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The winner of the 2012 Sweden’s Goteborg International Film Festival Best Picture Award was …

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The Orheim Company (2012) Arild Andresen, Norway

 

The winner of the 2013 Sweden’s Goteborg International Film Festival Best Picture Award was …

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Finnish Blood Swedish Heart (2012) Mika Ronkainen, Sweden

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The winner of the 2012 Mar del Plata Film Festival Best International Picture was ….

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Beyond the Hills (2012) Cristian Mungiu, Romania

 

The winner of the 2012 Mar del Plata Film Festival Best Argentine Picture was ….

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Blood Brothers (2012) Daniel de la Vega, Argentina

 

The winner of the 2012 Mar del Plata Film Festival Best Latin Picture was ….

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Las Cosas Como Son (2012) Fernando Lavenderos Montero, Chile

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My top FF films of 2013 of the 14 that I have seen are ….

 

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1.  Metro Manila (2013) Sean Ellis, Philippines

2.  Blue Is the Warmest Colour (2013) Abdellatif Kechiche, France

3.  The Brain Man (2013) Tomoyuki Takimoto, Japan

4.  Ida (2013) Pawel Pawilkowski, Poland

5.  The Wind Rises (2013) Hayao Miyazaki, Japan [I saw a dubbed version]

6.  Human Capital (2013) Paolo Virzi, Italy

7.  Venus In Fur (2013) Roman Polanski, France

8.  Gloria (2013) Sebastian Lelio, Chile

9.  The Lunchbox (2013) Ritesh Batra, India

10. Ilo Ilo (2013) Anthony Chen, Singapore

 

Northwest (2013) Michael Noer, Denmark

Long Live Freedom (2013) Roberto Ando, Italy

 

and I’ve also seen …

The Great Beauty (2013) Paolo Sorrentino, Italy

The Circus (2013) Kevin Allen, Wales

 
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  1. Blue Is the Warmest Colour, Abdellatif Kechiche, France
  2. In Bloom, Nana Ekvtimishvili, Georgia
  3. Paradise: Hope, Ulrich Seidl, Austria
  4. Wakolda, Lucía Puenzo, Argentina
  5. Venus in Fur, Roman Polanski, France
  6. The Tale of Princess Kaguya, Isao Takahati, Japan
  7. Windstorm, Katja von Garnier, Germany
  8. Il Futuro, Alicia Scherson, Italy
  9. Child’s Pose, Cãlin Peter Netzer, Romania
  10. Qissa, Anup Singh, India
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So we've reached page 150! Here are two films that deserve a bit of attention:

In Bloom (Grzeli Nateli Dgeebi) is my favourite Georgian movie of all time. It's a realistic drama about an arranged marriage. It's set in 1992, just after the country gained independence from the Soviet Union. Themes are the political tension with Russia and women's rights. The traditional folk culture is present in the dancing and singing at the wedding.

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Not often does a fat girl play the leading role in a film, but it's the case in Paradise: Hope (Paradies: Hoffnung). A teenage girl is sent to a health camp for overweight girls. They are not motivated to lose weight, and Melanie ges a crush on the doctor. It's the third part of Ulrich Seidl's loosely connected trilogy - Melanie's mother was the main character in part 1.

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Metro Manila (2013) Sean Ellis, Philippines is my current number one pick.  A young poor family from the country move to Manila in hope of a better life.  Immediately they are suckered into giving their savings to rent an apartment from a man who turns out doesn't own it (shades of Aparajito).  Eventually the man gets a job as an armoured car driver and the film becomes a good thriller.  John Arcilla (above) who plays the man's partner was my choice for best supporting actor of the year.  Recommended.

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2013

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  1. We Are the Best!, Lukas Moodysson, Sweden
  2. Blue Is the Warmest Color, Abdellatif Kechiche, France
  3. Ida, Pawel Pawlikowski, Poland
  4. New World, Hoon-jung Park, South Korea
  5. A Touch of Sin, Zhangke Jia, China
  6. Big Bad Wolves, Aharon Keshales & Navot Papushado, Israel
  7. The Grandmaster, Wong Kar-Wai, China
  8. The Suspect, Shin-yeon Wan, South Korea
  9. The Great Beauty, Paolo Sorrentino, Italy
  10. Firestorm, Alan Yuen, China

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I've also seen:

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  • Ip Man: The Final Fight, Herman Yau, China
  • The Wrath of Vajra, Wing-Cheong Law, China
  • Special ID, Clarence Yiu-leung Fok, China
  • Saving General Yang, Ronny Yu, China
  • Badges of Fury, Tsz Ming Wong, China

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1001 Movies You Must See

  • Blue Is the Warmest Color, Abdellatif Kechiche, France
  • The Great Beauty, Paolo Sorrentino, Italy
  • Ida, Pawel Pawlikowski, Poland
  • A Touch of Sin, Zhangke Jia, China
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1.  The Tale of the Princess Kaguya  Isao Takahata, Japan

2.  Blue is the Warmest Color  Abdellatif Kechiche, France

3.  Hard to be a God  Alexei German, Russia

4.  The Wind Rises  Hayao Miyazaki, Japan

5.  The Grandmaster  Wong Kar-Wai, China

6.  A Touch of Sin  Jia Zhangke, China

7.  The Past  Asghar Farhadi, France

8.  Bastards  Claire Denis, France

9.  The Missing Picture  Rithy Pran  Cambodia/France

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The 2013 Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film included …

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The Great Beauty (2013) Paolo Sorrentino, Italy ****

 

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The Missing Picture (2013) Rithy Panh, Cambodia

 

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Omar (2013) Hany Abu-Assad, Palestine

 

The 2014 Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film included …

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Ida (2013) Pawel Pawilkowski, Poland ****

 

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Tangerines (2013) Zaza Urushadze, Estonia

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The 2013 BAFTA Foreign Film Award included ….

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The Great Beauty (2013) Paolo Sorrentino, Italy ****

 

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Blue Is the Warmest Colour (2013) Abdellatif Kechiche, France

 

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Metro Manila (2013) Sean Ellis, Philippines

 

The 2014 BAFTA Foreign Film Award included ….

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Ida (2013) Pawel Pawilkowski, Poland ****

 

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The Lunchbox (2013) Ritesh Batra, India

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The winner of the 2013 European Film Awards Best Picture was …

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The Great Beauty (2013) Paolo Sorrentino, Italy

 

The winner of the 2014 European Film Awards Best Picture was …

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Ida (2013) Pawel Pawilkowski, Poland

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The 2013 Independent Spirit Best Foreign Film Award included …

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Blue Is the Warmest Colour (2013) Abdellatif Kechiche, France ****

 

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Gloria (2013) Sebastian Lelio, Chile

 

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The Great Beauty (2013) Paolo Sorrentino, Italy

 

The 2014 Independent Spirit Best Foreign Film Award included …

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Ida (2013) Pawel Pawilkowski, Poland ****

 

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Norte, the End of History (2013) Lay Diaz, Philippines

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The winner of the 2013 British Independent Best Picture Award …

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Metro Manila (2013) Sean Ellis, Philippines

 

The 2013 British Independent Foreign Language Film Award included …

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Blue Is the Warmest Colour (2013) Abdellatif Kechiche, France ****

 

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The Great Beauty (2013) Paolo Sorrentino, Italy

 

The 2014 British Independent Foreign Language Film Award included this nominee …

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Ida (2013) Pawel Pawilkowski, Poland

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