Cinemondo New Season Episode Guide

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A new season of "Cinemondo" kicks off Thur., Dec. 5 with 15 new titles from distributor Kino Lorber. The lineup of award-winning and internationally acclaimed films come from all over the world, including Palestine, Australia, France and South Korea. Tune in every Thursday at 9 p.m. ET/PT or stream online for seven days following the broadcast.

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.

Director: Hany Abu-Assad

Writers: Hany Abu-Assad (screenplay), Sameh Zoabi (screenplay)

Stars: Tawfeek Barhom, Kais Attalah, Hiba Attalah

Awards: 2016 Official Submission (Palestine), Best Foreign Language Film Award: 89th Academy Awards

“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.

Director: Kim Mordaunt

Writer: Kim Mordaunt

Stars: Sitthiphon Disamoe, Loungnam Kaosainam, Suthep Po-ngam 


2013 Winner, Best Actor (Jury Award): Sitthiphon Disamoe - Tribeca Film Festival
2013 Winner, Best Narrative Feature (Audience Award): Kim Mordaunt - Tribeca Film Festival
2013 Winner, Best Debut Film: Kim Mordaunt - Berlin International Film Festival
2014 Winner, Best Film (AACTA Award): Sylvia Wilczynski - Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Awards

“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.

Director: Sang-soo Hong

Writer: Sang-soo Hong (screenplay)

Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Joon-Sang Yoo, Yu-mi Jung 

Awards: Official Selection: Cannes International Film Festival
2012 Nominee, Palm d’Or: Sang-soo Hong - Cannes Film Festival

“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.

Director: Naomi Kawase

Writers: Durian Sukegawa (based on the novel by), Naomi Kawase (screenplay)

Stars: Kirin Kiki, Masatoshi Nagase, Kyara Uchida 

Awards: 2015 Nominee, Un Certain Regard Award: Naomi Kawase - Cannes Film Festival
Official Selection - Toronto Film Festival 2015

“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.

Director: Fellipe Barbosa

Writers: Fellipe Barbosa, Karen Sztajnberg

Stars: Marcello Novaes, Suzana Pires, Thales Cavalcanti 

Awards: 2016 Nominee, Best Picture: Cinema Brazil Grand Prize
2016 Nominee, Best Director: Fellipe Barbosa - Cinema Brazil Grand Prize

“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.

Director: Ali Soozandeh

Writers: Ali Soozandeh, Grit Kienzlen (co-writer)

Stars: Jasmina Ali, Hasan Ali Mete, Zahra Amir Ebrahimi 

Awards: Cannes Film Festival - Official Selection 2017 Critic's Week

“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.

Director: Stéphane Robelin

Writer: Stéphane Robelin

Stars: Jane Fonda, Guy Bedos, Daniel Brühl, Geraldine Chaplin

Awards: 2011 Nominee, Variety Piazza Grande Award: Stephane Robelin - Locarno International Film Festival

“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.

Director: Taika Waititi

Writer: Taika Waititi

Stars: James Rolleston, Te Aho Eketone-Whitu, Taika Waititi

Awards: 2010 Winner, Best Feature Film (Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk Grand Prix) -Taika Waititi - Cannes Film Festival

“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.

Director: Hany Abu-Assad

Writer: Hany Abu-Assad

Stars: Adam Bakri, Leem Lubany, Eyad Hourani

Awards: 2013 Winner, Un Certain Regard (Special Jury Prize): Hany Abu-Assad - Cannes Film Festival

“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.

Director: Philippe Muyl

Writer: Philippe Muyl

Stars: Baotian Li, Xiaoran Li, Hao Qin

Awards: 2014 Winner, Best Picture (Jury Award): China Australia International Film Festival

“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.

Director: Daniel Auteuil

Writers: Marcel Pagnol (play), Daniel Auteuil (adaptation)

Stars: Daniel Auteuil, Raphaël Personnaz, Jean-Pierre Darroussin

Awards: Lumieres Awards (France) - 2014 Winner, Most Promising Young Actor: Raphael Personazz

“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. 

Director: Daniel Auteuil

Writers: Marcel Pagnol (play), Daniel Auteuil (adaptation)

Stars: Daniel Auteuil, Victoire Bélézy, Jean-Pierre Darroussin 

Awards: 2013 Winner, Best Actress (Rendez-vous First Prize for a Female Actress): Victoire Belezy - Cabourg Romantic Film Festival

“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.

Director: Annemarie Jacir

Writer: Annemarie Jacir (screenplay)

Stars: Mahmoud Asfa, Ruba Blal, Saleh Bakri


2013 Winner, Netpac Award: Annemarie Jacir -- Berlin International Film Festival
2012 Winner, Best Film from the Arab World: Annemarie Jacir -- Abu Dhabi Film Festival

“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). The film stars non-professional actors Venkatesh Chavan and Jhangir Badshah
Special Jury prize at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Hindi with English subtitles.

Director: Chris Smith

Writers: Chris Smith (screenplay), Randy Russell

Stars: Nana Patekar, Venkatesh Chavan, Jhangir Badshah 

Awards: Winner of the 2007 Sundance Film Festival - Special Dramatic Jury Prize

“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). First Nepalese film to be nominated in the Best Foreign Film category at the 72nd Academy Awards. Tibetan with English subtitles.

Directors: Eric Valli, Michel Debats

Writers: Nathalie Azoulai, Olivier Dazat | 3 more credits »

Stars: Thilen Lhondup, Gurgon Kyap, Lhakpa Tsamchoe

Awards: Nominee - Best Foreign Language Film: 72nd Academy Awards

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