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Your Favourite Foreign Language Films Up to 2015

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1. Beau Travail, Claire Denis, France

2. All About My Mother, Pedro Almodovar, Spain

3. Audition, Takashi Miike, Japan

4. Hans Staden, Luís Alberto Pereira, Brazil

5. Violent Sh1t III: Infantry of Doom, Andreas Schnaas, Germany

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From the foreign editions-

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The One and Only, Susanne Bier, Danish edition

The Four Seasons of the Law, Dimos Avdeliodis, Greek edition
 

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1999

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  1. Audition, Takashi Miike, Japan
  2. Attack the Gas Station!, Sang-Jin Kim, South Korea
  3. All About My Mother, Pedro Almodovar, Spain
  4. Dead or Alive, Takashi Miike, Japan
  5. The Wind Will Carry Us, Abbas Kiarostami, Iran
  6. Wild Zero, Tetsuro Takeuchi, Japan
  7. Taboo, Nagisa Oshima, Japan
  8. Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris, Shusuke Kaneko, Japan
  9. Shiri, Je-kyu Kang, South Korea
  10. Godzilla 2000, Takao Okawara, Japan
  11. Gorgeous, Vincent Kok, Hong Kong/Taiwan
  12. Beau Travail, Claire Denis, France
  13. Black Angel, Vol. 2, Takashi Ishii, Japan

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I've also seen:

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  • The Nameless, Jaume Balaguero, Spain
  • Romance, Catherine Breillat, France

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1001 Movies You Must See

  • All About My Mother, Pedro Almodovar, Spain
  • Attack the Gas Station!, Sang-Jin Kim, South Korea
  • Audition, Takashi Miike, Japan
  • Beau Travail, Claire Denis, France
  • Rosetta, Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne, France/Belgium
  • Taboo, Nagisa Oshima, Japan
  • Time Regained, Raoul Ruiz, France
  • The Wind Will Carry Us, Abbas Kiarostami, Iran
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The 1999 Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film …

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All About My Mother (1999) Pedro Almodovar, Spain ****

 

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East West (1999) Regis Wargnier, France

 

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Himalaya (1999) Eric Valli, Michel Debats, Nepal

 

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Solomon and Gaenor (1999) Paul Morrison, Wales

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The Winner of the 1999 BAFTA Foreign Film Award ….

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All About My Mother (1999) Pedro Almodovar, Spain

 

The 2000 BAFTA Foreign Film Award included this nominee ….

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Girl on the Bridge (1999) Patrice Leconte, France

 

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The winner of the 1999 European Film Awards Best Picture was …

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All About My Mother (1999) Pedro Almodovar, Spain

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Nominated for the 1999 Independent Spirit Best Foreign Film Award…

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All About My Mother (1999) Pedro Almodovar, Spain
 

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Rosetta (1999) Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Belgium

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The 1999 British Independent Foreign Language Film Award …

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Kadosh (1999) Amos Gitai, Israel ****

 

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An Affair of Love (1999) Frederic Fonteyne, France

 

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Beau Travail (1999) Claire Denis, France

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The winner of the 1999 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language film was …

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All About My Mother (1999) Pedro Almodovar, Spain

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The 1999 winner of France’s Cesar Best Picture Award …

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Venus Beauty Institute (1999) Tonie Marshall, France

 

The 1999 winner of France’s Cesar Best Foreign Film Award was …

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All About My Mother (1999) Pedro Almodovar, Spain

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The 2000 German Film Awards Best Foreign Film was …

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All About My Mother (1999) Pedro Almodovar, Spain

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The 1999 winner of Sweden’s Guldbagge award was …

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Tsatsiki Morsan Och Polisen (1999) Ella Lemhagen, Sweden

 

The 1999 winner of Sweden’s Guldbagge Foreign Film Award was …

 

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All About My Mother (1999) Pedro Almodovar, Spain

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1999 saw the Japanese director Takashi Miike come into international prominence. He'd been churning out low-budget yakuza flicks for the past several years before finally getting western attention thanks to a pair of films.

 

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Audition played at a film festival in '99, but didn't get a real release until the following year. It's unlike many of his earlier films, showing more polish, restraint (until the latter half), and subtlety. It's a tale of modern love, wherein a single father (Ryo Ishibashi) reluctantly agrees to start dating, and uses an unorthodox method devised by a friend: holding open "audition" for potential mates. What seems like a high-concept rom-com set-up turns into the stuff of darkest nightmares as the protagonist finds himself in an ever-increasing predicament when he meets the "wrong woman". The end is beyond grisly, but with polish and cinematic style to spare.

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Dead or Alive is more like the stuff Miike had been directing previously, only amped up to 11 and coming across as written by someone on hallucinogens. It deals with the clashes between a former yakuza member (Riki Takeuchi) who now works for a Chinese Triad, and a Japanese cop (Show Aikawa). The violence escalates to absurd levels, and continued on in a few sequels. This move toward the extreme would continue with Miike's output in the early 2000's, when he would become one of the more singular voices in the struggling Japanese motion picture industry, before finding even more mainstream acclaim in the 2010's.

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The New Wave of South Korean cinema arguably began in 1999 with the release of two films, one a cult and critical success, the other a box-office juggernaut in the Asian markets.

 

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Attack the Gas Station! is a giddily irreverent black comedy about a group of young toughs who, out of boredom, decide to rob the same gas station that they recently already robbed. They don't find any money, so they hold the workers hostage and start operating the gas station themselves to pocket the money. There's a lot of dialogue back-and-forth between the miscreants and the victims, and the tone swings wildly from deadly serious to slapstick farce. It's slickly shot, funny, and very well acted. 

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Shiri showed that South Korea was just as capable at turning out loud, expensive action epics as Hollywood was, and while the film has many of the weaknesses of those Hollywood films, it's grade-A production values and larger-than-life scenarios proved to be hugely successful all over Asia. Like many South Korean action films, this one features evil covert "sleeper" agents from North Korea infiltrating the South to cause mayhem. Two SK agents (Song Kang-ho & Han ****-kyu) are on the hunt for one such agent, a beautiful female sniper (Yunjin Kim) who has assassinated a number of government officials. She's controlled by the ruthless Park (Choi Min-sik), who is guiding the sleepers toward a major mission of devastating consequences. This has lots of shooting, explosions, and high-gloss atmosphere. Choi Min-sik has gone on to become my favorite South Korean actor, while Yunjin Kim has gained much success here in the US on television on shows like Lost and Mistresses.

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Wild Zero is a one-of-a-kind Japanese movie about a rock and roll band named Guitar Wolf, which is a real band and they play themselves, who assist their #1 fan Ace (Masashi Endo) in battling an alien-started zombie apocalypse. This is a horror-comedy, trashy, silly, obnoxious, inspired, and weird in that particular Japanese way where you're not sure if you get the joke, or maybe they don't. This is highly recommended to fans of offbeat cinema.

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Hans Staden - This Brazilian film is based on the same story as How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman? German sailor, Hans Staden lands in colonial Brazil where he is captured by the violent, cannibalistic Tupinamba tribe. He has to prove to them that he is a friend of their allies the French and not a Portuguese if he wishes to survive and return to Germany. This one was very well made and the ending is closer to the original story of Hans Staden than the "poetic" finale of the 1971 film. I recommend this one. 

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Rosetta is one of my favourite films by the brothers Dardenne. It was the debut of Belgian actress Emilie Dequenne. She plays an adolescent who grew up in a trailer park in a dysfunctional family. She tries to find a job, hoping to become independent. The style of the brothers is social realism, with long takes in a sober style without effects or background music.

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4 minutes ago, CoraSmith said:

Rosetta is one of my favourite films by the brothers Dardenne. It was the debut of Belgian actrees Emilie Dequenne. She plays an adolescent who grew up in a trailer park in a dysfunctional family. She tries to find a job, hoping to become independent. The style of the brothers is social realism, with long takes in a sober style without effects or background music.

I know they were divisive, but I liked both The Kid with a Bike (2011) and Two Days, One Night (2014). I've been wanting to see Rosetta for a while, and I hope it shows up on the Criterion Channel soon.

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Violent Sh1t III (AKA Zombie Doom) - Another film from the low quality, German horror franchise. Three men on a sailboat are shipwrecked on a remote island where they are tortured and killed by an evil militia all dressed as Karl the Butcher (this is never really explained why or what their relation is to the first films). Terrible quality film but good for a laugh.

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Denmark’s 1999 Robert Best Picture Award went to …

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The One and Only (1999) Susanne Bier, Denmark

 

Denmark’s 1999 Robert Best Foreign Picture Award went to …

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All About My Mother (1999) Pedro Almodovar, Spain

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The 2000 winner of Belgium’s Joseph Plateau Best Picture Award was …

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Rosetta (1999) Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Belgium

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Italy’s David di Donatello 1998/99 Best Picture winner …

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Not of This World (1999) Giuseppe Piccioni, Italy

 

Italy’s David di Donatello 1999/00 Best Foreign Film winner …

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All About My Mother (1999) Pedro Almodovar, Spain

 
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The 1999 winner of Spain’s Goya Award for Best Picture was …

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All About My Mother (1999) Pedro Almodovar, Spain

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The winner of the 1999 Polish Film Best Picture Award was …

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The Debt (1999) Krzysztof Krauze, Poland

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The 99/00 winner of Mexico’s Ariel Best Picture Award was …

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Herod’s Law (1999) Luis Estrada, Mexico

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The Cinema Brazil Grand Prize, or the Grande Premio do Cinema Brasileiro given by the Ministry of Culture began in 2000.  This film from 1999 won Best Picture …

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Orfeu (1999) Carlos Diegues, Brazil

 

The winner of the 1999 Cinema Brazil Best Foreign Film was …

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All About My Mother (1999) Pedro Almodovar, Spain

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