Five Foreign Language Films You Might’ve Missed

Still from Germany's "Barbara"

Nina Hoss in Germany’s “Barbara” (2012)

A guest post today from the Big Show’s Nina Porzucki…

It’s Oscar time and we called on Matt Holzman host of KCRW’s film series, Matt’s Movies to bring us five foreign language films that didn’t make the final five Oscar nominees:

Les Intouchables,” Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, directors, France

“Polisse,” Maiwenn, director, France

Beyond the Hills,” Cristian Mungiu, director, Romania

Barbara,” Christian Petzold, director, Germany (Also a favorite pick from World in Words editor Patrick Cox.)

This Is Not a Film,” directors Jafar Ranahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, Iran

Word of warning, says Holzman, the foreign language category can be somewhat bleak.

Here’s the trailer for Polisse, Holzman’s foreign language pick — that won’t win, but he wishes that it could — film of the year.



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2 responses to “Five Foreign Language Films You Might’ve Missed

  1. Patrick, you mentioned on the pod’ that you love movies about East Germany. ‘The Lives of Others’ and ‘Good bye, Lenin!’ come to mind. Are there others you recommend?

    • patricox

      Arley, if I said that, I misspoke. I meant to say I like things all Stasi (or at least I am fascinated by such things). I have read a few Stasi-related books. The best, in my view: “Stasiland” by Anna Funder.
      Sorry to say that I don’t know any other movies about East Germany–unless you count “The Spy Who Came in from the Cold.”

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