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Three new films have just been added to the Mango Premiere collection, and we’re rolling out the red carpet to celebrate! The first and only language learning resource to teach through film, Mango Premiere provides a learning experience that is unique, engaging, and (seriously) fun. But don’t take our word for it! Grab some popcorn, kick back, and start learning with Mango Premiere – free through your local library! Visit FindMango.com to see a list of libraries in your area that offer Mango.
Around a Small Mountain (French), M8+
From legendary director, Jacques Rivette (Va Savoir, The Duchess of Langeais), comes a tale of lost love, chance encounters, and the transformative power of art. On a winding mountain road, Vittorio stops to help Kate, whose car has broken down. After gallantly making the repair, without a single word spoken, he speeds off. When their paths cross again, Vittorio learns that Kate has returned to join her family’s traveling circus after leaving under mysterious conditions many years ago. Intrigued by her story, Vittorio stays for the show, and the next one, and little by little, is ingratiated into the circus and the lives of its performers – all the while trying to discover the secret that led to Kate’s sudden departure.
Little Big Soldier (Mandarin Chinese), M13+
Set during China’s war period, Little Big Soldier tells the story of a soldier (Jackie Chan) and a general (Wang Leehom) who come from opposing states and also have very opposing views on war and the world. Jackie Chan, in one of his finest performances, plays a soldier from Liang, who ultimately survives the war by “playing dead”. Lee Hom Wang plays a general from Wei, who is wounded fighting for his country. A painful, yet comical, journey commences when the soldier decides to kidnap the general and bring him back to his state in hopes of collecting a reward. When the unlikely duo is confronted by danger, they quickly learn that they must join forces in order to survive.
Ocean Heaven (Mandarin Chinese), M13+
In China, over one million people have been diagnosed with autism. David is among them: he looks absent-minded, repeats other people’s words, swims with amazing ease, keeps everything at home in exact order, and is not totally aware of his mother’s death some years ago. The son of an aquarium worker, Sam Wong, David is cared for tenderly by his father. With the help of their generous neighbors, the two live happily together. Yet, David’s father understands very well that someday he will have to depart from the world, leaving his son alone – and that day will come sooner than expected. This film is an ode to a father determined to find shelter for his son before it’s too late. In the process, David achieves a measure of independence necessary for both to let go.