For the 19th consecutive year, the California Film Institute presents a selection of Oscar® submissions from around the world for consideration in the 2023 Academy Awards® Best International Feature Film category. For Your Consideration is a rare opportunity to watch a selection of these outstanding international films, many of which are top film festival prize winners.

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MVFF44 Conversation with director Pan Nalin


Samay, a 9-year-old boy living with his family in a remote village in India discovers films for the first time and is absolutely mesmerized. Against his father’s wishes, he returns to the cinema day after day to watch more films, and even befriends the projectionist, who, in exchange for his lunch box, lets him watch movies for free. He quickly figures out that stories become light, light becomes films, and films become dreams. Samay and his wild gang of friends move heaven and earth to catch and project light to achieve a 35mm film projection. But little do they know that soon they’ll be forced to make heartbreaking choices as an era is approaching to annihilate everything they love about their 35mm dreams…
In Gujarati with English subtitles. Director Pan Nalin (India 2021) 111 min.

MVFF44 Official Selection + World Cinema Audience Favorite

THURSDAY • 4:15 -Final screening!

$12.50 General  |  $9. Senior • Youth • Matinée  |  $7 CFI Members