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If you're looking for substance over style, attention to detail, casting that isn't beholding to marketing, films that shed light on the human condition; and if you can live without special effects and gratuitous violence for a couple of hours, the mostly lesser known foreign films listed below (from past and present) promise to satisfy.

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter (Kim Ki-duk)
Dersu Uzala (Akira Kurosawa)
Postmen in the Mountains (Huo Jianqi)
Not One Less (Zhang Yimou)
Pele the Conqueror (Billie August)
Babette's Feast (Gabriel Axel)
Circle of Deceit (Volker Schlöndorff)
The Insult (Ziad Doueiri)
Jean de Florette (Claude Berri)
The Wind Will Carry Us (Abbas Kiarostami)
The Man Without a Past (Aki Kaurismäki)
A Long Walk (Eiji Okuda)
4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days (Cristian Mungiu)
The Yacubian Building (Marwan Hamed)
12 (Nikita Mikhalkov)
Rengaine (Rachid Djaïdani)
Tears of April (Aku Louhimies)
White Ribbon (Michael Haneke)
Biutiful (Alejandro González Iñárritu)
The Golden Cage (Diego Quemada-Diez)
Lola ( Brillante Mendoza)
The Mourning Forest (Naomi Kawase)
2046 (Wong Kar-wai)
The Necessities of Life (Benoît Pilon)
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Nuri Bilge Ceylan)
The Lives of Others (Florian Henckel)
Lunch Box (Arun Rangachari)
Gabriel and the Mountain (Fellipe Barbosa)
When We Leave (Feo Aladag)
Consequences of Love (Paolo Sorrentino)
The Innocents (Anne Fontaine)
Decent People (Franco Lolli)
Shoplifters (Hirokasu Kore-Eda)
All Good (Eva Trobisch)
They Say Nothing Stays the Same (Joe Odagiri)
Corpus Christi (Jan Komasa)
Neon Bull (Gabriel Mascara)
Beanpole (Kantemir Balagov)
Styx (Wolfgang Fischer)
Ixcanul (Jayro Bustamante)
The Invincible Life of Euridice Gusmao (Karim Aïnouz)


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JoeK76 via /r/Filmmakers
Foreign to whom? What side of the Atlantic do you consider "yours"?

Personally I'd already be happy if people stopped using the term "foreign cinema". What "foreign" cinema are we talking about? North American cinema? South American cinema? Granted, European cinema is much better in general, but there is some watchable stuff coming from the other side of the Atlantic every now and then.

I can recommend the following films I've seen recently (1) Ema, by Pablo Larraín (2)Les Misérables, by Ladj Ly
Point well taken. Since the preamble was written in English, the assumption is foreign = non English films, an admittedly very English-centric starting point.
Looking forward to seeing St Maud by Rose Glass and Mogul Mowgli by Bassam Tariq this weekend.
I have only seen a few of the films in the list but agree with their inclusion, especially The Necessities of Life and White Ribbon.












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