Other Foreign Films

 

DVDs in other foreign languages


4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days
Director: Cristian Mungiu
2008 (2007)
1987, Communist Romania. During the course of one day, Otilia helps her friend and roommate Gabita get a late-term abortion. With abortion, let alone any kind of contraceptive, being illegal, the girls have to use illegal means to acheive their goal. Shows the rough and gritty situation in which the girls, particularly Otilia, must make decisions and deal with their consequences. In Romanian. 113 min.
Call number: DVD 4mon

12:08 East of Bucharest / A Fost Sau n-a Fost?
Director: Corneliu Porumboiu
2007
On the sixteenth year anniversary of the fall of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, a local anchorman of a nearby provincial town invites two of his acquaintances to share their moments of revolutionary glory on his talk show. One is an impish, insightful retiree who sometimes poses as Santa Claus, the other a henpecked, hard-drinking teacher who has just devoted his entire salary to his drinking debts. Together they will remember the day when they stormed their town hall calling “down with Ceausescu.” Or did they? In Romanian. 89 min.
Call number: DVD 12:0

Burnt by the Sun / Utomlyonnye Solnt̀sem
Director: Nikita Mikhalkov
2003 (1994)
Nikita Mikhalkov directs and stars as Colonel S. Kotov, a hero of the Revolution, who is spending the summer in the country with his young daughter (Mikhalkov’s real-life daughter), his wife and her eccentric family. But when his wife’s childhood love suddenly appears, the idyllic summer day takes a surprising turn. A lyrical film filled with beauty and warmth, it is also an indelible account of a man dedicated to family and fatherland, cruelly destroyed by political paranoia. In Russian. 135 min.
Call number: DVD burn

Devdas
Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
2003 (2002)
Devdas shared a magnetic childhood with his lovely playmate, Paro. They had a special relationship, which evolves into love, but was still unspoken. Devdas is sent away for studies by his parents and subsequent events lead to Paro being married to someone else. A shattered Devdas turns to alcohol and the devotion of a beautiful courtesan, Chandramukhi. In Hindi with optional English subtitles. 135 min.
Call number: DVD devd

East Side Story
Director: Dana Ranga
2000 (1997)
A delirious documentary that unveils a part of film history until now unknown in the west: Soviet and eastern bloc communist musicals. Featuring hearty peasants and workers singing and dancing their way through fields and factories, these Hollywood-style musicals interpret American escapism in socialist terms. In German, Russian, Polish, Romanian, Bulgarian, Czech with English subtitles. 78 min.
Call number: DVD PN 1995.9 .M86 .E38

Electra, My Love
Director: Miklós Jancsó
2003 (1974)
A re-imagination of the classic myth, now set on a desolate Hungarian plain and in the future. Hungarian with English subtitles. 71 min.
Call number: DVD elec

Genghis Blues
Director: Roko Belic
2000 (1999)
The story of a Paul Pena, a blind American blues musician, and his trek to Tuva to live among its inhabitants and compete in their triennial khoomei (throat singing) contest. He is accompanied by a documentary film team and Tuvinian throat singer Kongar-ol Ondar. Some parts in Tuvinian. 90 min.
Call number: DVD ML 3680.7 .T9 G45 2000

Moartea domnului Lazarescu / The Death of Mr. Lazarescu
Director: Cristi Puiu
2006
A 60-ish widower, living alone with his cats, feels sick enough one evening to call an ambulance. This is the beginning of his Dantesque odyssey deep into the bowels of a big city medical establishment.. In Romanian with English subtitles. 153 min.
Call number: DVD deat

My Name is Khan
Director: Karan Johar
2010
Rizwan, an Indian man with a unique way of looking at the world, moves to San Francisco and meets a vivacious single mother named Mandira. They form a special bond and fall in love against all odds, but fate and tragedy conspire to tear them apart. That’s when Rizwan embarks on a remarkable journey across America to win back the love of his life. 161 min.
Call number: DVD myna

Oldboy / Oldeuboi
Director: Chanwook Park
2005 (2003)
After being kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years, Daesu is released and sets out to find his abductors. In Korean with English subtitles. 120 min.
Call number: DVD oldb

Osama
Director: Siddiq Barmak
2003
Chronicles the true story of a young girl in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan who must disguise herself as a boy to save her family from starvation. The first feature film made in Afghanistan in the post-Taliban era. In Pashtu with English subtitles. 83 min.
Call number: DVD osam

Peppermint Candy / Pakha satang
Director: Chang-dong Lee
2000
In the spring of 1999 a distraught and incoherent middle-aged man, Kim Yong-ho, dressed in a tailored business suit, lies along the side of a railroad bridge that overlooks an open field by a lake. Nearby, a loose knit group of friends called the Bong-woo Club, which formed 20 years earlier at the same site during a social gathering of factory employees, are holding their reunion. Yong-ho stumbles into the picnic and is immediately recognized by members of the group as a fellow factory worker. Unable to disconnect himself from his desperate, unarticulated anguish and join in the amusement of his former colleagues, the inconsolable Yong-ho climbs to the railroad tracks and throws himself in front of a passing train, shouting “I am going back.” The film then proceeds in reverse chronology through the past 20 years of Yong-ho’s life — from his family’s estrangement, financial bankruptcy, traumatic law enforcement career during the 1987 student demonstrations for democratic reform, military service during the crackdown of martial law protestors that led to the tragedy of the 1980 Kwangju massacre, and the loss of his first love, Sun-Nim. 83 min.
Call number: DVD pepp

The Story of the Weeping Camel
Director: Luigi Falorni and Byambasuren Davaa
2003
In the Gobi Desert, a family of nomads, who assist in the birth of its camel herd, face a crisis when one white calf is rejected by its mother. With all hope lost, the family sends its two young boys on a journey to a far-off village to fetch a musician capable of performing a magical ceremony. In Mongolian with optional English, French or Spanish subtitles. 87 min.
Call number: DVD stor

The Brotherhood of War / Tae Guk Gi
Director: Kang Je Gyu
(2005) 2004
A film about two brothers drafted into the army during the Korean War (1950-1953). Korean and English dialogue with optional English and French subtitles. 148 min.
Call number: DVD brot

Tulpan
Director: Sergei Dvortsevoy
2009 (2008)
Following his Russian naval service, young dreamer Asa returns to his sister’s nomadic brood on the desolate Hunger Steppe to begin a hardscrabble career as a shepherd. But before he can tend a flock of his own, Asa must win the hand of the only eligible bachelorette for miles, his alluringly mysterious neighbor Tulpan. Accompanied by his girlie magazine-reading sidekick (and a menagerie of adorable lambs, stampeding camels, mewling kittens and mischievous children), Asa will stop at nothing to prove he is a worthy husband and herder. 100 min.
Call number: DVD tulp

The Vengeance Trilogy
Director: Park Chan-Wook
2005-2006
Call number: DVD veng

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance
(2005)
A deaf-mute man needs money for a kidney transplant to save his sister’s life. He and his girlfriend kidnap a wealthy businessman’s daughter, and things go terribly wrong. 117 min.

Oldboy / Oldeuboi
(2005)
After being kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years, Daesu is released and sets out to find his abductors. 115 min.

Sympathy for Lady Vengeance
(2005)
After being wrongfully convicted of a crime, a young woman is imprisoned for 13 years and forced to give up her daughter. Upon her release, she sets in motion an elaborate plan of retribution, but does not know what is in store. 112 min.

The Vertical Ray of the Sun / Mùa Hè Chiēu Thang Dúng
Director: Tran Anh Hung
(2001) 2000
Three sisters-Lien, Khanh, and Suong-whose parents have recently died come together on the anniversary of the mother’s death, preparing the memorial dinner. The men in their lives include their brother Hai, and husbands Kien and Quoc. The family is, however, prey to all the romantic entanglements, confessions, secrets, passions and troubles that eventually ensnare all. With Chekhovian decorum, the film examines the domestic emotions and small eruptions of feeling that punctuate the slow, vaguely sorrowful serenity of the sister’s daily lives. In Vietnamese with optional English subtitles. 112 min.
Call number: DVD vert

Walk on Water
Director: Eytan Fox
2005
While on assignment in Berlin, a homophobic Israeli intelligence agent is tasked with offing a Nazi war criminal. However, he has a crisis of consciousness after he befriends a target’s gay grandson. In English, Hebrew or German, with English subtitles. 103 min.
Call number: DVD walk

 

VHS tapes in other foreign languages


Thunder Over Mexico / Que Viva Mexico
Director: Sergei M. Einstein
1985 (1931-32)
A video document of the history of Mexico, presented in four novellas: Sandunga, an exposition of Tehuantepec jungles and the peaceful lifestyles of their inhabitants; Manguei, a love story about a poor peon and his bride; Fiesta, devoted to bullfighting and romantic love; and Soldadera, a portrayal of the 1910 revolution in Mexico as depicted in the frescoes of Sigueiros, Rivera, and Orosco. Russian narration, English subtitles. 85 min., b&w.
Plot summary from IMDb.com
Call number: VHS PN 1997 .Q37 1985

The Home and the World / Ghare-Baire
Director: Satyajit Ray
1984
A woman falls in love with her husband’s boyhood friend and his political ideals. Bengali and English dialogue with English subtitles. Based on the novel of the same name, found in the stacks. 130 min.
Plot summary from IMDb.com
Call number: VHS PN 1997 .H664 1985


DVDs in English with international cultural content


L’Auberge Espagnole / The Spanish Apartment
Director: Cédric Klapisch
2003
When Xavier, a straight-laced French college senior, moves to Barcelona as part of a student exchange program, he shares cramped quarters with students from all over Europe. Xavier gets a hilarious, eye-opening lesson on how to live, love, laugh…party!
Call number: DVD lau

Brick Lane
Director: Sarah Gavron
2009
Nazneen is a young Bangladeshi woman who arrives in London during the 1980s. She leaves behind her beloved sister and home, for an arranged marriage and a new life. In a loveless marriage to the middle aged Chanu, she feels trapped within the four walls of her flat in East London. She begins to fear that her soul is quietly dying. Meanwhile, her sister Hasina, continues to live a carefree life back in Bangladesh. Nazneen struggles to accept her lifestyle and tries to keep her head down in spite of life’s blows. She soon discovers that life cannot be avoided and she is forced to confront life the day that the hotheaded young Karim comes knocking at her door. 102 min.
Call number: DVD bric

Dancer in the Dark
Director: Lars von Trier
2001 (2000)
Selma, a factory worker in rural America and single mother, is losing her eyesight from a hereditary disease. Determined to protect her 10-year-old son from the same fate, Selma is saving her money to get him an operation. In the evenings, Selma escapes by rehearsing for a production of The sound of music with her best friend. When a neighbor betrays her trust, Selma’s life spirals out of control and the lines between reality and fantasy blur. 141 min.
Call number: DVD danc

Hotel Rwanda
Director: Terry George
2004
The deeply moving true story of a five-star-hotel manager who used his wits and words to save more than 1,200 lives during the 1994 Rwandan conflict . 122 min.
Call number: DVD hote

Lawrence of Arabia
Director: David Lean
2002 (1962)
The story of T.E. Lawrence, the heroic and troubled man who organized the Arab nations to fight the Turks in World War I and then, having reached a pinnacle of power in Mideast politics, retired to postwar military obscurity. 227 min.
Plot summary from IMDb.com
Call number: DVD lawr

The Mission
Director: Roland Joffé
2003 (1986)
A powerful epic about a man of the sword and a man of the cloth who unite to shield a South American Indian tribe from brutal subjegation by 18th-century colonial empires. Includes dialogue in the Guaraní Indian language. 2 discs, 125 min.
Plot summary from IMDb.com
Call number: DVD miss


VHS tapes in English with international cultural content


Belly Pain
Director: Carl Ross
1992
A comedy set in Jamaica (poor quality tape). 80 min.
Call number: VHS PN 1997 .B455

Topkapi
Director: Jules Dassin
1995 (1964)
Thieves attempt to steal a museum treasure in Istanbul. 120 min.
Plot summary from IMDb.com
Call number: VHS PR 6001 .M48 L59