explore socio-economic divisions, identity, and the legacy of Spanish colonization in Mexican society.

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Spotlight: Shakespeare Remixed, Shakespeare Rewritten

Nearly all of William Shakespeare's plays were adaptations and reworkings of existing stories. Making use of his inspirations however he saw fit, the Bard's imaginative re-ordering of plots, settings, and themes helped him create timeless works of art. The films in this collection carry his creative torch by tackling his plays and legacy with their own stylish originality.

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Spotlight: Directors: Agnès Varda

Telescope pays homage to Agnès Varda, a leading light of the French New Wave, a lifelong pioneer of her own original and deeply personal style, and one of the most important women in film history.

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Spotlight: Cannes, Past and Present

As we await the opening of the 77th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, we thought we'd take the opportunity to look back at the films in the Competition in 2023, most of which are now available for streaming, including the winners of the Palme d'Or, Anatomy of a Fall; the Grand Prize of the Festival, The Zone of Interest; and the Jury Prize, Fallen Leaves.

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Spotlight: Wedding Season

May marks the beginning of wedding season. Duty, true love, a union between families — few celebrations are imbued with layered cultural meaning as the wedding. In these films, melancholy brides, anxious fathers, old flames, and new friends alike reexamine their commitments against the momentous backdrop of the wedding ceremony.

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Spotlight: Directors: Claire Denis

Claire Denis is one of the preeminent French directors working today. She has made 15 feature films, in a career spanning more than 30 years. Some of her most critically acclaimed titles include Beau Travail, Trouble Every Day, 35 Shots of Rum, High Life, and Both Sides of the Blade.

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Spotlight: Cyberpunk Around the World

Cyberpunk is the sci-fi genre of “high-tech and low-life,” but it’s not just neon and rain. Cyberpunk examines human relationships with technology and the corruption of progress by greed. Look to the future for a grim picture of the present.

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Spotlight: Arab American Heritage Month 2024

As Arab American Heritage Month comes to an close, we're seeing it off with a selection of some of our favorite recent dramas, comedies, thrillers, and documentaries by directors from countries across the Arab world, including Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia, and Egypt.

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Spotlight: Directors: Andrei Tarkovsky

Andrei Tarkovsky is a Russian film director and screenwriter widely regarded one of the greatest and most influential directors in cinema history (Ingmar Bergman called him “the greatest of them all”), despite only having made seven feature films. His work is known for its characteristic slow pacing, long takes, and dreamlike visual imagery.

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