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Most distributors of world-class foreign and independent cinema are based in New York. For the last year, Cinelicious Pics has been quietly balancing the art-house equation in L.A.'s favor. That feat is all the more impressive considering it's headquartered in the middle of a company town that isn't always as kind to subtitled fare as it could (or should) be. The company is the distribution wing of Cinelicious, which was solely a postproduction house before founder-CEO Paul Korver decided to branch out. Combining a sophisticated curatorial sense with a keen business plan, the company has yet to release a bad movie and is selective enough in its offerings for each film to feel like an event worth anticipating and celebrating. For a sample of its wares, seek out the Icelandic coming-of-age drama Metalhead, five-hour Indian gangster drama Gangs of Wasseypur or female-driven psychodramas Butter on the Latch and Thou Wast Mild and Lovely.

(323) 464-3700, cineliciouspics.com.