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Last week, Criterion and Hulu kicked off a promotion inspired by the World Cup: every day between June 12 and July 13, in a series called The Criterion Cup, we are highlighting a new film to represent a different country, and that title will be free to all viewers for a week, with no country featured twice. (Note: The Criterion Cup will take the place of our weekly festivals of free films on Hulu, so keep checking back for new additions to the series!)
Titles featured so far include Black Orpheus (Brazil), The Battle of Algiers (Algeria), Death of a Cyclist (Spain), Seven Samurai (Japan), Breathless (France), The Music Room (India), Solaris (Russia), Cronos (Mexico), Before the Rain (Macedonia), The League of Gentlemen (Great Britain), and Amarcord (Italy). We’ve also chosen a title from Kazakhstan: Ermek Shinarbaev’s 1989 drama Revenge, about a boy bred and raised solely for the purpose of avenging his brother’s death. This film was restored by Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project and 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.