New foreign language movies (August 2012)

September 3, 2012 at 12:16 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.

FRENCH

99 Francs

A first-person diatribe against modern consumerist society as seen through the eyes of a cynical advertising executive whose efforts to get fired from his job backfire as he keeps getting promoted.

(2007)  (France/French)  Director: Jan Kounen
MA  V,S,A,D  Comedy  110 mins  Repeat

 

A Film and Its Era: Children of Paradise

One of the finest French films ever made, Marcel Carne’s Les Enfants du Paradis (Children of Paradise) is the tragic 1945 story of the ill-fated love between an actress and a theatre mime. It is a darkly magical piece of escapism set in 19th-century Paris, made in the golden age of French cinema. This documentary examines the context of the film and the stories behind its production, with interviews from French legends Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault and Pierre Brasseur.

France  PG  Documentary  60 mins  Repeat

 

Anything for Her

When his wife is wrongfully imprisoned for murder, and all legal avenues exhausted, unassuming school teacher Julien conspires to bust her out of prison; however, Julien soon finds himself well out of his depth as he falls deeper and deeper into the criminal underworld. Nominated for Best First Film at the 2009 Cesar Awards.

(2008)  (France/French)  Director: Fred Cavaye
M  Crime  105 mins

Belle De Jour

The most accessible of Luis Bunuel’s biting satires, this is a lyrical exploration of a neglected doctor’s wife who leads a bizarre double life. Winner of the Golden Lion at the 1967 Venice Film Festival.

(1967)  French  Director: Luis Buñuel
M  A,S  Drama  110 mins  Repeat

 

The Best Day of My Life

A light and cheerful romantic comedy about a couple’s desire to have a fuss-free wedding – but the event takes on a life of its own. Winner of the Best Film award at the 2007 Milan International Film Festival.

(2004)  (Belgium/French)  Director: Julie Lipinski
M  L,S,A  Romantic Comedy  110 mins  Repeat

 

Doo Wop

In Paris, Ziggy, a young bohemian band manager, gets into trouble with some small-time crims. Meanwhile, his ex-girlfriend comes home after five years abroad, and he still thinks he’s in love with her. Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2004 Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival.

(2004)  (France/French)  Director: David Lanzmann
M  L,V  Drama  100 mins  Repeat

 

The Last Mitterrand

President Francois Mitterrand of France is serving the last months of his second seven-year term. He also knows that he is dying of prostate cancer and chooses the young journalist Antoine to help him write his memoirs. Time is ticking fast as the president’s health declines, and Antoine is desperate to shed light on Mitterand’s past.

(2005)  (France/French)  Director: Robert Guédiguian
PG  Drama  120 mins  Repeat

 

Looking for Cheyenne

A bittersweet love story about two women whose dramatically different lifestyles keep them apart, despite their burning desire to be together. A sweetly observed tale of love and longing.

(2005)  (France/French)  Director: Valérie Minetto
M  S,L,N  Drama  95 mins  Repeat

 

Priceless

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/French)  Director: Pierre Salvadori
M  L  Comedy  115 mins  Repeat  *CC*

 

The Valet

Francis Veber, the master of French farce, combines his classic elements of slapstick with quick-witted dialogue in this romantic comedy. Francois Pignon, a car service valet at a posh Paris hotel, gets caught up in a wealthy industrialist’s marriage infidelities. He and a businessman’s girlfriend, a beautiful model, must pretend to be a couple for a month.

(2006)  (France/French)  Director: Francis Veber
M  L,S  Comedy  90 mins  Repeat

 

ITALIAN

Baaria

Oscar-winning filmmaker Giuseppe Tornatore directs this grand-scale portrait of life and love over several decades in a small town in Sicily. The story centres on a poor Sicilian family in the 1930s and its prodigal son, Peppino. As Peppino grows older he becomes a passionate political activist, and despite receiving only a basic farm education, he joins the communist party to fight for workers’ rights. Nominated for a 2010 Golden Globe award for Best Foreign Language Film.

(2009)  (Italy/Italian)  Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
M  V,L  Comedy  160 mins

 

The Ball

Eleven-year-old Raul sets his mother up with his music teacher in this sentimental comedy. It proves that love cannot be planned and is far from being easy to explain, comprehend, or manipulate.

(2006)  (Italy/Italian)  Director: Claudio Antonini
M  L  Comedy  90 mins  Repeat

 

Don’t Tell

This 2006 Academy Award-nominated Italian film follows the breakdown of Sabina’s life when her repressed memories of childhood incest and abuse begin to resurface. She must find the strength of will to fight the demons of her past. Also the winner of five awards at the 2005 Venice Film Festival, including Best Italian Film for director Cristina Comencini.

(2005)  (Italy/Italian)  Director: Cristina Comencini
M  S,A,L,N  Drama  125 mins  Repeat

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