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New foreign language movies (August 2012)

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

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September 3, 2012 at 12:16 pm Leave a comment

New foreign language movies (June/July 2012)

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

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

New foreign language movies (April 2012)

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.

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

New foreign language movies (Jan-Mar 2012)

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.


Arabic

Caramel

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

Chinese

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

Hero

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.

DOCUMENTARY | USA | ENGLISH

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

New foreign language movies (November 2011)

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

These programs are available in the Self Study room (Level 2, Brennan MacCallum building) should you wish to view them.

Please feel free to pass this post on to whoever might be interested.



French

Bon Voyage

An actress, a writer, a university researcher and a government official combine in an effort to flee Paris in the shadow of the Nazis’ takeover of the city. Screened at the 2004 French Film Festival, and nominated for 11 Cesar Awards.

(2003)  (France/French)  Director: Jean-Paul Rappeneau
M  V  Drama  120 mins  Repeat

 

Un Secret 

Francois is a sickly boy growing up in post-WWII France. His parents are athletic and obsessed with sport. Francois imagines he has a brother who is the exact opposite of him: handsome, athletic and forceful. At age 15, a neighbour reveals a dark family secret: Francois did indeed have a brother from his father’s previous marriage. Gradually a dark tale emerges of an extended Jewish family torn apart during the Nazi occupation.

(2008) (France/French)  Director: Claude Miller

Drama  105 mins

Spanish

Black Butterfly

After the brutal murder of Guido Pazos, an incorruptible judge, his girlfriend sets out to find the person who ordered the killing, and who then smeared Pazos’ name by making the death look like it occurred at a gay orgy. Nominated for a Goya Award for Best Spanish Language Foreign Film 2008.

(2006)  Spain  Director: Francisco J Lombardi
M  L,S,V  Drama  120 mins  Repeat

November 30, 2011 at 10:57 am Leave a comment

New foreign language movies (October 2011)

Dear all,

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

These programs are available in the Self Study room (Level 2, Brennan MacCallum building) should you wish to view them.


Chinese

The Blue Kite

A moving story about the experiences of a Beijing family living under the mandates of the communist Chinese government from 1953 to the Cultural Revolution in 1968.

(1993) (China/English)  Director: Zhuangzhuang Tian

M  S,N  Drama  138 mins

French

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.

(2005) (France/French)  Director: Emmanuelle Bercot

M  S,N  Drama  115 mins

The Double Life of Veronique

Veronika lives in Poland. Veronique lives in Paris. They don’t know each other but are physically identical to one another, and strangely aware of each other’s presence. Despite their different backgrounds, both of them have a magnificent, sublime voice and an extraordinary musical talent. Unfortunately, each girl suffers from the same, barely detectable cardiac malformation.

(1991)  (France/French)  Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
M  S,N  Drama  105 mins  Repeat

The Valet

Francois Pignon, a car service valet at a posh Paris hotel, gets caught up in a billionaire industrialist’s marriage infidelities. He and the billionaire’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

  

Life With My Father
Diagnosed with a terminal illness, hedonist François helps his two bickering sons reconnect before his death. Winner of the 2005 Toronto Film Festival Audience Award.

(2005) (Canada/English)  Director: Sébastien Rose

M  L,S  Comedy  105 mins

A Real Man
A strikingly original, offbeat comedy about reconciling married life with being oneself. A funny, romantic film with musical interludes and stunning locations in Ibiza and the Pyrenees.

(2003) (France/French)  Directors: Arnaud Larrieu, Jean-Marie Larrieu

M  L,S  Comedy  120 mins

German

The Baader Meinhof Complex
Director Uli Edel explores a dark period in German history with this drama detailing the rise and fall of the Red Army Faction, a left-wing terrorist organisation that became increasingly active in the late 1960s and ’70s.

(2008) (Germany/German)    Director: Uli Edel

M  L, S  Action/Biography  150 mins

Mogadishu: The Hijacking of Flight 181

Based on the real life hijacking of the Lufthansa Flight 181 in October 1977 by four members of the terrorist group the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, this is a breathtaking re-creation of the terrifying event through the eyes of the 86 powerless passengers on board. Winner of the 2009 German Television Award for Best Movie.

(2008)  (Germany/German)  Director: Roland Suso Richter
M  A,L,V  Drama  120 mins  Repeat

Hebrew

Ushpizin

Moshe, a former criminal who recently turned Orthodox Jew, and his wife, Mali, discover how genuine religious practices and true devotion can dramatically change their lives for the better.

(2004)  (Israel/Hebrew)  Director: Giddi Dar

M  A,L,V  Drama  90 mins 


Italian

Days and Clouds

A well-off and sophisticated couple struggles to stay together after the husband loses his job, and his wife suddenly finds herself the breadwinner. A portrait of the faltering effects on a relationship when financial security fades.

(2007) (Italy/Italian)  Director: Silvio Soldini

M  A,L,V  Drama  118 mins


Quiet Chaos

Television executive Pietro’s life takes an irreversible and devastating turn one fateful morning. During a trip to the beach, he saves the life of a drowning woman. He subsequently returns home only to discover that his wife, Lara, has just died from a fall. Struggling to cope with his new role as single parent, Pietro begins to spend his days in the park opposite his daughter’s school.

(2008) (Italy/Italian)  Director: Antonello Grimaldi

M  A,L,V  Drama  105 mins


Spanish

El Greco

An epic tale of an uncompromising artist and fighter for freedom, Domenicos Theotokopoulos, known to the world as ‘El Greco’. Set in the 16th century, El Greco’s search for freedom and love ranges from the courts of Crete and Venice to Toledo in Spain. Here he is confronted by his greatest adversary: the Holy Inquisition. Winner of 10 awards at the 2007 Thessaloniki Film Festival, including Best Film.

(2007) (Greece/Spain/Greek & Spanish)  Director: Yannis Smaragdis

M  A,L,V  Drama  119 mins

Never on a Sunday
A darkly humorous look at the tough underworld of poverty and misery in Mexico, as a family is duped by a mortician who sells their uncle’s corpse to a university medical centre and fills the urn with canine ashes.

(2006)  (Mexico/Spanish)  Director: Daniel Gruener

M  A,L,V  Comedy  125 mins


The Other Side of the Bed

Musical and romantic comedy set in contemporary Spain. Pedro tries to convince his girlfriend Paula that her desire to leave him is just a phase. Paula says she has fallen in love with someone else, and in fact the new man in her life is Pedro’s best friend, Javier. Torn between two beautiful, vibrant women and his oldest friend, Javier scrambles to maintain the status quo through an escalating series of lies and deception.

(2002)  (Spain/Spanish)  Director: Emilio Martínez-Lázaro
MA  L,S  Comedy  110 mins  Repeat

October 31, 2011 at 3:23 pm Leave a comment

Updated movie catalogue

Tired of studying and want to have a bit of fun & relaxation?  Then why not drop by and watch a foreign film? 🙂

I have just updated the foreign movie catalogue with all the movies / documentaries you can watch from the computers in the Self-Study room.  You can now download the complete list here:

Catalogue of Foreign Language Movies

October 12, 2011 at 2:58 pm Leave a comment

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