Cinema is a deep ocean of stories, characters, and emotions. With such easy access to streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime, all you film buffs just love throwing movie marathons! One of the greatest aspects of film industry today is that we can easily access international cinema. It’s never been easier to expand our knowledge about different cultures! What a great way to bring the world closer together, don’t you think? After all, diversity is one of America’s core values. So get your friends together for an international movie marathon! Here’s the list of great international films for your consideration:
LA DOLCE VITA (ITALY, 1960)
Written and directed by Federico Fellini, this Italian comedy-drama film follows Marcello Rubini, a journalist writing for gossip magazines over seven days of his journey through Rome searching for love and happiness. The film won Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival in 1960. It’s one of those must-watch classics, so get on it!
AMELIE (FRANCE, 2001)
Amelie is a French romantic comedy film directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. The film depicts a contemporary Parisian life with a whimsical twist. Audrey Tatou plays a shy waitress who struggles with isolation. Great casting and great screenplay by Guillaume Maurant. This film was nominated for five Academy Awards. We definitely recommend it for your international movie night!
Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN (MEXICO, 2001)
This Mexican drama film was directed by Alfonso Cuaron. This a coming-of-age story about two teenage boys who take a road trip with a woman in her late twenties. Some find this film controversial, nevertheless, it was nominated ffor Best Original Screenplay at the Academy Awards as well as Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globe Awards.
BRIGADA (RUSSIA, 2002)
Also known as Law of the Lawless, Brigada is a 15-episode miniseries by Aleksey Sidorov following the story of the four best friends from 1989 to 2000. Wild 90’s were a crazy and dangerous time in Russia, and this miniseries managed to portray the nature that time period very authentically. Bottom line, if you want to understand the soul of a Russian – Brigada is a must-watch.
WILD TALES (ARGENTINE-SPAIN, 2014)
This Argentine-Spanish black comedy anthology film produced by well-known Pedro Almodovar, is composed of six standalone shorts united by a common theme of violence and vengeance. All stories have great plot twists, and you’ll definitely have a few laughs!