New foreign language movies (Jan-Mar 2012)

March 29, 2012 at 2:54 pm Leave a comment

Dear all,

Over the past 3 months, documentaries and movies in various languages have been recorded from free-to-air TV channels.

Please feel free to pass on this post who might be interested.   These programs are available in the Self Study room (Level 2, Brennan MacCallum building) should you  wish to view them.



Lebanon’s official entry at the 2008 Academy Awards takes a vibrant and intricate look at the lives and relationships of five Christian and Muslim women who work at and frequent a Beirut beauty salon.

(2007)  (France/Arabic)  Director: Nadine Labaki

M  A  Romantic Comedy  105 mins  Repeat


At the End of Daybreak

Looking to escape the burden of his alcoholic mother, 23-year-old Tuck strikes up an illicit online relationship with Ying, a 15-year-old schoolgirl. A stark portrait of troubled youth, dysfunctional family life and tragedy. Winner of two awards at the 2010 Asian Film Awards, including Best Newcomer.

(2009)  (Malaysia/Mandarin)  Director: Yuhang Ho

M  A  Drama  94 mins

The Chinese Are Coming

Journalist Justin Rowlatt investigates the spread of Chinese influence around the globe and asks what the world will be like if China overtakes America as the world’s economic superpower. (Part 1)

Documentary | English, Portuguese

Cinema Asia: China

This five-part documentary series takes viewers into the most dynamic film scene on the planet. China is now the world’s third-largest producer of cinema films. Since the darkness of the Cultural Revolution, when filmmaking virtually ceased in China, the Chinese cinema industry has come storming back. Arthouse films such as Yellow Earth and Red Sorghum introduced the world to a new kind of cinema.

Documentary | Mandarin

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

A bittersweet tale of love, courage and the magic of storytelling. A 2003 Golden Globe nominee, set during the Cultural Revolution and based on the director’s life.

(2002)  (France/Mandarin)  Director: Sijie Dai

M  A  Drama  110 mins


In ancient China, before the reign of the first emperor, warring factions throughout the Six Kingdoms plot to assassinate the most powerful ruler, Qin. When a minor official defeats Qin’s three principal enemies, he is summoned to the palace to tell Qin the story of his surprising victory.

(2002)  (Hong Kong/Mandarin)  Director: Yimou Zhang

M  A  Action  99 mins

Wo Ai Ni (I Love You) Mommy

What is it like to be taken from your Chinese foster family, put on a plane and then wake up in a new country, family and culture? This is the story of Fang Sui Yong, an eight-year-old orphan, and the Sadowskys, the Long Island Jewish family that travelled to China to adopt her. Sui Yong is one of 70,000 Chinese children now being raised in the United States. Through her eyes, witness her struggle with a new identity as she transforms from a timid child into someone that no-one – neither her new family nor she – could have imagined.



Gregoire Moulin vs Humanity

Born on Friday the 13th and orphaned a few hours after his birth following an unfortunate argument between his parents, Gregoire Moulin, you could say, got off to a bad start. Now well into his 30s, he’s still living with his grandmother, is eternally single and has a lowly job with an insurance company. But, as we all know, life is full of surprises.

(2001)  (France/French)  Director: Artus de Penguern

M  A  Drama  90 mins

Hidden Diary

Pregnant and living in Canada, Audrey visits her parents in the small French town of her birth. Over the holiday, she comes to learn the story of the grandmother who gave up her family, left and never returned – and in doing so compels another revelation from her own mother.

(2009)  (Canada/French)  Director: Julie Lopes-Curval

M  A  Drama  110 mins


Between his tax problems and his legal battle with his wife for the custody of their daughter, these are hard times for action movie star Jean-Claude Van Damme, who finds that even Steven Seagal has pinched a role from him. Van Damme decides to return to Belgium, the country of his birth, to seek the peace and tranquillity he can no longer enjoy in the United States.

(2008)  (France/French)  Director: Mabrouk El Mechri

M  A  Drama  97 mins

Mr Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Koran

A heartwarming film, set in the 1960s, about a young teenager’s coming-of-age and his discovery of religion and humanity through his friendship with an ageing Muslim shopkeeper. Momo is a 13-year-old Jewish boy living with his grumpy dad in a red-light district of Paris. He saves up to sleep with the working girls and shops to cook for his gruff, unappreciative father, who constantly complains that Momo is not like his elder brother.

(2003)  (France/French)  Director: François Dupeyron
M  S,A  Drama  100 mins  Repeat

The Mystery of the Yellow Room

Based on a novel by the author of The Phantom of the Opera, Gaston Leroux, this is an old-fashioned murder mystery set in the early 1900s.

(2003)  (France/French)  Director: Bruno Podalydès
M  V  Mystery  125 mins  Repeat

The Necessities of Life

When a sick Inuit hunter becomes despondent after being sent to a hospital, he is introduced to an orphan who serves as a translator and helps him to rediscover himself.

(2008)  (Canada/French)  Director: Benoît Pilon

M  A  Drama  102 mins



A witty and bittersweet remake of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Irene is a young woman who thinks she’s going to find her happiness in a world of diamonds and restaurants and is ready to do anything to get it. Her idea of a prince is a rich old man, so she cruises the French Riviera in search of one to marry. When she mistakes an impoverished bartender for a wealthy and eligible bachelor, the fun begins.

(2006)  France  Director: Pierre Salvadori
M  L  Comedy  115 mins  Repeat  *CC*



Mathieu, an introverted Parisian architect, returns to his home town to tend to his dying mother. Here he reunites with his old high-school flame, Maya, pursuing a passionate love affair under the noses of his suspicious wife and Maya’s brutish farmer husband.

(2009)  (France/French)  Director: Cédric Kahn
M  A,S  Drama  115 mins


Jacques Maillot’s psychological drama observes the tense and fragile days following a difficult reunion between two very different siblings. Francois is a police inspector who spent years estranged from his brother Gabriel after the latter spent a decade in prison for murder. Gabriel’s sudden release from jail ends the separation, and both men make an attempt to bury the past; however, the past comes encroaching back and begins to plague both their lives.

(2008)  (France/French)  Director: Jacques Maillot

MA  V,S  Action  115 mins


The Secret Life of Happy People

Thomas is the bashful black sheep of a high-achieving bourgeois family. His encounter with the dazzling and secretive Audrey is set to have a major impact on his life. Awarded the prize for the best feature film by a first-time film director at the 2007 Genie Awards.

(2006)  (Canada/French)  Director: Stephane Lapointe
M  L,S,N  Drama  105 mins  Repeat

Those Who Remain

Meeting in the hospital where their partners are being treated for a terminal illness, Bertrand and Lorraine strike up a mutually supportive relationship based on their joint guilt at being healthy in this place of sickness. But things become complicated when their relationship becomes physical. Nominated for three awards at the 2008 Cesar Awards, including Best First Film.

(2007)  (France/French)  Director: Anne Le Ny
M  D,L,S  Drama  105 mins

Waiting for Someone

Jean-Pierre Darroussin leads a superb cast in this absorbing and exquisitely crafted drama following the interwoven lives of five residents of a provincial French town. Nominated for the Grand Prix at the 2007 Tokyo International Film Festival.

(2007)  (France/French)  Director: Jerome Bonnell

M  D,L,S  Drama  95 mins


The life of swimming instructor Simon is turned upside down when he helps Bilal, a young Iraqi refugee stranded in Calais. Non-swimmer Bilal is determined to reunite with his fiancee in England by swimming across the English Channel. Winner of 10 international film awards, including the 2010 Lumiere Award for Best Film.

(2009)  (France/French)  Director: Philippe Lioret

M  D,L,S  Drama  110 mins



The fates of three German-born Muslims in Berlin collide as they struggle to find their place between faith and modern life in contemporary western society, caught at a crossroads where alluring liberated lifestyles conflict with deeply rooted traditions. Nominated for the Golden Bear at Berlin, 2010.

(2010)  Germany  Director: Burhan Qurbani
M  A,L  Drama  100 mins  Repeat  *CC*

Nanga Parbat

In 1970, Reinhold Messner, one of the world’s greatest mountain climbers, and his brother Gunther were invited to join an expedition to climb Nanga Parbat, the ninth highest mountain in the world and one of the most treacherous. What began as a team effort soon turned to tragedy when the brothers attempted to summit on their own. Winner of a special award, the Earth Grand Prix, at the 2010 Tokyo International Film Festival.

(2010)  Germany  Director: Joseph Vilsmaier
M  A,L  Drama  100 mins

The Silence

When 13-year-old Sinikka vanishes one summer’s night, the police are reminded of an almost identical case they failed to solve 23 years previously. The events surrounding Sinikka’s disappearance puzzle the police and torment her family – and force those involved in the original case to face their past. Based on Jan Costin Wagner’s novel of the same name.

(2010)  (Germany/German)  Director: Baran bo Odar
M  A,L  Thriller  100 mins



Princess Elisabeth, known as Sissi, captivates the young Emperor of Austria, Francis Joseph. His domineering mother, the Archduchess Sophie, has made plans for him to marry Princess Helene, his cousin. But as fate would have it he meets Sissi instead and is charmed by the vivacious princess who prefers fishing to courtly receptions.

(1955)  (Austria/German)  Director: Ernst Marischka, This Film Catapulted Romy Schneider Into The International Film Scene
G  Comedy  115 mins  Repeat


For two Italian brothers the experience of migration and growing up in a foreign country leads to completely different outcomes.

(2002)  (Germany/German)  Director: Fatih Akin
G  Comedy  115 mins  Repeat


3 Prayers, 3 Loves

The lives of three teenagers attending an Islamic religious school in a small Indonesian village are changed dramatically when they are arrested on suspicions of terrorist ties following September 11.

(2008) (Indonesia/Indonesian)  Director: Nurman Hakim

G  Drama  115 mins


Black and White

Racial integration is Elena’s profession and passion, not only filling her working day as a cultural mediator assisting immigrants but spilling over into her home life as well. All too often her husband, Carlo, must attend charity events where he feels distinctly out of place. During one of these evenings, Carlo meets Nadine, a beautiful black woman.

(2008) (Italy/Italian)  Director: Cristina Comencini

MA  Drama  100 mins


The Man Who Loves

The intriguing journey of a confused soul-searcher who tries to live up to the ideal of the perfect, loving relationship of his gay brother. Forty-year-old pharmacist Roberto is broken-hearted at the loss of his lover but then later visits the same pain on the next woman with whom he becomes involved.

(2008)  (Italy/Italian)  Director: Maria Sole Tognazzi
MA  S  Drama  105 mins  Repeat

Respiro: Grazia’s Island

An evocative story of a beautiful, free-spirited young mother whose appetite for life isolates her from her conservative island community. Increasingly, Grazia becomes a subject of gossip, until her husband sends her to Milan for medical treatment against her will. But her loving eldest son finds a way to help her escape.

(2002)  (Italy/Italian)  Director: Emanuele Crialese

MA  S  Drama  95 mins


Sunday Best: Children of the Tsunami

One year on: the Japanese tsunami through the eyes of its youngest survivors. The film reveals how the deadly wave and the Fukushima nuclear accident have changed children’s lives forever.

(2011)  PG  Documentary  80 mins  Repeat  *CC*


Castaway on the Moon

After failing to commit suicide by jumping from a bridge, Mr Kim is stranded on an isolated island in a Seoul river. Beginning a new back-to-nature life on the island, his exploits attract the curiosity of lonely recluse, and a love affair begins via a message in a bottle. Winner of the Audience Award at the 2010 Oslo Films from the South Festival.

(2009) (South Korea/Korean)  Director: Hae-jun Lee

125 min.

Korea: The Forgotten War in Colour (Outbreak)

This two-part series uses original colour film to tell the story of the Korean War – a war that lasted three years but still leaves the country bitterly divided. It offers a unique insight into a conflict that saw East confront West, communism challenge liberal democracy and Korean fight Korean in a bloody civil war. The film includes unseen footage such as bombing from the North Korean perspective, early pictures of Kim Il-Sung and images of US prisoners of war.

(2010)  PG  Documentary  80 mins

My Dear Enemy

Jobless, single and with very little money, Hee-su sets out to find her ex-boyfriend, Byung-woon, who still owes her $3000 she wants back. It turns out that Byung-woon is also broke, but he suggests she drives him around town to meet some friends who can help. A deadpan comedy of love and social awkwardness.

(2008)  (South Korea/Korean)  Director: Yoon-ki Lee

G  Comedy  115 mins


The Good, the Bad, the Weird

The story of two outlaws and a bounty hunter in 1930s, Japanese-occupied Manchuria and their rivalry to possess a treasure map while being pursued by the Japanese army and Chinese bandits.

(2008)  South Korea  Director: Kim Ji-Woon
MA  V  Western  140 mins  Repeat


A big-budget epic based on a true story. In 1968, the Korean Republic Army plans to assassinate North Korean president Kim Il-Sung. Thirty-one criminals and death row inmates are recruited into secret training on the island of Silmi, where for two years they are subjected to maximum mental and physical abuse. Winner of two Blue Dragon Awards and four Grand Bell Awards in 2004.

(2004) (South Korea/Korean)  Director: Woo-Suk Kang

MA  V  Action  135 mins


Maids and Bosses

Through the interaction between several live-in housemaids and their employers, this program evaluates human relations between social classes in Latin America.

(2010)  PG  Documentary  80 mins

Pan’s Labyrinth

In fascist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.

(2006)  (Spain/Spanish)  Director: Guillemo del Toro

MA  Drama  125 mins


Sin Nombre

In this epic dramatic thriller, a Honduran teenager reunites with her long-estranged father and attempts to emigrate to America with him in order to start a new life. Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize and winner of the Directing Award at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

(2009)  (Mexico/USA/Spanish)  Director: Cary Fukunaga
MA  V  Adventure  105 mins


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