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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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YojimboYojimbo (1961)
Dir. Akira Kurosawa
Feat. Toshiro Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Yoko Tsukasa
Mercenary Sanjuro walks into town and sells his services to both factions of rival gangs - to stand back and watch them destroy each other. Another great Samurai epic abundant in humour, action and irony.
Human Condition, TheHuman Condition, The (1959-1961)
Dir. Masaki Kobayashi
Feat. Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratana
An epic Japanese film trilogy following the life of a well-intentioned yet na├»ve pacifist and socialist as he tries to survive in the totalitarian and oppressive world of World War II-era Japan. The three parts; "No Greater Love", "Road to Eternity" and "A Soldier's Prayer" depict his transitioning from…
Cold WarCold War (2018)
Dir. Pawel Pawlikowski
Feat. Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot
The director of 'Ida' (2013) follows up with a deeply romantic, immaculately composed tale of a Polish concert pianist and a charismatic singer who fall in love but who ultimately find themselves stranded on either side of the Iron Curtain. Inspired by the lives of the director's own parents, it uses…
CapharnaumCapharnaum (2018)
Dir. Nadine Labaki
Feat. Zain Al Rafeea
A uniquely humanistic portrayal of tragic poverty in Beirut from the perspective of an extraordinarily gutsy 12 year old Lebanese boy. After suffering unforgivable mistreatment by his parents which leads to homelessness, starvation and incarceration, he attempts to sue them for bringing him into the world. A…
Ascent, TheAscent, The (1977)
Dir. Larisa Shepitko
Feat. Boris Plotnikov, Vladimir Gostyukhin, Anatoli Solonitsyn
A Soviet WWII classic shot in appalling winter conditions in which two partisans on a mission to gather food contend with the winter cold, the occupying Germans, and their own psyches. It would be the director's last film before her untimely death in a car accident in 1979.
Guilty, TheGuilty, The (2018)
Feat. Jakob Cedergren, Jessica Dinnage
A Danish thriller that maximises tension from minimal means in which a desk-bound police officer answers an emergency call and becomes drawn into an alleged kidnapping case using only a telephone to secure the victim's safety.
Germany, Pale MotherGermany, Pale Mother (1980)
Dir. Helma Sanders-Brahms
Feat. Eva Mattes, Ernst Jacobi
Bleak WWII drama that follows the tragic fate of a couple who marry the day before the war breaks out when he is drafted to the Eastern front only to return years later as a changed man. Directed by Helma Sanders-Brahms whose work was considered part of the New German Cinema movement of 1960s & 70s and…
 

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