Fremont | USA | 2023 | DCP | 91 min.
A former translator for the US government, Afghan immigrant Donya now spends her days in a Bay Area fortune cookie factory. Tasked with authoring the fortunes herself, Donya begins sneaking her personal thoughts into the cookies, casting them out into the world like messages in a bottle. This unusual and poignant look at the immigrant experience features a strong supporting cast including The Bear’s Jeremy Allen White and On Cinema’s Gregg Turkington. A deadpan comedy shot in rich black-and-white, Fremont is an accomplished and welcome throwback to the 1980s classics of Jim Jarmusch and Aki Kaurismaki. (MK)