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The Cairo International Film Festival began in 1976.  Records that I found on the imdb have its Golden Pyramid Award for Best Picture staring in 1994.  This was the winner ….

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Le Colonel Chabert (1994) Yves Angelo, France

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The winner of the 1994 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Best Picture Award was …

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My Soul Brother (1994) Mariano Barraso, Spain

 

The winner of the 1995 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Best Picture Award was …

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The Ride (1994) Jan Sverak, Czech Republic

 

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The 1994 winner of the Asia Pacific Film Festival Best Picture Award was …

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Eat Drink Man Woman (1994) Ang Lee, Taiwan

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The Best Picture winner of the 1994 Golden Horse Film Festival was …

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Vive L’Amour (1994) Tsai Ming-liang, Taiwan

 

The Best Picture winner of the 1996 Golden Horse Film Festival was …

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In the Heat of the Sun (1994) Wen Jiang, China

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The winner of the 1994 Tokyo International Film Festival Best Picture Award was …

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The Day the Sun Turned Cold (1994) Yim Ho, Hong Kong

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Shekhar Kapur's Bandit Queen (1994) was my number three FF in a year full of quality.  Seema Biswas plays the real life Phoolan Devi who born in a low caste suffered abuse in an arranged child marriage before taking control of her life and a measure of revenge as a bandit.  After a career as a bandit Devi became an elected politician!  I recommend this one.

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Louis 19 Le Rois Des Ondes (1994) Michel ****, Canada is a rather lightweight comedy about a twit who agrees to have his life filmed 24/7 for a reality tv show.  Of course he becomes a star.  The was the basis for Ron Howard's EdTV (1999).   Dominique Michel was the highlight as Louis' mother.

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The early 90's saw an explosion of good Asian cinema.  While The Wooden Man’s Bride (1994) by Jianxin Huang of China is not up among the best of those films it does have a great concept.  The young bride to be is in a caravan headed for the arranged wedding when it is attacked by bandits.  A lowly caste man helps her escape and she naturally falls in love with him.  When they arrive for the wedding she learns of the death of her groom but she is not so easily off the hook.  Her mother-in-law forces her to marry a wooden effigy of her dead son.

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I enjoyed the French Canadian C’etait le 12 du 12 Et Chili Avait Les Blues (1994) by Charles Biname.  It all takes place in Montreal's railway station where passengers are stranded during a snow storm.  Not unlike Union Depot (1932) with Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and Joan Blondell.

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Nation and Destiny - This rather well shot series was an attempt by the North to depict the outside world to its audience. Use of modern music and culture appear in this series (a giant poster to "Streets of Fire" is used for the street scenes set in South Korea). Films 5 to 8 deal with the composer Isang Yun who made his fame in West Germany after the war by composing many operas and concertos. He visited the North and was kidnapped by South Korea's version of the FBI and tortured after returning to West Berlin. Among the people who signed for his release were Igor Stravinsky, Otto Klemperer and György Ligeti. The depiction of his kidnapping is very cartoonish here with Isang Yun dangling over a vat of acid! Other depictions of the South include a bar filled with hippies that plays Beatles music and a street scene involving a massive 30 car pile up. This one was up on YouTube with English subs.

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My top FF films of 1995 of the 20 that I have seen are ….

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1.  La Ceremonie (1995) Claude Chabrol, France

2.  Happiness Is In the Field (1995) Etienne Chatiliez, France

3.  The City of Lost Children (1995) Marc Caro, Jean-pierre Jeunet, France

4.  Le Haine (1995) Mathieu Kassovitz, France

5.  A Mongolian Tale (1995) Xie Fei, China

6.  Le Confessional (1995) Robert LePage, Canada

7.  Antonia’s Line (1995) Marleen Gorris, the Netherlands

8.  Nelly and Monsieur Arnaud (1995) Claude Sautet, France

9.  The Deathmaker (1995) Romuald Karmakar, Germany

10. Les Miserables (1995) Claude Lelouch, France

 

Cold Fever (1995) Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, Iceland [portions in English]

The White Balloon (1995) Jafar Panahi, Iran

Celestial Clockwork (1995) Fina Torres, France

Cyclo (1995) Ran Anh Hung, Viet Nam

 

and I’ve also seen …

A Last Note (1995) Kaneto Shindo, Japan

The Flower of My Secret (1995) Pedro Almodovar, Spain

Shanghai Triad (1995) Zhang Yimou, China

Underground (1995) Emir Kusturica, Serbia

Ulysses’ Gaze (1995) Theodoros Angelopoulos, Greece [portions in English]

Salaam Cinema (1995) Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Iran

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  1. Ghost in the Shell, Mamoru Oshii, Japan
  2. Gamera: Guardian of the Universe, Shusuke Kaneko, Japan
  3. Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, Takao Okawara, Japan
  4. The City of Lost Children, Jean-Pierre Jeunet & Marc Caro, France
  5. Rumble in the Bronx, Stanley Tong, Hong Kong
  6. The Day of the Beast, Alex de la Iglesia, Spain
  7. The Enforcer, Corey Yuen, Hong Kong
  8. High Risk, Jing Wong & Wai-Lun Lam, Hong Kong
  9. Midaq Alley, Jorge Fons, Mexico

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1001 Movies You Must See

  • Cyclo, Anh Hung Tran, Vietnam
  • Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Aditya Chopra, India
  • Underground, Emir Kusturica, Serbia
  • The White Balloon, Jafar Panahi, Iran
  • Zero Kelvin, Hans Petter Moland, Norway/Sweden
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My top FF films of 1995

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1. Antonia’s Line, Marleen Gorris, the Netherlands

2. La Haine, Mathieu Kassovitz, France

3. Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, Takao Okawara, Japan

4. Gamera: Guardian of the Universe, Shusuke Kaneko, Japan

5. Little Sister, Robert Jan Westdijk, The Netherlands

6. Common Plight, Yassamin Maleknasr, Iran

From the foreign editions-

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La Haine, Mathieu Kassovitz, French edition

Antonia’s Line, Marleen Gorris, Dutch edition

Little Sister, Robert Jan Westdijk, Dutch edition

Eggs, Bent Hamer, Norwegian edition

 

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  1. La Cérémonie, Claude Chabrol, France
  2. The City of Lost Children, Jean-Pierre Jeunet & Marc Caro, France
  3. Shanghai Triad, Zhang Yimou, China
  4. The Garden, Martin Šulík, Slovakia
  5. The Flower of My Secret, Pedro Almodóvar, Spain
  6. Manneken Pis, Frank Van Passel, Belgium
  7. Antonia’s Line, Marleen Gorris, Netherlands
  8. La Haine, Mathieu Kassovitz, France
  9. Little Sister, Robert Jan Westdijk, Netherlands
  10. Brylcream Boulevard, Robbe De Hert, Belgium
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1. Underground  Emir Kusturica, Serbia

2. City of Lost Children  Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, France

3. The White Balloon  Jahfr Pahani, Iran

4. Fallen Angels  Wong Kar-Wai, China (Hong Kong)

5. Cyclo  Tran Anh Hung, Vietnam

6. Ulysses' Gaze  Theo Angelopoulos, Greece

7. Le Haine  Mathieu Kassovitz, France

8. The Ceremony  Claude Chabrol, France

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The 1995 Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film …

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Antonia’s Line (1995) Marleen Gorris, the Netherlands ****

 

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The Star Maker (1995) Giuseppe Tornatore, Italy

 

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O Quatrilho (1995) Fabio Barreto, Brazil

 

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Dust of Life (1995) Rachid Bouchareb, Algeria

 

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All Things Fair (1995) Bo Widerberg, Sweden

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The 1995 BAFTA Foreign Film Award included this nominee ….

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Les Miserables (1995) Claude Lelouch, France

 

The 1996 BAFTA Foreign Film Award included these nominees ….

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Antonia’s Line (1995) Marleen Gorris, the Netherlands

 

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Nelly and Monsieur Arnaud (1995) Claude Sautet, France

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Nominated for the 1995 Independent Spirit Best Foreign Film Award…

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The City of Lost Children (1995) Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, France

 

Nominated for the 1997 Independent Spirit Best Foreign Film Award…

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Mouth to Mouth (1995) Manuel Gomez Pereira, Spain

 

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Underground (1995) Emir Kusturica, Serbia

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The winner of the 1995 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language film was …

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Les Miserables (1995) Claude Lelouch, France

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The 1995 winner of France’s Cesar Best Picture Award …

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Le Haine (1995) Mathieu Kassovitz, France

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The 1996 German Film Awards Best Picture was …

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The Deathmaker (1995) Romuald Karmakar, Germany

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The 1995 winner of Sweden’s Guldbagge award was …

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All Things Fair (1995) Bo Widerberg, Sweden

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Denmark’s 1995 Robert Best Picture Award went to …

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The Beast Within (1995) Carsten Rudolf, Denmark

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The 1995 winner of Belgium’s Joseph Plateau Best Picture Award was …

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Manneken Pis (1995) Frank Van Passel, Belgium

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Italy’s David di Donatello 1994/95 Best Picture winner …

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School (1995) Danielle Luchetti, Italy

 

Italy’s David di Donatello 1995/96 Best Foreign Film winner …

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Nelly and Monsieur Arnaud (1995) Claude Sautet, France

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