New foreign language movies (April 2012)

May 1, 2012 at 4:18 pm Leave a comment

Dear all,

Over the past month, 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.




More than 120,000 soldiers lost their lives in the deadly Gallipoli campaign in 1915. This program focuses on the diaries and letters of Australian, New Zealand, British and Turkish soldiers who describe the horrors of war. The soldier’s letters to loved ones back home make a powerful and emotional statement, some surviving, most dying.

The Long March to Freedom: Capture (Premiere)

This series tells, for the first time, the story of thousands of British, American and Commonwealth POWs who were forced to march from Poland to Germany in the winter of 1945, to evade the advancing Soviet army.  Survivors recall their experiences, which range from the desperation of marching long hours in the frozen conditions to the joy at the moment of liberation.

Prophets Of Science Fiction
This eight-part series explores how the great minds of science fiction imagined our future for us, and how some, in turn, made their fantasies real. The first episode looks at the visionary Jules Verne. He put a man on the Moon in the Victorian era. He criticised the internet – in 1863. Jules Verne is the ultimate futurist, with a legacy of science fiction stories predicting everything from fuel cell technology to viral advertising. The extraordinary voyages of Jules Verne have inspired art, industry, culture and technology.


Red Satin
Lilia is an attractive widow who lives with her teenage daughter, Salma. She lives a rather sad existence, obsessively cleaning the house, watching TV and eating alone while her daughter is out with friends. One night Lilia goes looking for her daughter at a club and is seduced by the world of belly dancers. Her life is changed irrevocably.

(2002)  (France/Arabic & French)  Director: Raja Amari
M  L  Musical  100 mins



Crazy Racer
Follows the misadventures of Geng Hao, a former champion cyclist who is barred from competition for unknowingly failing a drug test. Now a bicycle courier, he must think on his feet when he stumbles into an elaborate plot involving drug traffickers, ruthless businessmen, a Thai kickboxer and far too many mistaken identities.

(2009)  (China/Mandarin)  Director: Hao Ning

Red Firecracker, Green Firecracker

A woman inherits her father’s fireworks factory, as he had no son. The woman, forbidden to marry and thereby involve outsiders in the factory ownership, finds herself drawn to the painter she hires.

(1994)  (Hong Kong/Mandarin)  Director: He Ping
M  L  Drama  125 mins  Repeat




Changing Times

From acclaimed director André Téchiné comes the story of a construction engineer who travels to Tangiers to find the love of his life; a women he hasn’t seen for 30 years. Nominated for the Golden Bear at Berlin in 2005. Stars French screen legends Gérard Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve. Also stars Gilbert Melki. (From France, in French and Arabic)

(2009)  (France/French)  Director: André Téchiné
MA  N,S  Comedy  105 mins

The Class

Teacher Francois is preparing for another school year at a racially mixed inner-city high school in Paris. With his distinctive teaching style that mixes humour, interrogation and equal parts feigned and genuine exasperation, he has developed a workable approach to his volatile and often inattentive students. Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2008.

(2008)  (France/French)  Director: Laurent Cantet
M  L  Drama  140 mins

High Lane

A group on vacation decide to venture onto a mountain trail that has been closed for repairs. As they realise that they are not alone, their adventure becomes a fight for survival.

(2009)  (France/French)  Director: Abel Ferry
MA  V  Action  90 mins  Repeat

The King of Escape

Armand, who sells farm machines in the country, is a popular middle-aged gay man. Just as he is getting fed up with life, he falls in love with Curlie, a young woman trying to escape her repressive parents.

(2009)  (France/French)  Director: Alain Guiraudie
MA  N,S  Comedy  105 mins

Lady Chatterley

Set in 1921, this is the story of an adulterous affair between Lady Constance Chatterley, a sexually unfulfilled upper-class married woman, and the gamekeeper who works for the estate owned by her wheeldhair-bound husband.  Based on DH Lawrence’s classic novel and winner of five Cesar Awards, including Best Film.

(2006)  (France/Belgium)  Director: Pascale Ferran

MA  Drama  168 min.

Me and My Sister

The bond of sisterly love is tested in this moving and hilarious, film when middle-aged sisters living completely different lives are forced to face the demons of their past.

(2004)  (France/French)  Director: Alexandra Leclere
M  L,S,A  Comedy  100 mins  Repeat

No Hard Feelings

In Belgium in 1954, 17-year-old Laurent thinks his French teacher, nicknamed Vapeur, is also his missing WWII fighter pilot father. Vapeur transmits to Laurent his passion for literature and even triggers in him a vocation for writing. With the help of his best friend, Laurent decides to investigate a possible blood relation with Vapeur.

(2009)  Belgium  Director: Yves Hanchar
M  L,S  Drama  110 mins

Pierrot Le Fou
Ferdinand escapes his boring society and travels from Paris to the Mediterranean Sea with Marianne, a girl chased by hit men from Algeria. They lead an unorthodox life, always on the run.

(1965)  (France/French)  Director: Jean-Luc Godard
M  L,S  Drama  110 mins

A tout de suite

Lili is an 18-year-old upper-class Parisian art student. She meets a charming and handsome young man in a bar, and by the time she discovers he’s a gangster, she’s in love with him. After a botched bank robbery, she decides to help hide him and his friends.

(2004)  (France/French)  Director: Benoît Jacquot
MA  S,A,N  Crime  110 mins  Repeat


The Unknown Woman

A young East European prostitute named Irena calculatedly insinuates herself into the lives of an affluent Italian family.

(Italy/Italian)  Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
MA  V,S,A,N  Drama  130 mins  Repeat


The Eel

Yamashita stabs his wife to death after finding she is having an affair. Eight years later he is released on parole and resettles in a small village. One day he stumbles across an unconscious woman, Keiko. Having recovered, she attaches herself to Yamashita, who eventually becomes unwillingly involved in her troubles. Shared the Grand Prix at the Cannes in 1997.

(1997)  (Japan/Japanese)  Director: Shohei Imamura
MA  A,S,V  Drama  130 mins

Inside Japan’s Nuclear Meltdown
An unprecedented account of the crisis inside the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex after a devastating earthquake and tsunami struck Japan on March 11, 2011. With eyewitness accounts from key figures in the drama, including those workers struggling frantically to reconnect power inside the plant’s pitch-dark radioactive buildings, and the prime minister’s office fighting to get information as the crisis spiralled out of control. The story also profiles the Japanese soldiers and firefighters drafted to cool the reactors and the families living near the nuclear plant, who unknowingly put themselves in the way of the radioactive plume.

USA  Documentary  65 mins


American Visa

The story of school teacher Mario, a father so desperate to leave Bolivia and follow his only son to the USA, he turns to crime to get an American visa. Examines the lengths some people will go to in search of the “American Dream”.

(2005)  (Bolivia/Spanish)  Director: Juan Carlos Valdivia
M  S,L,N,V  Drama  105 mins  Repeat  *CC*

Bad Day to go Fishing
The former ‘strongest man on Earth’ and his crafty manager tour small South American towns staging wrestling matches for cash. Arriving in Santa Maria, they meet with uncommon enthusiasm – as well as a major challenge to their livelihood and their friendship.

(2009)  (Spain/Spanish)  Director: Alvaro Brechner
M  S,L,N,V  Drama  105 mins

The Final Gaze

The parallel lives of two very different people converge to reveal an unlikely bond in this bittersweet drama. A depressed Mexican artist suffering from an unusual degenerative eye condition finds reason to go on thanks to his friendship with a nun and later the young maid at a local brothel.

(2006)  (Mexico/Spanish)  Director: Patricia Arriaga-Jordan
M  L,A,N  Drama  130 mins  Repeat

The Last Summer of La Boyita  

Young Jorgelina feels estranged from her boy-crazy older sister, who has entered adolescence and doesn’t want to hang around with little kids anymore. Finding refuge in their Boyita campervan, Jorgelina travels with her father to the countryside, where her lifelong playmate Mario is undergoing some unexpected changes of his own.

(2009)  (Argentina/Spain/France/Spanish)  Director: Julia Solomonoff
M  A,N  Drama  95 mins  Repeat

Seven Billiard Tables  

A single mother inherits her father’s decrepit billiards hall and sets about restoring it to its former glory while dealing with old emotional wounds that have reopened since her return home.

(2007)  (Spain/Spanish)  Director: Gracia Querejeta
PG  Drama  125 mins


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