New foreign language movies (June/July 2012)

August 6, 2012 at 12:11 pm Leave a comment

Dear all,

Over the past month, movies and documentaries in various languages have been recorded and stored in the AV Language Library’s server for you to view.
These programmes are available in the Self Study room (Level 2, Brennan MacCallum building).

For a comprehensive listing of all foreign movies that have been recorded, please visit the Foreign Film Catalogue.
Chinese

The World (CM7200.WOR1)

Dancer Tao and her security guard boyfriend, Taisheng, come to the World Park – a theme park on the outskirts of Beijing – to build their life together. But they find the environment artificial and isolated, and many of the staff are lonely and disillusioned with life. Winner of the Critics Award at the 2005 Sao Paulo International Film Festival.

(2004) (China/Mandarin)  Director: Zhang Ke Jia
M  L,S  Drama   140 min

French

Altiplano (FR7200.ALT1)

A former war photographer and her physician husband are caught up in a riot when locals in an Andean village vent their unhappiness with contamination from a nearby mine. A visually striking feature set against the majestic backdrop of the high Andes in Peru. Nominated for Best Film at the 2009 Ghent International Film Festival.

(2009) (Belgium/French)  Directors: Peter Brosens, Jessica Hope Woodworth
M  L,S  Drama   109 min

Flanders (FR7200.FLA1)

Set during a future European war, a group of young men leave their tiny rural Flemish community, and their loves, to fight a war in a distant land. It’s a story about the misery and horror of war and what happens after, when they have to become men again. Winner Grand Prix Cannes 2006.

(2006)  (France/French)  Director: Bruno Dumont
M  L,S  Drama  90 mins

Hunting & Gathering (FR7200.HUN1)

From master director Claude Berri comes an enchanting romantic fable about a collection of misfits in Paris. Without each other, Camille, Franck, Philibert, and Paulette’s lives feel empty, but through one another they rediscover their passion for life and learn to face the world.

(2007)  (France/French)  Director: Claude Berri
M  L,S  Drama  100 mins  Repeat

My Best Friend (FR7200.MYB1)

Catherine refuses to believe that her business partner, the unlikeable Francois, has a best friend, so she challenges him to set up an introduction. Scrambling to find someone willing to pose as his best pal, Francois enlists the services of a charming taxi driver to play the part.

(2006)  (France/French)  Director: Patrice Leconte
M  L,S  Comedy  90 mins

Ricky (FR7200.RIC1)

From acclaimed director Francois Ozon comes this surprising tale of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. When everyday factory workers Katie and Paco meet, they fall in love and marry. From this union a very unusual child is born: Ricky – a boy with special powers. Nominated for the Golden Bear at the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival.

(2009) (France/French)  Director: François Ozon
PG  Comedy  90 mins

Hindi

Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi  (HI7200.RAB1)

Director Aditya Chopra proves that love knows no bounds in this colourful romance concerning a mild-mannered office worker who enters into a glorious love affair with a vivacious and beautiful young artist. The sparks begin to fly as the two polar opposites find themselves drawn together by fate. Nominated for eight 2009 Indian Filmfare Awards, including Best Film.

(2008) (India/Hindi)  Director: Aditya Chopra
PG  Comedy  167 mins

Italian

Unfair Competition (IT7200.UNF1)

A poignant depiction of Fascist life in the 1930s. The lives of two rivalling tailors are chronicled in this bittersweet drama set during one of the darker moments in Italian history. Winner of the Best Director Award at the Moscow International Film Festival in 2001.

(2000)  (Italy/Italian)  Director: Ettore Scola
PG  Drama  115 mins  Repeat

Japanese

Goemon (JA7200.GOE1)

Based on a Japanese folk legend that echoes the tale of Robin Hood, this ninja thriller follows the exploits of Goemon Ishikawa, who leaves his fighting clan after its chief is murdered and uses his skills as a thief to help the poor. But after learning the identity of his leader’s killer, Goemon sets out on a bloody path of vengeance. Nominated for two Asian Film Awards in 2010, including Best Visual Effects.

(2009) (Japan/Japanese)  Director: Kazuaki Kiriya
PG  Drama  128 mins

Spanish

Bombon: El Perro (SP7200.BOM1)

At the age of 52, Juan has been made redundant from the service station where he has worked for over two decades and the future looks grim. To earn some money, he makes handcrafted knives, but business is very slow. When Juan helps a young woman whose car has broken down, he is paid with the unusual gift of a pedigree Dogo Argentino – a huge, white, South American hunting dog.

(2004) (Argentina/Spanish)  Director: Carlos Sorin
PG  Drama  97 min.

Me Too (SP7200.MET1)

This touching Spanish drama delves into the life of Daniel, a young man with Down Syndrome. Highly intelligent and largely independent, Daniel doesn’t fit the usual stereotype. Outside of his loving family, however, he struggles to find the intimacy he craves. When he develops romantic feelings for a co-worker that are not reciprocated, his frustration builds as the world refuses to see past his condition. Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

(2009) (Spain/Spanish)   Directors: Antonio Naharro, Alvaro Pastor
PG  Drama  103 min.

Minimal Stories (SP7200.MIN1)

Three people and a baby set off on separate journeys along the same road. Their disparate dreams and stories intertwine amid the breathtaking deserted Patagonic route. Winner of the Special Prize of the Jury at the 2002 San Sebastian International Film Festival.

(2002)  (Argentina/Spanish)  Director: Carlos Sorin
PG  Comedy  95 mins  Repeat

Trash (SP7200.TRA1)

A close-up portrait of three Barcelona women – two sisters and their ageing mother – coming to terms with their life circumstances. Younger sister Clara, having foregone a big job opportunity abroad, finds her musician boyfriend cheating on her. Meanwhile, pregnant sister Susana has to deal with her husband being away on long business trips. And mother, Carme, is seriously ill in hospital.

(2009) (Spain/Spanish)  Director: Carles Torras
PG  Drama  91 mins

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