New foreign language movies (May 2010)

May 31, 2010 at 11:42 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.

Arabic

Raja

Centres on the relationship between a rich white man and a poor Arab girl, young enough to be his daughter. Raja is an orphan who is scarred by life and Fred is an emotionally bankrupt Frenchman who is transfixed by Raja’s fragility and beauty.

Pascal Greggory, Najat Benssallem
(2003)  (France/Arabic, French)  Director: Jacques Doillon
MA  S,A  Drama  120 mins  Repeat


French

Atomik Circus

Vanessa Paradis stars in this film about a freaky talent quest in a small town that is interrupted by an alien invasion. Skotlett, a sleepy inbred village, is running its annual Cow Pie Festival, starring the beautiful Concia. Unfortunately, everything does not go as planned as tentacled monsters from another dimension invade.

Jean-Pierre Marielle, Vanessa Paradis
(2004)  (France/French)  Director: Didier Poiraud, Thierry Poiraud
MA  H,V,A  Sci-Fi  95 mins  Repeat

Backstage

An ordinary teenager, Lucie, is fixated on an inaccessible pop idol, the platinum blonde Madonna-like Lauren. One day, she steps into an episode of reality television when Lauren shows up at her boring suburban home to give her a personal performance. And for Lucie, fandom soon turns into obsession. From the 2006 French Film Festival.

Emmanuelle Seigner, Isild Le Besco
(2005)  (France/French)  Director: Emmanuelle Bercot
MA  S,L,A  Drama  120 mins  Repeat

Life With My Father

Diagnosed with a terminal illness, hedonist novelist Francois must help his two bickering sons reconnect before his death. Winner of the 2005 Toronto Film Festival Audience Award.

Raymond Bouchard, Paul Ahmarani, David La Haye
(2005)  (Canada/French)  Director: Sébastien Rose
M  S,L,N  Drama  120 mins  Repeat

Look at Me

A fraught father-daughter relationship. Lolita craves her father’s attention, but he is more concerned with himself, and his image as a successful writer.

Marilou Berry, Agnès Jaoui
(2004)  (France/French)  Director: Agnès Jaoui
M  A,L,S  Comedy  115 mins  Repeat

Since Otar Left

Award-winning family drama about pain, love and hope for a better life in the Georgian capital of Tblisi. The winner of the Critics Week Grand Prize at Cannes, it is a touching story of three generations of Georgian women coping with tragedy and loss.

Esther Gorintin, Nino Khomasuridze, Dinara Droukarova
(2003)  (France/French, Russian)  Director: Julie Bertuccelli
M  A  Drama  105 mins  Repeat

Zim and Co

The story of a multicultural group of friends living and growing up in the low-income suburbs of Paris. Because of a motorcycle accident, a young man must find a steady job in order to avoid being sent to prison. He gets into more trouble just trying to do that.

Adrien Jolivet, Nathalie Richard
(2005)  (France/French)  Director: Pierre Jolivet
MA  L,S,D  Comedy  100 mins

Hebrew

Sweet Mud

Set in the mid-’70s, 12-year-old Dvir Avni navigates between the equality values of his home-born Kibbutz and the relationship with his unstable mother.

Tomer Steinhof, Ronit Yudkevitz, Shai Avivi
(2006)  (Israel/Hebrew, English, French)  Director: Dror Shaul
MA  A,L,S  Drama  110 mins  *CC*

Korean

I’m a Cyborg but that’s OK

A romantic comedy set in the fantasy world of a mental institution. A kleptomaniac and a schizophrenic develop mutually protective love.

Su-jeong Lim, Rain

(2006)  (South Korea/Korean)

M  Comedy  115 mins

Spanish

Cleopatra

An ageing soap star and a retired schoolteacher leave their husbands and hit the road in the delightfully breezy, feel-good comedy from Argentina.

Norma Aleandro, Natalia Oreiro
(2003)  (Argentina/Spanish)  Director: Eduardo Mignogna
M  L,A,S  Comedy  110 mins  Repeat

Documentaries

Feasts: Mexico
Festivals are the one time of the year where families, communities and whole countries come together to celebrate. But what do these ritual festivals tell us about people and their cultures? Food writer Stefan Gates travels to Mexico for a wild, emotional and spiritual roller-coaster ride, starting with a teenage girl’s colourful coming-of-age ceremony and ending with the Day of the Dead, a cacophonous cross-cultural festival of the senses during which Mexicans believe their loved ones come back from the dead for three days every year.
UK  G  Documentary  60 mins  *CC*  Final


Non-curriculum – Mongolian

The Cave of the Yellow Dog

Oscar-nominated director Byambasuren Davaa returns to her homeland of Mongolia for this simple yet engaging story of a nomadic family deeply connected to traditional customs and folklore. The daughter of a Mongolian herding family finds a dog in a cave, but her father doesn’t want her to keep it as it may attract wolves.

Batchuluun Urjindorj, Buyandulam Daramdadi
(Germany/Mongolian)  Director: Byambasuren Davaa
PG  Drama  100 mins  Repeat

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