Foreign Film Series

Movie recommendations by SLCL staff as part of the SLCL Foreign Film Series 2017-2019. The Foreign Film Series was introduced and organised by Dr Manu Braganca.


Original language: French
Available in: English and French with subtitles
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Suggested by: Manu Braganca

After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver (IMdb).

Sin Nombre

Original language: Spanish
Available in: Spanish with subtitles
Genre: Crime, Drama
Suggested by: Pascale Baker

A Honduran young girl and a Mexican gangster are united in a journey across the American border (IMdb).

Gegen die Wand

Original language: German
Available in: German with English subtitles
Genre: Drama, Romance
Suggested by: Joseph Twist

With the intention to break free from the strict familial restrictions, a suicidal young woman sets up a marriage of convenience with a forty-year-old addict, an act that will lead to an outburst of envious love (IMdb).

A Touch of Sin

Original language: Chinese
Available in: Chinese with English subtitles
Genre: Action, Drama
Suggested by: Phil Entwistle

Four independent stories set in modern China about random acts of violence (IMdb).

Benvenuti al Sud

Original language: Italian
Available in: Italian with English subtitles
Genre: Comedy
Suggested by:

Overwhelmed by his wife, a postal worker from Northern Italy feigns disability to request a transfer to Milan. When he’s unmasked, he is sent to a tiny village near Naples for two years (IMdb).

O Pátio das Cantigas 

Original language: Portuguese
Available in: Portuguese with English subtitles
Genre: Comedy
Suggested by: Eliana Palma

A New age remake of a Portuguese classic, Pátio das Cantigas shows the lives of a neighbourhood in the Old Lisbon, including their desires, happiness and sadness, always with a good humour (IMdb).

The Teacher

Original language: Slovak
Available in: Slovak with English subtitles
Genre: Comedy, Drama

The arrival of Maria Drazdechova, associated with the Communist party, to a school in Bratislava in 1983 worries parents, students and colleagues (IMdb).

The event was sponsored by the Czech & Slovakian Ambassadors.

Shoot the Piano Player

Original language: French
Available in: French with English subtitles
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Suggested by: Douglas Smith

Charlie is approached by his crook brother Chico, who is chased by two gangsters. Charlie helps him to escape, but he upsets the criminals, so when his brother Fido is kidnapped, Charlie has to take an attitude with tragic consequences (IMdb).

Das finstere Tal / The Dark Valley

Original language: German/Austrian
Available in: English and German with English subtitles
Genre: Action, Drama, Western
Suggested by: Anneliese Rieger

Through a hidden path a lone rider reaches a little town high up in the Alps. Nobody knows where the stranger comes from, nor what he wants there. But everyone knows that they don’t want him to stay (IMdb).