New foreign language movies (July 2009)

July 13, 2009 at 10:48 am Leave a comment

Over the past months, documentaries and movies in various languages have been recorded from SBS & ABC channels.

These programmes are available in the Self Study room (Rm 222, Brennan MacCallum building) should you wish to view them.


Ten canoes

It is the distant past: tribal times. Dayindi (played by Jamie Gulpilil, son of the great David Gulpilil) covets one of the wives of his older brother. To teach him the proper way, he is told a story from the mythical past, a story of wrong love, kidnapping, sorcery, bungling mayhem and revenge gone wrong. Partly narrated in English by David Gulpilil, this is a film unlike any other. Winner of six AFI Awards including Best Film, and the Special Grand Jury prize at the 2006 Cannes International Film Festival.

Aboriginal, English M   Drama  95 mins



Clone is a 6-part UK sitcom following what could be described as a modern-day Frankenstein and his monster. It opens with a brilliant scientist (Jonathan Pryce) unveiling the results of his life’s work: the first human clone (Stuart McLoughlin).  The Doctor quickly realises his super weapon, intended to be a prototype super-soldier who will eventually replace Britain’s volunteer army, is more likely to hug someone than shoot them.  Clone is a classic fish-out-of-water comedy revolving around the education of an innocent being who is seeing and experiencing our world for the first time.

Entertainment   CC PG

Katharine Hepburn season

The African queen — The Little Minister — Mary Of Scotland — Spitfire — The iron petticoat

Movies   CC G
8 women

A roll call of French female legends star in this madcap whodunnit-style musical murder-mystery. In a house in the snowy French countryside, an industrialist has been murdered. There are eight suspects, all women: his wife, Gaby; their two daughters, Suzon and Catherine; Gaby’s neurotic sister, Augustine, and

greedy mother; the industrialist’s floozy sister, Pierrette; the cook, Chanel, and the new maid, Louise. The phone is dead, the car has been damaged, and the house is isolated because of a snowstorm. All eight actresses won the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival 2002, and Best Actress at the European Film Awards 2002.

French  M  Musical  115 mins


Inspector Rex (weekly series, 7.35-8.30 Thursdays)


Fellini: I’m a born liar

Delves into the dynamic world of renowned Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini. The film is based on Fellini’s last confessions and documents the famous Italian director’s unorthodox working methods, conscience and philosophy by looking at the legacy of the films he left behind.

Italian, English  M  Documentary  110 mins


As it Happened

World War II – Behind Closed Doors
Joseph Stalin was a tyrant responsible for the death of millions, yet he was also a vital ally of Britain and America during the Second World War. How was it possible for Churchill and Roosevelt to deal with one tyrant, Joseph Stalin, in order to help beat another, Adolf Hitler? That’s one of the key questions at the heart of this six-part landmark history series. Using dramatic reconstructions, based on extensive research in Russian and Western archives, and extraordinary testimony from witnesses, including former Soviet secret policemen who have not spoken before on camera, the film tells a “behind closed doors” history. This first episode focuses on the secret history of the non-aggression pact between Hitler and Stalin.
PG  Documentary  60 mins  *CC*

World War II: Behind Closed Doors
How was it possible for Churchill and Roosevelt to deal with one tyrant, Joseph Stalin, in order to help beat another, Adolf Hitler? That’s one of the key questions at the heart of this six-part history series. Using dramatic reconstructions, based on extensive research in Russian and Western archives, and extraordinary testimony from witnesses, this series tells a behind closed doors history. This episode looks at the end of WWII, the Allies negotiations with Stalin, and the post-war era.
English, Russian, Polish  M  A,L  Documentary  60 mins  *CC*  Final

Beyond the wall

Fate intended them to be enemies, but they have chosen to become partners… Bassam, Sharon, Aziz and Zohar are Israeli and Palestinian by birth. Their situation ‘branded’ them doubly as victims and aggressors at the same time.  This story is set at the very heart of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. This particular conflict resembles a set of broken mirrors where the one who suffers might well be the oppressor of the other. Beyond the Wall is a universal story – that of forgiveness.

PG  Documentary  60 mins  *CC*

Australian current affairs forum program, presented by Jenny Brockie.  Weekly.
Australia  Current Affairs  65 mins  *CC*

Walking the Bible: a journey by land through the five books of Moses
Travelling by foot, jeep, rowboat and camel, Bruce Feiler’s odyssey will change your view of history’s most legendary events.  From crossing the Red Sea to climbing Mount Sinai, his journey brings to life the stories in the first five books of the Bible – also known as the Torah.  Visit the slopes of Mount Ararat where Noah’s ark landed; trek to the desert outpost where Abraham first heard the words of God; scale the summit where Moses received the Ten Commandments. Dramatic scripture readings interspersed throughout bring you closer to these Biblical settings.

Episode 1: Go Forth: From Creation to Abraham

Episode 2: A Coat of Many Colors: The Israelites in Egypt

Episode 3: Toward the Promised Land: Forty Years in the Desert

PG  Documentary  160 mins


I Am

Tells the story of a boy searching for his place in life. After running away from an orphanage and being rejected by his mother, the resolute 11-year-old finds a “home” on a deserted barge. He spends his days foraging for food, scrounging scrap metal he can sell, and avoiding a gang of local youths. A young girl from a wealthy family, who lives in a house overlooking the river, takes an interest in the boy. They become close and plan to run away together. Winner of three awards at Polish Film Awards and Best Feature Film at Berlin International Film Festival.

Piotr Jagielski, Agnieszka Nagorzycka, Edyta Jungowska
(2005)  (Poland/Polish)  Director: Dorota Kedzierzawska
M  A,L,N  Drama  100 mins  Repeat


Lost Embrace

Ariel’s world is a small, slightly seedy shopping mall in Buenos Aires, where the Italian shopkeepers scream all day. His mother runs a lingerie shop and his brother deals in import-export. It’s a comfortable world, despite an undercurrent of malaise and uncertainty. Ariel is searching for his immigrant roots, in order to obtain a coveted foreign passport. However, he wants more than just a passport from Poland, where his grandparents fled to escape the Holocaust. Ariel wants to understand why his father left his family shortly after his birth to fight a war in Israel and why he never returned.

Daniel Hendler, Adriana Aizemberg
(2004)  (Argentina/Spanish)  Director: Daniel Burman
M  L,A,S  Drama  105 mins  Repeat


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