London’s Hyland Cinema was highlighted on this blog in April for a nice movie review that offered visitors a glimpse of the venue from a customer’s perspective. This weeks lineup at the theater continues to show how much little known films from around the world are given a chance to shine next to Hollywood box office hits that are screening and getting most of the media attention. Starting Friday, Hyland Cinema is showing Oscar contenders in the Best Foreign Language film category as well as a late night screening of Bruce Lee’s famous film “Enter the Dragon.”
Among the foreign language films are “When We Leave” about a mother and her son trying to live a better life but face tragedy as a result of the conservative religious and cultural beliefs of their family. This movie, which won Best Narrative Feature at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival, is said to be based on a real-life honor killing that took place in Berlin.
The other foreign language film that put a bid in for Oscar gold is “Even in the Rain” from Spain (hey, that rhymes! nevermind.), a film about Christopher Columbus’s voyage to America. The subject seems to expand into multiple stories since the movie made during a time when Cochabamba, Bolivia was going through a water war. In April, The Wine Country Film Festival showed “Even in the Rain” as part of it’s 25th anniversary celebration.
Now that the Hyland Cinema is bringing these films to more audiences, it gives those who missed the film festival screenings another chance to see titles that many locals were likely unfamiliar with while watching the Oscars back in February.