This week, we’re presenting something very special on Hulu. For the first time, selections from Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Foundation will be available there. The mission of the foundation is to preserve and present rarely screened films from around the globe, specifically from countries ill-equipped to provide funding for such restorations. Eight of these rescued films will be available for the first time in the U.S., exclusively on Hulu. Watching these rare, newly restored titles is a great way to expand your movie horizons.
Starting today, we’ll be posting a new WCF title daily, and also including them in our ongoing 101 Days of Summer series, which means that for Hulu Plus nonsubscribers, each film is free (with ads) through August 24. The title for today is Kim Ki-young’s The Housemaid from South Korea; upcoming selections are Djibril Diop Mambéty’s Touki Bouki, from Senegal; Lüfti Ö Akad’s Law of the Border and Metin Erksan’s Dry Summer, both from Turkey; Ahmed El Maanouni’s Trances, from Morocco; Ritwik Ghatak’s A River Called Titas, from India and Bangladesh; Ermek Shinarbaev’s Revenge, from Kazakhstan; and Emilio Gómez Muriel and Fred Zinnemann’s Redes, from Mexico. And remember, if you sign up for Hulu Plus for just $7.99 a month, you can see all of these and the now more than eight hundred other Criterion films streaming there commercial-free, anytime.
Below, watch a new introduction to these exciting films from Scorsese, the foundation’s chairman.