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The winner of the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival Best Picture Award was …

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Smuggling Hendrix (2018) Marios Piperides, Cyprus

 

The winner of the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival Best Foreign Film Award was …

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House of Hummingbird (2018) Bora Kim, South Korea

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The winner of the 2018 Moscow International Film Festival ….

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The Lord Eagle (2018) Eduard Novikov, Russia

 

The winner of the 2019 Moscow International Film Festival ….

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The Secret of a Leader (2018) Farkhat Sharipov, Kazakhstan

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The winner of the 2018 Mar del Plata Film Festival Best International Picture was …

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Between Two Waters (2018) Isaki Lacuesta, Spain

 

The winner of the 2018 Mar del Plata Film Festival Best Argentine Picture was …

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El Llantro (2018) Hernan Fernandez, Argentina

 

The winner of the 2018 Mar del Plata Film Festival Best Latin Picture was ….

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Fausto (2018) Andrea Bussmann, Mexico

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The 2018 winner of the Cairo International Film Festival's Best Picture Award was …

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A Twelve Year Night (2018) Alvaro Brechner, Uruguay

 

The 2018 winner of the Cairo International Film Festival's Best Arabic Picture Award was …

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Fatwa (2018) Mahmoud Ben Mahmoud, Tunisia

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**Announcement**

Tomorrow we switch to 2019.  I have only seen one FF thus far and given that the major awards and the critics choices will not be announced until the end of the year I think we should have time to do a best of the decade review this coming week as well.  Possibly a late Wednesday or Thursday start for the best of 2010 to 2019.  Then the following Saturday we will do our top tens of all time for a week then just open up the thread after that to anyone who wishes to post.  All done just in time for my jury duty summons!

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My top FF films of 2019 of the 1 that I have seen are ….

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1.  The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019) Chiwetel Eijofor, UK [the majority of this is in Malawian with subtitles]

This was a pretty decent directorial effort by Eijofor about a boy who tackles the drought problem in his Malawian village and his relationship with his authoritarian father.  The title tells you what kind of picture it is really.

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Parasite, from South Korea and director Bong Joon-ho (The HostSnowpiercerOkja), seems to be the foreign-language film of the year as far as word-of-mouth goes. I'm looking forward to it, even if I've found his previous works uneven.

I've also heard good things about Pain & Glory from Pedro Almodovar (Spain)

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First Love from Takashi Miike (Japan) 

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Les Miserables from Ladj Ly (France) 

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Queen of Hearts from May el-Toukhy (Denmark/Sweden)

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Portrait of a Lady on Fire from Celine Sciamma (France)

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Wolf's Call, Anontin Baudry, France - A rogue submarine plans on nuking Russia and starting WWIII which the team have to stop. Of course, like all cheesy action thrillers they will have to be willing to sacrifice themselves. The plot is rather dumb and convoluted but it's a fun film. Lots of CG effects that leave much to be desired. This stars Omar Sy of "Intouchables" fame.

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The Leader, Zhong Jun, China - rather dull anime on the early life of Karl Marx. Really boring and doesn't include anything interesting that you couldn't just briefly read on the Wiki page. The animation was also mostly CGI which I hate. It's even worse that the trailer made it appear it would be traditional hand-drawn. Just watch the French movie if you want to know more about this section of history.

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My guess is that this award which was handed out in 2019 was generally meant for films made the previous year but in some instances entries into these awards are films that have yet to be released to the general public.

 

The 2019 National Film Awards of India Best Picture was …

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Hellaro (2019) Abhishek Shah, India

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