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May 17, 2013 at 3:42 PM

16 favorite foreign films

"Run Lola Run." Photo by Bernd Spauke.

“Run Lola Run.” Photo by Bernd Spauke.

Hello readers. We have a winner in today’s favorite-foreign-film contest. Out of a number of reader submissions, we pulled “Run, Lola, Run” out of a hat, which means that a reader calling him/herself “mathteam” will win two free tickets to Seattle International Film Festival. (Check back next Thursday/Friday for another giveaway.)

“Run Lola Run” first showed in Seattle in the late ’90s at SIFF, coincidentally. Here’s what longtime Seattle Times reviewer John Hartl had to say about it then: “Possibly the showiest, most energy-charged movie in this year’s Seattle International Film Festival, this German production offers multiple versions of the same story: a woman trying to save her boyfriend from a vicious gangster.”

We thought you might also like to see a list of the other foreign films recommended by readers. Descriptions here are cribbed from Seattle Times reviewers Moira Macdonald, John Hartl, Jeff Shannon and others.

Amelie,” a beguiling romantic comedy from French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (“Delicatessen,” “City of Lost Children”), starring Audrey Tautou.

“The Band’s Visit,” by Israeli filmmaker Eran Kolirin, a film about music, unlikely friendship and finding a little bit of home in a faraway place.

Brotherhood of the Wolf,” a 2002 French creature feature full of chills, action, romance and adventure. Note: This one’s heavy on violence and gore.

Das Boot,” a classic war film set on a German submarine in WWII.

Cinema Paradiso,” a beautiful Italian art-house film about beautiful Italian art-house filmgoing.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” a ground-breaking, dreamlike martial-arts fantasy directed by Ang Lee.

Departures,” from Japan, an elegant, beautifully mounted meditation on death, funeral customs and parent-child relations.

Diva,” a gorgeous, 1981 French thriller that touches on opera and obsession.

Hanna,” a British-German thriller starring Saoirse Ronan as a feral child who is part angsty adolescent, part homicidal secret agent.

House,” a Japanese horror film made in 1977, which marked the bold debut of director Nobuhiko Obayashi.

Life Is Beautiful,” an Oscar winner from Italy that audaciously mixed humor and the Holocaust.

Salo,” a notoriously brutal and sexual film by director Pier Paolo Pasolini, subtitled “120 Days of Sodom.”

Sitcom,” a satire directed by Francois Ozon, in which a suburban French family goes to ruin.

Still Walking,” a portrait of a Japanese family mourning a lost son.

Waste Land,” a surprisingly inspiring documentary about Brazilian trash pickers.

Have more recommendations? Feel free to add them to the comments thread.




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