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New World Cinema (Movies) (Spring 2021)

The Library has a large collection of movies in languages from around the world. Browse some recent additions to the World Cinema collection.

Madre

Ten years have gone by since Elena's six-year-old son disappeared. The last thing she heard from him was a phone call he gave her, saying that he was lost on a beach in France and couldn't find his father. Now Elena lives on the same beach and manages a restaurant. She is finally beginning to emerge from this tragic episode when she meets a French teenager who strongly reminds her of her lost son. The two will embark on a relationship which will sow chaos and distrust

I was at home, but...

The film tells the story of Astrid, a forty-something mother of two, struggling to regain her balance in the wake of her husband's death. Her adolescent son Phillip disappeared for a week and now that he has returned, he faces disciplinary action at school and his toe requires amputation. As new questions confront Astrid from every angle, even simple activities like buying a bicycle or engaging with a work of art, are fraught with unexpected challenges

Terra franca

Follows a fisherman in a riverfront village near Lisbon, Portugal, as he experiences solitude on the river and family life on the shore

A tramway in Jerusalem

The Light Rail Red Line of Jerusalem's tramway connects the city from east to west, from the Palestinian neighborhoods of Shuafat and Beit Hanina to Mount Herzl, a journey that comprises the culturally complex makeup of the city. While traveling across this vibrant city, the small conflicts and reconciliations of everyday life provide a kernal of hope in a society so often divided by political boundaries

We are little zombies

When four young orphans, Hikari, Ikuko, Ishi, and Takemura, first meet, their parents' bodies are being turned into dust. They are like zombies; devoid of all emotion. With no family, no future, no dreams, and no way to move forward, the young teens decide that the first level of this new existence involves salvaging a gaming console, an old electric bass, and a charred wok from their former homes, just enough to start a band, and then conquer the world

We are not princesses

Feminine wisdom, passed through the ages, connects the inner lives of a group of women providing them with a sense of belonging. Through intimate verite footage, the film illustrates that which is invisible to the eye: The thoughts, memories and dreams of these mothers, sisters and wives as they grapple daily with past traumas and future uncertainty

A girl missing

A private home-nurse has worked for the elder matriarch of a family for years and regards them as her own family. This quiet, routine life is shattered when a young member of the family is kidnapped by her nephew

The goddess of fortune

With their long-term relationship in crisis, a gay couple find their lives revitalized when two children are left in their care for a few days

José

Jose lives with his mother in Guatemala City, where, dominated by conservative Catholic and Evangelical Christian religion, living one's life as an openly gay man is hard for Jose to imagine. His mother has never had a husband and is determined to hold on to him. Jose fills his free time with dating apps, but when he meets attractive and gentle Luis, they pursue an unexpected relationship with more emotion than Jose has ever felt. He is thrust into new passion and pain

Mephisto

It concerns a passionate but struggling actor who remains in Germany during the Nazi regime and reaps the rewards of this Faustian pact by finally achieving the stardom he has long craved. Brilliantly adapted from Klaus Mann's 1936 novel, it is presented in a stunning 4K restoration by the Hungarian National Film Archive

Nosotros

It follows a group of five friends during the weekend of the Spanish presidential election in December 2015, probably the most important election in Spain's recent history due to the crisis of old institutions and the phenomenal rise of new political parties to transform the political system. Maria, Suko, Sarah, Seda, and Felipe are in their 30's. They are part of a fragile generation, the first one in many decades to live in worse conditions than their parents, according to sociologists

Our time machine .

When prominent Chinese artist Maleonn learns that his father, the Peking Opera director, has Alzheimer's disease, he decides to preserve their memories in a collaborative stage project, a wondrous time-travel adventure featuring a mechanical puppet called "Papa's time machine."

Seventeen

Somewhere in Lower Austria, the school term is drawing to a close and the summer holidays are not far off. Seventeen-year-old boarding school pupil Paula is secretly in love with her friend Charlotte. But Charlotte's going out with Michael. Lovelorn, Paula decides to try and take her mind off things by getting involved with schoolmate Tim, whose feelings for her are genuine. And then there's Lilli, who is just dying for someone to fancy her and tries to play the wild seductress

The Sommerdahl murders. Season 1

DCI Dan Sommerdahl investigates murders in a lovely Danish coastal town with his best friend, Detective Flemming Torp, and his wife, Marianne, a criminal technician. But Dan's years of devotion to the job have hurt his marriage, and with Marianne wanting a divorce, Dan discovers his rival for her affections is none other than his best friend. And they all must still work together to solve crimes

Song lang : two men

A story of a romance between a Vietnamese folk opera performer and an underground enforcer who was sent to collect his debt

An almost ordinary summer

Two very different families spend their holidays in the same house at the seaside: the aristocratic Castelvecchios, open-minded, eccentric, but quite selfish, and the working-class Petagnas, very tight-knit, and united around solid conservative values. What brought such distant worlds together? Only Tony and Carlo, the two middle-aged heads of the families, know. The unexpected announcement of their engagement will disrupt an apparently ordinary summer and turn everyone's lives upside down

Ashfall

Following a volcanic eruption along the China-North Korea border that leaves the entire Korean peninsula in shambles, seismologists warn that an even greater eruption is forthcoming, one that could devastate the entire region. Enlisting the help of renowned Korean-American scientist Bong-rae, the government scrambles to find a way to stop the impending explosion. Bong-rae's plan calls for the use of nuclear warheads, which are currently held in North Korean territory

The audition

Anna Bronsky is a violin teacher at a music-focused high school. Despite the opposition of all other teachers, Anna drives through the admission of a student, Alexander, in whom she detects a remarkable talent. Committee, she prepares him for the intermediate exam and neglects her family, her son Jonas, who she brings into competition with her new student, and her husband Philippe. Her colleague Christian, with whom she has an affair, persuades her to join a quintet

Babylon Berlin. Season 1

"Babylon Berlin is one of the most critically acclaimed European televisions shows of the decade, a sumptuously paranoid thriller set in 1929 Berlin, a metropolis in turmoil. In Seasons 1 and 2, the glittering excesses of the city's nightlife sparkle while an army of the impoverished strives for a better life. Organized crime and political extremists take advantage, extending their power throughout town. Gereon Rath, a young cop from Cologne, is transferred to the vice squad in Berlin, which is headed by the seemingly affable Bruno Wolter. Charlotte Ritter is a stenographer for the homicide department who lives a double life in the city's cabarets, a valuable resource for Rath's investigations. He is confronted with a tangled web of corruption, forcing him into an existential conflict as he is torn between loyalty and uncovering the truth. Then a freight train from the Soviet Union arrives, which appears to hold the key to political power--and is a deadly trap for anyone trying to approach it"--Container

Babylon Berlin. Season 1

"Babylon Berlin is one of the most critically acclaimed European televisions shows of the decade, a sumptuously paranoid thriller set in 1929 Berlin, a metropolis in turmoil. In Seasons 1 and 2, the glittering excesses of the city's nightlife sparkle while an army of the impoverished strives for a better life. Organized crime and political extremists take advantage, extending their power throughout town. Gereon Rath, a young cop from Cologne, is transferred to the vice squad in Berlin, which is headed by the seemingly affable Bruno Wolter. Charlotte Ritter is a stenographer for the homicide department who lives a double life in the city's cabarets, a valuable resource for Rath's investigations. He is confronted with a tangled web of corruption, forcing him into an existential conflict as he is torn between loyalty and uncovering the truth. Then a freight train from the Soviet Union arrives, which appears to hold the key to political power--and is a deadly trap for anyone trying to approach it"--Container

Blinded . Season 1

Young economics reporter Bea has a secret affair with Peder, a married bank CEO. Although she promised herself not to mix her job with her private life, Bea has fallen in love and can't bring herself to break up with him. Then, Bea gets a tip that Peder's bank is hiding something

Buoyancy

This story of a Cambodian teenager sold into forced labor on a Thai fishing boat is a passionate testimony against social injustice and a moving coming-of-age tale about a boy whose humanity is put to the test

Dream factory

Emil arrives at DEFA Studio Babelsberg to begin working as an extra when he falls in love with a French dance-double, Milou. Though it's love at first sight, they are torn apart when East Germany closes its border and erects the Berlin Wall just days after they first meet. Milou returns to Paris. Emil remains in East Germany, crushed by the fact that the love of his life just slipped through his hands, that is until he sets in motion a daring and adorably romantic plan

The delegation

When a European delegation arrives in Tirana, Albania in 1990, a political official is sent to a prison to bring back a political dissident in an effort to have him testify on behalf of the government

Dream factory

Emil arrives at DEFA Studio Babelsberg to begin working as an extra when he falls in love with a French dance-double, Milou. Though it's love at first sight, they are torn apart when East Germany closes its border and erects the Berlin Wall just days after they first meet. Milou returns to Paris. Emil remains in East Germany, crushed by the fact that the love of his life just slipped through his hands, that is until he sets in motion a daring and adorably romantic plan

The German lesson

Siggi Jepsen, a young man in juvenile detention, must write an essay on "The Joys Of Duty" as part of his punishment. The topic overwhelms Siggi so much, he suffers at first from writer's block. Once put in solitary confinement, he finds the clarity to recount his childhood during the war in a small north-German village. His memories focus on his relationship with his father, a police officer of the village and a family friend and expressionist painter
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