best foreign movies and tv streaming

(Welcome to Pop Culture Imports, a column that compiles the best foreign movies and TV streaming right now.)

With last week’s announcement of the Golden Globe nominees and the plethora of film awards ceremonies popping up every week, we’re well into the swing of awards season. You know what that means: a full month of Oscar contenders making their way to theaters while studios vie for the precious golden statuette. But in the case of a few of these foreign films, Oscar contenders are making their case on streaming services too.

This isn’t a special Oscar season edition of Pop Culture Imports, but a few of the movies this week are strong competition during awards season — and rightfully so. This week we have Alfonso Cuaron‘s magnum opus Roma, which hits the streaming service after a two-week theatrical run, Alice Rohrwacher‘s mesmerizing Cannes favorite Happy as Lazzaro, a French comedic crime caper featuring Vincent Cassel, an absurdist Mexican thriller about the horrors of timeshare, and a timely HBO original immigrant drama.

Fire up those subtitles for the best foreign movies and TV streaming now.

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2018 New York Film Festival

Most of the big movies of the fall have now premiered (although a few obvious exceptions remain to be unveiled) after their bows at Venice, Telluride and Toronto. Now it’s time for smaller, regional festivals to help further sort the wheat from the chaff. The New York Film Festival (NYFF), which kicks off this week, provides a perfect bridge to this next stage of the season. The festival features no world premieres, just a tightly curated slate of what the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s programmers determine are among the year’s best.

/Film will be in attendance at the New York Film Festival catching up with some of 2018’s best festival bows. But for those who can’t make it up to the Big Apple, you can craft a miniature festival in your own living room based around the NYFF lineup. Here are 10 films you can stream to get you hyped up for some of the eventual release of the festival’s selections. (All streaming availability is accurate as of publication and subject to change.) Read More »