Welcome to International Spotlight – a series in which we pick a country, and select ten of its best, most influential contributions to global cinema. Why do we do this? Because, although streaming has made foreign films more accessible than ever, chances are that most of us were raised in a cinematic echo-chamber consisting primarily of one key food group: Hollywood.
Don’t get us wrong! America is responsible for many of the most iconic films of all time, but it’s important to remember that variety is the spice of life – something that holds doubly true for screenwriters looking to hone their craft.
So, here we are. With the first in a series of lists meant to broaden your horizons by highlighting the best of the best from around the world. Some of our picks highlight culture and geography, while others will draw your attention to artists too singular and influential to ignore. All are worthy of your time.