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How do you view the five Golden Globe nominees for best foreign film?

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The months leading up to the big one movie awards ceremonies can feel overwhelming – which of the best movies of the year to watch? This year, many movies are easier to find than ever thanks to fast streaming releases in the face of pandemic theater closings. And what better time to dive into the impressive slate of foreign films than a long holiday weekend, starting with the five Golden Globe nominees for Best Foreign Language Film?

Three of those films – “Another Round”, “La Llorona” and “Two of Us” – also made it to the Oscars shortlist of 15 films for best international feature, which was revealed this week. The academy will drop the list to five finalists when the nominations are revealed on March 15.

In the meantime, you can catch up with the Golden Globe nominees ahead of the February 28 awards ceremony. Below are the five foreign language nominees and where to view them.

(The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, in partnership with American Cinematheque, is also offering the general public the opportunity to request links from the movies, through the foreign language virtual screening series nominated February 22-26.)

“Another Round” (Denmark)
Danish director Thomas Vinterberg – one of the founders of the Dogme 95 film movement – premiered his latest film, “Another Round,” at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall. The movie stars Mads Mikkelsen (who also starred in Vinterberg’s 2012 film ‘The Hunt’, which was also nominated for a Golden Globe) as one of four teachers who decide to test whether everyday alcohol consumption can bring them out of their respective life habits. The film can be rented on Vudu.

“La Llorona” (France, Guatemala)
Horror re-streamer Shudder was nominated for the artistic “La Llorona” by Guatemalan director Jayro Bustamante. (Not to be confused with the recent and poorly reviewed thriller “The Curse of La Llorona.”) Bustamante’s film combines the Latin American fable of La Llorona (“the crying woman”) with the aftermath of the Guatemalan genocide. The result is a nuanced film that takes the audience through moments of shock and into the realm of socio-political horror.

The Life Ahead (Italy)
Sophia Loren stars in this Italian film as a Holocaust survivor and former prostitute who befriends a young street kid after robbing her. Directed by Loren’s son, Edoardo Ponti, the film is based on the 1975 French novel “The Life Before Us”. “The Life Ahead” can be streamed on Netflix.

“Minari” (USA)
“Minari” is considered one of the best films of the year and a strong contender for several of the Academy Awards’ top categories. However, the Golden Globes decided to downgrade the American-made film to the foreign film category due to the use of Korean in the film – a move that caused quite a bit of controversy. The film, starring Steven Yeun, was released by A24 in theaters and through the online cinema.

Two of Us (France, USA)
Martine Chevallier and Barbara Sukowa star as a secretly in love lesbian couple in this French film directed by Filippo Meneghetti. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2019, but its release – February 2020 in France and February 2021 in the US – qualifies the film for this year’s awards ceremony. The film, distributed in Stateside by Magnolia, is now available for rent via YouTube.

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