This edition of our Foreign Film Feature is stocked with Oscar winners, classic directors and emerging voices – fourteen films in total! Let’s have a look:
Chantal Akerman – Four Films (From the East / South / From the Other Side / Down There) (1993-2006) – Chantal Akerman was a filmmaker whose works are exercises in pure independence, creativity and art. Each Akerman film is a world to be explored on its own terms, and her viewers must give themselves over completely to the experience of the film and watch with an open mind. (France/Belgium) – [imdb]
Confession of a Child of the Century (2012) – Paris, 1830: Octave, betrayed by his mistress, sinks into despair and debauchery. His father’s death leads him to the country where he meets Brigitte, a widow who is ten years his elder. Octave falls in love passionately, but will he have the courage to believe in it? (France/Germany/UK) – [imdb]
The Lady in the Car With Glasses and a Gun (2015) – A beautiful secretary steals her boss sports car to go joyriding in this stylish psychological thriller. She goes to visit a seaside town she swears she’s never been to, but everyone knows her name. And when a body turns up in the trunk of the car, she is suddenly the lead suspect in a murder she knows nothing about. (France/Belgium) – [imdb]
The Pearl Button (2015) – The ocean contains the history of all humanity. The sea holds the voices of the Earth and those that come from outer space. Some say that water has memory. This film shows that it also has a voice. (France/Spain/Chile/Switzerland) – [imdb]
Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street (1973) – A fish-out-of-water detective story, Samuel Fuller‘s Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street navigates the shadows of the great crime dramas, filling the viewer s imagination with memories of the classic private dick stories bringing to life the likes of Sam Spade, Philip Marlowe and Peter Gunn. (West Germany) – [allmovie]
Phoenix (2014) – A disfigured Holocaust survivor sets out to determine if the man she loved betrayed her trust. (Germany/Poland) – [imdb] – Criterion Collection!
Son of Saul (2015) – In the horror of 1944 Auschwitz, a prisoner forced to burn the corpses of his own people finds moral survival upon trying to salvage from the flames the body of a boy he takes for his son. (Hungary) – [imdb]
Mediterranea (2015) – Two men make the dangerous journey from Africa to Italy for a better life, but then face hostility and violence in this shocking look at the life-and-death struggle of refugees. (Italy/France) – [imdb]
Magical Girl (2014) – The father of an ill girl tries to obtain her daughter’s last wish, the dress of the main character of a Japanese TV series. Because of this last wish he will meet a disturbed girl and a retired professor. (Spain/France) – [imdb]
The Lady in the Van (2015) – A man forms an unexpected bond with a transient woman living in her van that’s parked in his driveway. Starring Maggie Smith and Alex Jennings. (UK) – [imdb] – click here to read our review!
Censored Voices (2015) – In June of 1967, armies from Egypt, Jordan and Syria amassed on Israel’s borders and threatened its destruction. Israel launched a pre-emptive strike, achieving a stunning and decisive victory in only six days, nearly tripling its size with the occupation of the West Bank. One week after the war, Amos Oz and Avraham Shapira recorded intensely candid confessions from soldiers returning from the battlefield, revealing their fears and doubts. (Israel/Germany) – [imdb]
Taxi (2015) – Jafar Panahi is banned from making movies by the Iranian government, so he poses as a taxi driver and makes a movie about social challenges in Iran. (Iran) – [imdb]
Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie (2015) – In the year 2027, a year following the end of the non-nuclear World War IV, a bomb has gone off in Newport City, killing a major arms dealer who may have ties with the mysterious 501 Organization. Public Security official Daisuke Aramaki hires full-body cyber prosthesis user and hacker extraordinaire, Motoko Kusanagi, to investigate. (Japan) – [imdb]
Ip Man 3 (2015) – When a band of brutal gangsters led by a crooked property developer make a play to take over the city, Master Ip is forced to take a stand. (Hong Kong) – [imdb]