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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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Quince Tree Sun, TheQuince Tree Sun, The (1991)
Dir. Victor Erice
Feat. Antonio Garcia
Quietly-paced, fascinating semi-documentary about Spanish painter Antonio Garcia and his attempts to capture the effects of light falling on a backyard quince-tree. Beautifully shot, with a gentle good humour that takes considerable pleasure in the minutest operations of the creative mind.
Butterfly's TongueButterfly's Tongue (1999)
Dir. Jose Luis Cuerda
Feat. Fernando Fernan Gomez, Manuel Lozano
Heartwarming Spanish coming-of-age drama set in Galicia in 1936. Against the backdrop of the encroaching Spanish Civil War, a shy young boy develops of close relationship with his compassionate teacher, a Republican who is persecuted during the Nationalist uprising. Adapted from three short stories by…
Blind ShaftBlind Shaft (2003)
Dir. Yang Li
Feat. Li Yixiang, Wang Shuangbao, Baoqiang Wang
Chinese crime drama set in the brutal world of illegal coal mining. Follows two struggling coal miners who are running a side hustle in which they convince new mining recruits to pose as their relatives, then murder them and extort compensation money from management. An uncompromising portrait of the dark…
MinariMinari (2020)
Dir. Lee Isaac Chung
Feat. Steven Yeun, Han Ye-ri, Alan Kim
Winner of the Grand Jury and Audience Awards at Sundance, this delicately drawn, sweeping story follows a Korean-American family in search of the American Dream in 1980's Arkansas, where they hope to create a viable farm on land that has been historically unproductive.
DanzonDanzon (1991)
Dir. Maria Novaro
Feat. Maria Rojo
Lovely film about a phone operator and mother in Mexico City enthralled by the popular Cuban dance, known as "danzon". When her regular dance partner (whom she hardly knows) disappears without a trace, a journey of discovery begins...
Peking Opera BluesPeking Opera Blues (1986)
Dir. Tsui Hark
Feat. Brigitte Lin, Cherie Chung, Sally Yeh
One of prolific Hong Kong director/producer Tsui Hark's most celebrated films is a genre-blending romp set around the Peking Opera in 1913. A satire on "Chinese ignorance of democracy", it places three women at its centre - a patriotic rebel who dresses as a man, a woman in search of a missing box of jewels,…
A White, White DayA White, White Day (2019)
Dir. Hlynur Pálmason
Feat. Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson, Ida Mekkin Hlynsdottir, Hilmir Snaer Gudnason
Aesthetically striking Icelandic drama which plunges the viewer deep into the psyche of a tortured former police officer who suspects a neighbour might have been having an affair with his now deceased wife. Director Hlynur Pálmason employs the extreme weather conditions of the far North to create an…