Weekly Foreign Film Series CINEMONDO Returns With New Acclaimed, Award-Winning Art-House and International Titles Premiering on Link TV Dec. 5

Allison Gray

Connecting Continents and Cultures Through the Power of Cinema

Weekly international film series CINEMONDO brings cinema from around the world to foreign movie fans.

(Images clockwise from top left: “The Idol”, “The Rocket”, “Sweet Bean” and “In Another Country”
Images courtesy of Kino Lorber)


Burbank, Calif. – Nov. 14, 2019 – Link TV, the national independent non-commercial satellite television network, announced today the return of the weekly international film series CINEMONDO that brings cinema from around the world to foreign movie fans. The new season of the series is comprised of 15 new titles from the library of Kino Lorber, Inc., a New York based distributor specializing in award-winning world and classic cinema. The weekly Link TV series is one of the few destinations for cinephiles to watch quality foreign films that were produced to bridge cultural divides and promote in viewers a better understanding of the broader world. Promising to bring audiences great artistic, cultural and political value, CINEMONDO will premiere the new season on Link TV Thurs., Dec. 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT with each title streaming for seven days following the broadcast at linktv.org/cinemondo.

An award-winning and internationally acclaimed lineup includes films from countries including Palestine, Australia, France, South Korea and more all available with English subtitles. The entire CINEMONDO schedule can be viewed at linktv.org/cinemondo.

CINEMONDO will telecast as follows on Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT (subject to change):

“The Idol” – Dec. 5         

Based on the true story of Mohammed Assaf, the Palestinian singer who crossed borders and defied the odds to win the second season of Arab Idol. The victory turned him into a singing sensation as well as a symbol of hope for millions worldwide (2016). Language: Arabic with English subtitles.

“The Rocket” – Dec. 12        

In a land ravaged by war and exploitation, a boy whose family believes he is cursed must redeem himself by taking part in a dangerous rocket competition (2013). Language: Laotian with English subtitles.

“In Another Country” – Dec. 19       

A three-tiered story centered on a trio of French tourists visiting the same seaside resort (2012). Language: English and Korean with English subtitles.

“Sweet Bean” – Dec. 26    

A baker’s business takes off when he hires an eccentric 76-year-old woman who specializes in making dorayaki pancakes (2015). Language: Japanese with English subtitles.

“Casa Grande” – Jan. 2

Exploring issues of class privilege among Rio's decadent elite, the film depicts a teenage boy's struggle to escape his overprotective parents as they covertly spiral into bankruptcy (2014). Portuguese with English subtitles.

“Tehran Taboo” – Jan. 9

In this animated drama, the lives of several strong-willed women and a young musician intersect. Their stories reveal the hypocrisies of modern Iranian society where sex, drugs and corruption coexist with strict religious law (2018). Farsi with English Subtitles.

“All Together” - Jan. 16

Five old friends decide to move in together as an alternate to living in a retirement home; joining them is an ethnology student whose thesis is on the aging population (2012). French and German with English subtitles.

“Boy” – Jan. 23

Set on the east coast of New Zealand in 1984, an 11-year-old child and devout Michael Jackson fan gets a chance to know his absentee criminal father, who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years ago (2010). English.

“Omar” – Jan. 30

A young Palestinian freedom fighter agrees to work as an informant after he's tricked into an admission of guilt by association in the wake of an Israeli soldier's killing (2013). Arabic/Hebrew with English subtitles.

“The Nightingale” – Feb. 6
The story of an elderly man and his granddaughter who walk together through China with a bird in a cage (2013). Mandarin with English subtitles.

“Marius” – Feb. 13

An adaptation of the first part of Marcel Pagnol's classic Marcel trilogy following the loves and losses of a Marseille port community (2013). French with English subtitles.

“Fanny” – Feb. 20

An adaptation of the second part of Marcel Pagnol’s classic Marcel trilogy following the loves and losses of a Marseille port community (2013). French with English subtitles.

“When I Saw You” – Feb. 27
Having been separated from his father in the chaos of Jordan’s 1967 war, an 11-year old and his mother are amongst the latest wave of refugees from Palestine. With difficulties adjusting to life in Harir camp and a longing to be reunited with his father, the boy searches for a way out and discovers a new hope emerging with the times (2012). Arabic with English subtitles.

“The Pool” – Mar. 5

A hotel worker in India living in abject poverty becomes obsessed with a swimming pool located on a luxurious estate. When he becomes acquainted with the family who lives there, his life is changed forever (2008). Hindi with English subtitles.

“Himalaya” – Mar. 12

Filmed over seven months in the forbidden Dolpo region of Nepal, the film tells the story of a generational struggle for the leadership of a tiny mountain village between its proud old chief and a headstrong young caravanner. The balance of power shifts uneasily as they make their annual salt trek across the Himalayas (2000). Tibetan with English subtitles.

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Founded in 1999, Link TV is an independent viewer-supported media organization dedicated to providing programs that engage and educate its audiences with unique perspectives and activate them to become involved in the world.  Reaching more than 34 million U.S. satellite households nationally, Link TV (DirecTV channel 375 and DISH Network channel 9410) connects American viewers with people at the heart of breaking events, organizations at the forefront of social change and the vibrant cultures of an increasingly global community. For additional information about Link TV productions, web-exclusive content and program schedules, please visit linktv.org. Select programming from Link TV is also available for streaming on Apple TV, YouTube and Roku platforms. For more information please visit https://www.linktv.org/about/apps. Link TV is a content channel of the Public Media Group of Southern California.

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