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Foreign Cinema

Films from corners of the world where the audio language track or original language track is other than English. English subtitles are customary, and denoted where applicable.

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Portrait of a Lady on FirePortrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)
Dir. Céline Sciamma
Feat. Noémie Merlant, Adele Haenel
Céline Sciamma (GIRLHOOD) directs this devastatingly good, exquisitely executed lesbian period drama. Set in France in the 18th century, where a female artist is commissioned to paint a wedding portrait of a bride-to-be, whose reluctance to marry requires the artist to observe her by day and secretly paint…
BurningBurning (2018)
Dir. Chang-Dong Lee
Feat. Yoo Ah-in, Jeon Jong-seo, Steven Yeun
Beautifully crafted film following a young aspiring novelist who reconnects with a childhood neighbour, before events take an unexpectedly sinister turn. A satisfyingly inscrutable psychological thriller touching on themes of thwarted love, ambition and obsession. Based on the short story "Barn Burning" by…
19171917 (2019)
Dir. Sam Mendes
Feat. Dean-Charles Chapman, George MacKay, Daniel Mays
Immersive epic war film from director Sam Mendes (JARHEAD) which evokes the impression of a continuous take to follow two British soldiers on a mission to deliver a message in enemy territory during the First World War.
Wild Goose Lake, TheWild Goose Lake, The (2019)
Dir. Diao Yinan
Feat. Ge Hu, Fan Liao, Lun-Mei Kwei
Chinese noir thriller with impeccable visual flair, following the fates of a rogue gangster and the prostitute he meets whilst on the run from the cops and the mob.
BorgmanBorgman (2013)
Dir. Alex Van Warmerdam
Feat. Jan Bijvoet, Jeroen Perceval , Hadewych Minis
Unforgettably creepy home-invasion thriller from Dutch director Alex van Warmerdam, where a rural vagrant preys on an arrogant upper class family.
RomaRoma (2018)
Dir. Alfonso Cuaron
Feat. Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira
Another masterclass in storytelling from Mexican maestro Alfonso Cuarón, about a year in the life of a middle-class family's maid in Mexico City in the early 1970s. Based on his own childhood experiences and exquisitely filmed in black-and-white.
ParasiteParasite (2019)
Dir. Joon-ho Bong
Feat. Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Cho
An unemployed family with a bleak future systematically ingratiate themselves into the lives of a wealthy family in this brilliant, blood-splattered social satire from the endlessly inventive director Bong Joon-ho (THE HOST, SNOWPIERCER).
 

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