Here are some fantastic films from around the world that you can stream for free on Hoopla with your Livingston Library card.
Based on a short story by Japanese author Haruki Murakami, this Korean film is a tantalizingly mysterious tale of a love triangle between an aspiring writer, an ethereal young woman, and a charismatic arsonist.
City of God
This Brazilian film about young people caught up in Rio de Janeiro’s criminal underworld tells a heartbreaking yet hopeful story with thrillingly kinetic filmmaking.
Greek writer/director Yorgos Lanthimos, known for off-beat films like The Lobster and Oscar-winner The Favourite, first captured the cinema world’s attention with this surreal and twisted story of an excessively isolated family.
Eat Drink Man Woman
Before Ang Lee won two Best Director Oscars for Brokeback Mountain and Life of Pi, he won acclaim for this Taiwanese romantic comedy about a widowed chef and his three rebellious daughters.
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour, this black-and-white Iranian vampire film combines horror with Spaghetti Western style and 21st-Century feminist attitude.
Bong Joon-ho won Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Picture awards for Parasite at this year’s Oscars. But long before becoming Hollywood’s hottest filmmaker, he made a big splash with this blockbuster sea-monster movie.
Let the Right One In
This Swedish vampire film is extra-chilling not just because it takes place during a Scandinavian winter, but because its main characters are two pre-teen friends.
An extended family comes together from around the world to celebrate a traditional Punjabi Hindu wedding in this festive and unpredictable film by director Mira Nair (The Namesake, Mississippi Masala).
This riveting and inspiring film about a young Maori girl challenging her family’s patriarchal traditions features an Oscar-nominated performance by 13 year-old Keisha Castle-Hughes.
What We Do In the Shadows
The third vampire film on this list is more funny than scary, alleviating its dark themes with deadpan mockumentary humor reminiscent of The Office. New Zealand natives Jemaine Clement of Flight of the Conchords, and Taika Waititi of the Oscar-winning Jojo Rabbit, co-direct and co-star.
– Joe, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian