Sipping a delicious Double Orange Ale from Unfiltered and thinking that my last day at the school before everything changed was exactly a year ago.

Watching β€Žthe sublime and beautiful THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL yet again. πŸŽ₯

Watching β€Ža film from Japan in my March Around The World with Naomi Kawase’s 2020 film TRUE MOTHERS. πŸŽ₯ πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅

Watching β€Ža 1953 film from Spain for my next stop in my March Around World – SEGUNDO LΓ“PEZ, URBAN ADVENTURER directed by Ana Mariscal thanks to the Instituto Cervantes. πŸŽ₯ πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Έ

Film #12 in my March Around the World is from Poland – the 2019 film β€ŽCORPUS CHRISTI directed by Jan Komasa on the Criterion Channel. πŸŽ₯ πŸ‡΅πŸ‡±

Watching β€Žfilm #11 in my March Around the World with a 2020 film from Georgia – BEGINNING directed by Dea Kulumbegashvili on MUBI. πŸŽ₯πŸ‡¬πŸ‡ͺ

For those in the US and Canada, Mark Cousins’ WOMEN MAKE FILM is on The Criterion Channel along with a great selection of films directed by women.

Today in March Around the World I’m watching a film from Armenia from 2006 – β€ŽTHE LIGHTHOUSE directed by Mariya Saakyan on MUBI. πŸŽ₯πŸ‡¦πŸ‡²

Watching β€Ža Hitchcock that I haven’t seen in my March Around the World with his UK film –THE 39 STEPS from 1935 on TCM. πŸŽ₯ πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

Made some spicy MafΓ© tempeh for supper along with some pita bread and rice.

Rice and stew in bowl with pita bread on a plate.

Film #8 in my March Around the World is a 2006 film from Chad – DRY SEASON directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun on The Criterion Channel. πŸŽ₯ πŸ‡ΉπŸ‡©

Watching β€Ža film from Mexico set in Newfoundland as stop #7 in March Around The World with Yulene Olaizola’s 2012 film FOGO on MUBI. πŸŽ₯ πŸ‡²πŸ‡½

Watching a film from Morocco as #6 in my March Around the World – β€ŽABOUT SOME MEANINGLESS EVENTS from 1974 directed by Mostafa Derkaoui on MUBI. πŸŽ₯ πŸ‡²πŸ‡¦

Blue sky reflected in a cup of coffee.

Window reflected in coffee in mug.

March Around the World film #5 is the Norwegian film β€ŽTHE WAYWARD GIRL directed by Edith Carlmar from 1959 on MUBI. πŸŽ₯ πŸ‡³πŸ‡΄

Continuing my March Around the World with the Chinese film β€Ž24 CITY from 2007 directed by Jia Zhangke πŸŽ₯

Fresh sourdough bread.

Sourdough bread cooling on metal rack.

Watching β€ŽElaine May’s darkly funny 1971 film A NEW LEAF again on The Criterion Channel. πŸŽ₯

Film #3 of March Around the World is from Czechoslovakia in 1970 – β€ŽFRUIT OF PARADISE directed by VΔ›ra ChytilovΓ‘ on The Criterion Channel. πŸŽ₯

Film #2 in my March Around the World 2021 from Senegal is Ousmane SembΓ¨ne’s 1968 film β€ŽMANDABI on The Criterion Channel. πŸŽ₯

Starting March Around the World 2021 with Aotera / New Zealand and the 2017 film β€ŽWARU directed by Briar Grace Smith, Casey Kaa, Ainsley Gardiner, Katie Wolfe, Chelsea Cohen, Renae Maihi, Awanui Simich-Pene, and Paula Whetu Jones.

Looking forward to the March Around the World Challenge this year. The goal is to watch 30 feature films you haven’t seen from 30 different countries. You need to watch 1 film from a featured country which is New Zealand / Aotearoa this year.

It’s been exactly a year since I’ve seen a film in a movie theatre. The last (and only) film I watched in a theatre in 2020 was PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE on February 29.

Looking up at a crow in a tree. Day 28: Up of the February Photoblogging Challenge.

Crow in branches of a tree.

Best new-to-me films for February 2021: A TRIBUTE TO MALCOLM X, PREPARATIONS TO BE TOGETHER FOR AN UNKNOWN PERIOD OF TIME, NATIONTIME, A COLONY, CROSSING DELANCEY, ZAMA, MY SALINGER YEAR.