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Oscars - Best Foreign Language Film

Acute beauty and deep meaning are often wrung from films not in the English language, where cultural norms and perceptions can be at odds with ours.

The collection, drawn from Europe and beyond, covers themes – the search for self, for truth and for love – that cross borders and unite us all.

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Oscars - Best Foreign Language Film

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM WINNERS

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Son of Saul 2015 15

Winner of Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Academy Awards, this stark human story of a life reappraised is a legitimate modern masterpiece.

107 mins Hungary Director. László Nemes

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The Great Beauty 2013 15

Paolo Sorrentino's dazzling, Oscar-winning portrayal of an ageing writer who becomes bored of his life of decadence.

141 mins Italy Director. Paolo Sorrentino

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Ida 2013 12

The Best Film winner at the 2013 BFI London Film Festival is an exquisitely shot, moving drama about a Polish nun exploring her family's past, from UK-based director Pawel Pawlikowski.

81 mins Director. Pawel Pawlikowski

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1963 15

Fellini triumphantly conjured himself out of a bad case of creative block with this magnum opus about a film director experiencing creative block.

138 mins Italy Director. Federico Fellini

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Amour 2012 12

Michael Haneke’s Palme d’Or-winner, about an octogenarian couple trying to cope when a stroke leaves the wife partly paralysed and speechless.

127 mins France Director. Michael Haneke

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The Lives of Others 2006 15

The winner of Best Foreign Language Film at the 2007 Academy Awards is a rich and intriguing political mystery.

137 mins Germany Director. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM NOMINEES

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Toni Erdmann 2016 15

The riotous comedy about a lonely prankster who tries to upend the precision life of his high-powered consultant daughter; winner of a Cannes prize and Oscar-nominated.

162 mins Germany Director. Maren Ade

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A War 2015 15

A Danish soldier has to defend himself against accusations of war crimes, in the Oscar-nominated drama from the makers of A Hijacking.

115 mins Denmark Director. Tobias Lindholm

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Embrace of the Serpent 2015 12

The spirit of Werner Herzog and Apocalypse Now imbue this majestic Oscar-nominated odyssey through the heart of the Amazon.

125 mins Colombia Director. Ciro Guerra

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Wild Tales 2014 15

This Oscar-nominated, Almodóvar-produced anthology of six tales of ordinary madness is the most riotously enjoyable portmanteau film since Pulp Fiction.

122 mins Argentina Director. Damian Szifron

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The Hunt 2012 15

Mads Mikkelsen stars in a distressing examination of a false indictment, and the collective hysteria that ensues, in this electrifying drama from Festen director Thomas Vinterberg.

Denmark Director. Thomas Vinterberg

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A Prophet (Un prophète) 2009 18

Jacques Audiard’s award-winning prison drama chronicles the rites of passage and eventual rise to power of a young French Arab. Tough, taut, truthful

155 mins France Director. Jacques Audiard

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Betty Blue 1986 18

Jean-Jacques Beineix’s story of a volatile, highly sexual relationship was one of the most successful French films of the 1980s.

177 mins France Director. Jean-Jacques Beineix

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The Battle of Algiers 1966 15

Gillo Pontecorvo’s masterpiece about the last years of French colonial rule in Algeria, seen from the perspective of both the revolutionaries and the French authorities.

121 mins Italy Director. Gillo Pontecorvo

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Solomon and Gaenor 1998 15

The moving and passionate story of illicit love between a Welsh girl and a Jewish boy, set against a backdrop of industrial unrest in the Welsh Valleys of 1911.

104 mins Wales Director. Paul Morrison

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The White Ribbon 2009 15

Michael Haneke's Cannes prizewinner, set in a pre-WW1 German village, explores the oppressively strict social conditions that gave rise to Nazism

144 mins Germany Director. Michael Haneke

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