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The 1994 Argentinian Film Critics Association Best Foreign Film Award went to …

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Strawberry and Chocolate (1993) Thomas Guitierrez Alea, Cuba

 

The 1993 Argentinian Film Critics Association Best Picture Award went to …

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Gatica, the Monkey (1993) Leonardo Favio, Argentina

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These foreign language films won the 1993 San Sebastian Film Festival …

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The Beginning and the End (1993) Arturo Ripstein, Mexico

 

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Sara (1993) Dariush Mehjul, Iran

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This film won the Grand Prize at the 1993 Montreal World Film Festival …

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Betrayal (1993) Radu Mihaileanu, Romania

 

This film won the Best Canadian Film Award at the 1993 Montreal World Film Festival …

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The Sex of the Stars (1993) Paule Baillargeon, Canada

 

This film won the Most Popular Film Prize at the 1993 Montreal World Film Festival …

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The Long Silence (1993) Margarethe von Trotta, Italy

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The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl (1993) by Ray Muller is a very good film and should be of interest to anyone who loves film history.  As the title suggests the film does not take sides when looking at Reifenstahl's career.  And she is in the film at age 91.  There is no escaping Riefenstahl's enthusiasm for life and how she reinvented herself as a still photographer.  Whether you admire her spirit and resilience or think she deserved a more repentant miserable life is a big question.

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Alain Resnais' Smoking/No Smoking (1993) may not be to all tastes but I liked it.  It is an episodic film about the choices one makes and the different possibilities that arise as a result.  Sabine Azema and Peirre Arditi play all of the various characters in the film.  It is shot entirely on a sound stage and not much effort is made to hide this fact.  The film takes place in England and it is a bit weird having two French speaking actors play people from England!  We do it the other way around but there are not that many French films that are supposed to be English.

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As an Eilean (From the Island) (1993) Mike Alexander, UK.  This film about life on a far north Scottish Island was not as interesting as it could have been but it is probably the only film that I have seen shot in Scottish Gaelic.

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The 1993 winner of Norway’s Amanda Award for Best Picture went to ….

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The Telegraphist (1993) Erik Gustavson, Norway

 

The 1994 winner of Norway’s Amanda Award for Best Picture went to ….

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Head Above Water (1993) Nils Gaup, Norway

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The Stockholm International Film Festival began in 1990.  Lars von Trier’s Europa (1991) was the first European winner.  The first foreign language film to win the Best Picture Award was in 1993

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1, 2, 3, Freeze (1993) Bertrand Blier, France

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Lone Wolf and Cub: The Final Conflict (1993) Akira Inoue, Japan.  In today's terms this might be referred to as a reboot of a series or a origin issue in terms of comic books.  While it lacks the certain charm when Tomisaburo Wakayama played the lead role it is well worth seeing for Tatsuya Nakadai's supporting performance.  He shows that you can turn in something special even in a B genre picture.  Nakadai made my top ten supporting actor performances for 1993.

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Germinal (1993) Claude Berri, France and based on the novel by Emile Zola is a two and a half hour story of a mining strike.  Not bad IMO.  The French do period pieces like no other.  And it features Gerard Depardieu and Miou-Miou.  

Someone told me the other day that Depardieu has packed it all in and moved to Russia!  And is the story of Depardieu piddling in the aisle of a plane true?  Can anyone shed light on dear old Gerard?

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