HFPA Foreign Language Film Series

NOVEMBER 15 - 23

Join us for the 2nd annual Hollywood Foreign Press Association Foreign-Language Film Series! Screening Virtually:





Request your Free Screeners by November 16 at 5 PM PT

RSVP for Full Virtual Series & Panel

Live Panel Discussion

With Directors Andrei Konchalovsky (DEAR COMRADES!), Dea Kulumbegashvili (BEGINNING), Gabriele Muccino (THE BEST YEARS) and Michel Franco (NEW ORDER)

Sat. November 21, 2020 at 11:00 AM PT

RSVP for Full Virtual Series & Panel

About the Series

Presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in association with the American Cinematheque 

Last year 92 films (from 63 countries) were submitted for consideration for the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign-Language Film. Each film is screened by active HFPA members for nomination – the equivalent of a festival of some of the year’s best international films. The 2nd annual HFPA Foreign Language Film Series presents a selection of official submissions on a secure streaming platform for HFPA members and an invited audience. Join us for a first look at some of the most accomplished new films from around the world, prior to the selection of the five Golden Globe finalists. In addition to the streaming of the selected films, there will be a live online discussion with the filmmakers.

RSVP here by November 16th  at 5 PM to receive free access to the complete series, which includes streaming of the four selected films and access to a live online discussion with the filmmakers. After you have RSVPed, you will receive instructions on how to access the films and panel via email.

All films in their original languages with English subtitles unless noted.

About the Films

BEGINNING (DASATSKISI), 2020, Georgia, 125 min. Dir. Dea Kulumbegashvili. One of the most acclaimed debuts of the year, writer-director Dea Kulumbegashvili’s BEGINNING takes place in a sleepy provincial town where a Jehovah’s Witness community is attacked by an extremist group. In the midst of this conflict, the familiar world of Yana (Ia Sukhitashvili), the wife of community leader David (Rati Oneli), slowly crumbles. Yana’s inner discontent grows as she struggles to make sense of her desires. The Cannes Official Selection swept the top awards at San Sebastian this year, winning best film, director, actress and screenplay and also won the FIPRESCI critics prize at the Toronto Film Festival. In Georgian with English subtitles.  

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THE BEST YEARS (GLI ANNI PIU’ BELLI) 2019, Italy, 129 min. Dir: Gabriele Muccino. This moving drama from writer-director Gabriele Muccino (THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS, THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME) begins in Italy, 1980, where three 16-year-old idealists, Paolo (Kim Rossi Stuart), Giulio (Pierfrancesco Favino) and Riccardo (Claudio Santamaria), share everything like brothers. Along with them is Gemma (Micaela Ramazzotti), Paolo’s girlfriend, who quickly becomes a full part of their lives. Life soon catches up with them and the young friends embark on different paths. As decades go by, the four reconnect and lose touch over and over, while struggling with their hopes, disillusionments, successes, failures and the passage of time. In Italian with English Subtitles. 

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DEAR COMRADES! (DOROGIE TOVARISHCHI!), 2020, Russia, 120 min. Dir. Andrei Konchalovsky. From veteran Russian filmmaker Andrei Konchalovsky, DEAR COMRADES! is based on tragic real-life events that took place in Novocherkassk in the south of the USSR in 1962. The film follows Lyudmila (Yuliya Vysotskaya), a devout Communist Party official and idealistic veteran of WW II, who is a scourge of anything she perceives as anti-Soviet. Along with local Party officials, she is surprised by a strike at the local factory – in which her own daughter is taking part. As the situation spirals out of control, Lyudmila begins a desperate search for her daughter in the face of curfews, mass arrests and the authorities’ ruthless attempts to cover up the state violence, all of which puts her unquestioning faith in the Party line to the test. Winner of this year’s Special Jury Prize at the 2020 Venice Film Festival. In Russian with English Subtitles. 

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NEW ORDER (NUEVO ORDEN), 2020, Mexico, 88 min. Dir. Michel Franco. In this riveting, suspenseful dystopian drama from celebrated Mexican filmmaker Michel Franco, a lavish wedding goes awry in an unexpected uprising of class warfare that gives way to a violent coup d’etatAs seen through the eyes of sympathetic young bride Marian (Naian González Norvindand the servants who work for  and against – her wealthy family, NEW ORDER breathlessly traces the collapse of one political system as a more harrowing replacement springs up in its wake. Winner of the Silver Lion Grand Jury Prize at the 2020 Venice Film Festival. In Spanish with English subtitles. 


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