“Morales and Duplass have the chemistry and the acting chops to carry this unexpectedly moving film” Katie Rife, The AV Club
“A delightfully poignant and intelligently openhearted experience” Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times
“Entertaining and poignant, this collaborative bilingual dramedy benefits from Morales and Duplass’ platonic chemistry.” Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
The Critically Acclaimed Collaboration Between Natalie Morales and Mark Duplass Will be Available on Digital and On Demand October 26, 2021 from Shout! Studios
Bittersweet, honest, and at times darkly funny, the critically acclaimed dramedy feature Language Lessons is a disarmingly moving exploration of platonic love. Co-written by and starring Mark Duplass (The Morning Show, Bombshell) and Natalie Morales (Dead to Me, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) and directed by Morales, the film will be available everywhere on Digital and On Demand October 26, 2021 from Shout! Studios. A poignant and heartwarming story, Language Lessons is the winner of the 2021 SXSW Narrative Spotlight Audience Award and the 2021 Provincetown Best Narrative Film Audience Award. Fans can pre-order their copies now via iTunes.
When Adam’s (Mark Duplass) husband surprises him with weekly Spanish lessons, he’s unsure about where or how this new element will fit into his already structured life. But when tragedy strikes, his Spanish teacher, Cariño (Natalie Morales), becomes a lifeline he didn’t know he needed. Adam develops an unexpected and complicated emotional bond with Cariño—but do you really know someone just because you’ve experienced a traumatic moment with them?
Directed by: Natalie Morales
Written by: Mark Duplass and Natalie Morales
Starring: Mark Duplass and Natalie Morales
Produced by: Mel Eslyn and Duplass Brothers Productions
Executive Produced by: Natalie Morales, Mark Duplass, and Jay Duplass
About Shout! Studios
Shout! Studios is the filmed entertainment production and distribution arm of Shout! Factory, specializing in all aspects of distribution, including theatrical, VOD, digital and broadcast. Reflecting Shout! Factory’s ongoing commitment to innovation and excellence, Shout! Studios champions and supports like-minded filmmakers and creators at the forefront of pop culture, driving creative expression and diversity in independent storytelling. Shout! Studios finances, produces, acquires and distributes an eclectic slate of movies, award-winning animated features, specialty films and series from rising and established talent, filmmakers and producers.
About Mark Duplass
An award-winning actor, filmmaker and producer, Mark Duplass has appeared in a wide range of film and television projects, including the Apple+ series The Morning Show for which he received a 2020 Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor. A familiar face to both indie and mainstream audiences, Duplass is also known for his roles in acclaimed HBO show Togetherness, Gotham award-winning Your Sister’s Sister, the Oscar-winning Zero Dark Thirty, the contemporary classic sci-fi films The One I Love and Safety Not Guaranteed, Bombshell opposite Charlize Theron, Paddleton with Ray Romano and the Creep horror franchise.
Under the banner Duplass Brothers Productions alongside his brother Jay Duplass and Mel Eslyn, Duplass has produced a variety of acclaimed original projects for film, television, and digital media. Highlights include Netflix’s Wild Wild Country, winner of the Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series in 2018, and the hit HBO series Room 104, Togetherness, Animals, and most recently, The Lady and The Dale.
About Natalie Morales
An actor, director, writer, and activist, Natalie Morales most recently starred alongside Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini in the Netflix series Dead to Me. Other notable recent projects include The Little Things, alongside Academy Award-winners Denzel Washington, Rami Malek and Jared Leto; the Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, starring in NBC’s Abby’s as the titular character, and she recurred on HBO’s The Newsroom and Girls, NBC’s Parks & Recreation and Netflix’s Santa Clarita Diet.
Morales directed the upcoming Hulu film Plan B, as well as two episodes of HBO’s anthology series Room 104 from the Duplass Brothers, and several episodes of Go90’s hit series Mr. Student Body President. She also created, directed and stars in the Funny or Die series James Joyce’s Love Letters along with Michaela Watkins, Martin Starr, and Paget Brewster.
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