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If you’re looking to stir emotions and grab some handkerchiefs this weekend Our friend has you covered.

From the book by Matthew Teague The friend: love is not a bad word, Gabriela Cowperthwaite directs this heartfelt drama adapted by Brad Ingelsby that follows reporter Matt (Casey Affleck), his wife Nicole (Dakota Johnson) and their two young daughters as their lives are turned upside down when Nicole is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Matt becomes overwhelmed with being a caretaker and parent so he enlists the couple’s best friend, Dane Faucheux (Jason Segel), for help. As Dane puts his life on hold to stay with his friends, the impact of this life decision changes their entire lives in the most profound ways.

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Our friend is based on the true story of the Teague family and bears the title Friend at its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2019. Gravitas Ventures and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment released Our friend today in theaters as well as on Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV and other digital platforms. The film also stars Jake Owen, Gwendoline Christie, Cherry Jones, Isabella Kai and Violet McGraw.

To get your heart broken, watch the trailer below.

After winning the Gotham Award for Best International Feature, Fernanda Valadez Functional identification continues to ride the wave of cheers, it makes its virtual theatrical debut in North America this weekend.

Kino Lorber’s Mexican border thriller was written by Valadez and Astrid Rondero and featured a largely female cast and crew. Functional identification debuted at the Sundance Film Festival where it won the Audience Award and the Best Screenplay Award in the World Cinema Dramatic category.

The film, which marks Valadez’s directorial debut, follows Magdalena (Mercedes Hernandez) who lost contact with her son after taking off with a friend from their hometown of Guanajuato to cross the border with the United States, in the hope to find work. Desperate to find out what happened to her – and whether or not he’s still alive – she sets out on a dangerous journey to find out the truth. At the same time, a young man named Miguel (David Illescas) returned to Mexico after being deported from the United States, and eventually his path collided with Magdalena’s.

Watch the trailer below.

Starting today, a quartet of Oscar contenders for Best International Feature Film will be available to watch from Notturno.

Directed by Gianfranco Rosi (Sacro Gra, fire at sea), Notturno premiered at the Venice Film Festival last year where it won the award for best Italian film and is Italy’s official entry for best international feature film.

Shot for three years on the borders between Iraq, Kurdistan, Syria and Lebanon, Notturno captures the everyday life behind the continuing tragedy of civil wars, dictatorships, foreign invasions and the murderous apocalypse of the Islamic state. The result is a cinematic journey of seeking peace in chaos through a documentary-style lens.

Notturno will arrive in virtual theaters today and will be available on demand and on Hulu on January 29.

The next step is Hungary’s official entry into the Oscars, Preparations to be together for an unknown period of time… It’s a bite.

Directed by Lili Horvát, the romantic drama made its debut at the Venice Film Festival and follows a Hungarian neurosurgeon, who, after 20 years in the United States, returns to Budapest for a date with a fellow doctor he met at a conference. . When the love of her life is nowhere to be found, she finds it again for the man to claim the two have never met.

Greenwich Entertainment is releasing the film in select theaters and in virtual theaters today.

This year’s Oscar race for Best International Feature Film will also see Sudan’s first official entry with Amjad Abu Alala You will die at twenty.

Co-written by Alala and Yousef Ibrahim, You will die at twenty bowed to Venice Days in 2019 before making its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Only the eighth film to be made in Sudan, You will die at twenty follows a child named Muzamil (played first by Moatasem Rashid, then as a teenager by Mustafa Shehata), who, as the title suggests, is expected to die at the age of 20 after a traveling sheikh predicted on the day of his birth. He and his mother try to navigate the uncharted space between the majority and the end.

Growing up with his overprotective mother, Sakina (Islam Mubarak), in a small village under the constant loom of death, the young boy is becoming increasingly curious about what it means to live beyond his mother’s limits. Encouraged by the elders of the region, her mother reconnects with her overprotective nature and allows Muzamil to study the Quran with other children her age. In this newly found freedom, Muzamil finds friends, enemies, love, and tempers, although what he really seeks is a sense of the present and a chance for the future.

Film Movement will release the film in virtual theaters today.

Ukraine completes the list of films competing for a place on the list of nominees for best international feature film. Atlantis by director Valentyn Vasyanovych, which opens exclusively at the Metrograph in New York today before rolling out in select theaters across the country.

Located in the year 2025 in eastern Ukraine, Atlantis finds us in the desert where humans try to survive and water is an expensive commodity brought in by trucks. In an all too familiar story, a wall is built at the border. Sergiy, a former military man, struggles to adjust to his new reality. He meets Katya during the Black Tulip mission dedicated to the exhumation of war corpses. Together they try to return to some kind of normal life in which they are also allowed to fall in love again.

Speaking of the Oscars, Sony Pictures Classics will be releasing Oscar-nominated filmmaker Dror Moreh (The gardians) last photo The human factor in theaters today.

The film revisits three decades of an Arab-Israeli peace process from the perspective of American mediators. These are the peacemakers who shuttled between Middle Eastern capitals and spent hours with the region’s political heavyweights including prime ministers, generals, former terrorists, diplomats, dictators and presidents, people who gained an intimate knowledge of the individuals and stories that dominated daily news. around the world.

Negotiators speak candidly about their experiences and dissect and examine, now critically, their own role as Americans in the process.

If you need a little more thrilling action this weekend, IFC Films is set to release director Conor Allyn. No Man’s Land in select theaters and digital platforms today.

In No Man’s Land, Frank Grillo plays Bill Greer, a border vigilante who patrols with his son Jackson (Jake Allyn). Things get hairy when Jackson accidentally kills a Mexican immigrant boy. Bill tries to take the blame but Texas Ranger Ramirez (George Lopez) sees through his lies and as a result, Jackson flees south on horseback across the Rio Grande to become an “illegal alien” gringo in Mexico. Pursued by the Texas Rangers and the Mexican Federals, Jackson travels through deserts and mountains to beg forgiveness from the dead boy’s avenging father (Jorge A. Jimenez), as he falls in love with the land he has learned to hate.

The premiere on Hulu today is Derek Delgaudio is in himself which tells the story of a man who struggles to see through the illusion of his own identity, only to discover that identity itself is an illusion – seems complex and very existential, eh?

Written and Created by Licensee DelGaudio and Directed by Legendary Frank Oz and Produced by Stephen Colbert, In and of itself is an intimate exploration of what it means to be and to be seen. It chronicles Derek DelGaudio’s attempt to answer a deceptively simple question: “Who am I?” – a question that we have all asked ourselves at least once in our life.

Manufacturing its theatrical and digital debut this weekend is Psycho Goreman by director and writer Steven Kostanski.

RLJE Films and Shudder’s action comedy stars Matthew Ninaber, Nita-Josee Hanna, Owen Myre and Adam Brooks and follows two siblings who unwittingly resurrect a former alien lord. They use a magical amulet to force the monster to obey their childish whims and accidentally lure a gallery of intergalactic thug assassins into the outskirts of a small town.

Also worth mentioning is Ramin Bahrani’s adaptation of Aravind Adiga’s novel The white tiger which will debut on Netflix today after hitting theaters last weekend. Additionally, MTV Documentary Films to Direct Hao Wu and Weixi Chen’s Documentary 76 days available for free via virtual theaters in more than 300 North American theaters from January 23, which marks the first anniversary of the COVID-19 lockdown in Wuhan, China. MTV Documentary Films will donate $ 5 per screening to the respective theaters. 76 days originally released in virtual theaters on December 4.

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