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Your Favourite Foreign Language Films Up to 2015

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The 1987 German Film Awards Best Picture winners included …

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Francesca (1987) Verenice Rudolph, Germany

 

The 1988 German Film Awards Best Picture was …

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Wings of Desire (1987) Wim Wenders, Germany

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The 1987 winner of Sweden’s Guldbagge award was …

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Pelle the Conqueror (1987) Bille August, Sweden

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Denmark’s 1987 Robert Best Picture Award went to …

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Pelle the Conqueror (1987) Bille August, Sweden

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Belgium’s Joseph Plateau Awards began in 1985 and ran until 2006.  Wikipedia describes it as the equivalent to the Academy Awards.  This film won the 1987 Best Picture Award …

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Crazy Love (1987) Dominique Deruddere, Belgium

 

The 1988 winner of Belgium’s Joseph Plateau Best Picture Award was …

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Wedding In Galilee (1987) Michel Khlefi, Palestine

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Italy’s David di Donatello 1986/87 Best Picture winners included …

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The Family (1987) Ettore Scola, Italy

 

Italy’s David di Donatello 1987/88 Foreign Film winner …

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Au Revoir, Les Enfants (1987) Louis Malle, France

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The 1987 winner of Spain’s Goya Award for Best Picture was …

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El Bosque Animado (1987) Jose Luis Cuerda, Spain

 

The 1987 winner of the Goya Award for Best Spanish language Foreign Film was …

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Life Is Most Important (1987) Luis Alcoriza, Mexico

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The 1987 Canadian Film Award winner …

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Un Zoo la Nuit (1987) Jean-Claude Lauzon, Canada

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The 1987 winner of Mexico’s Ariel Best Picture Award was …

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Mariana Mariana (1987) Alberto Isaac, Mexico

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The 1987 National Film Awards of India Best Picture was …

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Mirch Masala/A Touch of Spice (1987) Ketan Mehta, India

 

The 1988 National Film Awards of India Best Picture was …

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The Catastrophe (1987) Jahnu Barua, India

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The 1987 winner of Japan’s Academy Award was …

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A Taxing Woman (1987) Juzo Itami, Japan

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China’s Hundred Flowers Awards for Best Picture of 1986/87 included …

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Hibiscus Town (1987) Jin Xie, China

 

China’s Hundred Flowers Awards for Best Picture of 1987/88 included …

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The Old Well (1987) Tian-Ming Wu, China

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The winner of China’s Golden Rooster Award for Best Picture of 1987 was …

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Hibiscus Town (1987) Jin Xie, China

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The 1987 Hong Kong Film Award for Best Picture went to …

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An Autumn’s Tale (1987) Mabel Cheung, Hong Kong

 

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Rouge (1987) Stanley Kwan, Hong Kong

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theyshootpictures.com top 1000 movies

Wings of Desire  Wim Wenders, West Germany #215

Where is the Friend's Home  Abbas Kiarostami, Iran #289

Yeelen  Souleymane Cisse, Mali #646

A Short Film About Killing  Krzysztof Kieslowski, Poland #685

Red Sorghum  Zhang Yimou, China #707

The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On  Kazuo Hara, Japan #720

Dust in the Wind  Hou Hsaio-hsien, China (Taiwan) #837

Au Revoir Les Enfants  Louis Malle, France #853

I don't know if Hotel Terminus counts as a foreign language film.  It's an American film, with English credits, with a French director, with many, probably most, of the interviews not in English.  Regardless it's #893

Jonathan Rosenbaum's top 1000 movies

la chouette aveugle  Raul Ruiz, France/Switzerland
Damnation  Bela Tarr, Hungary
From the Pole to the Equator  Yervant Gianikian / Angela Ricci Lucchi, Italy/Germany
Mammame  Raul Ruiz, France
*Where Is the Friend's House?  Abbas Kiarostami, Iran
*Yeelen (Brightness)  Souleymane Cisse, Mali

An asterisk (*) indicates that the movie is one of Rosenbaum's top 100 movies.  Note that dates are not exact.

 

 

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Kon Ichikawa's Princess From the Moon (1987) is a charming Japanese fairy tale.  Ayako Wakao (left) and Toshiro Mifune (right) play poor parents who have lost their child.   Soon after they come across an abandoned baby in the forest which they adopt and bring up as their own.  The baby has also come with gold coins which is handy and the diaper years are incredibly short as the child grows up into adulthood almost overnight.  The beautiful Yasuko Sawagushi (below) plays the Princess who has many suitors.

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**Announcement**

1988 will begin this Friday.  It will also be a shorter week so we can fit in an end of the decade review.  1989 will start Thursday, February 21 and the best of the 80’s will start about Wednesday February 27.  1990 will start Saturday March 2 as planned.

 
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I have a trio of Italian horrors among my top choices, and one noteworthy one in my "also seens".

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Opera aka Terror at the Opera was Dario Argento's return to the giallo genre. It involves a mysterious killer preying on people preparing a production of Verdi's Macbeth. I'm sure there are nuances of the opera medium that are lost on me, but I enjoy the film regardless. It features a very shocking stabbing, and the memorable image of people having needles taped under their eyes to stop them from closing their eyelids. Like most of Argento's films, its plotline is bizarre, and the music is memorable, featuring tracks from Brian Eno, the Rolling Stones' Bill Wyman, and Claudio Simonetti of frequent Argento scorer Goblin. The international cast includes Ian Charleson and William McNamara.

 

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Speaking of actors in Opera, one such was Argento protege Michele Soavi, who in 1987 made his feature directorial debut with StageFright. It's a taut thriller in the giallo genre with actors in a large theater rehearsing an imminent stage production while unknowingly being stalked by an escaped homicidal mental patient. Soavi demonstrated that he learned a lot from his mentor with excellent staging and use of music and lighting. Frequent Italian genre film heavy George Eastman co-wrote the script.

 

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Aenigma was from Italian horror icon Lucio Fulci. It concerns students at an exclusive all-girls school being menaced by a supernatural force. It plays like a cross between previous psychic genre films Patrick (1978) and Carrie (1976). American actor Jared Martin appears as a doctor. This isn't a very good movie (I barely gave it a 6/10) but it made it onto my list for a handful of memorable sequences, such as a girl being "attacked" by snails. Yes, snails!

 

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Speaking of barely making the grade, Delirium aka Photos of Gioia appears at the top of my "also seen" list, but while I rated it a 5/10, on a different day I may rank it higher and it would have made my top list. It's another giallo, this time from Lamberto Bava, and it concerns killings connected to a glamorous model played by the cartoonishly voluptuous Serena Grandi. The movie features glossy cinematography and evocative lighting, but the most memorable aspect (outside of the copious nudity) is a series of hallucinations shown from the point of view of the killer, in which the victims appear to have a giant eyeball for a face, or the head of a bee, or other such bizarre sights. Co-starring George Eastman, the aforementioned screenwriter of StageFright.

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Akseleratka - This is the Russian version of the Martial Arts movies. Irina Shmeleva plays Anuta, a young girl who wishes to become a police detective. The police tell Anuta she is much too young and inexperienced to join the force so she sets out to prove them wrong. With her boyfriend Kuzey, they try to infiltrate a carjacking ring. In dubiously choreographed scenes she fights the carjackers with karate. This is a pretty interesting action film and is worth a view if you come across it.

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The 1987 New York Film Critics Best Foreign Film Award included  this nominee ….

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Au Revoir, Les Enfants (1987) Louis Malle, France

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The 1987 winner of the The Los Angeles Film Critics Best Foreign Film …

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Au Revoir, Les Enfants (1987) Louis Malle, France

 

The 1988 winner of the The Los Angeles Film Critics Best Foreign Film …

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Wings of Desire (1987) Wim Wenders, Germany

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The winners of the 1987 Prix Louis Delluc Best Picture were …

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Au Revoir, Les Enfants (1987) Louis Malle, France

 

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Keep Your Right Up (1988) Jean-Luc Godard, France

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The winner of the 1987 Prix Jean Vigo was …

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Buisson Ardent (1987) Laurent Perrin, France

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Michael Gebert’s Golden Armchair Award for the 1988 foreign film was …

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Wings of Desire (1987) Wim Wenders, Germany

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The 1987 Belgium Film Critics Association Best Picture Award went to …

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Wings of Desire (1987) Wim Wenders, Germany

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The winner of the 1988 London Critics Circle Foreign Language Film Award was ….

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Babette’s Feast (1987) Gabriel Axel, Denmark

 

The winner of the 1989 London Critics Circle Foreign Language Film Award was ….

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Au Revoir, Les Enfants (1987) Louis Malle, France

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