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Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1993

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China’s Golden Rooster Awards began in 1981.  They are given by a Jury of experts assembled by the China Film Association.  These two films from 1980 shared the Best Picture prize …

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Evening Rain (1980) Yigong Wu, China

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Legend of Tianyun Mountain (1980) Jin Xie, China

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South Korea’s Grand Bell Best Picture Award of 1979 went to …

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The Hidden Hero (1980) Kwon-taek Im, South Korea

 

South Korea’s Grand Bell Best Picture Award of 1980 went to …

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Son of Man (1980) Hyun-mok Yoo, South Korea

 
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The winner of the 1980 New York Film Critics Best Foreign Film Award …

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Mon Oncle D’Amerique (1980) Alain Resnais, France ****

Mon Oncle D’Amerique was also nominated for Best Picture by the NY Critics

 

The 1983 New York Film Critics Foreign Film Award included …

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Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980) Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Germany

 
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The Boston Society of Film Critics Awards began in 1980.  This was their foreign film winner …

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The Last Metro (1980) Francois Truffaut, France

 

The 1981 co-winner of the Boston Society of Film Critics Best Foreign Film Award …

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Taxi to the Toilet (1980) Frank Ripploh, Germany

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The 1981 National Board of Review Best Foreign Language Film was …

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Oblomov (1980) Nikita Mikhalkov, Russia

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Nominated for the 1980 National Society of Film Critics Best Picture …

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Every Man For Himself (1980) Jean-Luc Godard, France

 

The 1983 National Society of Film Critics Best Picture Award included …

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Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980) Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Germany

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The winner of the 1979 Prix Louis Delluc Best Picture was …

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The King and the Mockingbird (1980) Paul Grimault, France

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The winner of the 1979 Prix Jean Vigo was …

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Certaines Nouvelles (1980) Jacques Davila, France

 

The winner of the 1980 Prix Jean Vigo was …

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Ma Blonde Entends-tu Dans la Ville? (1980) Rene Gilson, France

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Michael Gebert’s Golden Armchair Award for the 1980 foreign film was …

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Mon Oncle D’Amerique (1980) Alain Resnais, France

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The 1980 Argentinian Film Critics Association Best Picture Award went to …

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So Feared a Hell (1980) Raul de la Torre, Argentina

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4 minutes ago, CoraSmith said:

I didn't include Berlin Alexanderplatz, because it's a miniseries. It would be my #2.

It has a subsequent theatrical release overseas so it was also a feature as was Scenes from a Marriage.  If you care to you can always go back and add it to your list.

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One of my favorite foreign language films of the 1970s is the Czech film Dinner for Adele. I don't think I ever laughed so much in a movie theater as I did during the scene when the carnivorous plant serves tea. 

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Italy’s Nastro d’Argento Film Journalists 1979/80 Best Picture winners included …

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City of Women (1980) Federico Fellini, Italy

 

Italy’s Nastro d’Argento Film Journalists 1980/81 Best Picture winners included …

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Kagemusha (1980) Akira Kurosawa, Japan

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The 1980 winner of the Japan Blue Ribbon Award was …

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Kagemusha (1980) Akira Kurosawa, Japan

 

The 1980 winner of the Mainichi Film Award was …

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Kagemusha (1980) Akira Kurosawa, Japan

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The winners of the 1980 Cannes Film Festival included this foreign language film …

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Kagemusha (1980) Akira Kurosawa, Japan

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The 1980 Locarno International Film Festival foreign film winner was …

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To Love the Damned (1980) Marco Tullio Giordana, Italy

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This film won the Grand Prize at the 1980 Montreal World Film Festival …

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Fontamara (1980) Carlo Lizzani, Italy

 

This film won the Jury Prize at the 1980 Montreal World Film Festival …

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A Distant Cry From Spring (1980) Yoji Yamada, Japan

 

This film won the Best Canadian Film Award at the 1980 Montreal World Film Festival …

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It Can’t Be Winter, We Haven’t Had Summer Yet (1980) Louise Carre, Canada

 

This film won the Jury Prize at the 1981 Montreal World Film Festival …

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Who’s Singin’ Over There? (1980) Slobodan Sijan, Yugoslavia

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Celine Lomez and Charlotte Boisjoli from Louis Carre's It Can't Be Winter, We Haven't Had Summer Yet (1980).  It saw this Quebecois film in the cinema with English subtitles.  Film prints are sadly the only way to see most of these French language films with English subtitles as dvd releases do not exist.  It Can't Be Winter tells the tale of a woman nearing sixty who is suddenly widowed and how she deals with the traumatic change.  As usual, Celine Lomez is a standout.

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The winner of the 1981 Nederlands Film Festival Best Picture Award …

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The Mark of the Beast (1980) Pieter Verhoeff, The Netherlands

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Winners of the 1981 Moscow International Film Festival included ….

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O Homem Que Virou Suco (1980) Jao Batista de Andrade, Brazil

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The winner of the 1980 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Best Picture Award was …

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The Fiancee (1980) Gunter Reisch, Gunther Rucker, Germany

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The 1980 International Film Festival of India Best Picture co-winner was …

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Aakrosh (1980) Govind Nihalani, India

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Les Bons Debarras (1980) by Francis Mankiewicz (a distant relative of Ben's!) stars Marie Tifo and Charlotte Laurier. It won 8 Canadian Genie Awards.  It takes place in rural Quebec - think Blue Valentine.  Tifo is a single mother of young Laurier.  Laurier resents the time her mother spends with a suitor and therein lies the conflict.  This film is on dvd with English subtitles.  But as one reviewer pointed out the dvd distributor refused to get involved with the people restoring the film for theatrical re-release and used a very poor quality video print as their source material.  It's a sad state of affairs when films from the 1970's and 1980's are now the hardest to obtain copies of.  The small distribution companies have either gone belly up or have no interest in spending money on a release of an old film.

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August Schellenberg stars as a man falsely accused of murder in The Coffin Affair (1980) by Jean-Claude Larecque of Quebec.  It's not a bad look at how a corrupt government can concoct a case against an innocent man for political expediency.  Gabriel Arcand and Micheline Lanctot co-star.

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