Language Lessons

Director: Natalie Morales Run Time: 91 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2021

Starring: Christine Quesada, Desean Terry, Mark Duplass, Natalie Morales

Country: United States
Language: English, Spanish

“ventures to show how true connection can come at any time, and through any medium, barriers be damned”

–Kate Erbland for IndieWire

About the film:

Winner of the 2021 SXSW Narrative Spotlight Audience Award. When Adam’s husband surprises him with weekly Spanish lessons, he’s unsure about where or how this new element will fit into his already structured life. When tragedy strikes, Adam develops an unexpected and complicated emotional bond with Cariño, his teacher—but do you really know someone just because you’ve experienced a traumatic moment with them?

About the filmmakers:

Co-written by and starring indie filmmaking legend Mark Duplass and director Natalie Morales, who previously worked together on HBO’s eclectic anthology series Room 104. Duplass is an award-winning actor, filmmaker and producer who launched Duplass Brothers Productions in 1996 with his brother. Their features include The Puffy Chair, Baghead, Cyrus, Jeff Who Lives at Home, and The Do-Deca-Pentathlon, and his acting credits include Creep, Safety Not Guaranteed, and the fantasy-football series The League. Morales had recurring roles on Parks and Recreation, Girls, and Santa Clarita Diet, and starred in the NBC sitcom Abby’s.

Language Lessons is Morales’s feature directorial debut, initially pitched to her by Duplass as a workable lockdown project. Read more here.

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