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Your Favourite Foreign Language Films Up to 2015

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The Winner of the 1998 Berlin International Film Festival was this foreign film …

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Central Station (1998) Walter Salles, Brazil

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The 1998 Chicago International Film Festival’s Best Picture Award went to this foreign language film …

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The Hole (1998) Tsai Ming-Liang, Taiwan

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The winners of the 1998 Cannes Film Festival included this foreign language film …

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Eternity and a Day (1998) Theodoros Angelopoulos, Greece

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This foreign language film won at the 1998 Venice Film Festival ….

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The Way We Laughed (1998) Gianni Amelio, Italy

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The 1998 Locarno International Film Festival foreign film winner was …

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Mr. Zhao (1998) Yue Lu, Hong Kong

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This foreign language film won the 1998 San Sebastian Film Festival …

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Wind With the Gone (1998) Alejandro Agresti, Argentina

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This film won the Grand Prize at the 1998 Montreal World Film Festival …

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Full Moon (1998) Fredi. M. Murer, Switzerland

 

This film won the Jury Prize at the 1998 Montreal World Film Festival …

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Sun Bird (1998) Xueqi Wand, Liping Yang, China

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This film won the Best Canadian Film Award at the 1998 Montreal World Film Festival …

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2 Seconds (1998) Manon Briand, Canada

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This film won the Best Canadian Film Award at the 1998 Toronto International Film Festival …

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No (1998) Robert LePage, Canada

 

This film won the International Critics Prize at the 1998 Toronto International Film Festival …

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West Beirut (1998) Ziad Doueiri, Lebanon

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The winner of the 1998 Nederlands Film Festival Best Picture Award …

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Felice … Felice … (1998) Peter Delpeut, the Netherlands

 

The winner of the 1999 Nederlands Film Festival Best Picture Award …

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The Flying Liftboy (1999) Ben Sombogaart, the Netherlands

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The 1999 winner of Norway’s Amanda Award for Best Picture went to ….

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Only Clouds Move the Stars (1998) Torun Lian, Norway

 

The 1998 winner of Norway’s Amanda Award for Best Nordic Picture went to ….

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The Celebration (1998) Thomas Vinterberg, Denmark

 

The 1999 winner of Norway’s Amanda Award for Best Foreign Film went to ….

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**** Amal/Show Me Love (1998) Lukas Moodysson, Sweden

 

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The winner of the 1998 Stockholm International Film Festival Best Picture Award was …

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The Wounds (1998) Srdjan Dragojevic, Yugoslavia

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The 1998 winner of the Ghent International Film Festival Best Picture Award was …

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The Inheritors (1998) Stefan Ruzowitsky, Hungary

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The winner of the 1998 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Best Picture Award was …

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Sweetheart/Le Coeur au Poing (1998) Charles Biname, Canada

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The 1998 winner of the Hungarian Film Week Best Picture Award was …

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Passion (1998) Gyorgy Feher, Hungary

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The winner of the 1998 Mar del Plata Film Festival Best International Picture was ….

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The Cloud and the Rising Sun (1998) Mahmoud Kalari, Iran

 

The winner of the 1998 Mar del Plata Film Festival Best Picture was ….

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Amor & Cia (1998) Helvecio Ratton, Brazil

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The 1998 winner of the Cairo International Film Festival's Best Picture Award was …

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Malli (1998) Santosh Sivan, India

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The 1998 winner of the Asia Pacific Film Festival Best Picture Award was …

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Leaf on a Pillow (1998) Garin Nugroho, Indonesia

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The Best Picture winner of the 1998 Golden Horse Film Festival was …

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Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl (1998) Joan Chen, China

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The Dinner Game (1998) Francis Veber, France.  Not a very PC comedy about a group who have a competition to see who can bring the biggest twit as their dinner guest.  The saving grace here might be Jacques Villeret's Cesar winning performance as the prize twit.  This was remade as the atrocious Dinner For Schmucks in 2010 by Jay Roach which I saw on an airplane and nearly walked out.

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I don't have so many from this year.   But Lola is one of my favorites - and the music is awesome.

Run, Lola Run (1998) Tom Tykwer, Germany

The Dinner Game (1998) Francis Veber, France

Open Your Eyes (1997) Alejandro Amenabar, Spain

The Way We Laughed (1998) Gianni Amelio, Italy

The Phantom of the Opera, Dario Argento, Italy

The Celebration (1998) Thomas Vinterberg, Denmark 

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I Stand Alone is the first feature from French troublemaker Gaspar Noe. He directed, produced, wrote and edited the film. It's a bizarre, uncomfortable look at a misanthropic late-middle-age ex-convict known as the Butcher (Philippe Nahon). The entire film is narrated by the Butcher, as we hear his stream-of-consciousness ranting, rambling, complaining, reminiscing - all of it punctuated by a loud <BANG> on the soundtrack after each sentence. As the film progresses, the audience slowly learns more about the Butcher's terrible past, and the many awful things he has done, wants to do, and is doing. It's a brutal, ugly, almost torturous film not for the faint-of-heart or easily offended. It's one of a kind, and that's a good thing!

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Samurai Fiction is a loving, comedic homage to classic samurai films, shot in B&W and with many scenes reminiscent of those in jidaigeki cinema. A samurai (Mitsuru Fukikoshi) goes on the search for a stolen sword. He's unknowingly shadowed by a pair of ninja hired by the samurai's father to secretly help out his son if needed. With characters named "Kurosawa" and "Mizoguchi", the film wears its inspirations on its sleeves. I found the movie funny and entertaining.

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Bio Zombie is a raucous Hong Kong horror-comedy about a group of characters trapped in a large shopping mall when a zombie outbreak occurs. The comedy is broad in that peculiar Chinese way, while the look at Hong Kong consumer culture during the uncertain days of the Handover is interesting. It also shows the growing influence of western culture in Hong Kong cinema.

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Tomie is a Japanese horror film and, along with this same year's Ringu, serves as a prime example of the "J-Horror", or Japanese horror, style of fright film. The plot concerns the investigation in the death of a high school student named Tomie (Miho Kanno). The police think that it has something to do with a classmate (Mami Nakamura) of the dead girl, who has suffered from amnesia since around the time of the murder. The case soon uncovers other similar murders dating back to nearly 150 years, leading them to believe that a supernatural presence is involved. Much like the superior Ringu, this film was a big hit in its home country, and spawned a whole series of sequels, nine films as of 2011!

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My top FF films of 1999 of the 21 that I have seen are ….

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1.  The Color of Paradise (1999) Majid Majidi, Iran

2.  All About My Mother (1999) Pedro Almodovar, Spain

3.  Himalaya (1999) Eric Valli, Michel Debats, Nepal

4.  Venus Beauty Institute (1999) Tonie Marshall, France

5.  Taboo (1999) Nagisa Oshima, Japan

6.  Aimee and Jaguar (1999) Max Farberbrock, Germany

7.  La Buche (1999) Daniele Thompson, France

8.  Criminal Lovers (1999) Francois Ozon, France

9.  The Children of the Century (1999) Diane Kurys, France

10. Time Regained (1999) Raul Ruiz, France

 

Beau Travail (1999) Claire Denis, France

After the Rain (1999) Takashi Koizumi, Japan

 

and I’ve also seen …

The Road Home (1999) Zhang Yimou, China

Shower (1999) Zhang Yang, China

Moonlight Express (1999) Daniel Lee, Hong Kong

Mifune (1999) Soren Kragh-Jacobsen, Denmark

Solomon and Gaenor (1999) Paul Morrison, Wales

L’humanite (1999) Bruno Dumont, France

Clouds of May (1999) Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey

Kikujiro (1999) Takeshi Kitano, Japan

The Wind Will Carry Us (1999) Abbas Kiarostami, Iran

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  1. The Road Home, Zhang Yimou, Chinaroad_home.jpg
  2. Rosetta, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, Belgium
  3. Not One Less, Zhang Yimou, China
  4. All About My Mother, Pedro Almodóvar, Spain
  5. Criminal Lovers, Francois Ozon, France
  6. The Nanny, Marco Bellocchio, Italy
  7. Girl on the Bridge, Patrice Leconte, France
  8. Sonnenallee, Claus Boje, Germany
  9. Bye Bye Blue Bird, Katrin Ottarsdóttir, Denmark
  10. The Colour of Lies, Claude Chabrol, France

The Italian film La Balia has nothing to do with Fran Drescher.

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