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Check out a film in another language

I recently watched the wonderful French film Amelie (nominated for three Academy Awards and winner of four Cesars ) and decided to highlight some of our films in other languages.

We have a fair number of films in our other official language. At present we have 58 adult feature films and 22 children’s films in French. Some of the newer additions to the French collection are: Un air de famille (1996), Happenstance (2001) starring Audrey Tautou of Amelie fame, La promesse (1996) Best Foreign Film of the National Society of Film Critics, La belle noiseuse (1991) Cannes Festival Grand Prix winner, Un Coeur en hiver (1993) starring Daniel Auteuil and Emmanuelle Beart, La discrete (1991) Winner of three Cesars and Rien ne va plus (1997) directed by Claude Chabrol and starring Isabelle Huppert and Michel Serrault.

We have 18 films in Italian ranging from the very popular film by Roberto Benigni, Life is Beautiful (Winner of three Academy Awards in 1998) to Frederico Fellini’s Oscar-winning Amarcord (1974) to Bread and Chocolate (1974) to Il mostro (1996), another Benigni film.

Of the seven Spanish films we have, Amores Perros (2000) is a new release on DVD and is the winner of the 2000 American Film Institute’s Film Festival Best Film. Other new titles are Mararia, winner of three Goyas and Lovers of the Arctic Circle (1999).

One of Japan’s best directors, Akira Kurosawa, directed Academy Award winners Ran (1985) and Rashomon (1951). The Eel won the 1997 Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or award. The delightful Shall we Dance ? (1998) is a treat to watch.

Ang Lee is one of China’s best-known directors today. The library has the Oscar award-winning Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon as well as The Road Home (2000), a winner at the Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals. We have nine Chinese films in all.

The library also has films in Danish, Swedish, Portuguese, Czech, Farsi and even Esperanto!

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