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The winner of the 2019 Stockholm International Film Festival Best Picture Award was …

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Song Without a Name (2019) Melina Leon, Peru

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1974

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Successive Slidings of Pleasure (1974) Alain Robbe-Grillet, France

Incredibly pretentious.  It has lots of nudity with beautiful French starlets but handled in a bizarre non-erotic way.

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The 2019 winner of the Hungarian Film Week Best Picture Award was …

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Those Who Remained (2019) Barnabas Toth, Hungary

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The Given Word aka Keeper of Promises (1962) Anselmo Duarte, Brazil - A simple farmer makes a pact with God that if his injured donkey is healed, the farmer will make a pilgrimage to the nearest city's large church, carrying a replica of Christ's cross. However, when the farmer arrives, the local priest refuses to let him enter, touching off an ever-growing controversy, with an opportunistic reporter fanning the flames.

Duarte exams the Catholic Church's uneasy relationship to the locals' unique blend of Catholicism and primitive spiritualism, and the conflict that occurs when the two clash. There's also a scathing indictment of cutthroat journalism and capitalist exploitation. Recommended.  (8/10)

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Before the Revolution (1964) Bernardo Bertolucci, Italy - A young man grieves the loss of his friend, and begins a romance with his aunt. Much has been made of Bertolucci being only 22 when he wrote and directed this, and I suppose that's impressive. The film's visual style is compelling, but the plot is tedious and the characters are uninteresting. In that respect it shares a lot with French New Wave films of the period, most of which I'm not a fan of.   (6/10)

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1 hour ago, LawrenceA said:

A young man grieves the loss of his friend, and begins a romance with his aunt.

Sorry to bud in here, but this reminds of another of William Demarest's great lines from The Lady Eve:

"I knew a guy married the same dame three times, then turned around and married her aunt."

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The Valiant Ones (1975) King Hu, Hong Kong

Decent but nothing new Chinese period martial arts film.

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Fat Girl (2001) France, Dir: Catherine Breillat - Chunky, awkward 12-year-old Anais and her much prettier older sister Elena struggle with their burgeoning sexuality. Breillat deploys her usual deliberately provocative shock moments mixed with tedium. I liked this more than her other films that I've seen (A Real Young GirlRomanceThe Last Mistress) but not by much.   (5/10)

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1977

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Moonlight Sword and Jade Lion (1977) Karl Liao, Taiwan

Double cheese please!   I should give this the benefit of the doubt and say perhaps this period martial arts film is for kids. Every thirty seconds or so a fight spontaneously erupts, usually no one gets hurt and then it ends just as inexplicably as it started.  This film also stole music from Morricone’s The Big Gundown.  It didn’t help any that I saw a dubbed version.

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Autopsy of a Ghost  (1968) Mexico, Dir: Ismael Rodriguez - Lunatic slapstick comedy with the Devil (John Carradine) tormenting a goofy scientist named Moleculo (Cameron Mitchell). With Basil Rathbone (in his final film) as a ghost. The trio of movie stars from north of the border are all dubbed in Spanish. The pace is relentless, and the comedy bizarre enough to make me wonder if I may have taken peyote beforehand. Carradine seems to be having a lot of fun. I only wish I was.    (4/10)

 

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The winner of the 2019 Mar del Plata Film Festival Best International Picture was …

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Fire Will Come (2019) Oliver Laxe, Spain

 

The winner of the 2019 Mar del Plata Film Festival Best Argentine Picture was …

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Angelica (2019) Delfina Castagnino, Argentina

 

Co-winners of the 2018 Mar del Plata Film Festival Best Latin Picture were ….

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I Never Climbed the Provencia (2019) Ignacio Aguero, Chile

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The Fever (2019) Maya Da-Rin, Brazil

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Firebird Daybreak Chapter (1978) Kon Ichikawa, Japan

This is a very weird film.  It takes place in Japan circa 180 A.D.  It begins as a rather violent One Million Years B.C. but then becomes The Never-ending Story with Batman like cartoons now and then and a really cheesy 70’s American tv movie score.  Try reading the film summary on the imdb and you will quickly get the idea. But it does star Tomisaburo Wakayama of Lone Wolf and Cub fame along with Tatsuya Nakadai and Mike Takamine.  For the curious.

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The 2019 winner of the Cairo International Film Festival's Best Picture Award was …

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I’m No Longer Here (2019) Fernando Frias, Mexico

 

The 2019 winner of the Cairo International Film Festival's Best Arabic Picture Award was …

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A Son (2019) Mehdi Barsaoui, Tunisia

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1989

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Tetsuo the Iron Man (1989) Shin’ya Tsukamoto, Japan

Shin’ya was smoking some weird **** when he made this film.  A young man gradually turns into a steam punk pile of metal junk.  Outrageous, funny, violent and one-of-a-kind.  It becomes a tad one-note but thankfully it is only just 67 minutes long.

 

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Tetsuo II: Body Hammer (1992) Shin’ya Tsukamoto, Japan.

Perhaps if I had not seen the first instalment I would not have been so bored by this effort.  It made me wonder why I gave the first film a benefit of the doubt as this too is very much like an incoherent student movie.

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CARTOUCHE 1962 by Phillipe De Broca with Jean Paul Belmondo Jean Rochefort  a breathtaking   Claudia  Cardinale and an excellent cast.Set in 18th century France, another exciting collaboration with Belmondo & De Broca,excellent snappy dialogie,great sets,great camera work,Belmondo is doing all the stunts...the best action adventure film since.....Robin Hood !  8.5 /10

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