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Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 2016

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These films were co-winners of the Jury Prize at the 2005 Montreal World Film Festival …

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Snowland (2005) Hans W. Geissendorfer, Germany

 

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The Milkwoman (2005) Akira Ogata, Japan

 

This film won the Most Popular and Best Canadian Film Award at the 2005 Montreal World Film Festival …

 

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Kamataki (2005) Claude Gagnon, Canada

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This film won the People’s Choice Award at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival …

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Tsotsi (2005) Gavin Hood, South Africa

 

This film won the Best Canadian Film Award at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival …

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C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005) Jean-Marc Vallee, Canada

 

This film won the International Critics Prize at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival …

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Apology (2005) Yi-kwan Kang, South Korea

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The winner of the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival Best Picture Award was …

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Stolen Life (2005) Shaohong Li, China

 

The winner of the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival Best Picture Award was …

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Blessed by Fire (2005) Tristan Bauer, Argentina

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The winner of the 2005 Nederlands Film Festival Best Picture Award …

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Paradise Now (2005) Hany Abu-Assad, Palestine

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The winner of the 2005 Sweden’s Goteborg International Film Festival Best Picture Award was …

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Frozen Land (2005) Aku Louhimies, Finland

 

The winner of the 2006 Sweden’s Goteborg International Film Festival Best Picture Award was …

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Dark Horse, Dagur Kari, Denmark

 

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The winner of the 2005 Stockholm International Film Festival Best Picture Award was …

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Northeast (2005) Juan Solanes, Argentina

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Winners of the 2005 Moscow International Film Festival included ….

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Dreaming of Space (2005) Aleksey Uchitel, Russia

 

Winners of the 2006 Moscow International Film Festival included ….

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Om Sara (2006) Osmond Karim, Sweden

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The 2005 winner of the Hungarian Film Week Best Picture Award was …

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Black Brush (2005) Roland Vranik, Hungary

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The winner of the 2006 Mar del Plata Film Festival Best International Picture was ….

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News From Afar (2005) Ricardo Benet, Mexico

 

The winner of the 2006 Mar del Plata Film Festival Best Picture was ….

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Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures (2005) Marcelo Gomes, Brazil

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The 2005 winner of the Cairo International Film Festival's Best Picture Award was …

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Mother of Mine (2005) Klaus Haro, Finland

 

The 2005 winner of the Cairo International Film Festival's Best Arabic Picture Award was …

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A New Day in Old Sana’a (2005) Bader Ben Hirsi, Yemen

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The 2006 winner of the Asia Pacific Film Festival Best Picture Award was …

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The Unwanted Woman (2005) Tahmineh Milani, Iran

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The winner of the 2005 Tokyo International Film Festival Best Picture Award was …

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What the Snow Brings (2005) Kichitaro Negishi, Japan

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The 2005 International Film Festival of India Best Picture winner was …

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Iron Island (2005) Mohammad Rasoulof, Iran

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My top FF films of 2006 of the 20 that I have seen are ….

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1.  The Lives of Others (2006) Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Germany

2.  Tell No One (2006) Guillaume Canet, France

3.  The Host (2006) Bong Joon-ho, South Korea

4.  Days of Glory (2006) Rachid Bouchareb, Algeria

5.  Volver (2006) Pedro Almodovar, Spain

6.  The Page Turner (2006) Denis Dercourt, France

7.  Black Book (2006) Paul Verhoeven, the Netherlands

8.  Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) Guillermo del Toro, Spain

9.  Sakuran (2006) Mika Ninagawa, Japan

10. Curse of the Golden Flower (2006) Zhang Yimou, China

 

I Just Didn’t Do It (2006) Masayuki Suo, Japan

Ten Canoes (2006) Rolf de Neer, Peter Sjigirr, Australia

 

and I’ve also seen …

Private Fears In Public Places (2006) Alain Resnais, France

Letters From Iwo Jima (2006) Clint Eastwood, USA

Climates (2006) Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey

The Bothersome Man (2006) Jens Lien, Norway

A Sunday In Kigali (2006) Robert Favreau, Canada

Lights In the Dusk (2006) Aki Kaurismaki, Finalnd

Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait (2006) Douglas Gordon, Philippe Parreno, France

Belle Toujours (2006) Manoel de Oliveria, Portugal

The Science of Sleep (2006) Michel Gondry, France

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1.  Pan’s Labyrinth, Guillermo del Toro, Spain

2. The Lives of Others, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Germany

3. Frostbiten, Anders Banke, Sweden

4. Letters From Iwo Jima, Clint Eastwood, USA

5. Mainline, Mohsen Abdolvahab, Rakhshan Banietemad, Iran

6. Volver, Pedro Almodovar, Spain

7. The Host, Bong Joon-ho, South Korea

8. Curse of the Golden Flower, Zhang Yimou, China

9. Krrish,  Rakesh Roshan, India

10. Apocalypto, Mel Gibson, USA/Mexico

Colossal Youth, Pedro Costa, Portugal

Still Life,  Zhangke Jia, China

 

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From the foreign editions-

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A Soap, Pernille Fischer Christensen, Danish edition

 

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A very strong year. My general top 4 is non-English.

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  1. The Page Turner, Denis Dercourt, France
  2. Grbavica, Jasmila Zbanic, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  3. After the Wedding, Susanne Bier, Denmark
  4. Black Book, Paul Verhoeven, Netherlands
  5. Dark Blue Almost Black, Daniel Sánchez Arévalo, Spain
  6. We Shall Overcome, Niels Arden Oplev, Denmark
  7. Volver, Pedro Almodóvar, Spain
  8. The Banquet, Feng Xiaogang Feng, China
  9. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Mamoru Hosoda, Japan
  10. Fireworks Wednesday, Asghar Farhadi, Iran
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The Page Turner (La Tourneuse de pages) is a French drama about the tension between classical musicians. The experienced Catherine Frot plays a professional pianist; the young Belgian Déborah François plays the failed pianist who becomes her page turner. The stress and conflicts of the environment are well depicted, with the many hours of practice and the stage fright. The characters are not what they seem. The pianist turns out not to be so confident, the page turner not so innocent. [Screenshot in the previous post.]

Grbavica ("Gr-bá-vi-tsa") is a post-war drama by the Bosnian director Jasmila Zbanic. The title refers to a district in the capital Sarajevo where women were systematically abused during the Bosnian Civil War in the nineties. A single mother tells her daughter that her late father was a war hero or shahid. The daughter will find out that the truth is more complicated. It's an intense portrayal of people trying to rebuild their life after a traumatic period.

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After the Wedding (Efter Brylluppet) is a family drama by Susanne Bier. Her style is realistic but emotional. Mads Mikkelsen plays an idealist who founded a foster house in India. In need of money he returns to Denmark to visit a businessman who might make a donation. This leads to the unraveling of a family secret. Sidse Babett Knudsen (Borgen) plays the wife of the businessman.

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After his Hollywood days Paul Verhoeven returned to the Netherlands to make Black Book (Zwartboek). It's a spy thriller set during the occupation in World War II. Carice van Houten excells in the role of a Jewish revue singer who dyes her hair blond to infiltrate in the Sicherheitsdienst - the security service of the Nazis. It's hard to find out who can be trusted in this suspense story with several plot twists.

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2006

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  1. Pan's Labyrinth, Guillermo Del Toro, Mexico/Spain
  2. Letters from Iwo Jima, Clint Eastwood, USA/Japan
  3. Apocalypto, Mel Gibson, USA/Mexico
  4. Curse of the Golden Flower, Zhang Yimou, China
  5. Triad Election, Johnnie To, Hong Kong
  6. Black Book, Paul Verhoeven, Netherlands
  7. Volver, Pedro Almodovar, Spain
  8. Exiled, Johnnie To, Hong Kong
  9. After the Wedding, Susanne Bier, Denmark
  10. The Host, Bong Joon-ho, South Korea
  11. The Lives of Others, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Germany
  12. Dog Bite Dog, Soi Cheang, Hong Kong
  13. Battle of the Warriors, Jacob Cheung, China
  14. Wolfhound, Nikolay Lebedev, Russia
  15. Paprika, Satoshi Kon, Japan
  16. Legend of the Black Scorpion aka The Banquet, Xiaogang Feng, China
  17. Dragon Tiger Gate, Wilson Yip, Hong Kong
  18. 13: Game of Death, Chookiat Sakveerakul, Thailand

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I've also seen:

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  • Cold Prey, Roar Uthaug, Norway
  • Bloody Reunion, Lim Dae-wung, South Korea
  • The Science of Sleep, Michel Gondry, France
  • Death Note, Shusuke Kaneko, Japan
  • Kiltro, Ernesto Diaz Espinoza, Chile
  • Fearless, Ronny Yu, China 
  • Nightmare Detective, Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Japan
  • Cinderella, Bong Man-dae, South Korea
  • Fatal Contact, Dennis Law, Hong Kong
  • Yo-Yo Girl Cop, Kenta Fukasaku, Japan
  • Day Watch, Timur Bekmambetov, Russia
  • Dynamite Warrior, Chalerm Wongpim, Thailand
  • Mercury Man, Bhandit Thongdee, Thailand
  • Sheitan, Kim Chapiron, France
  • Rob-B-Hood, Benny Chan, Hong Kong
  • The Last House in the Woods, Gabriele Albanesi, Italy
  • The World Sinks Except Japan, Minoru Kawasaki, Japan
  • Lady Ninja Kasumi Volume 3: Secret Skills, Hiroyuki Kawasaki, Japan
  • Lady Ninja Kasumi Volume 2, Hiroyuki Kawasaki, Japan
  • Dead in 3 Days, Andreas Prochaska, Austria

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1001 Movies You Must See

  • Apocalypto, Mel Gibson, USA/Mexico
  • The Host, Bong Joon-ho, South Korea
  • The Lives of Others, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Germany
  • Pan's Labyrinth, Guillermo Del Toro, Mexico/Spain
  • Volver, Pedro Almodovar, Spain
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1.  Tell No One  Guillaume Canet, France

2.  Syndromes and a Century  Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand

3.  Offside  Jafar Panahi, Iran

4.  Volver  Pedro Almodovar, Spain

5.  Still Life  Jia Zhangke, China

6.  12:08 East of Bucharest  Corneliu Porumboiu, Romania

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The 2006 Academy Best Picture Award included this nominee …

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Letters From Iwo Jima (2006) Clint Eastwood, USA

 

The 2006 Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film included …

 

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The Lives of Others (2006) Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Germany ****

 

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After the Wedding (2006) Susanne Bier, Denmark

 

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Days of Glory (2006) Rachid Bouchareb, Algeria

 

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Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) Guillermo del Toro, Spain

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The 2006 BAFTA Foreign Film Award ….

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Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) Guillermo del Toro, Spain ****

 

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Apocalypto (2006) Mel Gibson, USA

 

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Black Book (2006) Paul Verhoeven, the Netherlands

 

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Rang de Basanti (2006) Rakeysh Mehra, India

 

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Volver (2006) Pedro Almodovar, Spain

 

Nominated for the 2007 BAFTA Best Picture Award and winner of the Foreign Film Award ….

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The Lives of Others (2006) Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Germany

 

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The winner of the 2006 European Film Awards Best Picture was …

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The Lives of Others (2006) Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Germany

 

The winner of the 2006 European Film Screen International Award was …

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Volver (2006) Pedro Almodovar, Spain

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Nominated for the 2006 Independent Spirit Best Picture Award …

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Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) Guillermo del Toro, Spain

 

The 2006 Independent Spirit Best Foreign Film Award included …

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The Lives of Others (2006) Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Germany

 

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Days of Glory (2006) Rachid Bouchareb, Algeria

 

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12:08 East of Bucharest (2006) Corneliu Porumboiu, Romania

 

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Chronicle of an Escape (2006) Adrian Caetano, Argentina

 

The 2007 Independent Spirit Best Foreign Film Award included this nominee …

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Lady Chatterley (2006) Pascale Feran, France

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Nominated for the 2006 British Independent Foreign Language Film Award …

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Volver (2006) Pedro Almodovar, Spain

 

The 2007 British Independent Foreign Language Film Award included …

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The Lives of Others (2006) Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Germany ****

 

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Tell No One (2006) Guillaume Canet, France

 

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Black Book (2006) Paul Verhoeven, the Netherlands

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