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Your Favourite Foreign Language Films Up to 2015

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The 2007 winner of the Hungarian Film Week Best Picture Award was …

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Iska’s Journey (2007) Csaba Bollok, Hungary

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Some of my favorites have already been mentioned, so I would like to add two interesting, well-made movies from Spain:

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Concursante (Contestant). Directed by Rodrigo Cortés. With Leonardo Sbaraglia, Chete Lera, Miryam Gallego, and Fernando Cayo.

A black comedy/thriller about a man whose life takes a turn for the worse after he big on a quiz show. Director Cortés does a fine job keeping the right tone for the movie, a nice balance between comedy and paranoia. Leonardo Sbaraglia (Plata Quemada) and the rest of the cast give fine performances.

 

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La Torre de Suso (Suso's Tower). Directed by Tom Fernández. With Javier Cámara, Gonzalo de Castro, Malena Alterio, Emilio Gutiérrez Caba.

A man who, after living abroad for years, returns to his hometown to attend the funeral of an old friend, and decides to fulfill his friend's dream of building a tower.

Very funny comedy about friendship and lost love, with good performances, especially Javier Cámara and Emilio Gutiérrez Caba.

 

 

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Lust, Caution (Se, Jie) is a Chinese film by Ang Lee, who's better known for Brokeback Mountain and Life of Pi. You could see it as the Asian Casablanca - in one shot you can even see a poster of that film. It's a spy thriller set during World War II, when China was occupied by Japan. A young woman joins the resistance and has to seduce a collaborator. It has suspence, romance, a psychological dilemma and beautiful images. Wei Tang and Tony Leung are excellent.

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Fermat's Room (La Habitacion de Fermat) is a Spanish movie about a group of mathematicians locked up in a room. They have to solve a number of riddles before the walls close in on them. It's not very realistic, but if you like logical puzzles and riddles you must see it. 

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Tricks (Sztucki) is a Polish film by Andrzej Jakimowski. A six-year-old boy and his older sister live in their own fantasy world, playing games and using "tricks" to influence the future. The boy thinks a man at the train station is their father, who left them many years ago. It gives a more colorful image of Poland than what we're used to.

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Funuke, Show Some Love You Losers! (Funuke Domo, Kanashimi No Ai Wo Misero) is a Japanese dark comedy about a family in a small village. The eldest daughter dreams of making it in Tokyo as an actress, but she's not very talented. The youngest daughter on the contrary has a real talent for drawing mangas. She uses material from real life, including incidents with her jalous older sister. Those manga images are well integrated, resulting into a weird movie.

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The Secret of the Grain (La Graine et le mulet) is a French drama by the Tunisian born Abdellatif Kechiche, better known for Blue Is the Warmest Color. It's about a sixty-year old, divorced Tunisian immigrant who wants to start a restaurant on a boat, where he wants to serve couscous and mullet fish. Helped by the daughter of his lover he tries to overcome all the bureaucratic hurdles and the bad luck.

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Katyn (2007) Andrzej Wajda, Poland.   Of the Wajda films that I have seen I thought Katyn was the best.  It has two parallel stories.  The first is the historic execution of thousands of Polish officers during WWII.  The second takes place years later when Poland is emerging from Soviet rule and a search for the truth behind the tragic event begins.  For years the people of Poland had been told that the men had been murdered by the Nazis when in fact it was the Soviets.  The rewriting of history is a parallel crime.  I saw this film in the big theatre at the BFI Southbank.  Wajda was supposed to be there but had cancelled due to illness.  At the end of the film as the credits rolled dozens of people began to opening wail.  Soon that was all you could hear in the theatre.  Very chilling.  Obviously a lot of older Polish people had attended and were overcome by the power of the film.  

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The 2007 winner of the Cairo International Film Festival's Best Picture Award was …

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Kicks (2007) Albert Ter Heerdt, the Netherlands

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The Best Picture winner of the 2007 Golden Horse Film Festival was …

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Lust, Caution (2007) Ang Lee, China

 

The Best Picture winner of the 2008 Golden Horse Film Festival was …

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The Warlords (2007) Peter Chan, China

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The winner of the 2007 Tokyo International Film Festival Best Picture Award was …

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The Band’s Visit (2007) Eran Kolirin, Israel

 

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My top FF films of 2008 of the 17 that I have seen are ….

 

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1.  Mesrine Parts 1 & 2 (2008) Jean-Francois Richet, France

2.  Let the Right One In (2008) Tomas Alfredson, Sweden

3.  Waltz With Bashir (2008) Ari Folman, Israel

4.  Red Cliff (2008) John Woo, China

5.  Everlasting Moments (2008) Jan Troell, Sweden

6.  Flame and Citron (2008) Ole Christian Madsen, Denmark

7.  Summer Hours (2008) Olivier Assayas, France

8.  Ponyo (2008) Hayao Miyazaki, Japan [I saw a dubbed version]

9.  Troubled Water (2008) Erik Poppe, Norway

10. A Christmas Tale (2008) Arnaud Desplechin, France

 

The Beaches of Agnes (2008) Agnes Varda, France

Three Monkeys (2008) Nuri Bilge Ceylon, Turkey

Mark of an Angel (2008) Safy Nebbou, France

Che (2008) Steven Soderbergh, USA

Under the Salt (2008) Mario Munoz, Mexico

 

and I’ve also seen …

Private Lessons (2008) Joachim Lafosse, Belgium

Lake Tahoe (2008) Fernando Elmboke, Mexico

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  1. Let the Right One In, Tomas Alfredson, Sweden
  2. Martyrs, Pascal Laugier, France
  3. The Good the Bad the Weird, Kim Jee-woon, South Korea
  4. Departures, Yojiro Takita, Japan
  5. Flame & Citron, Ole Christian Madsen, Denmark
  6. Waltz with Bashir, Ari Folman, Israel
  7. The Class, Laurent Cantet, France
  8. Red Cliff, John Woo, China
  9. Ip Man, Wilson Yip, Hong Kong
  10. The Chaser, Na Hong-jin, South Korea
  11. Sauna, Antti-Jussi Annila, Finland
  12. Sugar, Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck, US/Dominican Republic
  13. Che, Steven Soderbergh, US/France/Spain
  14. The Last Deadly Mission, Olivier Marchal, France
  15. Tokyo Gore Police, Yoshihiro Nishimura, Japan
  16. Dog Eat Dog, Carlos Moreno, Colombia
  17. The Machine Girl, Noboru Iguchi, Japan
  18. Il Divo, Paolo Sorrentino, Italy

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  • Gomorrah, Matteo Garrone, Italy
  • Chocolate, Prachya Pinkaew, Thailand
  • JCVD, Mabrouk El Mechri, Belgium
  • Left Bank, Pieter Van Hees, Belgium
  • Dante 01, Marc Caro, France
  • CJ7, Stephen Chow, Hong Kong
  • An Empress and the Warriors, Ching Siu-Tung, Hong Kong
  • Ong Bak 2, Tony Jaa & Panna Rittikrai, Thailand
  • Assassin's Blade aka Butterfly Lovers, Jingle Ma, Hong Kong
  • Hard Revenge, Milly, Takanori Tsujimoto, Japan (short)
  • The Monster X Strikes Back: Attack the G8 Summit, Minoru Kawasaki, Japan
  • Geisha Assassin, Go Ohara, Japan
  • Nina: Crazy Suicide Girl, Christian Arioli, Italy

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  • The Class, Laurent Cantet, France
  • Gomorrah, Matteo Garrone, Italy
  • The Good the Bad the Weird, Kim Jee-woon, South Korea
  • Let the Right One In, Tomas Alfredson, Sweden

 

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1.  Let the Right One In, Tomas Alfredson, Sweden

2. Welcome to the Sticks, Dany Boon, France

3. Waltz With Bashir, Ari Folman, Israel

4. Che, Steven Soderbergh, Spain

5. Ponyo, Hayao Miyazaki, Japan

6. Hitler's Kaput!, Marius Balchunas, Russia

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From the foreign editions-

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Mamma Mia, Phyllida Lloyd, Swedish edition

Involuntary, Ruben Östlund, Swedish edition

Welcome to the Sticks, Dany Boon, French edition

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Mamma Mia may have been produced by ABBA of Sweden but it is pure English language - even the songs.

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3 hours ago, Bogie56 said:

Mamma Mia may have been produced by ABBA of Sweden but it is pure English language - even the songs.

Yes, I know but it is in the Swedish edition and not the American edition for some reason. Same with Zorba the Greek in the Greek edition. 

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The 2008 Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film …

 

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Departures (2008) Yojiro Takita, Japan ****

 

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The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008) Uli Edel, Germany

 

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The Class (2008) Laurence Cantet, France

 

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Revanche (2008) Gotz Spielmann, Austria

 

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Waltz With Bashir (2008) Ari Folman, Israel

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The 2008 BAFTA Foreign Film Award included ….

 

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I’ve Loved You So Long (2008) Philippe Claudel, France ****

 

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Waltz With Bashir (2008) Ari Folman, Israel 

 

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The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008) Uli Edel, Germany

 

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Gomorrah (2008) Matteo Garrone, Italy

 

The 2009 BAFTA Foreign Film Award included this nominee ….

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Let the Right One In (2008) Tomas Alfredson, Sweden

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  1. The Baader Meinhof Complex, Uli Edel, Germany
  2. The Class, Laurent Cantet, France
  3. The Sicilian Girl, Marco Amenta, Italy
  4. Troubled Water, Erik Poppe, Norway
  5. Departures, Yôjirô Takita, Japan
  6. The Wave, Dennis Gannsel, Germany
  7. Waltz with Bashir, Ari Folman, Israel
  8. Mark of an Angel, Safy Nebbou, France
  9. Welcome to the Sticks, Dany Boon, France
  10. Lion’s Den, Pablo Trapero, Argentina
  11. Jodhaa Akbar, Ashutosh Gowariker, India
  12. The First Day of the Rest of Your Life, Rémi Bezançon, France
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The winner of the 2008 European Film Awards Best Picture was …

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Gomorrah (2008) Matteo Garrone, Italy

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The 2008 Independent Spirit Best Foreign Film Award included …

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The Class (2008) Laurence Cantet, France ****

 

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Gomorrah (2008) Matteo Garrone, Italy

 

The 2009 Independent Spirit Best Foreign Film Award included this nominee …

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Everlasting Moments (2008) Jan Troell, Sweden

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The 2008 British Independent Foreign Language Film Award included …

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Waltz With Bashir (2008) Ari Folman, Israel ****

 

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Gomorrah (2008) Matteo Garrone, Italy

 

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I’ve Loved You So Long (2008) Philippe Claudel, France

 

The 2009 British Independent Foreign Language Film Award included …

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Let the Right One In (2008) Tomas Alfredson, Sweden ****

 

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Il Divo (2008) Paolo Sorrentino, Italy

 

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The winner of the 2008 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language film was …

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Waltz With Bashir (2008) Ari Folman, Israel

 

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The 2008 winner of France’s Cesar Best Picture Award …

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Seraphine (2008)  Martin Provost, France

 

The 2008 winner of France’s Cesar Best Foreign Film Award was …

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Waltz With Bashir (2008) Ari Folman, Israel

 

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The 2008 winner of Sweden’s Guldbagge award was …

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Everlasting Moments (2008) Jan Troell, Sweden

 

The 2009 winner of Sweden’s Guldbagge Foreign Film Award was …

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Waltz With Bashir (2008) Ari Folman, Israel

 

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Denmark’s 2008 Robert Best Picture Award went to …

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Terribly Happy (2008) Henrik Ruben Genz, Denmark

 

Denmark’s 2008 Robert Best Foreign Picture Award went to …

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Everlasting Moments (2008) Jan Troell, Sweden

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Martyrs is a French suspense thriller/horror film that starts out as a home invasion movie. Two young women (Morjana Alaoui and Mylene Jampanoi) force their way into a typical middle-class home, terrorizing the family that lives there. One of the young women had been kidnapped and tortured as a child, and the perpetrators were never caught. She is convinced that the father of this family was one of those who abused her long ago. What seems to be a somewhat standard revenge thriller with psychological touches (is the girl right in her accusations against the father, or is she so mentally scarred from those events that she doesn't know what she's doing?), takes a twist in the second half and enters into original territory. I won't spoil it, but it is very graphic, nightmarish stuff, and the film is usually only available in an edited version. The difference between the edited version and the uncut version is very minimal, and even the edited version may prove too strong for many viewers. Personally, I liked the unexpected direction that the film takes, the metaphysical denouement which is also very darkly humorous, and the excellent performances. There was an English-language remake released in 2015, but I haven't bothered trying to see it.

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1.  Ponyo  Hayao Miyazaki, Japan

2.  A Christmas Tale  Arnaud Desplechin, France

3.  Waltz with Bashir  Ari Folman, Israel

4.  Gomorrah  Matteo Garrone, Italy

5.  Red Cliff, Part One  John Woo, China

6.  The Beach of Agnes  Agnes Varda, France

7.  Lorna's Silence  Jean Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Belgium

8.  Summer Hours  Oliver Assayas, France

9.  35 Shots of Rum  Claire Denis, France

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