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Your Favourite Foreign Language Films of all time

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The 1996 winner of the Mainichi Film Award was …

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Shall We Dance? (1996) Masayuki Suo, Japan

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The 1996 Chicago International Film Festival’s Best Picture Award went to this foreign language film …

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Ridicule (1996) Patrice Leconte, France

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This foreign language film won the 1994 San Sebastian Film Festival …

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Bwana (1996) Imanol Uribe, Spain

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These films were co-winners of the Jury Prize at the 1996 Montreal World Film Festival …

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Family Resemblances (1996) Cedric Klapisch, France.  [this also won the Most Popular Film Prize]

 

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Sleeping Man (1996) Kohei Oguri, Japan

 
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The 1997 winner of Norway’s Amanda Award for Best Nordic Picture went to ….

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Devil’s Island (1996) Friorik Por Friorksson, Iceland

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The winner of the 1997 Sweden’s Goteborg International Film Festival Best Picture Award was …

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Body Troopers (1996) Vibeke Idsoe, Norway

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The winner of the 1996 Stockholm International Film Festival Best Picture Award was …

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Pretty Village, Pretty Flame (1996) Srdjan Dragojevic, Yugoslavia

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The 1996 winner of the Ghent International Film Festival Best Picture Award was …

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Village of Dreams (1996) Yoichi Higashi, Japan

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Village of Dreams (1996) Yoichi Higashi, Japan was way down on my list just hovering above the 'also seens.'  It should have been a beautiful film.  The mother is played by Mieko Harada from Ran (1985) fame.  What ruined it for me was the casting of the twin boys.  These pictures are flattering!  They never seemed to stop whining no matter what the scene demanded.

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Liebe Dein Symptom wie Dich selbst! - This German documentary is about the Hegelian- Lacanian philosopher Zizek. In his interviews, he discusses American and European culture and the state of the world after the fall of the Yugoslav regime. He discusses everything from ethnic tensions in the Balkans and rumors about Yugoslav officials to Richard Wagner and Orpheus to American films like Get Shorty and To Die For ("a beautifully Brechtian film"). Worthwhile documentary on philosophy and psychoanalysis. 

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The winner of the 1996 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Best Picture Award was …

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Prisoner of the Mountains (1996) Sergei Bodrov, Russia

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The 1996 winner of the Hungarian Film Week Best Picture Award was …

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Letohand Vaska (A Tale From the Labour Camp) (1996) Peter Gothar, Hungary

 

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The winner of the 1996 Mar del Plata Film Festival Best International Picture was ….

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The Dog In the Manger (1996) Pilar Miro, Spain

 

The winner of the 1996 Mar del Plata Film Festival Best Picture was ….

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Buenos Aires Vice Versa (1996) Alejandro Agresti, Argentina

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The 1996 winner of the Cairo International Film Festival's Best Picture Award was …

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A Girl Called Apple (1996) Raafat El-Mihi, Egypt

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The 1996 winner of the Asia Pacific Film Festival Best Picture Award was …

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A Petal (1996) Sun-woo Jang, South Korea

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The Best Picture winner of the 1997 Golden Horse Film Festival was …

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Comrades: Almost a Love Story (1996) Peter Chan, Hong Kong

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The winner of the 1996 Tokyo International Film Festival Best Picture Award was …

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Kolya (1996) Jan Sverak, Czech Republic

 

The co-winner of the 1997 Tokyo International Film Festival Best Picture Award was …

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Beyond Silence (1996) Corinna Link, Germany

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The 1997 International Film Festival of India Best Picture winner was …

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The King of Masks (1996) Wu Tianming, China

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Le Polygraphe (1996) is another interesting film from Quebecois director, Robert LePage.  It is a film within a film about an ongoing murder investigation.  The star in this case is the suspect.  I happen to know from speaking with LePage that this is based on his own story when he was falsely accused of murder by the Quebec Police.  I don't know if you will read that anywhere.

 

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My top FF films of 1997 of the 20 that I have seen are ….

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1.  Karakter (1997) Mike Van Diem, the Netherlands

2.  Winter Sleepers (1997) Tom Tykwer, Germany

3.  Insomnia (1997) Erik Skjoldbjaerg, Norway

4.  Life Is Beautiful (1997) Roberto Benigni, Italy

5.  On Connait La Chanson (1997) Alain Resnais, France

6.  Taste of Cherry (1997) Abbas Kiarostami, Iran

7.  Men With Guns (1997) John Sayles, USA

8.  The Truce (1997) Francesco Rosi, Italy

9.  Happy Together (1997) Wong Kar-Wai, Hong Kong

10. Live Flesh (1997) Pedro Almodovar, Spain

 

Princess Mononoke (1997) Hayao Miyazaki, Japan [I saw the dubbed version]

The Eel (1997) Shohei Imamura, Japan

Cure (1997) Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Japan

Open Your Eyes (1997) Alejandro Amenabar, Spain

Actrius (1997) Ventura Pons, Spain

 

and I’ve also seen …

Hana-bi/Fireworks (1997) Takeshi Kitano, Japan

The Chambermaid on the Titanic (1997) Bigas Luna, France

A Friend of the Deceased (1997) Vojtech Jasny, Ukraine

The Small Town (1997) Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey

Mother and Son (1997) Aleksandr Sokurov, Russia

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  1. Life Is Beautiful, Roberto Benigni, Italy
  2. Open Your Eyes, Alejandro Amenabar, Spain
  3. Karakter, Mike Van Diem, Netherlands
  4. Buttoners, Petr Zelenka, Czech Republic
  5. Princess Mononoke, Hayao Miyazaki, Japan 
  6. Ma Vie en Rose, Alain Berliner, France
  7. Mary from the Bay of Angels, Manuek Pradal, France
  8. Kasaba, Nuri Bilde Ceylan, Turkey
  9. Rien ne va plus, Claude Chabrol, France
  10. Taste of Cherry, Abbas Kiarostami, Iran

Eight different countries in the top 10.

BTW Red Sorghum has been moved back to 1987 on imdb. They keep switching.

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1. Taste of Cherry, Abbas Kiarostami, Iran

2. Princess Mononoke, Hayao Miyazaki, Japan 

3. Open Your Eyes, Alejandro Amenabar, Spain

4. Funny Games, Michael Haneke, Austria

5.  Karakter, Mike Van Diem, Netherlands

6. Life Is Beautiful (1997) Roberto Benigni, Italy

 

From the foreign editions-

1. Karakter, Mike Van Diem, Dutch edition

2. Insomnia, Erik Skjoldbjaerg, Norwegian edition

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1997

 

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  1. Hana-bi aka Fireworks, Takeshi Kitano, Japan
  2. Princess Mononoke, Hayao Miyazaki, Japan
  3. Life Is Beautiful, Roberto Benigni, Italy
  4. Happy Together, Wong Kar-wai, Hong Kong
  5. Funny Games, Michael Haneke, Austria
  6. Ma Vie En Rose, Alain Berliner, Belgium/France
  7. Open Your Eyes, Alejandro Amenabar, Spain
  8. Kichiku dai enkai, Kazuyoshi Kumakiri, Japan
  9. Rebirth of Mothra II, Kunio Miyoshi, Japan

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I've also seen:

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  • Two Orphan Vampires, Jean Rollin, France

 

1001 Movies You Must See

  • Funny Games, Michael Haneke, Austria
  • Hana-bi aka Fireworks, Takeshi Kitano, Japan
  • Happy Together, Wong Kar-wai, Hong Kong
  • Open Your Eyes, Alejandro Amenabar, Spain
  • Princess Mononoke, Hayao Miyazaki, Japan 
  • Taste of Cherry, Abbas Kiarostami, Iran
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2 hours ago, LawrenceA said:

1997

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  • Two Orphan Vampires, Jean Rollin, France

 

I am a great fan of Rollin. This may be because it is so very difficult to find camp French surrealistic vampires with such appeal in other movies. 

I feel this may be his best movie. It is quite beautiful and there is more of a plot than usual.

I am very interested in hearing your views of this work.

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Just now, SansFin said:

I am a great fan of Rollin. This may be because it is so very difficult to find camp French surrealistic vampires with such appeal in other movies. 

I feel this may be his best movie. It is quite beautiful and there is more of a plot than usual.

I am very interested in hearing your views of this work.

It's been a while, but from what I recall, it was interesting, like most of Rollin's movies, which seem to exist in their own peculiar dream-like world, governed by inscrutable rules unknown to the audience. His earliest movies have an almost student-film quality, very low-tech and experimental and frequently awkward but seemingly genuine in their sensibilities, when they could have easily descended into camp. I recall Two Orphan Vampires as being much more polished, and much of that may have been due to the improvement of the equipment that was available to low-budget filmmakers in the mid-90's as compared to the late 60's/early 70's when many of the other Rollin vampire films were released. Looking back over my ratings for his movies that I've seen (11 of them so far), I rated Two Orphan Vampires the highest of his vampire movies, and only under Grapes of Death (1978) overall.

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