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The winner of the 1984 London Critics Circle Foreign Language Film Award was ….

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A Sunday In the Country (1984) Bertrand Tavernier, France

 

The winner of the 1985 London Critics Circle Foreign Language Film Award was ….

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Heimat: A Chronicle of Germany (1984) Edgar Reitz, Germany [originally a TVM with a 1985 international theatrical release]

 
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Caligula's Slaves/ 0rgies of Caligula - Another knock off of the 79 Caligula film with political intrigue, sword fights and a lot of nudity. In the court of Caligula, conspirators plan to overthrow him by hiring one of his lovers to kill him. Of course, he finds out and a power struggle ensues between them. Not as good as the original film but this is a pretty fun sword and sandal flick and a good way to kill a couple hours.

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1984:

 

1. Sesión Contínua/Double Feature. José Luis Garci. Spain. With Adolfo Marsillach, Jesús Puente, María Casanova.

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2. Los Santos Inocentes/The Holy Innocents. Mario Camus. Spain. With Alfredo Landa, Terele Pávez, Francisco Rabal.

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3. Veneno Para Las Hadas/Poison for the Fairies. Carlos Enrique Taboada. Mexico. With Ana Patricia Rojo, Elsa María Gutiérrez, Leonor Llausás

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Le Crime d’Ovide Plouffe (1984) by Denys Arcand is a direct sequel to Les Plouffe (1981).  Gabriel Arcand reprises his role as Ovide who is falsely accused of killing his wife.  It's a much more serious film but still worth catching for its characterizations and depiction of period Quebec.

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Volker Schlondorff's Swann In Love is based on Proust's In Search of Lost Time.  Jeremy Irons as Swann (performing in French) is hopelessly in love with a woman who is not faithful to him.  The real treat in this film is Alain Delon.

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I had no idea that Bertrand Tavernier's A Sunday In the Country (1984) was the recipient of so many awards until starting this thread.  And Sabine Azema won a few acting awards for it too.  It explores family dynamics and reflects upon the life of the painter patriarch over the course of a traditional afternoon get-together.  No guns in this one!

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Sabine Azema returns in Alain Resnais' L'amour a Mort (1984).  Azema's husband dies at the start of the film but then amazingly comes back to life.  Serious questions about everything follow.  It's life as an existential crisis.  

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I should probably give Ingmar Bergman's After the Rehearsal (1984) another shot at some point.  It has a good cast in Erland Josephson, Ingid Thulin and Lena Olin.  But it is a dry look at a theatre director and his young actress.  It hovered just above my "I've also seen" section.

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These films were co-winners of the Jury Prize at the 1984 Montreal World Film Festival …

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The Ruins (1984) Mrinal Sen, India

 

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The Public Woman (1984) Andrzej Sulawski, France.  This also won the Most Popular Film Award.

 

This film won the Best Canadian Film Award at the 1984 Montreal World Film Festival …

 

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This film won the Jury Prize at the 1985 Montreal World Film Festival …

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The Philadelphia Attraction (1984) Peter Gardos, Hungary

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Ake and His World (1984) Allan Edwall, Sweden.   This is a charming film about a boy growing up in rural Sweden.  I saw it on a cable movie channel in 1990 and have been looking for a copy now without success.

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Mario (1984) Jean Beaudin, Canada.  This NFB film is about two brothers who live on the Magdelen Islands.  They are quite close until the elder boy discovers girls.  It won three Genie awards though I must admit that I was not that taken by it.

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The 1984 winner of the Asia Pacific Film Festival Best Picture Award was …

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A Summer at Grandpa’s (1984) Hou Hsiao-hsien, Taiwan

 

The 1985 winner of the Asia Pacific Film Festival Best Picture Award was …

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Party (1984) Govind Nihalani, India

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