Your Weekend Movie Rundown
There’s never been a better time to sample all that international cinema has to offer. Last year, Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, becoming the first non-English film to achieve the honor. This year, for the first time ever, there will be fifteen shortlist finalists for Best International Feature Film, as well as more Academy members from around the world contributing their perspectives on the contenders. As the industry gets more and more global, let’s take a look at some of the new movies arriving this week, many with a distinctly international flavor.
Your Weekend Movie Rundown “My family wasn’t really a movie family. They were more into books, so I didn’t really start getting into movies until high school,” Rahim Bahrani (director of new film The White Tiger on Netflix) wrote in his story for A.Frame this week. Bahrani is also the director behind the 2004-indie Man Push Cart and 99 Homes, starring Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon and recent Oscar-winner Laura Dern. The White Tiger, which will undoubtedly be all over your Netflix suggestions by the time you read this, is the epic tale of a poor Indian driver’s escape from poverty towards a life of self-determination. Ramin Bahrani’s adaptation of Avarind Adiga’s Booker prize-winning novel might just be worth your time and attention this weekend. If you’re looking for an oldie-but-goodie, Park Chan-wook’s
Joint Security Area has just been released on Blu-Ray from Arrow Video. A gripping tale of deceit, misunderstanding and the senselessness of war, the film has received multiple accolades, including Best Film at South Korea’s 2001 Grand Bell Awards. It’s also available on Amazon Prime. Plus, when you’re finished with that, find out which five movies most inspired The White Tiger director as a young filmmaker: Films that inspired me
Gianfranco Rosi’s Venice Film Festival award-winning doc is Italy’s contender for International Feature. Filmed over three years on the borders between Iraq, Kurdistan, Syria and Lebanon, Notturno documents the effects of decades of war on ordinary people in the Middle East. We’re excited to check it out in virtual cinemas starting today.
A standout at Sundance, and a recent Gotham Awards winner, Identifying Features is the story of a mother in search of her son, who disappeared en route to crossing the US/Mexican Border. Available now on Kino Marquee.