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(Screenshot from 'In Memoriam'),

25. Ta skalopatia/The Steps (Leonard Hirschfield, 1966) 7.5/10 (Greece)
26. Un taxi mauve (The Purple Taxi, Yves Boisset, 1977) 7/10 (Ireland)
27. Telokhranitel (The Bodyguard, Ali Khamraev, 1979) 8/10 (Tajikistan)
28. Angelochek sdelay radost (Little Angel, Make Me Happy, Uzmaan Saparov, 1993) 8/10 (Turkmenistan)
29. Asphalt Tango (Nae Caranfil, 1996) 5/10 (Romania)
30. In Memoriam (Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, 2004) 9.5/10 (Monaco)

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1. Örökség/Les héritières (The Inheritance, Márta Mészáros, 1980) 7.5/10 (Hungary)
2. Cactus (Paul Cox, 1986) 8/10 (Australia)
3. La vengeance d'une femme (A Woman's Revenge, Jacques Doillon, 1990) 8/10 (France)
4. Det Yani Dokhtar (Det Means Girl, Abolfazl Jalili, 1995) 8/10 (Iran)
5. Clubbed to Death (Lola) (Yolande Zauberman, 1996) 7/10 (Netherlands)
6. H Story (Nobuhiro Suwa, 2001) 8.5/10 (Japan)
7. Chemi sabnis naketsi (A Fold in My Blanket, Zaza Rusadze, 2013) 7/10 (Georgia)
8. Lass den Sommer nie wieder kommen (Let the Summer Never Come Again, Aleksandre Koberidze, 2017) 9/10 (Germany)
9. Domani non siamo più qui (Tomorrow We Will No Longer Be Here, Brunello Rondi, 1967) 9/10 (Italy)
10. Riten (The Rite, Ingmar Bergman, 1969) 8/10 (Sweden)
11. In memoriam (Enrique Brasó, 1977) 9/10 (Spain)
12. Luna Park (Pavel Lungin, 1992) 7/10 (Russia)
13. Sel'kincek (The Swing, Aktan Arym Kubat, 1993) 7.5/10 (Kyrgyzstan)
14. Os Olhos da Ásia (The Eyes of Asia, João Mário Grilo, 1996) 7.5/10 (Portugal)
15. Cloud Gate Dance Theatre: Songs of the Wanderers (Misjel Vermeiren, 1999) 9/10 (Taiwan)
16. On the Old Roman Road (Don Askarian, 2001) 7.5/10 (Armenia)
17. Strogoff (Eriprando Visconti, 1970) 7.5/10 (Bulgaria)
18. The Catherine Wheel (Twyla Tharp, 1982) 8.5/10 (United Kingdom)
19. Can She Bake a Cherry Pie? (Henry Jaglom, 1983) 8/10 (USA)
20. Flight of the Spruce Goose/Lot świerkowej gęsi (Lech Majewski, 1986) 7/10 (Poland)
21. Azghyin ushtykzyn'azaby (The Place on the Tricorne, Yermek Shinarbayev, 1993) 7.5/10 (Kazakhstan)
22. Faryad moorcheha (Scream of the Ants, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, 2006) 6/10 (India)
23. Chilla (40 Days of Silence, Saodat Ismailova, 2014) 8/10 (Uzbekistan)
24. Wolf and Sheep (Shahrbanoo Sadat, 2016) 7.5/10 (Afghanistan)
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blocho wrote: July 13th, 2021, 7:19 pm
peeptoad wrote: July 13th, 2021, 3:35 pm
Traveller wrote: July 13th, 2021, 3:32 pm 67. Nick (Andorra, 2016) - 1/10
I haven't seen a single poster who liked this one, so far. I rated it 3/10, which is probably generous...
I admire the strategy, though. If you're going to make a terrible movie, you should make it in a place like Andorra so that nuts like us will watch it for this sort of challenge.
Lol, true enough, though in a post above sounds like sol found one even worse...
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peeptoad wrote: July 14th, 2021, 12:26 pm
blocho wrote: July 13th, 2021, 7:19 pm I admire the strategy, though. If you're going to make a terrible movie, you should make it in a place like Andorra so that nuts like us will watch it for this sort of challenge.
Lol, true enough, though in a post above sounds like sol found one even worse...
Actually, I've seen quite a few films that I liked less than Nick this month. You've intrigued me, so I decided to make an order-of-preference list so far:

Films in my travels this month, ranked

1. Stray Dogs (2004) Afghanistan
2. The Bra (2018) Azerbaijan
3. Lorik (2018) Armenia
4. Punch the Clock (2016) Brazil
5. True Noon (2009) Tajikistan
6. M.O.Zh. (2014) Latvia
7. Nobody (2021) United States
8. Easy (2017) Ukraine
9. PK (2014) India
10. Sib (1998) Iran
11. Teefa in Trouble (2018) Pakistan
12. Blind Detective (2013) China
13. Cadaver (2020) Norway
14. Karakum (1994) Turkmenistan
15. Crumbs (2015) Ethiopia
16. Beshkempir (1998) Kyrgyzstan
17. Birdshot (2016) Philippines
18. Hers (2017) Mongolia
19. Koko-di Koko-da (2019) Sweden
20. WolfWalkers (2020) Ireland
21. Wira (2019) Malaysia
22. SPL: Kill Zone (2005) Macao
23. Fellini (2000) Uzbekistan
24. The Funeral Home (2020) Argentina
25. The Lady in the Van (2015) United Kingdom
26.. Around the Block (2013) Australia
27. The Antenna (2019) Turkey
28. 247°F (2011) Georgia
29. Viagem sem volta (2017) São Tomé and Principe
30. Outlier/Nick (2016) Andorra
31. Papa Mau (2010) Micronesia
32. Dikiy vostok (1993) Kazakhstan
33. Tjúba Tén (2007) Suriname
34. Guiana 1838 (2004) Guyana
35. The Bloodettes (2005) Cameroon
36. Redemption (2019) Mozambique
37. Mr. Pip (2012) Papua New Guinea
38. Instant Justice (1986) Gibraltar
39. Freej Al Taibeen (2018) United Arab Emirates
40. Belarusian Psycho (2015) Belarus
41. Bye Bye Blue Bird (1999) Faroe Islands
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Travel the World; Spread the Virus
1. The Bra (2018) Azerbaijan
2. Crumbs (2015) Ethiopia
3. Nobody (2021) United States
4. Lorik (2018) Armenia
5. Hers (2017) Mongolia
6. PK (2014) India
7. Sib (1998) Iran
8. Easy (2017) Ukraine
9. Wira (2019) Malaysia
10. 247°F (2011) Georgia
11. Fellini (2000) Uzbekistan
12. Mr. Pip (2012) Papua New Guinea
13. M.O.Zh. (2014) Latvia
14. Cadaver (2020) Norway
15. Birdshot (2016) Philippines
16. Karakum (1994) Turkmenistan
17. Papa Mau (2010) Micronesia
18. Stray Dogs (2004) Afghanistan
19. True Noon (2009) Tajikistan
20. Tjúba Tén (2007) Suriname
21. Beshkempir (1998) Kyrgyzstan
22. Dikiy vostok (1993) Kazakhstan
23. Guiana 1838 (2004) Guyana
24. Redemption (2019) Mozambique
25. Outlier/Nick (2016) Andorra
26. WolfWalkers (2020) Ireland
27. The Antenna (2019) Turkey
28. SPL: Kill Zone (2005) Macao
29. Instant Justice (1986) Gibraltar
30. The Bloodettes (2005) Cameroon
31. Blind Detective (2013) China
32. Punch the Clock (2016) Brazil
33. Koko-di Koko-da (2019) Sweden
34. Around the Block (2013) Australia
35. Teefa in Trouble (2018) Pakistan
36. Freej Al Taibeen (2018) United Arab Emirates
37. Viagem sem volta (2017) São Tomé and Principe
38. Bye Bye Blue Bird (1999) Faroe Islands
39. Belarusian Psycho (2015) Belarus
40. The Funeral Home (2020) Argentina

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The approach here is generally slow-burn, which is refreshing to begin with. The location is appropriately spooky and the initial appearances of malevolent spirits (just hanging in the background) are well done with the film building up a great deal of atmosphere. Alas, the film falls apart as it tries to explain what is going on with many formulaic séance/ritual scenes and talk about communicating with the dead. Things become melodramatic quickly too.

41.The Lady in the Van (2015) United Kingdom

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Oops. Here's one that I watched for the Run the Actor challenge a few days ago but forgot to log on this thread. Alex Jennings does well conversing with an incarnation of himself here and a cantankerous Maggie Smith is expectedly good. It is the sort of role that she has played time and time again, but she gets a few solid dramatic moments too when she becomes fearful of her life. Alas, the rest of the film is mawkish and rather blah, Jennings and Smith aside.

Countries infected so far:

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Order of preference of infected countries:
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1. Stray Dogs (2004) Afghanistan
2. The Bra (2018) Azerbaijan
3. Lorik (2018) Armenia
4. Punch the Clock (2016) Brazil
5. True Noon (2009) Tajikistan
6. M.O.Zh. (2014) Latvia
7. Nobody (2021) United States
8. Easy (2017) Ukraine
9. PK (2014) India
10. Sib (1998) Iran
11. Teefa in Trouble (2018) Pakistan
12. Blind Detective (2013) China
13. Cadaver (2020) Norway
14. Karakum (1994) Turkmenistan
15. Crumbs (2015) Ethiopia
16. Beshkempir (1998) Kyrgyzstan
17. Birdshot (2016) Philippines
18. Hers (2017) Mongolia
19. Koko-di Koko-da (2019) Sweden
20. WolfWalkers (2020) Ireland
21. Wira (2019) Malaysia
22. SPL: Kill Zone (2005) Macao
23. Fellini (2000) Uzbekistan
24. The Funeral Home (2020) Argentina
25. The Lady in the Van (2015) United Kingdom
26. Around the Block (2013) Australia
27. The Antenna (2019) Turkey
28. 247°F (2011) Georgia
29. Viagem sem volta (2017) São Tomé and Principe
30. Outlier/Nick (2016) Andorra
31. Papa Mau (2010) Micronesia
32. Dikiy vostok (1993) Kazakhstan
33. Tjúba Tén (2007) Suriname
34. Guiana 1838 (2004) Guyana
35. The Bloodettes (2005) Cameroon
36. Redemption (2019) Mozambique
37. Mr. Pip (2012) Papua New Guinea
38. Instant Justice (1986) Gibraltar
39. Freej Al Taibeen (2018) United Arab Emirates
40. Belarusian Psycho (2015) Belarus
41. Bye Bye Blue Bird (1999) Faroe Islands
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71. Heritage Africa (Ghana, 1989) - 6/10
72. Faces of Women (Côte d'Ivoire, 1985) - 6/10
73. King's Game (Denmark, 2004) - 7/10
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Travel the World; Spread the Virus
1. The Bra (2018) Azerbaijan
2. Crumbs (2015) Ethiopia
3. Nobody (2021) United States
4. Lorik (2018) Armenia
5. Hers (2017) Mongolia
6. PK (2014) India
7. Sib (1998) Iran
8. Easy (2017) Ukraine
9. Wira (2019) Malaysia
10. 247°F (2011) Georgia
11. Fellini (2000) Uzbekistan
12. Mr. Pip (2012) Papua New Guinea
13. M.O.Zh. (2014) Latvia
14. Cadaver (2020) Norway
15. Birdshot (2016) Philippines
16. Karakum (1994) Turkmenistan
17. Papa Mau (2010) Micronesia
18. Stray Dogs (2004) Afghanistan
19. True Noon (2009) Tajikistan
20. Tjúba Tén (2007) Suriname
21. Beshkempir (1998) Kyrgyzstan
22. Dikiy vostok (1993) Kazakhstan
23. Guiana 1838 (2004) Guyana
24. Redemption (2019) Mozambique
25. Outlier/Nick (2016) Andorra
26. WolfWalkers (2020) Ireland
27. The Antenna (2019) Turkey
28. SPL: Kill Zone (2005) Macao
29. Instant Justice (1986) Gibraltar
30. The Bloodettes (2005) Cameroon
31. Blind Detective (2013) China
32. Punch the Clock (2016) Brazil
33. Koko-di Koko-da (2019) Sweden
34. Around the Block (2013) Australia
35. Teefa in Trouble (2018) Pakistan
36. Freej Al Taibeen (2018) United Arab Emirates
37. Viagem sem volta (2017) São Tomé and Principe
38. Bye Bye Blue Bird (1999) Faroe Islands
39. Belarusian Psycho (2015) Belarus
40. The Funeral Home (2020) Argentina
41.The Lady in the Van (2015) United Kingdom
42. Stranded N Dangriga (2013) Belize

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Wanting fame and glory, a drummer/singer and his best friend try to impress a big time music producer stuck in their small town in this comedy. The local music is great and the seaside vistas are divine, but the film's sense of humour constantly feels misplaced. Rather than deriving humour from the friends trying to further detain him (pretending his car has engine trouble, etc.), the majority of jokes come from how super-possessive the drummer is of his wife.

Countries infected so far:

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Order of preference of infected countries:
Spoiler
1. Stray Dogs (2004) Afghanistan
2. The Bra (2018) Azerbaijan
3. Lorik (2018) Armenia
4. Punch the Clock (2016) Brazil
5. True Noon (2009) Tajikistan
6. M.O.Zh. (2014) Latvia
7. Nobody (2021) United States
8. Easy (2017) Ukraine
9. PK (2014) India
10. Sib (1998) Iran
11. Teefa in Trouble (2018) Pakistan
12. Blind Detective (2013) China
13. Cadaver (2020) Norway
14. Karakum (1994) Turkmenistan
15. Crumbs (2015) Ethiopia
16. Beshkempir (1998) Kyrgyzstan
17. Birdshot (2016) Philippines
18. Hers (2017) Mongolia
19. Koko-di Koko-da (2019) Sweden
20. WolfWalkers (2020) Ireland
21. Wira (2019) Malaysia
22. SPL: Kill Zone (2005) Macao
23. Fellini (2000) Uzbekistan
24. The Funeral Home (2020) Argentina
25. The Lady in the Van (2015) United Kingdom
26. Around the Block (2013) Australia
27. The Antenna (2019) Turkey
28. 247°F (2011) Georgia
29. Viagem sem volta (2017) São Tomé and Principe
30. Outlier/Nick (2016) Andorra
31. Papa Mau (2010) Micronesia
32. Dikiy vostok (1993) Kazakhstan
33. Tjúba Tén (2007) Suriname
34. Guiana 1838 (2004) Guyana
35. The Bloodettes (2005) Cameroon
36. Redemption (2019) Mozambique
37. Mr. Pip (2012) Papua New Guinea
38. Stranded N Dangriga (2013) Belize
39. Instant Justice (1986) Gibraltar
40. Freej Al Taibeen (2018) United Arab Emirates
41. Belarusian Psycho (2015) Belarus
42. Bye Bye Blue Bird (1999) Faroe Islands
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10. Pieces of a Woman (Kornél Mundruczó, 2020) [Hungary] 6+
11. The Happy Prince (Rupert Everett, 2018) [UK] 7
12. Long Shot (Jonathan Levine, 2019) [Colombia] 5

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sol wrote: July 14th, 2021, 1:09 pm
peeptoad wrote: July 14th, 2021, 12:26 pm
blocho wrote: July 13th, 2021, 7:19 pm I admire the strategy, though. If you're going to make a terrible movie, you should make it in a place like Andorra so that nuts like us will watch it for this sort of challenge.
Lol, true enough, though in a post above sounds like sol found one even worse...
Actually, I've seen quite a few films that I liked less than Nick this month. You've intrigued me, so I decided to make an order-of-preference list so far:

Films in my travels this month, ranked
That's quite a list. I haven't seen any save Nick and Bye Bye Bluebird, which I didn't particularly care for either, though I don't dislike it as strongly as you do.
I added Stray Dogs to my list. Seems interesting...
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21. Zum Vergleich a.k.a. In Comparison -- Farocki, Austria, 2009

Documentary showing brickmaking and construction methods in Burkina Faso (no mechanization), India (some mechanization), and several Western European countries (almost fully mechanized). Kind of entrancing, in its way -- better and more interesting than my description has made it sound.

22. Baykot a.k.a. Boycott -- M. Makhmalbaf, Iran, 1986

A man involved in terrorist activities against the Iranian government is arrested and endures prison. The "boycott" in the title is a relatively short bit in the film; I'm surprised that Makhmalbaf got this one made, given some of what goes on. Not an awful film (and Majid Majidi -- later, better known as a talented director himself -- gives a good performance as the prisoner), but definitely not one of the first films I'd recommend for someone exploring Mohsen Makhmalbaf's work. He's done much better.

List of previous films
01. Nanjeongiga soaolrin jakeun kong a.k.a. A Ball Shot by a Midget -- Lee, South Korea, 1981
02. Erzi a.k.a. Sons -- Zhang, China, 1996
03. Dieu sait quoi a.k.a. God Only Knows -- Pollet, France, 1994
04. Namgeuk-ilgi a.k.a. Antarctic Journal -- Yim, Antarctica, 2005
05. Kala Pani -- Khosla, India, 1958
06. The Crooked Web -- Juran, United States, 1955
07. Die Bettwurst -- von Praunheim, Germany, 1971
08. Woo Yuet dik goo si a.k.a The Story of Woo Viet a.k.a. God of Killers -- Hui, Hong Kong, 1981
09. Heli -- Escalante, Mexico, 2013
10. Discopathe -- Gauthier, Canada, 2013
11. Hotarubi a.k.a. Firefly Light -- Gosho, Japan, 1958
12. La sombra del caminante a.k.a. Wandering Shadows -- Guerra, Colombia, 2004
13. Princezna se zlatou hvezdou -- Fric, Czech Republic, 1959
14. A Matter of Choice -- Sewell, United Kingdom, 1963
15. Ma-ma a.k.a. Rock 'n' Roll Wolf -- Bostan, Romania, 1976
16. La vie d'Adèle a.k.a. Blue is the Warmest Colour -- Kechiche, Belgium, 2013
17. Left Luggage -- Krabbé, Netherlands, 1998
18. Varúj...! a.k.a. Beware -- Fric & Bielik, Slovakia, 1947
19. Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts -- Hicks, Australia, 2007
20. En la selva no hay estrellas a.k.a. No Stars in the Jungle -- Robles Godoy, Peru, 1967
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15. 2.0* - Crocodile Dundee by Peter Faiman (1986) Australia

A real blast from the past. It's been more than half a lifetime since I last watched this film. I remember liking it as a kid, but I figured this would be one of those films that might not have aged all that well. I was only half right. It's certainly not top drawer anymore, but it wasn't quite as bad as I'd feared. Sue Charlton is an American reporter who travels to Australia to interview the legendary Crocodile Dundee. She spends a magical time with him traveling the wilderness, when she goes back to the US she invites Dundee to visit New York. He accepts Sue's invitation, but the big city isn't a place for a guy like him. The comedy is pretty crude and based on broad clichés, but it's exactly that crudeness that makes it fun to watch. The romcom elements are basic, the pacing is conflicted, and the performances are rather weak. But all in all it's a relatively entertaining film, not very memorable, but decent enough filler.


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01. 2.5* - Codes Bias by Shalini Kantayya (2020) USA
02. 4.5* - G Affairs [G Saat] by Cheuk Pan Lee (2018) Hong Kong
03. 3.5* - Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno [Rurôni Kenshin: Kyôto Taika-hen] by Keishi Ohtomo (2014) Japan
04. 1.0* - The Death of Mr. Lazarescu [Moartea Domnului Lazarescu] by Cristi Puiu (2005) Romania
05. 1.5* - Sir Arne's Treasure [Herr Arnes Pengar] by Mauritz Stiller (1919) Sweden
06. 3.0* - Blue Kids by Andrea Tagliaferri (2017) Italy
07. 1.5* - Somersault in a Coffin [Tabutta Rövasata] by Dervis Zaim (1996) Turkey
08. 1.5* - Execution in Autumn [Qiu Jue] by Hsing Lee (1972) Taiwan
09. 3.5* - Level Up by Adam Randall (2016) UK
10. 1.5* - Zama by Lucrecia Martel (2017) Argentina
11. 2.0* - Forbidden Games [Jeux Interdits] by René Clément (1952) France
12. 3.0* - The 8th Night [Je8ileui Bam] by Kim Tae-hyung (2021) South-Korea
13. 3.0* - Infernal Storm by Huang Yi (2021) China
14. 3.5* - Gaia by Jaco Bouwer (2021) South-Africa
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My horror movie phase goes on.

4. Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary (Canada, 2002) 7/10
Maddin is as original as ever in this musical version of Dracula.

5. El espejo de la bruja (Mexico, 1962) 6/10
A really fun ghost film, that takes a turn in the second half that looks a lot like Les yeux sans visage.

6. The Woman in Black (UK, 2012) 6/10

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1. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (USA, 1992) 7/10
2. Yam Daabo (Burkina Faso, 1987) 5/10
3. Phenomena (Italy, 1985) 6/10
4. Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary (Canada, 2002) 7/10
5. El espejo de la bruja (Mexico, 1962) 6/10
6. The Woman in Black (UK, 2012) 6/10
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1. C'est pas moi, je le jure! / It's Not Me, I Swear! (2008, Philippe Falardeau) Canada
2. Tõde ja õigus / Truth and Justice (2019, Tanel Toom) Estonia
3. Rizu to aoi tori / Liz and the Blue Bird (2018, Naoko Yamada) Japan
4. La ciudad oculta (2018, Víctor Moreno) Spain
5. Mi mejor amigo / My Best Friend (2018, Martín Deus) Argentina
6. El despertar de las hormigas / The Awakening of the Ants (2019, Antonella Sudasassi) Costa Rica
7. Ha-Simla / Boys and Girls (1969, Judd Neeman) Israel
8. Directorul nostru / Our Director (1955, Jean Georgescu) Romania
9. Je vais bien, ne t'en fais pas / Don't Worry, I'm Fine (2006, Philippe Lioret) France
10. The Art of Self-Defense (2019, Riley Stearns) USA
11. Los Reyes (2018, Iván Osnovikoff, Bettina Perut) Chile
12. Moolaadé (2004, Ousmane Sembene) - Senegal
13. For Sama (2019, Waad Al-Kateab, Edward Watts) Syria
14. Tomka dhe shokët e tij / Tomka and His Friends (1977, Xhanfize Keko) Albania
15. Nevestka / The Daughter-In-Law (1972, Khodzha Kuli Narliyev) Turkmenistan
16. Sokout / The Silence (1998, Mohsen Makhmalbaf) Iran
17. A Canção de Lisboa / A Song of Lisbon (1933, José Cottinelli Telmo) Portugal
18. Towers of Silence (1975, Jamil Dehlavi) Pakistan
19. Pushpaka Vimana / The Love Chariot (1987, Singeetam Srinivasa Rao) India
20. L'aube des damnés / Twilight of the Damned (1966, Ahmed Rachedi) Algeria
21. Boz salkyn / Pure Coolness (2007, Ernest Abdyjaparov) Kyrgyzstan
22. Ya no estoy aqui / I'm No Longer Here (2019, Fernando Frias) Mexico

There are some really strong moments and emotions sprinkled around in I'm No Longer Here - which mainly shines through in the central focus of the experience of diaspora/longing - but I could not help the feeling that it felt very slight. The film is largely about a young Mexican man in the US missing his friends/crew, but the film did not do a great job in showing their connection and establishing the emotional bond needed - despite ample flashbacks. If anything, much of the story structure felt a little watered out and bland.

The relationship he formed with an American in the US, and the language barrier was honestly more interesting from an emotional perspective - with many tender moments - though the set-up was a little slim here as well. Overall, it is a good enough effort, but it is a little too all over the place and thus does not quite manage to grapple any of the concepts its touching upon - from the music scene it seeks to elevate, to illegal immigration and ICE. There is so much it could really grab onto, but it repeatedly refuses - and as such only the loneliness of the diaspora remains. 6/10


23. Birds (or how to be one) (2020, Babis Makridis) Greece

A quirky pseudo-documentary/essay, mixing performance art with jokes and talking heads wishing to be birds. It is an ambitious and clever work, that while aesthetically limited is entertaining throughout. 7/10.


24. Los silencios (2018, Beatriz Seigner) Brazil

Los silencios is a quiet contemplation of death and mourning, mixed with magical realism that at least to me, never quite carried through. It is certainly interesting seeing ghosts handled as such a natural part of life, but the flipside of this was that it felt too flat and mundane. At least for me, it lacked the atmosphere to really carry its themes home and ended up feeling a little muddled. 5/10


25. Gito, l'ingrat / Gito, the Ungrateful (1991, Léonce Ngabo) Burundi

I went into Gito with very low expectations but ended up being charmed. This is a fairly cheeky tale of a French-educated man who thinks he can waltz on back home and enter power. The film's strengths are mainly in his pretensions, vanity and delusions of grandeur. Joseph Kumbela is great in the lead role, and it is sad to see that he has been in so few films. His Gito is just the right amount of charismatic and pitiful - making a potentially loathsome and cheating character come to life with great charm. The actual plot beyond this, namely his two women seeking revenge, is entirely underdeveloped and consists of a very slight gag - which is a shame. It could have been much more. 6/10.


26. Alsino y el cóndor / Alsino and the Condor (1982, Miguel Littin) Nicaragua

Littin seems to grow more disappointing with every feature. This effort was not even visually intriguing (though that may be an issue with the print) and despite being measured with clear humanist elements, also felt quite a bit like propaganda. 5/10.


27. Wan Pipel / One People (1976, Pim de la Parra) Suriname

A love letter to Suriname and contemplation on their relationship with the Netherlands, their previous colonial overlord. These themes are slightly confused by adding physical representations, such as a Dutch girlfriend, but all in all it is a perfectly solid drama that is a little rough around the edges. 6/10.


28. Akher Wahed Fina / The Last of Us (2016, Alaeddine Slim) Tunisia

What sounded like an intriguing, modern take on silent film techniques, ended up a so severely muted film it barely had a voice. It is shot in sound, but with no dialogue and poetic intertitles. The core premise is strong, building on the current refugee crisis and expanding into a more metaphorical journey to humanity's origins - though the film does not have the visuals or the atmosphere to remain intriguing or gripping. Slim's next effort, Tlameness, on the other hand, nailed atmosphere and visuals - and mainly struggled with plot - and a similar experimental angle that also didn't pan out that well for me. Still, Slim is clearly a growing Tunisian voice, and he may yet impress me. 4/10


29. Zgodbe iz kostanjevih gozdov / Stories from the Chestnut Woods (2019, Gregor Bozic) Slovenia

A beautifully shot and melancholic film about death and memories sprinkled with elements of magical realism. The texture of the shot, the way the light catches leaves, threes and people towards the end of their lives - is simply stunning. The plot may be a little on the lighter side, but if you can be swallowed up by atmosphere and emotion, this will still be a powerful experience. 8/10


30. Bas ya Bahar / Cruel Sea (1972, Khalid Al Siddiq) Kuwait

Mainly remarkable for being the first film from Kuwait, Cruel Sea exists in a realm between neo-realism and melodrama. A proper blu-ray restoration may elevate the film, as there are flashes of strong craftsmanship and atmosphere-building here, including intriguing underwater scenes. However, it is far too rough around the edges. 5/10.


31. Die Kandidaat (1968, Jans Rautenbach) South Africa

Satirical, visually evocative and well over the too, The Candidate certainly lives up to the style Jans Rautenbach cultivated in the late 60s. The film acts like a sledgehammer against white South African culture and prejudices, with both subversive and blunt shots being fired in all directions. At the same time, it manages to feel oddly unconsciously conservative - though its main flaw is its theatricality (which could have been a strength) and what feels like a subplot inserted into a play adaptation just to get away from the set. It is a good film, with a lot to dissect and discuss, but - and note this is with the possibility of missing many cultural references - it does feel a little too simple and clunky at times. 6/10.


32. Seyyit Han: Topragin Gelini / Bride of the Earth (1968, Yilmaz Güney) Turkey

A Turkish western, complete with the lone rider and a large-scale epic shoot-out. The storytelling is adequately evocative and slim - exactly what is needed to make it a compact yet emotional shoot-em-up with different sensibilities than your usual Hollywood-fare. Though at times also a little bit sloppy and rough, it is easy to see how Seyyit Han secured its place as a Turkish classic. 6.5/10.

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21. A Story from Chikamatsu (Japan, 1954) 102 min.

I appreciated the irony on second viewing that the only innocent parties among the businessmen, key employees, samurai and courtiers scheming in this movie were the two adulterous lovers, who would never have had a romantic relationship but for the plotting of the others, and as a result everyone but the courtiers comes to ruin. Incisive and brilliant.
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1. The Dybbuk (Poland, 1937) * 122 min.
2. Inch'Allah Dimanche (France, 2001) * 98 min.
3. Intuition (Argentina, 2020) * 116 min.
4. Struggle in the Valley (Egypt, 1954) * 115 min.
5. Colossal Sensation! (Hungary,2004) * 95 min.
6. Danur: I Can See Ghosts (Indonesia, 2017) 75 min.
7. Nomadland (United States, 2020) * 107 min.
8. Dukhtar (Pakistan, 2014) * 93 min.
9. Spider Lilies (Taiwan, 2007) * 97 min.
10. The Cyclist (Iran, 1989) * 79 min.
11. The Witch's Mirror (Mexico, 1962) 75 min.
12. The Gift to Stalin (Kazakhstan, 2008) * 96 min.
13. My Prince Edward (Hong Kong, 2019) * 93 min.
14. His House (United Kingdom, 2020) * 93 min.
15. Omar (Palestine, 2013) * 98 min.
16. Fine Dead Girls (Croatia, 2002) * 77 min.
17. The South of Innocence (Dominican Republic, 2014) * 88 min.
18. Vigil (New Zealand, 1984) * 90 min.
19. The Silence (Tajikistan, 1998) 76 min.
20. A Touch of Spice (Greece, 2003) * 107 min.
*First time viewing.

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An amateur cheating with countries
1. Where Is the Friend's House? (1987, Abbas Kiarostami) Iran
2. Happy as Lazzaro (2019, Alice Rohrwacher) Switzerland
3.Alien 3 (1993, David Fincher) UK
1. Where is the Friends House (1987,Abbas Kiarostami) IRAN 9/10

Starting strong with an Iranian film from the master. A kid has taken the notebook of his classmate by mistake home. Afraid of the punishment of his teacher, he embarks on a journey to the unknown to return a notebook.

2. Happy as Lazzaro (2019, Alice Rohrwacher) Switzerland 9.4/10
I just really loved this film. i can't write much because i would go into spoilery. So i would recommend everyone to watch this film instead.

3. Alien 3 (1993, David Fincher) UK 4.5/10
There are many reasons why this film doensn't work. The most obvious sins it commit is in character and plot. There are so many characters filled in this prison. They have all lost their hair looking at the same gender for too long, so its already hard to differentiate between them (a problem i usually only have with asian films). With so many characters it would be nice to take a closer look at a smaller amount of people. It does (3, besides Ripley). Unfortunetly 2 of them is killed off after about 30 minutes, which leaves 90 minutes with the Alien, Ripley and 30+ celibates just chilling, waiting for the alien to get ready for dinner. The movie is mostly boring and then there is the technical aspect, which most should be familiar with. Below average for David Fincher, who would become one of the best current directors from the US. Good he gave hollywood a second chance.
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An amateur cheating with countries
1. Where Is the Friend's House? (1987, Abbas Kiarostami) Iran
2. Happy as Lazzaro (2019, Alice Rohrwacher) Switzerland
3.Alien 3 (1993, David Fincher) UK
4. The Coward (1965, Satyajit Ray) India
5. Portrait of a lady on Fire (2019, Céline Sciamma) France
6. Import Export (2007, Ulrich Seidl) Austria
4. The Coward (1965, Satyajit Ray) India 7.5/10
The protagonist should give me the lottery numbers. He found his former lover in the country side by accident in a country with 1 billion people and i havent met any of my classmates in 10 years by accident with 1 million people living in my city. Unfortunately the girl is married to an older and richer man, so too bad ass for him. A film about regret and the choices we make in life. Good film.

5. Portrait of a lady on Fire (2019, Céline Sciamma) France 7.8/10
Lesbian drama in a time, when it was forbidden. A painter travels to a remote island to paint a portrait of a depressing rich lady. Oppressed sexuality, but with the arrival of the beautiful painter life is reborn. Lots of starring, not much talking. I prefer lots of dialogues. Still a good film.

6. Import Export (2007, Ulrich Seidl) Austria 8.5/10
Very grim film. 2 tales, where one is imported, another is exported in the hope of a better life. None of it is realised because they are trapped in a system that doesn't reward people programmed wrongfully by nature. My main observation was with the ukrainian women, who traveled to Austria to become a cleaning lady at an institution taking care of the elders. This place illustrated a problem, which is haunting western countries today. Treatment of elders are awful. It is no surprise that the ukrainian woman is the only one treating the patients as human beings with care and respect, because the west has transcended into a perfect capitalist system, where money is the only thing that matters. It's just a job, and none of the nurses seemed to enjoy their job at all.
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74. La Condesa (Honduras, 2020) - 2/10
75. Los peces fuera del agua (El Salvador, 1969) - 7/10
76. Duvidha (India, 1973) - 7/10
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10. Memories of Murder (South Korea, 2003) - 9/10
11. Menschen am Sonntag (Germany, 1930) - 6/10
12. Ma vie de courgette (Switzerland, 2016) - 7/10
13. Brazil (UK, 1985) - 6/10
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1. Kapana (Namibia, 2020) - 5/10
2. Lantana (Australia, 2001) - 7/10
3. Snow on tha Bluff (USA, 2011) - 6/10
4. Darkness on the Edge of Town (Ireland, 2014) - 6/10
5. Clout (Nigeria, 2021) - 3/10
6. The Dirties (Canada, 2013) - 7/10
7. Auguste Rodin (Belgium, 2017) - 4/10
8. La Casa Lobo (Chile, 2018) - 6/10
9. Viva Riva! (Democratic Republic of Congo, 2010) - 7/10
10. Memories of Murder (South Korea, 2003) - 9/10
11. Menschen am Sonntag (Germany, 1930) - 6/10
12. Ma vie de courgette (Switzerland, 2016) - 7/10
13. Brazil (UK, 1985) - 6/10
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Travel the World; Spread the Virus
1. The Bra (2018) Azerbaijan
2. Crumbs (2015) Ethiopia
3. Nobody (2021) United States
4. Lorik (2018) Armenia
5. Hers (2017) Mongolia
6. PK (2014) India
7. Sib (1998) Iran
8. Easy (2017) Ukraine
9. Wira (2019) Malaysia
10. 247°F (2011) Georgia
11. Fellini (2000) Uzbekistan
12. Mr. Pip (2012) Papua New Guinea
13. M.O.Zh. (2014) Latvia
14. Cadaver (2020) Norway
15. Birdshot (2016) Philippines
16. Karakum (1994) Turkmenistan
17. Papa Mau (2010) Micronesia
18. Stray Dogs (2004) Afghanistan
19. True Noon (2009) Tajikistan
20. Tjúba Tén (2007) Suriname
21. Beshkempir (1998) Kyrgyzstan
22. Dikiy vostok (1993) Kazakhstan
23. Guiana 1838 (2004) Guyana
24. Redemption (2019) Mozambique
25. Outlier/Nick (2016) Andorra
26. WolfWalkers (2020) Ireland
27. The Antenna (2019) Turkey
28. SPL: Kill Zone (2005) Macao
29. Instant Justice (1986) Gibraltar
30. The Bloodettes (2005) Cameroon
31. Blind Detective (2013) China
32. Punch the Clock (2016) Brazil
33. Koko-di Koko-da (2019) Sweden
34. Around the Block (2013) Australia
35. Teefa in Trouble (2018) Pakistan
36. Freej Al Taibeen (2018) United Arab Emirates
37. Viagem sem volta (2017) São Tomé and Principe
38. Bye Bye Blue Bird (1999) Faroe Islands
39. Belarusian Psycho (2015) Belarus
40. The Funeral Home (2020) Argentina
41.The Lady in the Van (2015) United Kingdom
42. Stranded N Dangriga (2013) Belize
43. Fishing Without Nets (2014) Somalia

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Almost impossible to discuss without mentioning Captain Phillips and A Hijacking, this thriller about Somali pirates is told entirely from their point-of-view. It is curious seeing a piracy film from this perspective as we see all of the pirates' own nerves and insecurities. Reda Kateb (who looks a lot like Adam Driver from the right angle) is excellent as a key French hostage, desperately trying to communicate between language barriers with his captors. Recommended.

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Order of preference of infected countries:
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1. Stray Dogs (2004) Afghanistan
2. The Bra (2018) Azerbaijan
3. Lorik (2018) Armenia
4. Punch the Clock (2016) Brazil
5. True Noon (2009) Tajikistan
6. M.O.Zh. (2014) Latvia
7. Nobody (2021) United States
8. Easy (2017) Ukraine
9. PK (2014) India
10. Sib (1998) Iran
11. Fishing Without Nets (2014) Somalia
12. Teefa in Trouble (2018) Pakistan
13. Blind Detective (2013) China
14. Cadaver (2020) Norway
15. Karakum (1994) Turkmenistan
16. Crumbs (2015) Ethiopia
17. Beshkempir (1998) Kyrgyzstan
18. Birdshot (2016) Philippines
19. Hers (2017) Mongolia
20. Koko-di Koko-da (2019) Sweden
21. WolfWalkers (2020) Ireland
22. Wira (2019) Malaysia
23. SPL: Kill Zone (2005) Macao
24. Fellini (2000) Uzbekistan
25. The Funeral Home (2020) Argentina
26. The Lady in the Van (2015) United Kingdom
27. Around the Block (2013) Australia
28. The Antenna (2019) Turkey
29. 247°F (2011) Georgia
30. Viagem sem volta (2017) São Tomé and Principe
31. Outlier/Nick (2016) Andorra
32. Papa Mau (2010) Micronesia
33. Dikiy vostok (1993) Kazakhstan
34. Tjúba Tén (2007) Suriname
35. Guiana 1838 (2004) Guyana
36. The Bloodettes (2005) Cameroon
37. Redemption (2019) Mozambique
38. Mr. Pip (2012) Papua New Guinea
39. Stranded N Dangriga (2013) Belize
40. Instant Justice (1986) Gibraltar
41. Freej Al Taibeen (2018) United Arab Emirates
42. Belarusian Psycho (2015) Belarus
43. Bye Bye Blue Bird (1999) Faroe Islands
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22. Halfaouine: Child of the Terraces (Tunisia, 1990) * 100 min.

A coming of age story similar to A Touch of Spice, which I watched the day before, if you substitute checking out the half naked women in the Turkish bath for cooking. Each contrasts the masculine world (war, religious fundamentalism) with the feminine world (sensuality, compassion), with a boy trying to figure out what the right balance between the two is for him.
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1. The Dybbuk (Poland, 1937) * 122 min.
2. Inch'Allah Dimanche (France, 2001) * 98 min.
3. Intuition (Argentina, 2020) * 116 min.
4. Struggle in the Valley (Egypt, 1954) * 115 min.
5. Colossal Sensation! (Hungary,2004) * 95 min.
6. Danur: I Can See Ghosts (Indonesia, 2017) 75 min.
7. Nomadland (United States, 2020) * 107 min.
8. Dukhtar (Pakistan, 2014) * 93 min.
9. Spider Lilies (Taiwan, 2007) * 97 min.
10. The Cyclist (Iran, 1989) * 79 min.
11. The Witch's Mirror (Mexico, 1962) 75 min.
12. The Gift to Stalin (Kazakhstan, 2008) * 96 min.
13. My Prince Edward (Hong Kong, 2019) * 93 min.
14. His House (United Kingdom, 2020) * 93 min.
15. Omar (Palestine, 2013) * 98 min.
16. Fine Dead Girls (Croatia, 2002) * 77 min.
17. The South of Innocence (Dominican Republic, 2014) * 88 min.
18. Vigil (New Zealand, 1984) * 90 min.
19. The Silence (Tajikistan, 1998) 76 min.
20. A Touch of Spice (Greece, 2003) * 107 min.
21. A Story from Chikamatsu (Japan, 1954) 102 min.
*First time viewing.

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Travel the World; Spread the Virus
1. The Bra (2018) Azerbaijan
2. Crumbs (2015) Ethiopia
3. Nobody (2021) United States
4. Lorik (2018) Armenia
5. Hers (2017) Mongolia
6. PK (2014) India
7. Sib (1998) Iran
8. Easy (2017) Ukraine
9. Wira (2019) Malaysia
10. 247°F (2011) Georgia
11. Fellini (2000) Uzbekistan
12. Mr. Pip (2012) Papua New Guinea
13. M.O.Zh. (2014) Latvia
14. Cadaver (2020) Norway
15. Birdshot (2016) Philippines
16. Karakum (1994) Turkmenistan
17. Papa Mau (2010) Micronesia
18. Stray Dogs (2004) Afghanistan
19. True Noon (2009) Tajikistan
20. Tjúba Tén (2007) Suriname
21. Beshkempir (1998) Kyrgyzstan
22. Dikiy vostok (1993) Kazakhstan
23. Guiana 1838 (2004) Guyana
24. Redemption (2019) Mozambique
25. Outlier/Nick (2016) Andorra
26. WolfWalkers (2020) Ireland
27. The Antenna (2019) Turkey
28. SPL: Kill Zone (2005) Macao
29. Instant Justice (1986) Gibraltar
30. The Bloodettes (2005) Cameroon
31. Blind Detective (2013) China
32. Punch the Clock (2016) Brazil
33. Koko-di Koko-da (2019) Sweden
34. Around the Block (2013) Australia
35. Teefa in Trouble (2018) Pakistan
36. Freej Al Taibeen (2018) United Arab Emirates
37. Viagem sem volta (2017) São Tomé and Principe
38. Bye Bye Blue Bird (1999) Faroe Islands
39. Belarusian Psycho (2015) Belarus
40. The Funeral Home (2020) Argentina
41.The Lady in the Van (2015) United Kingdom
42. Stranded N Dangriga (2013) Belize
43. Fishing Without Nets (2014) Somalia
44. Get Away to Pitcairn (2014) Pitcairn

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As one expect, this documentary is informative, showcasing the life of those who live in Pitcairn and how they survive and thrive as a small community. The film includes a bit history too and how Pitcairn was originally settled by the mutineers of the Bounty. As a documentary though, the film is pretty average-looking. There is a nice sped-up shot of the skies overhead and we get to see some great vistas, but this mostly feels like a standard travelogue-type film.

Countries infected so far:

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Order of preference of infected countries:
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1. Stray Dogs (2004) Afghanistan
2. The Bra (2018) Azerbaijan
3. Lorik (2018) Armenia
4. Punch the Clock (2016) Brazil
5. True Noon (2009) Tajikistan
6. M.O.Zh. (2014) Latvia
7. Nobody (2021) United States
8. Easy (2017) Ukraine
9. PK (2014) India
10. Sib (1998) Iran
11. Fishing Without Nets (2014) Somalia
12. Teefa in Trouble (2018) Pakistan
13. Blind Detective (2013) China
14. Cadaver (2020) Norway
15. Karakum (1994) Turkmenistan
16. Crumbs (2015) Ethiopia
17. Beshkempir (1998) Kyrgyzstan
18. Birdshot (2016) Philippines
19. Hers (2017) Mongolia
20. Koko-di Koko-da (2019) Sweden
21. WolfWalkers (2020) Ireland
22. Wira (2019) Malaysia
23. SPL: Kill Zone (2005) Macao
24. Fellini (2000) Uzbekistan
25. Get Away to Pitcairn (2014) Pitcairn
26. The Funeral Home (2020) Argentina
27. The Lady in the Van (2015) United Kingdom
28. Around the Block (2013) Australia
29. The Antenna (2019) Turkey
30. 247°F (2011) Georgia
31. Viagem sem volta (2017) São Tomé and Principe
32. Outlier/Nick (2016) Andorra
33. Papa Mau (2010) Micronesia
34. Dikiy vostok (1993) Kazakhstan
35. Tjúba Tén (2007) Suriname
36. Guiana 1838 (2004) Guyana
37. The Bloodettes (2005) Cameroon
38. Redemption (2019) Mozambique
39. Mr. Pip (2012) Papua New Guinea
40. Stranded N Dangriga (2013) Belize
41. Instant Justice (1986) Gibraltar
42. Freej Al Taibeen (2018) United Arab Emirates
43. Belarusian Psycho (2015) Belarus
44. Bye Bye Blue Bird (1999) Faroe Islands
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Travel the World; Spread the Virus
1. The Bra (2018) Azerbaijan
2. Crumbs (2015) Ethiopia
3. Nobody (2021) United States
4. Lorik (2018) Armenia
5. Hers (2017) Mongolia
6. PK (2014) India
7. Sib (1998) Iran
8. Easy (2017) Ukraine
9. Wira (2019) Malaysia
10. 247°F (2011) Georgia
11. Fellini (2000) Uzbekistan
12. Mr. Pip (2012) Papua New Guinea
13. M.O.Zh. (2014) Latvia
14. Cadaver (2020) Norway
15. Birdshot (2016) Philippines
16. Karakum (1994) Turkmenistan
17. Papa Mau (2010) Micronesia
18. Stray Dogs (2004) Afghanistan
19. True Noon (2009) Tajikistan
20. Tjúba Tén (2007) Suriname
21. Beshkempir (1998) Kyrgyzstan
22. Dikiy vostok (1993) Kazakhstan
23. Guiana 1838 (2004) Guyana
24. Redemption (2019) Mozambique
25. Outlier/Nick (2016) Andorra
26. WolfWalkers (2020) Ireland
27. The Antenna (2019) Turkey
28. SPL: Kill Zone (2005) Macao
29. Instant Justice (1986) Gibraltar
30. The Bloodettes (2005) Cameroon
31. Blind Detective (2013) China
32. Punch the Clock (2016) Brazil
33. Koko-di Koko-da (2019) Sweden
34. Around the Block (2013) Australia
35. Teefa in Trouble (2018) Pakistan
36. Freej Al Taibeen (2018) United Arab Emirates
37. Viagem sem volta (2017) São Tomé and Principe
38. Bye Bye Blue Bird (1999) Faroe Islands
39. Belarusian Psycho (2015) Belarus
40. The Funeral Home (2020) Argentina
41.The Lady in the Van (2015) United Kingdom
42. Stranded N Dangriga (2013) Belize
43. Fishing Without Nets (2014) Somalia
44. Get Away to Pitcairn (2014) Pitcairn
45. Sunday in Brazzaville (2012) Congo

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Opening with quote about Brazzaville (capital of Republic of Congo) being worst city in the world to live in, this documentary feature ostensibly sets out to disprove it. While we are shown brief shots of the suburbs covered in litter, the focus here is sports and arts culture, with wrestlers, musicians and sapeurs given the spotlight. The last of these is the most intriguing: a group of Congolese men who take to dressing in traditional posh French suits and outfits.

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Order of preference of infected countries:
Spoiler
1. Stray Dogs (2004) Afghanistan
2. The Bra (2018) Azerbaijan
3. Lorik (2018) Armenia
4. Punch the Clock (2016) Brazil
5. True Noon (2009) Tajikistan
6. M.O.Zh. (2014) Latvia
7. Nobody (2021) United States
8. Easy (2017) Ukraine
9. PK (2014) India
10. Sib (1998) Iran
11. Fishing Without Nets (2014) Somalia
12. Teefa in Trouble (2018) Pakistan
13. Blind Detective (2013) China
14. Cadaver (2020) Norway
15. Karakum (1994) Turkmenistan
16. Crumbs (2015) Ethiopia
17. Beshkempir (1998) Kyrgyzstan
18. Birdshot (2016) Philippines
19. Hers (2017) Mongolia
20. Koko-di Koko-da (2019) Sweden
21. WolfWalkers (2020) Ireland
22. Wira (2019) Malaysia
23. SPL: Kill Zone (2005) Macao
24. Fellini (2000) Uzbekistan
25. Get Away to Pitcairn (2014) Pitcairn
26. Sunday in Brazzaville (2012) Congo
27. The Funeral Home (2020) Argentina
28. The Lady in the Van (2015) United Kingdom
29. Around the Block (2013) Australia
30. The Antenna (2019) Turkey
31. 247°F (2011) Georgia
32. Viagem sem volta (2017) São Tomé and Principe
33. Outlier/Nick (2016) Andorra
34. Papa Mau (2010) Micronesia
35. Dikiy vostok (1993) Kazakhstan
36. Tjúba Tén (2007) Suriname
37. Guiana 1838 (2004) Guyana
38. The Bloodettes (2005) Cameroon
39. Redemption (2019) Mozambique
40. Mr. Pip (2012) Papua New Guinea
41. Stranded N Dangriga (2013) Belize
42. Instant Justice (1986) Gibraltar
43. Freej Al Taibeen (2018) United Arab Emirates
44. Belarusian Psycho (2015) Belarus
45. Bye Bye Blue Bird (1999) Faroe Islands
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77. Black Widow (USA, 2021) - 1/10
78. A Place in the World (Argentina, 1992) - 6/10
79. Kafou (Haiti, 2017) - 5/10
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18. Get Away to Pitcairn (2014) - Poland
19. Oče, laku noć (2011) - Montenegro
20. Chingoo (2001) - South Korea

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01. Death of a Centerfold: The Dorothy Stratten Story (1981) - United States of America
02. Circumstance (2011) - Iran
03. Kurent, l'espiègle (1985) - Canada
04. Ônibus 174 (2002) - Brazil
05. Stani na put (2015) - Serbia
06. El romance del Aniceto y la Francisca (1967) - Argentina
07. Night of Fear (1973) - Australia
08. V letu hip-hopa (2011) - Slovenia
09. Kratka sredba (1984) - North Macedonia
10. Kukurantumi (1983) - Ghana
11. Magdanas lurja (1956) - Georgia
12. Chanson d'Armor (1934) - France
13. L'inferno (1911) - Italy
14. Hasanaginica (1983) - Bosnia and Herzegovina
15. Lidija (1981) - Croatia
16. Colectiv (2019) - Romania
17. Sleeping Dogs (1977) - New Zealand
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sol wrote: July 15th, 2021, 12:22 pm 44. Get Away to Pitcairn (2014) Pitcairn

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As one expect, this documentary is informative, showcasing the life of those who live in Pitcairn and how they survive and thrive as a small community. The film includes a bit history too and how Pitcairn was originally settled by the mutineers of the Bounty. As a documentary though, the film is pretty average-looking. There is a nice sped-up shot of the skies overhead and we get to see some great vistas, but this mostly feels like a standard travelogue-type film.
Does it discuss the Pitcairn rape scandal at all?
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14. Katarsis a.k.a. Challenge of the Devil (Italy, 1963)
15. The Face of Fu Manchu (Germany, 1965)
16. De Sade 70 a.k.a. Eugenie (Liechtenstein, 1970)
17. Fair Game (United Arab Emirates, 2010)
18. Strange Planet (Australia, 1999)
19. Down (Netherlands, 2001)

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1. The Monster Club (UK, 1981)
2. The Three Musketeers (USA, 1948)
3. The Ninja Squad (Hong Kong, 1986)
4. Zhi zun shen tou a.k.a. Inferno Thunderbolt (Taiwan, 1984)
5. Zanjeer (India, 1973)
6. El gran amor del conde Drácula a.k.a. Count Dracula's Great Love (Spain, 1973)
7. Tully (Canada, 2018)
8. Mossafer a.k.a. The Traveler (Iran, 1974)
9. Urufu gai: Moero ôkami-otoko a.k.a. Wolf Guy (Japan, 1975)
10. Gibel Otrara a.k.a. The Fall of Otrar (Kazakhstan, 1991)
11. The Next One (Greece, 1984)
12. Luna Papa (Uzbekistan, 1999)
13. Wonder Women (Philippines, 1973)
14. Katarsis a.k.a. Challenge of the Devil (Italy, 1963)
15. The Face of Fu Manchu (Germany, 1965)
16. De Sade 70 a.k.a. Eugenie (Liechtenstein, 1970)
17. Fair Game (United Arab Emirates, 2010)
18. Strange Planet (Australia, 1999)
19. Down (Netherlands, 2001)
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1. Na samote u lesa (1976, Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic)) - 7/10
2. Aquaman (2018, United States, Australia) - 7/10 - (rewatch)
3. Nirgendwo in Afrika (2001, Germany) - 9/10
4. Het debuut (1977, Netherlands) - 7/10
5. Sestra (2019, Bulgaria, Qatar) - 5/10
6. Shazam! (2019, United States, Canada) - 7/10
7. Wonder Woman 1984 (2020, United States, United Kingdom, Spain) - 6/10
8. Cumbres (2013, Mexico) - 4/10
9. Zheng tu (2020, China) - 8/10
10. Ne croyez surtout pas que je hurle (2019, France) - 8/10
11. Col cuore in gola (1967, Italy, France) - 6/10
12. The King (2019, United Kingdom, Hungary, United States, Australia) - 6/10
13. Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. (2018, United Kingdom, United States, Sri Lanka) - 7/10
14. Longa noite (2019, Spain) - 3/10
15. Reka (2002, Russia) - 7/10
16. Superman (1978, United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Switzerland, France) - 6/10 - (rewatch)
17. Soy Cuba (1964, Cuba, Soviet Union) - 6/10
18. Qudrat ghayr adiya (2014, Egypt) - 7/10
19. Tôkyô no kôrasu (1931, Japan) - 7/10
20. Cateva conversatii despre o fata foarte inalta (2018, Romania) - 6/10
21. Vredens dag (1943, Denmark) - 7/10
22. Josep (2020, France, Spain, Belgium) - 6/10
23. Det sjunde inseglet (1957, Sweden) - 7/10
24. It Must Be Heaven (2019, France, Qatar, Germany, Canada, Turkey, Occupied Palestinian Territory) - 4/10
25. Wolfwalkers (2020, Ireland, United Kingdom, Luxembourg, France) - 8/10
26. El Ángel (2018, Argentina, Spain) - 6/10
27. Gyeongseonghakyoo: Sarajin sonyeodeul (2015, South Korea) - 7/10
28. Au nom du Christ (1993, Côte d'Ivoire) - 2/10

29. Die Adern der Welt (2020, Germany, Mongolia) - 6/10 - My first taste of Mongolian Cinema was a reasonably good experience. Yeah there was nothing spectacular about it, the story was simple, yet specific to the area, but you could do a lot worse in killing 90 minutes and the scenery was nice.

30. Monanieba (1984, Soviet Union (Georgia)) - 2/10 - Unfortunately this was a case of I just didn't really get the movie. I was fine until we got to the court case and the flashback just never really made sense to me.

31. Yo, imposible (2018, Venezuela, Colombia) - 7/10 - My fist Venezuelan film was an interesting one as it was to do with a young woman who is just finding out that she was born Intersexual and had sergury preformed at a young age to make her grow up as a 'normal' female. This is also while she is caring for her dying mother and coming to terms with her own sexual awakening.


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13. Prikosnoveniye (Kazakhstan, The Touch, 1989, Aituarov) 7/10
14. Promised Land (Israel, 2004, Gitai) 7/10
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1. Camille (USA, 1936, Cukor) 7/10
2. Zamani barayé masti asbha (Iran, A Time for Drunken Horses, 2000, Ghobadi) 7/10
3. Rembrandt (United Kingdom, 1936, Korda) 8/10
4. Elisa, vida mía (Spain, Elisa, My Life; 1977, Saura) 8/10
5. Les bas-fonds (France, The Lower Depths, 1936, Renoir) 8/10
6. Ung flukt (Norway, The Wayward Girl, 1959, Carlmar) 6/10
7. Utvandrarna (Sweden, The Emigrants, 1971, Troell) 8/10
8. Dai-bosatsu tôge (Japan, The Sword of Doom, 1966, Okamoto) 8/10
9. Bekas (Finland, 2012, Kader) 6/10
10. État de siège (Germany, State of Siege, 1972, Costa-Gavras) 7/10
11. La prima notte di quiete (Italy, Indian Summer, 1972, Zurlini) 6/10
12. Nouvelle vague (Switzerland, New Wave, 1990, Godard) 6/10
13. Prikosnoveniye (Kazakhstan, The Touch, 1989, Aituarov) 7/10
14. Promised Land (Israel, 2004, Gitai) 7/10
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sol wrote: July 15th, 2021, 12:22 pm
44. Get Away to Pitcairn (2014) Pitcairn

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As one expect, this documentary is informative, showcasing the life of those who live in Pitcairn and how they survive and thrive as a small community. The film includes a bit history too and how Pitcairn was originally settled by the mutineers of the Bounty. As a documentary though, the film is pretty average-looking. There is a nice sped-up shot of the skies overhead and we get to see some great vistas, but this mostly feels like a standard travelogue-type film.
If you (or anyone else) is interested in learning more about the Pitcairns I recommend the Australian movie In the Wake of the Bounty (1933). The first half is a drama re-enactment of the Bounty, famous for the debut of Errol Flynn, while the second half is a documentary that was filmed on the islands for three months including information on what happened with the crew.
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blocho wrote: July 15th, 2021, 8:33 pm
sol wrote: July 15th, 2021, 12:22 pm 44. Get Away to Pitcairn (2014) Pitcairn

As one expect, this documentary is informative, showcasing the life of those who live in Pitcairn and how they survive and thrive as a small community. The film includes a bit history too and how Pitcairn was originally settled by the mutineers of the Bounty. As a documentary though, the film is pretty average-looking. There is a nice sped-up shot of the skies overhead and we get to see some great vistas, but this mostly feels like a standard travelogue-type film.
Does it discuss the Pitcairn rape scandal at all?
Yes. The film spends about 3 or 4 minutes on the scandal. It comes across as more of a footnote than anything else, and is mostly used to lament how the small community was pushed apart by it. I can understand the film not dwelling on it though. If you are getting cooperation from the locals to make a film that promotes their island for tourists, you don't really want to paint it as a safe haven for rapists.
zzzorf wrote: July 16th, 2021, 2:12 am If you (or anyone else) is interested in learning more about the Pitcairns I recommend the Australian movie In the Wake of the Bounty (1933). The first half is a drama re-enactment of the Bounty, famous for the debut of Errol Flynn, while the second half is a documentary that was filmed on the islands for three months including information on what happened with the crew.
Thanks. Will keep that in mind for the Australia/NZ challenge later this year.
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10) Air Conditioner (2020, Fradique, Angola) - 4/5

11) Diamonds of the Night (1964, Jan Nemec, Czech Republic) - 3.5/5
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01) Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment (1963, Robert Drew, USA) - 4/5
02) Cowards Bend the Knee (2003, Guy Maddin, Canada) - 4.5/5
03) Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988, Terence Davies, UK) - 3.5/5
04) Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989, Shinya Tsukamoto, Japan) - 5/5
05) Dis-moi (1980, Chantal Akerman, France) - 4/5

06) The Assassin (1961, Elio Petri, Italy) - 4.5/5
07) The Story of Sin (1975, Walerian Borowczyk, Poland) - 3.5/5
08) Black Venus (2010, Abdellatif Kechiche, Belgium) - 4.5/5
09) The Wolf House (2018, Cristobal Leon & Joaquin Cocina, Chile) - 4.5/5
10) Air Conditioner (2020, Fradique, Angola) - 4/5

11) Diamonds of the Night (1964, Jan Nemec, Czech Republic) - 3.5/5
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1. The Vietnam War (2017) 10/10 United States
2. The Assassination of Trotsky (1972) 7/10 United Kingdom
3. La piscine (1969) 7/10 France
4. Dead Ringers (1988) 5/10 Canada
5. El lugar más pequeño (2011) 5/10 Mexico
6. Janghwa, Hongryeon (2003) 6/10 South Korea
7. Historia del miedo (2014) 6/10 Argentina
8. El orfanato (2007) 8/10 Spain
9. Darbareye Elly (2009) 8/10 Iran
10. Adams æbler (2005) 7/10 Germany
11. Jagten (2012) 9/10 Denmark
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3. Zero to Podium (Iran, 2017, Sahar Mosayebi) - 5/10
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1. Easy Living (USA, 1937, Mitchell Leisen) - 8/10
2. Beau travail (France, 1999, Claire Denis) - 7/10
3. Zero to Podium (Iran, 2017, Sahar Mosayebi) - 5/10
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Travel the World; Spread the Virus
1. The Bra (2018) Azerbaijan
2. Crumbs (2015) Ethiopia
3. Nobody (2021) United States
4. Lorik (2018) Armenia
5. Hers (2017) Mongolia
6. PK (2014) India
7. Sib (1998) Iran
8. Easy (2017) Ukraine
9. Wira (2019) Malaysia
10. 247°F (2011) Georgia
11. Fellini (2000) Uzbekistan
12. Mr. Pip (2012) Papua New Guinea
13. M.O.Zh. (2014) Latvia
14. Cadaver (2020) Norway
15. Birdshot (2016) Philippines
16. Karakum (1994) Turkmenistan
17. Papa Mau (2010) Micronesia
18. Stray Dogs (2004) Afghanistan
19. True Noon (2009) Tajikistan
20. Tjúba Tén (2007) Suriname
21. Beshkempir (1998) Kyrgyzstan
22. Dikiy vostok (1993) Kazakhstan
23. Guiana 1838 (2004) Guyana
24. Redemption (2019) Mozambique
25. Outlier/Nick (2016) Andorra
26. WolfWalkers (2020) Ireland
27. The Antenna (2019) Turkey
28. SPL: Kill Zone (2005) Macao
29. Instant Justice (1986) Gibraltar
30. The Bloodettes (2005) Cameroon
31. Blind Detective (2013) China
32. Punch the Clock (2016) Brazil
33. Koko-di Koko-da (2019) Sweden
34. Around the Block (2013) Australia
35. Teefa in Trouble (2018) Pakistan
36. Freej Al Taibeen (2018) United Arab Emirates
37. Viagem sem volta (2017) São Tomé and Principe
38. Bye Bye Blue Bird (1999) Faroe Islands
39. Belarusian Psycho (2015) Belarus
40. The Funeral Home (2020) Argentina
41.The Lady in the Van (2015) United Kingdom
42. Stranded N Dangriga (2013) Belize
43. Fishing Without Nets (2014) Somalia
44. Get Away to Pitcairn (2014) Pitcairn
45. Sunday in Brazzaville (2012) Congo
46. The Dance of Reality (2013) Chile

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Probably best watched before Endless Poetry, this is another semiautobiographical film with fantasy elements from Alejandro Jodorowsky, this time focusing on his childhood. With magical touches (blonde hair disintegrating when cut; feathers appearing suddenly) and some very dark humour involving horse murder, it is certainly quite a wild ride. As per Poetry though, the best moments involve Jodorowsky mentoring the young actor playing himself.

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Order of preference of infected countries:
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1. Stray Dogs (2004) Afghanistan
2. The Bra (2018) Azerbaijan
3. Lorik (2018) Armenia
4. Dance of Reality (2013) Chile
5. Punch the Clock (2016) Brazil
6. True Noon (2009) Tajikistan
7. M.O.Zh. (2014) Latvia
8. Nobody (2021) United States
9. Easy (2017) Ukraine
10. PK (2014) India
11. Sib (1998) Iran
12. Fishing Without Nets (2014) Somalia
13. Teefa in Trouble (2018) Pakistan
14. Blind Detective (2013) China
15. Cadaver (2020) Norway
16. Karakum (1994) Turkmenistan
17. Crumbs (2015) Ethiopia
18. Beshkempir (1998) Kyrgyzstan
19. Birdshot (2016) Philippines
20. Hers (2017) Mongolia
21. Koko-di Koko-da (2019) Sweden
22. WolfWalkers (2020) Ireland
23. Wira (2019) Malaysia
24. SPL: Kill Zone (2005) Macao
25. Fellini (2000) Uzbekistan
26. Get Away to Pitcairn (2014) Pitcairn
27. Sunday in Brazzaville (2012) Congo
28. The Funeral Home (2020) Argentina
29. The Lady in the Van (2015) United Kingdom
30. Around the Block (2013) Australia
31. The Antenna (2019) Turkey
32. 247°F (2011) Georgia
33. Viagem sem volta (2017) São Tomé and Principe
34. Outlier/Nick (2016) Andorra
35. Papa Mau (2010) Micronesia
36. Dikiy vostok (1993) Kazakhstan
37. Tjúba Tén (2007) Suriname
38. Guiana 1838 (2004) Guyana
39. The Bloodettes (2005) Cameroon
40. Redemption (2019) Mozambique
41. Mr. Pip (2012) Papua New Guinea
42. Stranded N Dangriga (2013) Belize
43. Instant Justice (1986) Gibraltar
44. Freej Al Taibeen (2018) United Arab Emirates
45. Belarusian Psycho (2015) Belarus
46. Bye Bye Blue Bird (1999) Faroe Islands
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80. Swing (Kyrgyzstan, 1993) - 7/10
81. Revival (Eritrea, 2003) - 2/10
82. 2012: Curse of the Xtabai (Belize, 2012) - 1/10
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38. Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (F.W. Murnau, 1922, Germany) - 3.5/10

Too dull for my liking

39. Mabei shang de fating a.k.a. Courthouse on Horseback (Liu Jie, 2006, China) - 6/10
Recap
1. Beed-e majnoon a.k.a. The Willow Tree (Majid Majidi, 2005, Iran) - 6.5/10
2. Baara a.k.a. Work (Souleymane Cissé, 1978, Mali) - 7/10
3. Shiza a.k.a. Fifty-Fifty (Gulshat Omarova, 2004, Kazakhstan) - 6/10
4. Yam Daabo (Idrissa Ouedraogo, 1987, Burkina Faso) - 4/10
5. Boz salkyn a.k.a. Pure Coolness (Ernest Abdyljaparov, 2007, Kyrgyzstan) - 4/10
6. De noorderlingen a.k.a. The Northerners (Alex van Warmerdam, 1992, Netherlands) - 5/10
7. Natvris khe a.k.a. The Wishing Tree (Tengiz Abuladze, 1976, Georgia) - 6/10
8. Ilo Ilo (Anthony Chen, 2013, Singapore) - 5/10
9. Nabat (Elchin Musaoglu, 2014, Azerbaijan) - 7.5/10
10. Petit à petit a.k.a. Little by Little (Jean Rouch, 1970, Niger) - 3.5/10
11. Syngué sabour, pierre de patience a.k.a. The Patience Stone (Atiq Rahimi, 2012, Afghanistan) - 1.5/10
12. Araya (Margot Benacerraf, 1959, Venezuela) - 5.5/10
13. Foxtrot (Samuel Maoz, 2017, Israel) - 6/10
14. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Peter Jackson, 2003, New Zealand) - rewatch: 4/10 -> 4/10
15. Die Höhle des gelben Hundes a.k.a. The Cave of the Yellow Dog (Byambasuren Davaa, 2005, Mongolia) - 5/10
16. H-8... (Nikola Tanhofer, 1958, Croatia) - 6/10
17. Terje Vigen a.k.a. A Man There Was (Victor Sjöstrom, 1917, Sweden) - 5/10
18. Moy drug Ivan Lapshin a.k.a. My Friend Ivan Lapshin (Aleksey German, 1985, Russia) - 5/10
19. En la selva no hay estrellas (Armando Robles Godoy, 1967, Peru) - 7.5/10
20. Moartea domnului Lãzãrescu a.k.a. The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (Cristi Puiu, 2005, Romania) - 7/10
21. Yadon ilaheyya a.k.a. Divine Intervention (Elia Suleiman, 2002, Occupied Palestinian Territory) - 6/10
22. El Chacal de Nahueltoro a.k.a. Jackal of Nahueltoro (Miguel Littin, 1969, Chile) - 6/10
23. Taken (Pierre Morel, 2008, United Kingdom) - 3/10
24. La antena a.k.a. The Aerial (Esteban Sapir, 2007, Argentina) - 5/10
25. Angst (Gerald Kargl, 1983, Austria) - 4/10
26. Muna Moto (Jean-Pierre Dikongue-Pipa, 1975, Cameroon) - 6/10
27. Za sciana a.k.a. Behind the Wall (Krzysztof Zanussi, 1971, Poland) - 6.5/10
28. Jób lázadása a.k.a. The Revolt of Job (Barna Kabay & Imre Gyöngyössy, 1983, Hungary) - 6.5/10
29. ...ere erera baleibu izik subua aruaren... (José Antonio Sistiaga, 1970, Spain) - 10/10 (l)
30. L'invitation a.k.a. The Invitation (Claude Goretta, 1973, Switzerland) - 6/10
31. Byôsoku 5 senchimêtoru a.k.a. 5 Centimeters per Second (Makoto Shinkai, 2007, Japan) - 5.5/10
32. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Peter Jackson, 2012, USA) - 4/10
33. Ixcanul (Jayro Bustamante, 2015, Guatemala) - 6/10
34. Istoria mias kalpikis liras a.k.a. The Counterfeit Coin (Yorgos Javellas, 1955, Greece) - 5/10
35. Ucho (Karel Kachyna, 1990, Czechia) - 6.5/10
36. My Winnipeg (Guy Maddin, 2007, Canada) - 5/10
37. Ila Ayn a.k.a. Whither? (Georges Nasser, 1957, Lebanon) - 9/10
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1. ...ere erera baleibu izik subua aruaren... (José Antonio Sistiaga, 1970, Spain) - 10/10
2. Ila Ayn a.k.a. Whither? (Georges Nasser, 1957, Lebanon) - 9/10
3. En la selva no hay estrellas (Armando Robles Godoy, 1967, Peru) - 7.5/10
4. Nabat (Elchin Musaoglu, 2014, Azerbaijan) - 7.5/10
5. Moartea domnului Lãzãrescu a.k.a. The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (Cristi Puiu, 2005, Romania) - 7/10
6. Baara a.k.a. Work (Souleymane Cissé, 1978, Mali) - 7/10
7. Ucho (Karel Kachyna, 1990, Czechia) - 6.5/10
8. Jób lázadása a.k.a. The Revolt of Job (Barna Kabay & Imre Gyöngyössy, 1983, Hungary) - 6.5/10
9. Beed-e majnoon a.k.a. The Willow Tree (Majid Majidi, 2005, Iran) - 6.5/10
10. Foxtrot (Samuel Maoz, 2017, Israel) - 6/10
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Travel the World; Spread the Virus
1. The Bra (2018) Azerbaijan
2. Crumbs (2015) Ethiopia
3. Nobody (2021) United States
4. Lorik (2018) Armenia
5. Hers (2017) Mongolia
6. PK (2014) India
7. Sib (1998) Iran
8. Easy (2017) Ukraine
9. Wira (2019) Malaysia
10. 247°F (2011) Georgia
11. Fellini (2000) Uzbekistan
12. Mr. Pip (2012) Papua New Guinea
13. M.O.Zh. (2014) Latvia
14. Cadaver (2020) Norway
15. Birdshot (2016) Philippines
16. Karakum (1994) Turkmenistan
17. Papa Mau (2010) Micronesia
18. Stray Dogs (2004) Afghanistan
19. True Noon (2009) Tajikistan
20. Tjúba Tén (2007) Suriname
21. Beshkempir (1998) Kyrgyzstan
22. Dikiy vostok (1993) Kazakhstan
23. Guiana 1838 (2004) Guyana
24. Redemption (2019) Mozambique
25. Outlier/Nick (2016) Andorra
26. WolfWalkers (2020) Ireland
27. The Antenna (2019) Turkey
28. SPL: Kill Zone (2005) Macao
29. Instant Justice (1986) Gibraltar
30. The Bloodettes (2005) Cameroon
31. Blind Detective (2013) China
32. Punch the Clock (2016) Brazil
33. Koko-di Koko-da (2019) Sweden
34. Around the Block (2013) Australia
35. Teefa in Trouble (2018) Pakistan
36. Freej Al Taibeen (2018) United Arab Emirates
37. Viagem sem volta (2017) São Tomé and Principe
38. Bye Bye Blue Bird (1999) Faroe Islands
39. Belarusian Psycho (2015) Belarus
40. The Funeral Home (2020) Argentina
41.The Lady in the Van (2015) United Kingdom
42. Stranded N Dangriga (2013) Belize
43. Fishing Without Nets (2014) Somalia
44. Get Away to Pitcairn (2014) Pitcairn
45. Sunday in Brazzaville (2012) Congo
46. The Dance of Reality (2013) Chile
47. Whisper with the Wind (2009) Iraq

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Set during the 1980s, this somber drama focuses a man who travels between war-torn Kurdish villages, recording and subsequently broadcasting messages between separated families. While the messaging is fairly basic (triumphing the Kurdish spirit and their ability to always press on), the film is fairly engaging, almost like a road movie except that most of the travel is done by foot. It is interesting seeing all around Iraq and meeting colourful characters.

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Order of preference of infected countries:
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1. Stray Dogs (2004) Afghanistan
2. The Bra (2018) Azerbaijan
3. Lorik (2018) Armenia
4. Dance of Reality (2013) Chile
5. Punch the Clock (2016) Brazil
6. True Noon (2009) Tajikistan
7. M.O.Zh. (2014) Latvia
8. Nobody (2021) United States
9. Easy (2017) Ukraine
10. PK (2014) India
11. Sib (1998) Iran
12. Fishing Without Nets (2014) Somalia
13. Teefa in Trouble (2018) Pakistan
14. Blind Detective (2013) China
15. Cadaver (2020) Norway
16. Karakum (1994) Turkmenistan
17. Crumbs (2015) Ethiopia
18. Whisper with the Wind (2009) Iraq
19. Beshkempir (1998) Kyrgyzstan
20. Birdshot (2016) Philippines
21. Hers (2017) Mongolia
22. Koko-di Koko-da (2019) Sweden
23. WolfWalkers (2020) Ireland
24. Wira (2019) Malaysia
25. SPL: Kill Zone (2005) Macao
26. Fellini (2000) Uzbekistan
27. Get Away to Pitcairn (2014) Pitcairn
28. Sunday in Brazzaville (2012) Congo
29. The Funeral Home (2020) Argentina
30. The Lady in the Van (2015) United Kingdom
31. Around the Block (2013) Australia
32. The Antenna (2019) Turkey
33. 247°F (2011) Georgia
34. Viagem sem volta (2017) São Tomé and Principe
35. Outlier/Nick (2016) Andorra
36. Papa Mau (2010) Micronesia
37. Dikiy vostok (1993) Kazakhstan
38. Tjúba Tén (2007) Suriname
39. Guiana 1838 (2004) Guyana
40. The Bloodettes (2005) Cameroon
41. Redemption (2019) Mozambique
42. Mr. Pip (2012) Papua New Guinea
43. Stranded N Dangriga (2013) Belize
44. Instant Justice (1986) Gibraltar
45. Freej Al Taibeen (2018) United Arab Emirates
46. Belarusian Psycho (2015) Belarus
47. Bye Bye Blue Bird (1999) Faroe Islands
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2. Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021) U.S.A. 🇺🇸
3. The North Wind (2021) Russia 🇷🇺
4. Variações: Guardian Angel (2019) Portugal 🇵🇹
5. The Train of Salt and Sugar (2016) Mozambique 🇲🇿
6. Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway (2019) Ethiopia 🇪🇹
7. Heavenly Bodies (1984) Canada 🇨🇦
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23. Boy on the Bridge (Cyprus, 2016) * 85 min. 

A good murder mystery, the beautiful scenery littered with abandoned houses and vehicles echoes the question of how one can escape the past when one is constantly confronted by it, which seems to be a question that Cyprus needs to resolve.
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1. The Dybbuk (Poland, 1937) * 122 min.
2. Inch'Allah Dimanche (France, 2001) * 98 min.
3. Intuition (Argentina, 2020) * 116 min.
4. Struggle in the Valley (Egypt, 1954) * 115 min.
5. Colossal Sensation! (Hungary,2004) * 95 min.
6. Danur: I Can See Ghosts (Indonesia, 2017) 75 min.
7. Nomadland (United States, 2020) * 107 min.
8. Dukhtar (Pakistan, 2014) * 93 min.
9. Spider Lilies (Taiwan, 2007) * 97 min.
10. The Cyclist (Iran, 1989) * 79 min.
11. The Witch's Mirror (Mexico, 1962) 75 min.
12. The Gift to Stalin (Kazakhstan, 2008) * 96 min.
13. My Prince Edward (Hong Kong, 2019) * 93 min.
14. His House (United Kingdom, 2020) * 93 min.
15. Omar (Palestine, 2013) * 98 min.
16. Fine Dead Girls (Croatia, 2002) * 77 min.
17. The South of Innocence (Dominican Republic, 2014) * 88 min.
18. Vigil (New Zealand, 1984) * 90 min.
19. The Silence (Tajikistan, 1998) 76 min.
20. A Touch of Spice (Greece, 2003) * 107 min.
21. A Story from Chikamatsu (Japan, 1954) 102 min.
22. Halfaouine: Child of the Terraces (Tunisia, 1990) * 100 min.
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83. The Curlew's Cry (Egypt, 1959) - 7/10
84. The Green Wall (Peru, 1969) - 7/10
85. Towers of Silence (Pakistan, 1975) - 8/10

Towers of Silence was a great recommendation - thanks St. Gloede. :thumbsup:
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1. Na samote u lesa (1976, Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic)) - 7/10
2. Aquaman (2018, United States, Australia) - 7/10 - (rewatch)
3. Nirgendwo in Afrika (2001, Germany) - 9/10
4. Het debuut (1977, Netherlands) - 7/10
5. Sestra (2019, Bulgaria, Qatar) - 5/10
6. Shazam! (2019, United States, Canada) - 7/10
7. Wonder Woman 1984 (2020, United States, United Kingdom, Spain) - 6/10
8. Cumbres (2013, Mexico) - 4/10
9. Zheng tu (2020, China) - 8/10
10. Ne croyez surtout pas que je hurle (2019, France) - 8/10
11. Col cuore in gola (1967, Italy, France) - 6/10
12. The King (2019, United Kingdom, Hungary, United States, Australia) - 6/10
13. Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. (2018, United Kingdom, United States, Sri Lanka) - 7/10
14. Longa noite (2019, Spain) - 3/10
15. Reka (2002, Russia) - 7/10
16. Superman (1978, United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Switzerland, France) - 6/10 - (rewatch)
17. Soy Cuba (1964, Cuba, Soviet Union) - 6/10
18. Qudrat ghayr adiya (2014, Egypt) - 7/10
19. Tôkyô no kôrasu (1931, Japan) - 7/10
20. Cateva conversatii despre o fata foarte inalta (2018, Romania) - 6/10
21. Vredens dag (1943, Denmark) - 7/10
22. Josep (2020, France, Spain, Belgium) - 6/10
23. Det sjunde inseglet (1957, Sweden) - 7/10
24. It Must Be Heaven (2019, France, Qatar, Germany, Canada, Turkey, Occupied Palestinian Territory) - 4/10
25. Wolfwalkers (2020, Ireland, United Kingdom, Luxembourg, France) - 8/10
26. El Ángel (2018, Argentina, Spain) - 6/10
27. Gyeongseonghakyoo: Sarajin sonyeodeul (2015, South Korea) - 7/10
28. Au nom du Christ (1993, Côte d'Ivoire) - 2/10
29. Die Adern der Welt (2020, Germany, Mongolia) - 6/10
30. Monanieba (1984, Soviet Union (Georgia)) - 2/10
31. Yo, imposible (2018, Venezuela, Colombia) - 7/10

32. Yeelen (1987, Mali, Burkina Faso, France, West Germany, Japan) - 5/10 - A good concept but just missed the polish that you would wish it had.


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