World Cinema Series – Wrap up and Winner Announcement

I’m not sure what happened to my wish to watch a lot of foreign movies. I did for a while but didn’t review them and then I stopped. This means that my own participation in the  World Cinema Series and Richard’s (Caravana de recuerdos) Foreign Film Festivval  never really took off. While Richard and I were not that active, others were. Especially four people have contributed quite a lot of reviews. At the beginning of the year I had said that

At the end of the year  I will give away a DVD to the person who has managed to cover the most countries.

The winner can choose between a DVD for up to 25$ or an amazon voucher.

And the winner is Guy (Phoenix Cinema/His Futile Preoccupations) who has contributed reviews from 12 different countries.

Congratulations, Guy.

Collectively we have managed to cover over 30 countries. Not a bad result at all. Thanks to everyone who has participated. I hope you will join again next year.

Here are all of the reviews

Argentina

Bar “El Chino”  (2004) – Richard (Caravana de recuerdos)

Australia

Animal Kingdom (2010) – TBM (50 Year Project)

Austria

Klimt (2006) – Obooki (Obooki’s Obloquy)

Brazil 

At Midnight I Will Take Your Soul  (1963) – Obooki (Obooki’s Obloquy)

Besouro aka The Assailant (2009) – Nekoneko (Nekoneko’s Movie Litterbox)

Canada

Familia (2005) – Guy (Phoenix Cinema)

China

Sleepwalker 3D (2011 Hong Kong) – Nekoneko (Nekoneko’s Movie Litterbox)

House of Flying Daggers -rtm (Flixchatter)

The Road Home (2000) – Fiona (Popcorn Pictures)

In the Mood for Love (2000) – Fiona (Popcorn Pictures)

Happy Together (1997) – Fiona (Popcorn Pictures)

Colombia

Bolivar is me – Bolívar es yo (2002) Guy (Phoenix Cinema)

Czech Republic/ Fromer Czechoslovakia

Protektor (2009) – Guy (Phoenix Cinema)

Larks on a String (1969) – Dwight (A Common Reader)

Capricious Summer (1968) – Dwight (A Common Reader)

Denmark

In Your Hands (2004) - Fiona (Popcorn Pictures)

The Inheritance (2003) – Fiona (Popcorn Pictures)

Open Hearts (2002) – Fiona (Popcorn Pictures)

Pusher (1996) - Fiona (Popcorn Pictures)

Melancholia (2011) – Caroline (Beauty is a Sleeping Cat)

Aftermath (2004) – Fiona (Popcorn Pictures)

Dancers -Fiona (Popcorn Pictures)

Murk (2005) – Fiona (Popcorn Pictures)

France

C’est La Vie (1990) - Guy (Phoenix Cinema)

Love is my Profession – En cas he malheur (1958) – Guy (Phoenix Cinema)

La Ronde (1950) – Dwight (A Common Reader)

Amélie - TBM (50 Year Project)

Persepolis (2007) – Fiona (Popcorn Pictures)

When Pigs Have Wings (2011) – Fiona (Popcorn Pictures)

Germany

Soul Kitchen (2009) – Sarah (what we have here is a failure to communicate)

100 Years of Adolf Hitler (1989) – Obboki (Obooki’s Obloquy)

Little Dieter Wants to Fly (1998) – Séamus (Vapour Trails)

Der blaue Engel – The Blue Angel (1930) – Guy (Phoenix Cinema)

Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980) Richard (Caravana de recuerdos)

NaPola (2004) – Novia (Polychrime Interest)

Hungary

Szinbád (1971) – Dwight (A Common Reader)

Iceland

Heima (2007) – Dwight (A Common Reader)

India

Shaapit:The Cursed (2010) – Nekoneko (Nekoneko’s Movie Litterbox)

Indonesia

The Raid: Redemption  (2011) – Novroz (Polychrome Interest)

Pintu Terlarang aka The Forbidden Door (2009 ) – Novroz (Polychrome Interest)

The Raid:Redemption (2012) - Nekoneko (Nekoneko’s Movie Litterbox)

Ireland

His and Hers - Ronan (Filmplicity)

The Guard (2011) – Sarah (what we have here is a failure to communicate)

Ireland (then and now) through Cillian Murphy’s movies The Wind that Shakes the Barley and Perrier’s Bounty - Novroz (Polychrome Interest)

Israel

Lemon Tree (2008) – Caroline Beauty is a Sleeping Cat)

Kalevet – Rabies (2010) – Nekoneko (Nekoneko’s Movie Litterbox)

Italy

Cinema Paradiso (1988) – rtm (Flixchatter)

Bicycle Thieves – Ladri di biciclette (1948) - Seamus (Vapour Trails)

Life is beautiful (1998) – Fiona (Popcorn Pictures)

Rome Open City – Roma città aperta (1945) Richard (Caravana de recuerdos)

The Conformist (1970) – Séamus (Vapour Trails)

Japan

Whisper of the Heart - Ronan (Filmplicity)

A Story of Floating Weeds (1934) – Dwight (A Common Reader)

13 Assassins (2010) – Novroz (Polychrome Interest)

Kuroneko (1968) – Richard (Caravana de recuerdos)

Woman in the Dunes (1964) Rise (in lieu of a field guide)

Way of Blue Sky – Slice of Life Teen Movie - Dhitzunako (Across Dhitz Universe)

Arrietty (2010) – Fiona (Popcorn Pictures)

Korea

The Fox Familiy – Gumiho gajok   – Obooki (obooki’s obloquy)

War of the Arrows (2011) – Nekoneko (Nekoneko’s Movie Litterbox)

Lebanon

Caramel – Sukkar banat - Caroline (Beauty is a Sleeping Cat)

Malaysia

Alamak…. Toyol (2011) – Nekoneko (Nekoneko’s Movie Litterbox)

Mexico

Miss Bala (2011) – Guy (Phoenix Cinema)

La Zona (2007) – Guy (Phoenix Cinema)

Norway

Happy Happy (2010) – Guy (Phoenix Cinema)

Peru

La ciudad y los perros – The City and the Dogs (1985) – Guy (His Futile Preoccupations)

Philippines

Aswang (2011) – Nekoneko (Nekoneko’s Movie Litterbox)

Poland

The Hour-Glass Sanatorium (1973) -Dwight (A Common Reader)

The Doll (1968) – Dwight (A Common Reader)

 Faithful River (1987) – Dwight (A Common Reader)

Ashes and Diamonds (1958) – Dwight (A Common Reader)

Katyn (2007) Fiona (The Book Coop aka Popcorn Pictures)

Russia

Torpedo Bomber  (1983) – Guy (Phoenix Cinema)

Shine, Shine, My Star – Gori, Gori, Moya zvezda (1969) – Guy (Phoenix Cinema)

Tsar - Ronan (Filmplicity)

Father & Son (2003) -TBM (50 Year Project)

Senegal

Moolaadé (2004) – Caroline (Beauty is a Sleeping Cat)

South Africa

District 9 (2009) – rtm (Flixchatter)

Spain

Cell 211 – Celda 211 (2009) - TBM (50Year Project)

Julia’s Eyes - Ronan (Filmplicity)

Cuadecuc, vampir (1971) – Obooki (obooki’s obloquy)

El abuelo- The Grandfather (1988) – Dwight ( A Common Reader)

La ciudad de los prodigos – City of Marvels (1999) – Diwght (A Common Reader)

Why Do They Call it Love When They Mean Sex? (1993) – Guy (Phoenix Cinema)

Sweden

Let the Right one In – Låt den rätte komma in (2008) – Novroz (Polychrome Interest)

Everlasting Moments – Eviga Ögonblick (2008) – Caroline (Beauty is a Sleeping Cat)

Thailand 

The Unborn Child (2011) – Nekoneko (Nekoneko’s Movie Litterbox)

Shutter (2004) – Fiona (Popcorn Pictures)

Turkey

Cehennem (2010) – Nekoneko (Nekoneko’s Movie Litterbox)

UK

Route Irish - Ronan (Filmplicity)

An Education (2009) – rtm (Flixchatter)

Nowhere Boy (2009) – rtm (Flixchatter)

Amazing Grace (2006) – Novroz (Polychrome Interest)

US

Prometheus (2012) – Novroz (Polychrome Interest)

Venezuela

Manuela Saénz (2001) – Guy (His Futile Preoccupations)

Yugoslavia

When Father Was Away on Business (1985) – Guy (Phoenix Cinema)

24 thoughts on “World Cinema Series – Wrap up and Winner Announcement

  1. I didn’t know there’s a prize involved…if I know, I’d written more reviews ;) I love to buy another Mighty Boosh DVD.

    Congratr to Guy :)

    I really like this event, as I have written in my latest post…I Hope you’ll host it again next year.

  2. Your post is making me think. There once was a time when I called myself a film buff. I love art movies, international movies, classics, and yes even mainstream films. Time has prevented me from watching many a lot films over the last few years. I have choseni to make reading a higher priority. Something to look forward to in retirement.

    • I usually watch quitea lot of movies buut in the last few months I didn’t get the time at all. But there are such amazing movies out there. I’ll return to watching film with more dedication next year.

    • It’s funny, I was sure Fiona contributed the most as she was the most consistent, still reviewing last month but you were so active in the beginning and then after August it stopped. Still way better than me and Richard.
      I’ll need you address again. You tell me what you prefer a DVD or voucher.

  3. Thanks for involving me in this international cinema retrospective and for posting links to my reviews. Congrats to Guy. Don’t spend all of that voucher in the same shop guy ;-)

  4. That’s quite a list and an excellent resource for international films! I know how easy it is to be excited about a new project but then get busy with other things and then not quite follow through as you’d like. I love movies but I don’t watch as many foreign films as I’d like–too many things I’d like to do in my free time and not enough free time…

    • I’m pleased with the list and there are quite a few I want to watch now as well. I watched several but never got aroud to reviewing them. Probabaly because I had already too man other posts.
      Maybe I should reserve at least one Sunday per month next year.

  5. I was wondering what happened to your film project, because I was really looking forward to the reviews. I feel sad that I missed it, because I didn’t check the event’s home page. The above list is really awesome! I will bookmark it and come back later and look for suggestions. I have watched some of the movies in the list – ‘The House of Flying Daggers’, ‘Amelie’, ‘Bicycle Thieves’, ‘Life is Beautiful’, ‘District 9′, ‘An Education’, ‘Amazing Grace’. I liked all of them, especially ‘Amazing Grace’ which was one of my favourite movies out of those I saw last year. I should have really participated in this event, because I saw tonnes of movies last year :) I hope to participate this year. Thanks for hosting this event and for this wonderful post! Congratulations to Guy for watching and reviewing films from the most number of countries!

    • It would be lovely if you would join.
      I didn´t post any wrap up posts which wasn´t so ideal. People didn´t know what others contributed.
      I will chnage this this year. I would also like to review more. I still think it´s a great idea.
      The list is longer than I thought it would be and some people have really made an effort.
      Ther will be a reward again this year. :)

      • Looking forward to it, Caroline! I mostly wrote brief reviews in Facebook and some on my blog. It will be nice to participate in this event and write longer reviews and read other participants posts and take film suggestions. Can’t wait for the event to start :)

  6. I have bookmarked this page as a wonderful list of films from around the world to watch. Had a quick scan and could only see a handful I recognise. I don’t watch a lot of films, and would like to get to know more of what’s happening beyond Hollywood.

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