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SFFILM Festival

Sneak Peek: Language Lessons

Directed by Natalie Morales

11 Apr
Sun, Apr 11, 2021 at 9:30 pm PT


Spanish lessons lead to emotional revelations in this richly touching, character-driven first feature. Well-off Oakland resident Adam (Mark Duplass) is at first put out by his husband’s gift of online sessions with cheerful Costa Rican Cariño, but a shocking event right before their second tutorial leads to a deeper connection and mutual empathy. As the pair stumbles over their words in English and Spanish, groping for connection via the square boxes of their virtual conversations, awkward misunderstandings share space with poignant disclosures.

Director Natalie Morales

Natalie Morales is an actor, director, writer, and producer. After making her first short film, Lost It, in 2013, she helmed a series of shorts, James Joyce’s Love Letters, for Funny or Die in 2014. Language Lessons is her first feature. She is currently in post-production on her second, Plan B.

Writer/Star, Language Lessons Mark Duplass

Mark Duplass is an actor, writer, director, and producer who made his feature filmmaking debut with his brother, Jay, in 2005 with The Puffy Chair, and went on to make Baghead (2008), Cyrus (2010), Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2011), and The Do-Deca Pentathlon (2012). He also co-wrote, directed, and starred in the TV series Togetherness (2015-2016). Among his other acting credits are Your Sister’s Sister (2011), Safety Not Guaranteed (2012), The One I Love (2014), and the series The League (2009-2015), The Mindy Project (2012-2017), and The Morning Show (2019-2021). With Jay Duplass, he is the author of the memoir Like Brothers (2018).

Film Details

Language English, Spanish

Year 2020

Runtime 91

Country USA

Director Natalie Morales

Executive Producer Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass, Natalie Morales

Producer Mel Eslyn

Writer Mark Duplass, Natalie Morales

Editor Aleshka Ferrero

Cinematographer Jeremy Mackie

Music Gaby Moreno

Cast Natalie Morales, Mark Duplass