June 25, 2011

World Cinema

In my first year at University I took a World Cinema course. I didn't really know what to expect except for strange foreign films with annoying subtitles but instead I was introduced to a whole new cinematic experience with greater artistic value. World Cinema is generally understood as films of non-English speaking countries but it can also refer to films which are produced outside of Hollywood and are therefore understood to have a much smaller budget. (Though this can get confusing as Bollywood is considered 'Foreign Film' yet they have a substantial budget) World Cinema is my favourite 'genre' of film, from Neo-Realism to Dogme to J-horror, there are some truly brilliant foreign films out there. The Cannes Film Festival & The Sundance Film Festival do a 'Best Foreign Film' Award and this often leads to greater exposure and recognition for the producer and actors.
Here's a list of some of my favourite World Cinema films, best enjoyed in a small, art deco cinema, such as the Hyde Park Picture House in Leeds, with a bag of freshly popped popcorn, of course.

I highly recommend you check these out.:

Tsotsi - South Africa

Cidade de Deus (City of God) - Brazil

Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain- France

La vita è bella (Life is Beautiful) - Italy 

Perfume: The story of a murderer - France

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