The World Cup is approaching its final goal, so Criterion and Hulu’s The Criterion Cup is also coming to an end this weekend. The series, which began June 12, has highlighted a new film every day to represent a different country, with that title made free to all nonsubscribers for a week. We’ve offered films from so many corners of the globe—from Sweden, the Netherlands, and Germany to Iran, Kazakhstan, South Korea, and beyond.
In this final stretch, we’d like to draw your attention to Lüfti Ö. Akad’s little known 1966 film Law of the Border, which filmmaker Fatih Akin calls “one of the early milestones of Turkish cinema” and critic Kent Jones says is “a work of great visual and dramatic force.” This action-packed social-realist drama concerns a desperate father who turns to illegal smuggling for his son’s future. Only one print of the film survived the 1980 military coup d’etat in Turkey, and it has been restored by Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project, though it is not yet available on disc in the U.S. Watch it below or at Hulu. And remember, if you sign up for Hulu Plus for just $7.99 a month, you can see these and hundreds of other Criterion films commercial-free, anytime.