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Cinema’s Multilingual Future

January 30, 2010

Un prophète or A Prophet won the Grand Prix award at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival. Jacques Audiard’s interesting prison drama takes place in a global, multilingual world. The film’s polyglot use of French, Arabic and Corsican accurately portrays multicultural chaos and the multilingual matrix that exists in most global cities.

Slumdog Millionaire started the current multilingual cinematic revolution, by using Hindi to convey the story during signifcant portions of the film. More recently, Quentin Tarantino’s Inlourious Basterds’ juggled German, English and French.

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