Films by Country

Now THAT’S a movie theater. Ambasciatori Cinema, Trieste, Italy, 2009. Photo: M.T.


Falling (a.k.a. Fallen) (2006; Barbara Albert)

Free Radicals (a.k.a. Böse Zellen) (2003; Barbara Albert)

Coming to L.A.: Michael Haneke, master of highbrow cinematic sadism

Import/Export (2007; Ulrich Seidel)



I Don’t Belong Anywhere: The Cinema of Chantal Akerman (2015; Marianne Lambert)



Neighboring Sounds (a.k.a. O som ao redor) (2012; Kleber Mendonça Filho)



Cosmopolis (2012; David Cronenberg)

See also: Surprise: Robert Pattinson is well cast in Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis



Lost in Beijing (a.k.a. Ping Guo) (2007; Li Yu)

A Touch of Sin (a.k.a. Tian zhu ding) (2013; Jia Zhang-ke)


Czech Republic

Something Like Happiness (a.k.a. Stestí) (2005; Bohdan Sláma)

Surreal September: A month of Jan Švankmajer


Daisies (a.k.a. Sedmikrásky) (1966; Vera Chytilová)

Marketa Lazarová (1967; František Vlácil)

See also: Mad about Marketa: A few words about the Czech classic

Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (a.k.a. Valerie a tyden divu) (1970; Jaromil Jireš)



Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2013; Lars von Trier)

Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2013; Lars von Trier)



Alphaville (1965; Jean-Luc Godard)

See also: A roundup of Alphaville posters from around the world

Boy Meets Girl (1984; Leos Carax)

Blue Is the Warmest Color (a.k.a. La vie d’Adele) (2013; Abdellatif Kechiche)

See also: About those explicit scenes in Blue Is the Warmest Color

Cahiers du Cinéma on L.A.’s repertory movie theatres

Certified Copy (a.k.a. Copie conforme) (2010; Abbas Kiarostami)

See also: Best Actress at Cannes, 2010 — bien mérité

A Christmas Tale (a.k.a. Un Conte de Noël) (2008; Arnaud Desplechin)

Clouds of Sils Maria (2014; Olivier Assayas)

Dark Web (a.k.a. Darkweb) (2016; Bruno Vaussenat)

Diary of a Suicide (a.k.a. Le Journal d’un Suicide) (1973; Stanislav Stanojevic)

Duelle (1976; Jacques Rivette)

See also: The Dream Cycle of Jacques Rivette

Farewell, My Queen (a.k.a. Les adieux à la reine) (2012; Benoît Jacquot)

Gabrielle (2005; Patrice Chéreau)

La Grande Bouffe (1973; Marco Ferreri)

Holy Motors (2012; Leos Carax)

Lola Montès (1955; Max Ophüls)

The Lovers on the Bridge (a.k.a. Les Amants du Pont-Neuf) (1991; Leos Carax)

Mauvais Sang (a.k.a. Bad Blood) (1986; Leos Carax)

Le Petit Soldat (a.k.a. The Little Soldier) (1960/1963; Jean-Luc Godard)

See also: The massive Godard retrospective at Lincoln Center

Pola X (1999; Leos Carax)

Potiche (2010; François Ozon)

Summer Hours (a.k.a. L’heure d’été) (2008; Olivier Assayas)

Vivre sa vie (1962; Jean-Luc Godard)

See also: Godard goes Hollywood (sort of), at the Cinerama Dome

See also: Jean-Luc Godard, French revolutionary

Wild Reeds (a.k.a. Les Roseaux Sauvages) (1993; André Téchiné)



In Bloom (a.k.a. Grezeli nateli dgeebi) (2013; Nana Ekvtimishvili, Simon Gross)



Anleitung zum Unglücklichsein (2012; Sherry Hormann)

Barbara (2012; Christian Petzold)

Berlin Blues (a.k.a. Herr Lehmann) and films by Detlev Buck

The ‘Berlin School’ invades New York’s MOMA

Cinematic Oktoberfest: German Currents 2012

A Coffee in Berlin (a.k.a. Oh Boy) (2012; Jan Ole Gerster)

Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (a.k.a. Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler) (1922; Fritz Lang)

See also: The 1920s Berlin of Dr. Mabuse

Everyone Else (a.k.a. Alle Anderen) (2009; Maren Ade)

German Currents film festival, 2013

House of the Sleeping Beauties (a.k.a. Das Haus der schlafenden Schönen) (2006; Vadim Glowna)

Lessons of Darkness (a.k.a. Lektionen in Finsternis) (1992; Werner Herzog)

Oh Boy (a.k.a. A Coffee in Berlin) (2012; Jan Ole Gerster)

The Robber (2010; Benjamin Heisenberg)

The Tower (a.k.a. Der Turm) (2012; Christian Schwochow)

Wer wenn nicht wir (a.k.a. If Not Us, Who?) (2011; Andres Veiel)

(The best recent German movies, at the L.A. Goethe-Institut, Summer 2013)

East Germany

Eolomea (1972; Herrmann Zschoche)

The Gleiwitz Case (a.k.a. Der Fall Gleiwitz) (1961; Gerhard Klein)

West Germany

The BRD Trilogy: Lola (a.k.a. Lola) (1981; Rainer Werner Fassbinder)

Christiane F. — Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo (1981; Uli Edel)

See also: David Bowie’s film career looks good in retrospect

Fear of Fear (a.k.a. Angst vor der Angst) (1975; Rainer Werner Fassbinder)

See also: Cruelly, Madly, Deeply: The Films of Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Gentlemen in White Vests (a.k.a. Die Herren mit der weissen Weste) (1970; Wolfgang Staudte)

Gods of the Plague (a.k.a. Götter der Pest) (1970; Rainer Werner Fassbinder)

Katzelmacher (1969; Rainer Werner Fassbinder)

Love Is Colder than Death (a.k.a. Liebe ist kälter als der Tod) (1969; Rainer Werner Fassbinder)

Nosferatu the Vampyre (a.k.a. Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht) (1979: Werner Herzog)



Metalhead (a.k.a. Málmhaus) (2013; Ragnar Bragason)



Caterina in the City (a.k.a. Caterina va in Città) (2003; Paolo Virzì)

L’avventura (1960; Michelangelo Antonioni)

The Hawks and the Sparrows (a.k.a. Uccellacci e uccellini) (1966; Pier Paolo Pasolini)

See also: Pier Paolo Pasolini — filmmaker, author, Renaissance man

La Notte (1961; Michelangelo Antonioni)

The Night Porter (a.k.a. Il Portiere del Notte) (1974; Liliana Cavani)

Nude for Satan (a.k.a. Nuda per Satana) (1974; Luigi Batzella)

Rome Like Chicago (a.k.a. Bandits in Rome, a.k.a. Roma comme Chicago) (1968; Alberto De Martino)

See also: Spaghetti Westerns Unchained



Drunken Angel (a.k.a. Yoidore tenshi) (1948; Akira Kurosawa)

Like Someone in Love (2012; Abbas Kiarostami)

New Love in Tokyo (a.k.a. Ai no shinsekai) (1994; Banmei Takahashi)

Zombie Ass (a.k.a. Zonbi asu) (2011; Noboru Iguchi)



For a Lost Soldier (a.k.a. Voor een Verloren Soldaat) (1993; Roeland Kerbosch)



The Dekalog (1988; Krzysztof Kieslowski)

Martin Scorsese’s ‘Masterpieces of Polish Cinema’



Beyond the Hills (a.k.a. Dupa dealuri) (2012; Cristian Mungiu)

Romanian filmmakers: Celebrated abroad, unloved at home?

South East European Film Festival, 2013



Jess Franco (1930–2013) directed about 160 movies, almost all of them sleazy



A few words from Ingmar Bergman on screenwriting



The Assassin (a.k.a. Nie yin niang) (2015; Hou Hsiao-Hsien)


United Kingdom

The Clock (2010; Christian Marclay)

Hex (TV series; 2004–2005)

Hysteria (2011; Tanya Wexler)

The Look of Love (2013; Michael Winterbottom)

The Music Lovers (1970; Ken Russell)

Red Riding 1974 (2009; Julian Jerrold)

Red Riding 1980 (2009; James Marsh)

Red Riding 1983 (2009; Anand Tucker)

Scott Walker: 30 Century Man (2006; Stephen Kijak)

Sebastiane (1976; Derek Jarman, Paul Humfress)

Seven Psychopaths (2012; Martin McDonagh)

Shame (2011; Steve McQueen)

Skyfall (2012; Sam Mendes)

See also: A brief, cranky history of James Bond theme songs

Telstar (a.k.a. Telstar: The Joe Meek Story) (2008; Nick Moran)

W.E. (2011; Madonna)

What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy (2015; David Evans)


U.S.A.! U.S.A.!

3 Women (1977; Robert Altman)

Abduction (2011; John Singleton)

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (2013; David Lowery)

American Hustle (2013; David O. Russell)

See also: This movie was almost released abroad as American Bullshit (seriously).

Austenland (2013; Jerusha Hess)

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009; Werner Herzog)

The Band Wagon (1953; Vincente Minnelli)

Before Midnight (2013; Richard Linklater)

Berlin — live at St. Ann’s Warehouse, Brooklyn (2007; Julian Schnabel)

Blue Jasmine (2013; Woody Allen)

Breezy (1973; Clint Eastwood)

Boyhood (2014; Richard Linklater)

Catch .44 (2011; Aaron Harvey)

CBGB (2013; Randall Miller)

Chef (2014; Jon Favreau)

Christmas, Again (2014; Charles Poekel)

The Counselor (2013; Ridley Scott)

See also: Javier Bardem’s hair

Crimson Peak (2015; Guillermo del Toro)

Cruising (1980; William Friedkin)

Downtown 81 (a.k.a. New York Beat Movie) (1981/2000; Edo Bertoglio)

Drive (2011; Nicolas Winding Refn)

See also: Ryan Gosling in Drive: Don’t just do something, stand there

Django Unchained (2012; Quentin Tarantino)

See also: Christoph Waltz’s well-deserved Oscar win for Django Unchained

Roger Ebert, 1942–2013

Elektra Luxx (2010; Sebastian Gutierrez)

Entourage (2015; Doug Ellin)

Fay Grim (2006; Hal Hartley)

Firefox (1982; Clint Eastwood)

Frances Ha (2012; Noah Baumbach)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011; David Fincher)

See also: Fictional people we love: Lisbeth Salander

The Good Earth (1937; Sidney Franklin)

I Need That Record! (2008; Brendan Toller)

See also: On Lenny Kaye, Patti Smith, and vinyl discoveries

Interior. Leather Bar. (2013; James Franco, Travis Mathews)

Killer’s Kiss (1955; Stanley Kubrick)

See also: LACMA’s dazzling Stanley Kubrick exhibit

See also: A few words from Stanley Kubrick

Lemora: A Child’s Tale of the Supernatural (1973; Richard Blackburn)

See also: Is Lemora a coming-out story in vampire disguise?

See also: How Joss Whedon spoiled a lot of horror movies for me

The Lickerish Quartet (1970; Radley Metzger)

The Lifeguard (2013; Liz Garcia)

Lovelace (2013; Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman)

See also: The inescapable James Franco

Mad Men (TV: U.S., 2007–15)

Margaret (2011; Kenneth Lonergan)

Much Ado about Nothing (2012; Joss Whedon)

My Son John (1952; Leo McCarey)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012; Stephen Chbosky)

See also: David Bowie, patron saint of movie misfits

Pieces of Dreams (1970; Daniel Haller)

The Purge (2013; James DeMonaco)

A Rage to Live (1965; Walter Grauman)

Red Hook Summer (2012; Spike Lee)

Red: Werewolf Hunter (2010; Sheldon Wilson)

The Room (U.S., 2003; Tommy Wiseau)

See also: What is the worst movie ever made?

Safety Not Guaranteed (2012; Colin Trevorrow)

Salinger (2013; Shane Salerno)

A Short History of Decay (2014; Michael Maren)

Steven Soderbergh, we hardly knew ye

Sound City (2013; Dave Grohl)

Steven Spielberg and George Lucas predict box-office doom for Hollywood

Starlet (2012; Sean Baker)

Stoker (2013; Chun-wook Park)

Tanner Hall (2009; Francesca Gregorini, Tatiana von Furstenberg)

Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012; Bill Condon)

Underworld (1927; Josef von Sternberg)

‘The United States of Horror’ series at the Cinefamily

Upstream Color (2013; Shane Carruth)

Veronica Mars (TV series: 2004−2007)

See also: Veronica Mars and the brave new world of crowdsourced film financing

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013; Martin Scorsese)

Women in Trouble (2009; Sebastian Gutierrez)

Won’t Back Down (2012; Daniel Barnz)

Zombies, zombies everywhere

… and more to come.

There’s no mistaking the Rex Cinema in Grenoble, France. Photo: M.T.

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