CoraSmith

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    My main interests are music, literature and film. I like classics because they have well constructed stories with strong character development, they have suspense, humor and good actors. My favorite directors are Alfred Hitchock, Woody Allen, Billy Wilder and Charlie Chaplin. Favorite actors before 1970 are James Stewart, Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman and Audrey Hepburn.

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  1. CoraSmith

    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 2016

    The Handmaiden, Chan-wook Park, South Korea Sami Blood, Amanda Kernell, Sweden The Commune, Thomas Vinterberg, Denmark Elle, Paul Verhoeven, France The Unknown Girl, Dardenne & Dardenne, Belgium The Salesman, Ashgar Farhadi, Iran Your Name, Makoto Shinkai, Japan The Innocents, Anne Fontaine, France Chocolat, Roschdy Zem, France The Red Turtle, Michaël Dudok de Wit, France The Fury, André van Duren, Netherlands The Olive Tree, Icíar Bollaín, Spain Perfect Strangers, Paolo Genovese, Italy Toni Erdmann, Maren Ade, Germany Heartstone, Gudmundur Arnar, Iceland
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 2016

    I didn't keep a separate list for this, but here are some films I discovered recently: High and Low (1962) by Akira Kurosawa is a thriller about a kidnapping, but at the same time it's a portrayal of different layers of Japanese society. The title has a double meaning: the house of businessman Gondo lies literally on a hill, but it also refers to higher and lower classes. During the search for the driver's kid we see laborers, a garbage man, junkies and young peopple at a rock 'n' roll party. The bald policeman looks like a Japanese Kojak. The Women on the 6th Floor (2011) by Philippe Le Guay is also about class, but this time the poorer people live higher. After a quarrel with his wife a Parisian businessman in the 1960s (Fabrice Luchini) finds out he feel better in a small room on the sixth floor among the Spanish working women. Something starts to blossom between him and the young Spanish maid Maria (Natalia Verbeke).
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 2016

    Victoria was remarkable for being shot in one take of 138 minutes. I was afraid for a broing, static result, but it turned out to be a very dynamic story of a young woman who gets involved with a bunch of smalltime crooks during a night in Berlin. Rams (Hrútar) is an Icelandic drama about two brothers who live a very isolated life as sheep farmers. They haven't spoken to each other for years and don't have much contact with other people. When an epidemic of scrapie hits their village all their sheep have to be destroyed, but they refuse to cooperate.
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 2016

    Some unusual countries make my top 10 this year... Victoria, Sebastian Schipper, Germany Rams, Grimur Hákonarson, Iceland A War, Tobias Lindholm, Denmark Virgin Mountain, Dagur Kári, Iceland Mediterranea, Jonas Carpignano, Italy Ixcanul, Jayro Bustamente, Guatemala Black, Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah, Belgium Masaan, Neeraj Ghaywan, India Tanna, Martin Butler & Bentley Dean, Australia/Vanuatu Mustang, Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Turkey
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 2016

    Difret is my favourite Ethiopian film of all time. It's the story of an abducted girl and the lawyer who defends her. It's a protest against rape and arranged marriages of young girls. The teen actress is convincing; Meron Getnet is charismatic as the lawyer who challenges the system. The film, based on a true story, was banned in Ethiopia. Labyrinth of Lies (Im Labyrinth des Schweigens) is set in West Germany in the 1950s. Alexander Fehling plays a young, idealistic public prosecutor who's interested in former WWII criminals. He finds out that an Auschwitz camp commander is now living a normal life as a teacher. He wants to bring this man to justice, but that means a long and hard struggle against the bureaucratic institutions.
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 2016

    Two Days, One Night, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Belgium Wild Tales, Damian Szifron, Argentina Difret, Zeresenay Mehari, Ethiopia The Lesson, Kristina Grozeva & Petar Valchanov, Bulgaria Labyrinth of Lies, Giulio Ricciarelli, Germany Stations of the Cross, Dietrich Brüggeman, Germany White God, Kornél Mundruczó, Hungary Les Combattants, Thomas Cailly, France The Wonders, Alice Rohrwacher, Italy Coming Home, Zhang Yimou, China Summer of Sangaile, Alante Kavaite, Lithuania The New Girlfriend, François Ozon, France Girlhood, Céline Sciamma, France
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 2016

    So we've reached page 150! Here are two films that deserve a bit of attention: In Bloom (Grzeli Nateli Dgeebi) is my favourite Georgian movie of all time. It's a realistic drama about an arranged marriage. It's set in 1992, just after the country gained independence from the Soviet Union. Themes are the political tension with Russia and women's rights. The traditional folk culture is present in the dancing and singing at the wedding. Not often does a fat girl play the leading role in a film, but it's the case in Paradise: Hope (Paradies: Hoffnung). A teenage girl is sent to a health camp for overweight girls. They are not motivated to lose weight, and Melanie ges a crush on the doctor. It's the third part of Ulrich Seidl's loosely connected trilogy - Melanie's mother was the main character in part 1.
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 2016

    Blue Is the Warmest Colour, Abdellatif Kechiche, France In Bloom, Nana Ekvtimishvili, Georgia Paradise: Hope, Ulrich Seidl, Austria Wakolda, Lucía Puenzo, Argentina Venus in Fur, Roman Polanski, France The Tale of Princess Kaguya, Isao Takahati, Japan Windstorm, Katja von Garnier, Germany Il Futuro, Alicia Scherson, Italy Child’s Pose, Cãlin Peter Netzer, Romania Qissa, Anup Singh, India
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 2016

    A breakthrough role of Swedish actress Alicia Vikander was in the Danish historical drama A Royal Affair (En Kongelig Affaere). She plays the English princess Caroline Matilda, who married the Danish King Christian VII in 1766. He had a mental illness. Mads Mikkelsen plays the German doctor Struensee, who had progressive ideas influenced by the Enlightenment. It's a good mix of romance, history and beautiful interiors. In the Mexican drama After Lucia (Despues de Lucía) a man moves to Mexico City after his wife Lucia has died in a car crash. His daughter goes to a new school, where she becomes a victim of cyberbullying. Some of the scenes are filmed by a static camera on the back seat of a car, which gives an unusual point of view.
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 2016

    A Royal Affair, Nikolaj Arcel, Denemarken After Lucia, Michel Franco, Mexico The Hunt, Thomas Vinterberg, Denmark Wadjda, Haifaa Al-Mansour, Saudi Arabia Helter Skelter, Mika Ninagawa, Japan Sister, Ursula Meier, Switzerland Love Is All You Need, Susanne Bier, Denmark The Attack, Ziad Doueiri, France Beyond the Hills, Cristian Mungiu, Romania Three Worlds, Catherine Corsini, France
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 2016

    The Skin I Live In, Pedro Almodóvar, Spain Le Havre, Aki Kaurismäki, France Goodbye First Love, Mia Hansen-Love, France The Dirty Picture, Milan Luthria, India Monsieur Lazhar, Philippe Falardeau, Canada Sleep Tight, Jaume Balagueró, Spain A Separation, Asghar Farhadi, Iran The Untouchables, Olivier Nakache & Éric Toledano, France Tomboy, Céline Sciamma, France Clandestine Childhood, Benjamin Ávila, Argentina Combat Girls, David Wnendt, Germany Back to Stay, Milagros Mumenthaler, Argentina
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 2016

    On the Path, Jasmila Zbanic, Bosnia and Herzegovina In a Better World, Susanne Bier, Denmark The Invisible Eye, Diego Lerman, Argentina Black Venus, Abdellatif Kechiche, France The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec, Luc Besson, France Confessions, Tetsuya Nakashima, Japan Dear Prudence, Rebecca Zlotowski, France Bo, Hans Herbots, Belgium The Love of the Hawthorne Tree, Zhang Yimou, China Lights Out, Fabrice Gobert, France
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 2016

    Only France and Denmark are represented twice. More countries than ever are making good films. Lust, Caution (2007) Ang Lee, China Machuca (2004) Andres Wood, Chile Sex and Lucia (2001) Julio Medem, Spain After the Wedding (2006) Susanne Bier, Denmark In the Mood For Love (2000) Wong Kar-Wai, Hong Kong The Page Turner (2006) Denis Dercourt, France The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008) Uli Edel, Germany Open Hearts (2002) Susanne Bier, Denmark Swimming Pool (2003) Francois Ozon, France Grbavica (2006) Jasmila Zbanic, Bosnia and Herzegovina 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007) Cristian Mungiu, Romania Samaria (2004) Kim Ki-duk, South Korea Black Book (2006) Paul Verhoeven, Netherlands Slovenian Girl (2009) Damjan Kozole, Slovenia Little Otik (2000) Jan Svankmajer, Czech Republik
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 2016

    Slovenian Girl (Slovenka) is the best Slovenian film of all time - not that there's much competition. A young woman moves from a village to the capital Ljubljana. To finance a nice apartment she starts secretly working as a call girl under the name Slovenka, but things go wrong. The contrast between country and city lifestyle is well depicted. Tales from the Golden Age (Amintiri din Epoca de Aur) is a Romanian anthology film by five different directors. One of them is Cristian Mungiu, from 4 Months... The title is ironic, because these are anekdotes from the era of Nicolae Ceausescu. In one story the local newspaper editors have to manipulate a photo to make the dictator look like a strong leader. In another two con artists use a far-fetched trick to collect bottles for the refund money. Storm is a court drama about the Former Yugoslavia Tribunal in The Hague. Kerry Fox plays the prosecutor whi tries to convince a Bosnian woman (Anamaria Marinca) to testify about the atrocities, but this would put her life in danger.
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 2016

    Slovenian Girl, Damjan Kozole, Slovenia The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Niels Arden Oplev, Sweden Tales from the Golden Age, Hanno Höfer, Cristian Mungiu e.a., Romania Storm, Hans-Christian Schmid, Germany/Netherlands Don’t Look Back, Marina de Van, France About Elly, Asghar Farhadi, Iran Air Doll, Hirokazu Koreeda, Japan Broken Embraces, Pedro Almodóvar, Spain The Wind Journeys, Ciro Guerra, Colombia Micmacs, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, France

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