Best of World cinema 2015 that you may have missed
written by Souranath Banerjee
2015 has given us an incredible variety of Cinema from around the world.
The Lobster, Youth, Tangerine and Taxi Tehran are probably some of the most popular films of last year that you have seen for sure, but this particular list contains some of the best cinema from around the world that you may have missed (or not).
Brilliant story telling, breathtaking cinematography, superlative performances, soulful music, – cinemas made by some of the best film makers from around the world!
A list of some of the Best of World cinema 2015 that you may have missed – let the fun begin!
Rak ti Khon Kaen (original title)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ohB_Y3z_Gk
A mystical and spiritual movie which revolves around a group of soldiers in a small town with some strange sleeping illness which makes them sleep almost all the time!
Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul this Thai film is a slow burner, dreamy and magical, almost meditative at times but so beautifully shot and executed. Needs patience but totally worth your time.
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABNB3zw5BAo
This Turkish film is about five orphan girls and how their lives get changed dramatically when found playing some innocent games with some boys from their school.
Directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven, the film portrays the the rural mentality, and how the society has this general tendency to suppress the freedom and independence of women.
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wMj2VwSHx8
19th century Romania! A policeman and his son are in pursuit of a Gypsy slave who is on the run after having an affair with his wealthy master’s wife.
An easy flowing story, shot beautifully in black and white and with intricate details on costumes and production design.
Directed by Radu Jude, one of the most unique ‘western‘ ever!
7. The Club
El Club (original title)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8c2DYoF7lA
A brutal film that takes on the controversial subject of how the Catholic Church deals with their worst offenders – that is by secluding them in a house at some rural desolate area.
This is a film from Chile (language Spanish) that is dark and grisly, slow paced and arty, and yet so very dramatic and honestly portrayed.
Directed by Pablo Larraín, a gripping tale that needed to be told.
Que Horas Ela Volta? (original title)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOrbWcObwR4
This Brazilian film (language Portuguese) is based on a woman, a live-in housekeeper/maid who has almost become the part of the family but of course knows her limits. But then the master-servant class barriers get blurred when her young daughter comes to stay for a few days.
Directed by Anna Muylaert, a brilliant portrayal of human emotions and sensitivities.
5. The Assassin
Nie yin niang (original title)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKFtNsQ78oI
Set in 7th century China, as the name suggests, it’s the story of a female assassin whose conscience comes in-between her ruthless missions.
From the acclaimed Chinese director Hsiao-Hsien Hou who won the ‘best director’ at the Cannes Film Festival for this film!
Brilliantly shot by Ping Bin Lee, this film is a visual treat for all cinema lovers.
Umimachi Diary (original title)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtTeSQFce2A
The old house of their grandma is the home for the three sisters who live independently without the guidance of their parents.
But after the death of their father they unexpectedly meet their half-sister and invite her to their place.
Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda, this Japanese film is so full of love and innocence and beauty!
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0N-8G4V-AjM
A French film that narrates the story of a Sri Lankan Tamil warrior ‘Dheepan’ and his forged family (wife and a kid), as they flee to France in search of a new life.
The film won the prestigious Palm d’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival this year, a true gem directed by one of my favourite French director Jacques Audiard.
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kp8wcV3GjW0
This German film is a unique crime thriller centred on a young Spanish woman who has recently moved to Berlin, her involvement with some local guys which soon takes some pretty unexpected turns.
Saul fia (original title)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wj9H3Ot9T1E
Directed by László Nemes this Hungarian film won the Oscar, won the Golden Globes, won the FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes Film Festival and was also nominated for Palme d’Or!
A Holocaust drama that have achieved something unique in its depiction of that dreadful era – it almost recreated reality!
and (The ‘+1′ film is not necessarily the best but certainly the most innovative one. A must watch)
El abrazo de la serpiente (original title)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uymNkBuR-SY
A Spanish adventure drama that won the Art Cinema Award in the Directors’ Fortnight section at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
Directed by Ciro Guerra, this one is a biographical account of Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman who teams up with two scientists, firstly with German Theodor Koch-Grunberg in 1909 and American Richard Evans Schultes in 1940, in search of a mythical rare plant called ‘yakruna’.
Beautifully shot in black and white, inspired by the travel journals of both the scientists mentioned above, it is the first ever film to get an Oscar nomination (Best Foreign Language Film) for Columbia!
Poster courtesy: www.impawards.com