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The winner of the 1997 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Best Picture Award was …

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Ma Vie en Rose (1997) Alain Berliner, Belgium

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The 1997 winners of the Hungarian Film Week Best Picture Award were …

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Dollybirds (1997) Peter Timar, Hungary

 

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Long Twilight (1997) Attila Janisch, Hungary

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The winner of the 1997 Mar del Plata Film Festival Best Picture was ….

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Plaza de Almas (1997) Fernando Diaz, Argentina

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The 1997 winner of the Cairo International Film Festival's Best Picture Award was …

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The Chambermaid on the Titanic (1997) Bigas Luna, France

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The 1997 winner of the Asia Pacific Film Festival Best Picture Award was …

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Such a Life (1997) Chi-yung Chang, Taiwan

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The co-winner of the 1997 Tokyo International Film Festival Best Picture Award was …

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The Perfect Circle (1997) Ademir Kenovic, Bosnia

 

The winner of the 1998 Tokyo International Film Festival Best Picture Award was …

 

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Open Your Eyes (1997) Alejandro Amenabar, Spain

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Kichiku Dai Enkai aka Banquet of the Beasts is a Japanese drama from writer-producer-director Kazuyoshi Kumakiri. It's an allegorical look at the political upheaval in Japanese society in the early 1970's, with student radicals and violent protests and riots. The film focuses on a small group of leftist college students who begin to unravel when their leader is jailed and he places his girlfriend (Sumiko Hikami) in charge. As their morale falters, they begin committing acts of increasing violence. The last act of the film is extremely graphic, and earned the film a cult following. I thought it was only partly successful, as it was hampered by the increasingly paltry production values that descended on the Japanese film industry going into the 2000's, when many films, even those from leading filmmakers, began to look like shot-on-video home movies.

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Rebirth of Mothra II is the best of the Japanese 90's Mothra trilogy, although that isn't saying a lot. All three have colorful design and top-shelf production values, and were no doubt inspired by the excellent 90's run of Godzilla features and the better-than-expected revival of Gamera. However, where as those series took their main characters in more complex and mature directions, the Mothra films are aimed squarely at children, and they will enjoy them the most.

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I saw Tom Tykwer's Winter Sleepers (1997) not that long ago.  And though I haven't seen Run Lola Run (1998) for some time I think I preferred Winter Sleepers.  It takes place in the Bavarian Alps in ski season.  The main story involves a crash on a mountain road in which a young girl is left in a coma.  The authorities believe it was probably careless driving on the father's part as the there is no evidence of a collision.  The father seeks the missing driver of the other car who may be suffering from amnesia.

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Insomnia (1997) Erik Skjoldbjaerg, Norway.  It was interesting to see this and the American remake by Christopher Nolan with Al Pacino back-to-back.  Both films had their merits.  But the Norwegian original is decidedly darker and Stellan Skarsgaard's unscrupulous detective has been air brushed into a more sympathetic character for Pacino to play.  In each the detective travels to above the arctic circle where it is in perpetual daylight to investigate a murder.  He unwittingly kills his partner when tracking the suspect.  He tries to cover it up but the suspect is in touch to let him know he witnessed what really happened.

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My top FF films of 1998 of the 12 that I have seen are ….

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1.  Central Station (1998) Walter Salles, Brazil

2.  The Celebration (1998) Thomas Vinterberg, Denmark

3.  Run, Lola Run (1998) Tom Tykwer, Germany

4.  **** Amal/Show Me Love (1998) Lukas Moodysson, Sweden

5.  The Dinner Game (1998) Francis Veber, France

6.  Ringu (1998) Hideo Nakata, Japan

7.  The Terrorist (1998) Santosh Sivan, India

8.  The Emperor and the Assassin (1998) Chen Kaige, China

9.  La Sonambula (1998) Fernando Spiner, Argentina

 

and I’ve also seen …

Flowers of Shanghai (1998) Hou Hsiao-hsien, Taiwan

No (1998) Robert LePage, Canada

After Life (1998) Kor-eda Hirokazu, Japan

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1. Run, Lola Run, Tom Tykwer, Germany

2. The Celebration, Thomas Vinterberg, Denmark

3. Ringu, Hideo Nakata, Japan

4. The Idiots, Lars Von Trier, Denmark

5. After Life, Kor-eda Hirokazu, Japan

I have also seen the anime Cowboy Bebop which is from this year.

From the foreign editions-

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Central Station, Walter Salles, Brazilian edition

**** Amal/Show Me Love, Lukas Moodysson, Swedish edition

Eternity and a Day, Theodoros Angelopoulos, Greek edition

 

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  1. Run, Lola Run, Tom Tykwer, Germany
  2. The Celebration, Thomas Vinterberg, Denmark
  3. Lovers of the Arctic Circle, Julio Medem, Spain
  4. The Idiots, Lars von Trier, Denmark
  5. **** Amal/Show Me Love, Lukas Moodysson, Sweden
  6. Black Cat, White Cat, Emir Kusturica, Fed. Rep. Yugoslavia
  7. The Dreamlife of Angels, Erick Zonca, France
  8. De Ziener, Gerrit van Elst, Netherlands
  9. Central Station, Walter Salles, Brazil
  10. Eternity and a Day, Theodoros Angelopoulos, Greece

Three films really stand out this year, hard to choose between them.

 

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  1. Run Lola Run, Tom Tykwer, Germany
  2. Central Station, Walter Salles, Brazil
  3. I Stand Alone, Gaspar Noe, France
  4. Samurai Fiction, Hiroyuki Nakano, Japan
  5. Ringu, Hideo Nakata, Japan
  6. Bio-Zombie, Wilson Yip, Hong Kong
  7. Black Angel, Vol. 1, Takashi Ishii, Japan
  8. Tomie, Ataru Oikawa, Japan
  9. The Contract Killer, Wei Tung, Hong Kong

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I've also seen:

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  • Rebirth of Mothra III, Okihiro Yoneda, Japan
  • The Phantom of the Opera, Dario Argento, Italy
  • Il mio West, Giovanni Veronesi, Italy

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1001 Movies You Must See

  • The Celebration, Thomas Vinterberg, Denmark
  • The Idiots, Lars von Trier, Denmark
  • Ringu, Hideo Nakata, Japan
  • Run Lola Run, Tom Tykwer, Germany
  • Sombre, Philippe Grandrieux, France

 

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1.  Lovers of the Arctic Circle  Julio Medem, Spain

2.  Khrustalyov my car!  Aleksei German, Russia

3.  Eternity and a Day  Theo Angelopoulos, Greece

4.  Black cat, White Cat  Emir Kusturica, Yugoslovia

5.  Flowers of Shanghai  Hou Hsiao-hsien, China (Taiwan)

6.  West Bierut  Ziad Doueiri, Lebanon

7.  After Life  Hirozaku Kore-eda, Japan

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The 1998 Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film included these nominees …

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Central Station (1998) Walter Salles, Brazil

 

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Tango (1998) Carlos Saura, Argentina

 

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The Grandfather (1998) Jose Luis Garcia, Spain

 

The 1999 Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film included this nominee …

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Under the Sun (1998) Colin Nutley, Sweden

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The Winner of the 1998 BAFTA Foreign Film Award ….

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Central Station (1998) Walter Salles, Brazil

 

The 1999 BAFTA Foreign Film Award included these nominees ….

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The Celebration (1998) Thomas Vinterberg, Denmark

 

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Run Lola Run (1998) Tom Tykwer, Germany

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The 1998 Independent Spirit Best Foreign Film Award …

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The Celebration (1998) Thomas Vinterberg, Denmark ****

 

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Central Station (1998) Walter Salles, Brazil

 

The 1999 Independent Spirit Best Foreign Film Award winner…

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Run Lola Run (1998) Tom Tykwer, Germany

 

Nominated for the 2000 Independent Spirit Best Foreign Film Award…

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The Terrorist (1998) Santosh Sivan, India

 

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Nominated for the 1999 British Independent Foreign Language Film Award …

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The Emperor and the Assassin (1998) Chen Kaige, China

- I've seen this and am adding it to my list.

 

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Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train (1998) Patrice Chereau, France

 

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The winner of the 1998 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language film was …

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Central Station (1998) Walter Salles, Brazil

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The 1998 winner of France’s Cesar Best Picture Award …

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The Dreamlife of Angels (1998) Erick Zonca, France

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The 1999 German Film Awards Best Picture was …

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Run Lola Run (1998) Tom Tykwer, Germany

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The 1998 winner of Sweden’s Guldbagge award was …

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**** Amal/Show Me Love (1998) Lukas Moodysson, Sweden

 

The 1998 winner of Sweden’s Guldbagge Foreign Film Award was …

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The Celebration (1998) Thomas Vinterberg, Denmark

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Denmark’s 1998 Robert Best Picture Award went to …

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The Celebration (1998) Thomas Vinterberg, Denmark

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The 1998 winner of Belgium’s Joseph Plateau Best Picture Award was …

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Le Bal Masque (1998) Julien Vrebos, Belgium

 

The 1999 winner of Belgium’s Joseph Plateau Best Picture Award was …

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Rosie (1998) Patrice Toye, Belgium

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