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Quiz 2020

No 21

Foreign Language Films


Set by Mel Kinsey


From the description can you name the film?


1/ Luis Buñuel's film that stars Catherine Deneuve as a woman who decides to spend her days as a prostitute while her husband is at work.   

Belle de Jour

2/ This 1988 Dutch film has a man searching for his lost wife and features perhaps the most disturbing ending in the history of cinema; remade by Hollywood into a more sanitized version in 1993.  

The Vanishing

3/ This 2001 animated classic can be called a Japanese version of Alice in Wonderland; tells the charming story of a girl called Chihiro who is lost in a magical world of spirits that come to visit a bath-house..  

Spirited Away

4/ Don't be fooled by the inviting title, this anti-war movie based on true incidents of WWII features a scene where people from an entire village, children included, are shoved into a barn that is set on fire.  

Come and See

5/ This 1971 Taiwanese film directed by King Hu that is considered 'the' wuxia film features a princess on the run; the first Chinese language action film ever to win a prize at the Cannes.  

A Touch of Zen

6/ This 1993 German story follows a woman who needs to obtain 100,000 German marks in 20 minutes to save her boyfriend's life; do keep watching if you don't like the way the story is turning out because you will see two more versions.  

Run Lola Run

7/ This 2011 Iranian film by Asghar Farhadi is a recent addition to the list of foreign classics; a simple domestic incident escalates into a situation whose ramifications impact two families in a major way. 

 A Separation

8/ This remarkable and Oscar-winning 2006 German drama shows the workings of the dreaded Stasi through the eyes of a cold agent Wiesler and has been called by some critics as the best movie they ever saw.   

The Lives of Others

9/ This 1972 film was adapted by Andrei Tarkovsky from a classic sci-fi novel of Stanisław Lem and is a meditative psychological drama occurring mostly aboard a space station orbiting the titular planet.  


10/ The classic 1955 French thriller - a murder is committed and the body disappears!

Les Diaboliques

11/ The first Danish film to win the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, this delicious movie is based on a short story by Isak Dinesen. You will be hungry for a sumptuous meal after seeing this one.

Babette's Feast

12/ 1973 Spanish drama directed by Víctor Erice that shows the world through the eyes of a little girl named Ana who after watching the horror film Frankenstein begins to experience life using the elements of it.   

The Spirit of the Beehive

13/ Francois Truffaut's film about the theatre during WWII; a Jewish director hides in the cellar for the duration of the war and his wife runs the theatre.  

The Last Metro

14/ 1925 Classic, directed by Sergei Eisenstein. .The baby carriage on the steps - what, you want more?    

The Battleship Potemkin

15/ This 1948 Italian neorealist film directed by Vittorio De Sica is about a man and his son searching for the titular object.  

Bicycle Thieves (or) The Bicycle Thief

16/ This 1997 Austrian thriller whose plot involves two young men who hold a family hostage and torture them with sadistic games is not so laughable.   

Funny Games

17/ :Dark 1991 comedy set in a post-apocalyptic France; the story is set in an apartment building that is owned by a butcher specializing in a 'different' kind of meat; one of the wackiest movies you'll ever see.  


18  Guido Anselmi, a famous Italian film director, is suffering from 'director's block.' This Fellini film's title is a pointer to the number of films he had made at that point of time.


19/ This 1960 classic that depicts the decadence of modern society introduced the word 'paparazzi' to the world; best remembered for Anita Ekberg dancing in the Trevi fountain - life is sweet. 

 La Dolce Vita

20/ 2002 Brazilian crime film by Fernando Meirelles that traces the devolution of a housing project from the 60s to the 80s and shows unflinching gang warfare.  

City of God

21/ This 1928 film that saw the debut of the great Spanish director Luis Buñuel is best remembered for a scene in which a razor slices an eyeball.   

An Andalusian Dog

22/ 1960 French romantic crime drama film from Jean-Luc Godard that is remembered today for its bold visual style and the use of jump cuts.  


23/  1954 world classic that follows the story of a village of farmers that hire a group of warriors to combat bandits who will return after the harvest to steal their crops. 

The Seven Samurai

24/ This 1955 debut of Satyajit Ray that follows the lives of two children in a Bengal village got him worldwide recognition. 

 Pather Panchali

25/ Another Kurosawa classic - this examines the struggles of a minor Tokyo bureaucrat and his final quest for meaning via the construction of a public park. 


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