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Your Favourite Foreign Language Films Up to 2015

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The 2003 winner of Norway’s Amanda Award for Best Picture went to ….

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Kitchen Stories (2003) Bent Hamer, Norway

 

The 2004 winner of Norway’s Amanda Award for Best Picture went to ….

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Buddy (2003) Morten Tyldum, Norway

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The winner of the 2003 Sweden’s Goteborg International Film Festival Best Picture Award was …

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Noi the Albino (2003) Dagur Kari, Iceland

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The winner of the 2003 Stockholm International Film Festival Best Picture Award was …

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Schultze Gets the Blues (2003) Michael Schorr, Germany

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Winners of the 2003 Moscow International Film Festival included ….

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The End of a Mystery (2003) Miguel Hermoso, Spain

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The winner of the 2003 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Best Picture Award was …

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Facing Windows (2003) Ferzan Ozpetek, Italy

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The 2003 winner of the Hungarian Film Week Best Picture Award was …

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Hungarian Beauty (2003) Peter Gothar, Hungary

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The winner of the 2003 Mar del Plata Film Festival Best Picture was ….

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The Bottom of the Sea (2003) Damian Szifron, Argentina

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The 2003 winner of the Cairo International Film Festival's Best Arabic Picture Award was …

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The Olive Harvest (2003) Hanna Elias, Palestine

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The winner of the 2003 Tokyo International Film Festival Best Picture Award was …

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Nuan (2003) Jianqi Huo, China

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The 2003 International Film Festival of India Best Picture winner was …

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At Five In the Afternoon (2003) Samira Makhmalbaf, Iran

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Robert LePage's The Far Side of the Moon was my favourite among the foreign films that I have seen from 2003.  LePage also stars, playing two very different brothers who are both trying to cope with the recent death of their mother.  The U.S./Soviet space race provides a back drop to the film.  This is an adaptation of LePage's stage play which I have to say I enjoyed much more than the film.  To see LePage "space walk" with no wires is more of treat to see on stage than on film where anything is possible.  His optical illusions are very innovative and fun.

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I have some among my top choices from the four corners of the globe that I don't recall seeing anyone else mention:

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Save the Green Planet! is a very unusual South Korean film about a man who believes that aliens are invading the planet. To somehow prevent this, he kidnaps a drug company president. The movie starts out like a farcical comedy before taking detours into heavy drama and suspense. You're never quite sure where this one is going, and I really appreciated that unpredictability.

 

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High Tension, also known by the original French title Haute Tension, is a grisly horror film that sees two young women (Cecile de France and Maiwenn) being stalked by a brutish serial killer (Philippe Nahon). There's a lot of grungy style and cinematic verve on display by director Alexandre Aja, and the film isn't for the faint of heart. However, there's a twist late in the film that tends to alienate a large part of the audience, so be forewarned about it. There was a boom of excellent horror and suspense films coming out of Europe in the 00's, many of which were of much higher quality than what was getting made in the US. High Tension is often listed among these "New Wave of European Horror" films.

 

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PTU, which stands for Police Tactical Unit, is a crime drama/action film from director Johnnie To, who established himself as the most reliable maker of quality crime pictures out of Hong Kong in the 2000's. In PTU, the story follows one unit over the course of a single night as they encounter various crimes, from the minor to the deadly. The cast inlcudes Simon Yam, Maggie Shiu, Lam Suet, and Ruby Wong. To's films often focus heavily on the Triad criminal underworld, and here it's shown that their connection with the police force is more complicated than just black-and-white, law-and-order absolutism.

 

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Carandiru is a Brazilian prison drama from director Hector Babenco (Kiss of the Spider Woman, Ironweed). Carandiru is the name of a prison in Sao Paolo, and it's the largest penal facility in Latin America. The film is a mosaic of stories of various prisoners, leading up to the infamous prison massacre of 1992 that left over a hundred inmates dead. The large cast is very good, but the standout is Rodrigo Santoro as "Lady Di", a flamboyant gay inmate who may have contracted HIV, which is rampant in the prison.

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My top FF films of 2004 of the 24 that I have seen are ….

 

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1.  Downfall (2004) Oliver Hirschbiegel, Germany

2.  The Motorcycle Diaries (2004) Walter Salles, Argentina

3.  The Sea Inside (2004) Alejandro Amenabar, Spain

4.  Bad Education (2004) Pedro Almodovar, Spain

5.  Moolaade (2005) Ousmane Sembene, Senegal

6.  Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) Hiyao Miyazaki, Japan [I saw the dubbed version]

7.  36 Quai Des Orfevres (2004) Olivier Marchal, France

8.  A Very Long Engagement (2004) Jean-Pierre Jeunet, France

9.  Maria Full of Grace (2004) Joshua Marston, Columbia [I think this was predominately Spanish]

10. 5 x 2 (2004) Francois Ozon, France

 

Bonbon: El Perro (2004) Carlos Sorin, Argentina

The Hidden Blade (2004) Yoji Yamada, Japan

House of Flying Daggers (2004) Zhang Yimou

2046 (2004) Wong Kar-Wai, Hong Kong

The Edukators (2004) Hans Weingartner, Germany

Brotherhood (2004) Je-gyu Kang, South Korea

The Passion of the Christ (2004) Mel Gibson, USA

 

and I’ve also seen …

The Consequences of Love (2004) Paolo Sorrentino, Italy

Memories Affectives (2004) Francis Leclerc, Canada

One Night in Mongkok (2004) Tung-Shing Yee, Hong Kong

Tony Takitani (2004) Jun Ichikawa, Japan

Kings and Queen (2004) Arnaud Desplechin, France

Whiskey (2004) Pablo Stoll, Juan Pablo Rebella, Uruguay

Vital (2004) Shin’ya Tsukamoto, Japan

 
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  1. Machuca, Andrés Wood, Chile
  2. Samaritan Girl, Kim Ki-duk, South Korea
  3. Brothers, Susanne Bier, Denmark
  4. Moolaadé, Ousmane Sembène, Senegal
  5. The Edukators, Hans Weingartner, Germany
  6. House of Flying Daggers, Zhang Yimou, China
  7. Lila Says, Ziad Doueyri, France
  8. As It Is in Heaven, Kay Pollack, Sweden
  9. Maria Full of Grace, Joshua Marston, Columbia
  10. Downfall, Oliver Hirschbiegel, Germany
  11. Kamikaze Girls, Tetsuya Nakashima, Japan
  12. The Life Awaiting for You, Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón, Spain
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1. Downfall, Oliver Hirschbiegel, Germany

2. Before the Fall, Dennis Gansel, Germany

3. Sternenberg, Christoph Schaub, Switzerland

4. House of Flying Daggers, Zhang Yimou, China

5. The Passion of the Christ, Mel Gibson, USA

6. 2046, Wong Kar-Wai, Hong Kong

7. Moolaadé, Ousmane Sembène, Senegal

 

From the foreign editions-

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Brides, Pantelis Voulgaris, Greek edition

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2004 

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  1. A Very Long Engagement, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, France
  2. House of Flying Daggers, Zhang Yimou, China
  3. 3-Iron, Kim Ki-duk, South Korea
  4. Breaking News, Johnnie To, Hong Kong
  5. The Hidden Blade, Yoji Yamada, Japan
  6. Bad Education, Pedro Almodovar, Spain
  7. Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War, Kang Je-kyu, South Korea
  8. Downfall, Oliver Hirschbiegel, Germany
  9. Maria Full of Grace, Joshua Marston, Colombia/USA
  10. Howl's Moving Castle, Hayao Miyazaki, Japan
  11. The Sea Inside, Alejandro Amenabar, Spain
  12. The Passion of the Christ, Mel Gibson, USA
  13. With Blood On My Hands: Pusher II, Nicolas Winding Refn, Denmark
  14. Three...Extremes, Fruit Chan & Park Chan-wook & Takashi Miike, Hong Kong/South Korea/Japan
  15. Zebraman, Takashi Miike, Japan
  16. Vital, Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Japan
  17. Kung Fu Hustle, Stephen Chow, Hong Kong
  18. 2046, Wong Kar-wai, Hong Kong
  19. The Motorcycle Diaries, Walter Salles, Argentina

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I've also seen:

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  • Izo, Takashi Miike, Japan
  • District B13, Pierre Morel, France
  • Godzilla: Final Wars, Ryuhei Kitamura, Japan
  • Cronicas, Sebastian Cordero, Mexico
  • New Police Story, Benny Chan, Hong Kong
  • Night Watch, Timur Bekmambetov, Russia
  • Marebito, Takashi Shimizu, Japan
  • Born to Fight, Panna Rittikrai, Thailand
  • Calvaire, Fabrice du Welz, Belgium
  • Lila Says, Ziad Doueiri, France
  • Ab-normal Beauty, Oxide Pang, Hong Kong
  • The Bodyguard, Panna Rittikrai & Petchtai Wongkamlao, Thailand
  • The Card Player, Dario Argento, Italy
  • Face, Yoo Sang-gon, South Korea
  • Koma, Chi-Leung Law, Hong Kong
  • Infection, Masayuki Ochiai, Japan
  • House of Voices, Pascal Laugier, France
  • Perth, Djinn, Singapore
  • Crimson Rivers 2: Angels of the Apocalypse, Olivier Dahan, France
  • Casshern, Kazuaki Kiriya, Japan
  • Silver Hawk, Jingle Ma, Hong Kong
  • Kekko Kamen, Takafumi Nagamine, Japan
  • Kibakichi, Tomo'o Haraguchi, Japan
  • Kibakichi 2, Tomo'o Haraguchi, Japan
  • Dark Tales of Japan, Takashi Shimizu (+4 more), Japan
  • Ma Mere, Christophe Honore, France
  • Tokyo Psycho, Ataru Oikawa, Japan

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1001 Movies You Must See

  • The Consequences of Love, Paolo Sorrentino, Italy
  • Downfall, Oliver Hirschbiegel, Germany
  • Head-On, Fatih Akin, Germany/Turkey
  • Moolaade, Ousmane Sembene, Senegal
  • The Passion of the Christ, Mel Gibson, USA
  • 3-Iron, Kim Ki-duk, South Korea
  • A Very Long Engagement, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, France
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 1.  A Very Long Engagment  Jean-Pierre Jeunet, France

 2.  Howl's Moving Castle  Hayao Miyazaki, Japan

 3.  The Weeping Meadow  Theo Angelopoulos, Greece

 4.  2046  Wong Kar-Wai, China

 5.  Kings and Queen  Arnaud Desplechin, France

 6.  Tropical Malady  Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand

 7.  Innocence  Lucie Hadzihalilovic, France

 8.  Kung-Fu Hustle  Stephen Chow, China

 9.  Nobody Knows  Hirokazu Koreeda, Japan

10.  Moolaade  Ousmane Sembane, Senegal

11.  The Intruder  Claire Denis, France

12.  The World  Jia Zhangke, China

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The 2004 Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film included …

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The Sea Inside (2004) Alejandro Amenabar, Spain ****

 

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As It Is In Heaven (2004) Kay Pollak, Sweden

 

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The Chorus (2004) Christophe Barratier, France

 

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Downfall (2004) Oliver Hirschbiegel, Germany

 

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Yesterday (2004) Darrell Roodt, South Africa

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Nominated for the 2004 BAFTA Best Picture Award and winner of the Foreign Film award …

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The Motorcycle Diaries (2004) Walter Salles, Argentina

 

The 2004 BAFTA Foreign Film Award included these nominees ….

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Bad Education (2004) Pedro Almodovar, Spain

 

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The Chorus (2004) Christophe Barratier, France

 

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A Very Long Engagement (2004) Jean-Pierre Jeunet, France

 

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House of Flying Daggers (2004) Zhang Yimou

 

The 2005 BAFTA Foreign Film Award included this nominee ….

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Le Grand Voyage (2004) Ismael Ferroukhi, France

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The winner of the 2004 European Film Awards Best Picture was …

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Head On (2004) Faith Atkin, Germany

 

The winner of the 2004 European Film Screen International Award was …

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2046 (2004) Wong Kar-Wai, Hong Kong

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The 2004 Independent Spirit Best Foreign Film Award included …

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The Sea Inside (2004) Alejandro Amenabar, Spain ****

 

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Bad Education (2004) Pedro Almodovar, Spain

 

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Red Lights (2004) Cedric Kahn, France

 

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Yesterday (2004) Darrell Roodt, South Africa

 

The 2005 Independent Spirit Best Foreign Film Award included these nominees …

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Duck Season (2004) Frenando Elmbcke, Mexico

 

 

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Head On (2004) Faith Atkin, Germany

 

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Tony Takitani (2004) Jun Ichikawa, Japan

 

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Nominated for the 2003/04 British Independent Foreign Language Film Award …

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The Motorcycle Diaries (2004) Walter Salles, Argentina

 

The winner of the 2005 British Independent Foreign Language Film Award …

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Downfall (2004) Oliver Hirschbiegel, Germany

 

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The winner of the 2004 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language film was …

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The Sea Inside (2004) Alejandro Amenabar, Spain

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The 2004 German Film Awards Best Picture was …

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Head On (2004) Fatih Akin, Germany

 

The 2005 German Film Awards Best Picture was …

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Go For Zucker (2004) Dani Levy, Germany

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The 2004 winner of Sweden’s Guldbagge award was …

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Dalecarlians (2004) Maria Blom, Sweden

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