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50. Kaamelott - Premier volet (Alexandre Astier, 2021, France) - 5.5/10

Spent a good time in the theater with a crowd that was won over, which made the laughs easier I guess.

51. El Topo (Alejandro Jodorowsky, 1970, Mexico) - 4/10

"This might sound strange, but who cares if a movie is poorly acted and filled with ridiculous special effects? What matters is if the movie keeps you entertained."
It's the introductory sentence of the Badmovies.org's Best B-Movies list and it fits El Topo very well. I had carefully avoided Jodorowsky until today and I must say it was somewhat entertaining to watch. But why does it have to be so ugly?
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
38. Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (F.W. Murnau, 1922, Germany) - 3.5/10
39. Mabei shang de fating a.k.a. Courthouse on Horseback (Liu Jie, 2006, China) - 6/10
40. Kinatay a.k.a. The Execution of P. (Brillante Mendoza, 2009, Philippines) - 5/10
41. Dharmaga tongjoguro kan kkadalgun a.k.a. Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East? (Bae Yong-kyun, 1989, South Korea) - 5.5/10
42. Kasaba a.k.a. The Town (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 1997, Turkey) - 6/10
43. São Bernardo (Leon Hirszman, 1972, Brazil) - 5.5/10
44. Amma Ariyan a.k.a. Report to Mother (John Abraham, 1986, India) - 4/10
45. Pájaros de verano a.k.a. Birds of Passage (Ciro Guerra & Cristina Gallego, 2018, Colombia) - 7/10
46. Cheung foh a.k.a. The Mission (Johnnie To, 1999, Hong Kong) - 2/10
47. Sambizanga (Sarah Maldoror, 1972, Angola) - 5.5/10
48. Neak sre a.k.a. Rice People (Rithy Panh, 1994, Cambodia) - 3/10
49. Aniki Bóbó (Manoel de Oliveira, 1942, Portugal) - 6/10
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My top 10 of the challenge
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. Pájaros de verano a.k.a. Birds of Passage (Ciro Guerra & Cristina Gallego, 2018, Colombia) - 7/10
8. Ucho (Karel Kachyna, 1990, Czechia) - 6.5/10
9. Jób lázadása a.k.a. The Revolt of Job (Barna Kabay & Imre Gyöngyössy, 1983, Hungary) - 6.5/10
10. Beed-e majnoon a.k.a. The Willow Tree (Majid Majidi, 2005, Iran) - 6.5/10
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36. Anori (2018) - Greenland
37. The Last Days of Earth (2017) - San Marino
38. Jatun auka (1974) - Bolivia

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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
18. Get Away to Pitcairn (2014) - Poland
19. Oče, laku noć (2011) - Montenegro
20. Chingoo (2001) - South Korea
21. The Falklands War: The Untold Story (1987) - United Kingdom
22. Aliisa (1970) - Finland
23. Okasareta hakui (1967) - Japan
24. Shao Lin si (1982) - Hong Kong
25. Die Büchse der Pandora (1929) - Germany
26. Jánošík (1921) - Slovakia
27. Moment of Prayer and Urbi et Orbi Blessing (2020) - The Holy See
28. Kmêdeus (2020) - Cape Verde
29. Skřivánci na niti (1969) - Czech Republic
30. El caso Sark (2010) - Spain
31. The Adventures of Fiyah Dog (2010) - U.S. Virgin Islands
32. Killing Heat (1981) - Zambia
33. The Prophet (2014) - Qatar
34. Maria, Mirabella (1981) - Moldova
35. Buladó (2020) - Curaçao
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around the world in a movie theater

1. A Single Man (Tom Ford, 2009) AMERICA (FUCK YEAH!)
2. Gilane (Mohsen Abdolvahab/Rakshan Banietemad, 2005) IRAN (DEATH TO AMERICA THE GREAT SATAN)
3. Class of 1984 (Mark L. Lester, 1982) CANADA, THE GREAT WHITE NORTH
4. Wu du / Five Deadly Venoms (Cheh Chang, 1978) GET YOUR KICKS IN HONG KONG
5. Sunday Bloody Sunday (John Schlesinger, 1971) ENGLAND (UK), BLOODY ENGLAND
6. Osama (Siddiq Barmak) AFGHANISTAN, WILL IT EVER END
7. The Bra (Veit Helmer, 2018) AZERBAIJAN

Charming and beautifully shot, very simple story about a lonely, older railroad engineer who drives a regular route that takes him right through a town where people still hang up their washing and such - sometimes right over the tracks - and where his train typically picks up some unwanted articles of clothing, footballs, etc, which he dutifully tries to return to their owners if possible. But when, on one of his last trips before retirement, the train snags a particular bra, one that seems to recur in his dreams or fantasies, he makes it a full-time quest to find the owner. With no dialogue, and an interesting international cast that includes Paz Vega and Denis Lavant, there's a fair bit to like here - but even at just 90 minutes, the very minimal story gets tiresome, and there isn't enough visual or aural inventiveness to make it really memorable. A nice bit of fluff, but that's about all I got out of it.

8. Bo Ba Bu (Ali Khamraev, 1998) UZBEKISTAN

A couple of goatherders - one slightly older-looking and more overtly macho, perhaps the older brother of the other though it's never clear - find a young foreign woman crashed in the desert in an airplane, take her in and proceed to essentially enslave her in what seems to be trying to be an uproarious comedy but...fails for many reasons. It's unclear throughout why the woman (French actress Arielle Dombasle) was where she was, whether she was alone and the only survivor, where she was going, etc, and much of this is because of the filmmakers' choice to make the film essentially a silent. There's dialogue of sorts throughout, but it's all garbled or muffled as in something like Tati's Play Time and so we're left to guess at the "facts" of the story - or just accept what's on screen, which is often visually beautiful (one of the prettier desert-shot films I've seen in a while) but pretty unpleasant. And it's made worse by the fact that the young woman seems to basically accept her situation, which changes a bit over the film but always settles back into captivity. I don't necessarily get the sense that this was MEANT to be an offensive, objectifying, misogynist film - but it sure reads that way pretty well. Curious to read a bit more about it, but maybe not curious enough to make much effort to do so. Meh.

9. Nevestka / Daughter-in-Law (Khodzha Kuli Narliyev, 1971) TURKMENISTAN (former Soviet Union)

Another film about life in the desert steppes, with just a couple of characters and not a lot of dialogue; interesting how sometimes you end up with rather similar films right in a row without trying to in these challenges - at least it happens fairly often for me. In this one a young woman lives with her stepfather, awaiting her husband's return from the war - World War II as it turns out though that wasn't clear at first, and dreaming and pining for him; meanwhile her brother feels she should come back to her own family so that she can marry again. Gosh the life of women in these societies; it really does seem quite medieval at times. But her father-in-law (who isn't brutal to her or anything, mind you - he just considers her part of HIS family now) resists, in part because she is his only help with his herd and his only real human contact. This is a pretty good slice-of-life I guess, and it's a little more focused on the woman as a person with her own dreams, which is a good thing, but ultimately I can't say it's terribly memorable.

10. De vierde man / The Fourth Man (Paul Verhoeven, 1983) NETHERLANDS (nether to what?)

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Cinema, 35mm. I think the above image is from a DVD release, but the artwork is basically the same as that on the VHS boxcover that I remember looking at, dusting, and reshelving many times during my years working at video stores - and for once that image fairly accurately represents a scene in the film. Never watched it, for whatever reason; I think it may be that we only had a dubbed copy, and so I skipped it, and kept on skipping it mostly because it just didn't hit any particular buttons for me, or not hard enough anyway. Not enough of a fan of the director or stars to make an effort. But hey, it was showing at the UW-Cinematheque, so that's a good excuse. And I'm glad I went and saw it with an audience as this mixture of black comedy and slightly surreal, neo-noir elements was a perfect film for my mood at that moment, and it's also a good one to see without knowing anything going in. I won't spoil anything but any serious noir-o-phile, and anyone steeped in Hitchcock with perhaps a bit of Lynch thrown in will have some ideas where it's going regardless. Jeroen Krabbé is a rather misanthropic - perhaps even nihilist - Catholic writer living with another man, who takes a trip to another city to give a speech, and meets the charming secretary of the literary club (Renée Soutendijk in very much a star-making role) who keeps filming him. Finding it's too late to catch the train back to Amsterdam, he stays overnight with her. And stays for a few days, when he finds that she may have something he wants...but also discovering in this time her dark secrets which may lead to... well. Maybe. From the get go this reveals part of it's hand in being a mind-fuck and a narrative that isn't what it seems - full of Catholic imagery, dreams, and beginning with Krabbé so hung over he can barely walk, the film never lets you settle into complacency for a minute. And that's it's only real problem - I think the melange of the erotic, surreal, insane and possibly criminal elements would have been a bit more exciting had there been just a touch of normality at the beginning so as to put us at ease before plunging us into a nightmare world. And I guess I feel the ending could have been a little punchier; but this is still a very fine psychological thriller lead by two terrific lead performances, and some aggressive cinematic choices (like the striking if fairly obvious uses of bright primary colors, particularly Soutendijk's alternating red and blue apparel, courtesy of DP Jan de Bont).

11. L'inconnu du lac / Stranger by the Lake (Alain Guiraudie, 2013) FRANCE I PREFER FREEDOM FRIES

At a secluded cruising spot in the south of France, Franck (Pierre Deladonchamps) develops a passion for Michel (Christophe Paou), but this is complicated early on when, staying late into the night, he sees something happen in the lake that changes the nature of their potential relationship - and the whole narrative of the film. Soon a body is found, a police inspector starts nosing around for information, and Franck continues to pair up with Michel despite a growing danger. Hmmm. Unsatisfying as a little description isn't it? This is one that is very hard to write about without giving the basic plot away - but without that, there's not much to write about that is meaningful, as it's Franck's particular psychology that drives the whole film, and perhaps by extension something endemic to the psychology of anonymous sex - or so the police inspector believes, and perhaps Franck's friend Henri (Patrick d'Assumçao) who sits alone, away from others, watching. It's a beautifully shot work, with excellent feel for both natural visuals and sounds, and I never found it less than intriguing, but I have to say that ultimately I was a bit disappointed in the way things resolve; this is a film that I think is certainly trying to make points about issues like attraction to danger, the shallowness of these young (for the most part) men's attractions, and a certain nihilism in the idea of living only for today - but it just doesn't get there, being too abstract in the end to feel like much more than a dream-nightmare. It's still well worth seeing and stylistically brilliant at times but what it adds up to, I'm not clear.
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(Screenshots from 'Ursula' & 'The Art of Worldly Wisdom'),

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41. Il capitano di ferro (Revenge of the Mercenaries, Sergio Grieco, 1962) 8/10 (Croatia)
42. Ursula (Egon Günther, 1978) 9.5/10 (Switzerland)
43. The Art of Worldly Wisdom (R. Bruce Elder, 1979) 8.5/10 (Canada)
44. Digital Sam in Sam Saek 2006: Talk to Her (Eric Khoo, Darezhan Omirbayev and Pen-Ek Ratanaruang, 2006) 8/10 (South Korea)
45. How to Disappear Completely (Raya Martin, 2013) 7.5/10 (Philippines)
46. Liminal (Philippe Grandrieux, Manuela De Laborde, Lav Diaz and Óscar Enríquez, 2020) 6/10 (Mexico)

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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)
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)
31. Bili khmary/Belye tuchi (White Clouds, Rollan Sergienko, 1968) 10/10 (Ukraine) (l)
32. Tod im November (The Devil's Bed, Helmut Pfandler, 1978) 6/10 (Austria)
33. Guerriers et captives/Guerreros y cautivas (Warriors and Prisoners, Edgardo Cozarinsky, 1990) 7.5/10 (Argentina)
34. Argamshaa (Shackles, Nansalmaagin Uranchimeg, 1991-98) 7.5/10 (Mongolia)
35. Here After (Wim Vandekeybus, 2007) 9/10 (Belgium)
36. Ocaso (Decline, Théo Court, 2010) 8.5/10 (Chile)
37. Nabat (Elçin Musaoglu, 2014) 7.5/10 (Azerbaijan)
38. Menuju Rembulan (Another Trip to the Moon, Ismail Basbeth, 2015) 7.5/10 (Indonesia)
39. Jai Jumlong (Come Here, Anocha Suwichakornpong, 2021) 8/10 (Thailand)
40. Desaprender a Dormir (Unlearning to Sleep, Gustavo Vinagre, 2021) 7/10 (Brazil)
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Summary: The First 21 Days

Welcome to a statistical summary of the challenge thus far. I'll also deliver an end-of-challenge summary.

Headline Stats
We have 33 participants thus far, with a cumulative total of 723 points. That works out to a mean score of 21.9 points and a median of 15 points. It's unsurprising, I suppose, that someone with a name like Traveller has the most points (113). Sol follows with 57 points and pitchorneirda with 51.

Countries
So far, participants have collectively visited 189 of the 246 eligible countries/territories. Here are the most frequently visited:
United States (30)
United Kingdom (25)
France (22)
Japan (20)
Iran (20)
Canada (20)
Italy (16)
India (15)
Germany (15)
Argentina (13)
Kazakhstan (11)
Sweden (11)
South Korea (11)
Australia (10)
Mexico (10)
Hong Kong (10)
Spain (10)

Continents
I'm counting Egypt for Africa, Turkey for Asia, Russia for Europe, and all of the Caribbean and Central America for North America.
Europe (257)
Asia (229)
North America (86)
Africa (76)
South America (48)
Oceania (25)
Antarctica (1)

Years
The most popular year so far is 2019, followed by 2020 and then 2018. The median year is 2003. Here's a breakdown by decade:
1910s - 3 movies
1920s - 3 movies
1930s - 11 movies
1940s - 5 movies
1950s - 27 movies
1960s - 42 movies
1970s - 78 movies
1980s - 87 movies
1990s - 71 movies
2000s - 106 movies
2010s - 229 movies
2020s - 58 movies
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19. 2.5* - Deep by Sita Likitvanichkul, Jetarin Ratanaserikiat, Apirak Samudkidpisan, Thanabodee Uawithya, Adirek Wattaleela (2021) Thailand

It's been a while since I've watched a Thai film. The premise of Deep sounded interesting enough, and it was readily available, so it was an easy choice to make. Sadly, the result was a little disappointing. While there's a lot of potential here, the somewhat weak and juvenile vibe doesn't work in the film's favor. Jane is a medical student who takes care of her little sister and her grandma. She's short on cash, which prompts her to enter an experimental study in exchange for a payout. The goal is to stay awake until a chip implanted in her neck gathers enough qratonin. The experiment is not without danger and together with three other students, she tries to reach the goal. What might've been a fun sci-fi thriller, gets bogged down by childish characters, some rather nonsensical twist and a seemingly poor portrayal of Thai youth culture. One has to wonder why a film like this needed 5 directors, then again that aptly explains the uneven direction. It's a shame, because there's definitely potential here, if only we could've seen more of it.

World 1
01. 2.5* - Coded 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
15. 2.0* - Crocodile Dundee by Peter Faiman (1986) Australia
16. 3.0* - The Tin Drum [Die Blechtrommel] by Volker Schlöndorff (1979) Germany
17. 3.5* - Dark Spell [Privorot. Chernoe Venchanie] by Svyatoslav Podgaevskiy (2021) Russia
18. 3.5* - Flashback by Christopher MacBride (2020) Canada
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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
33. Bush Christmas (1983, Australia) - 6/10
34. Kronika wypadków milosnych (1986, Poland) - 6/10
35. Thale (2012, Norway) - 7/10
36. Vadakkunokkiyantram (1989, India) - 5/10
37. Rio Sex Comedy (2010, France, Brazil) - 5/10
38. Tlamess (2019, Tunisia, France) - 5/10
39. Les hirondelles de Kaboul (2019, France, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Monaco) - 7/10
40. Ratu Ilmu Hitam (2019, Indonesia) - 8/10
41. Man, Taraneh, panzdah sal daram (2002, Iran) - 9/10
42. Adan (2019, Philippines) - 8/10
43. Kid Svensk (2002, Finland, Sweden) - 7/10

44. Africa paradis (2006, Benin, France) - 7/10 - Europe's future has crumbled yet Africa has risen as the new first world power as the United States of Africa. The table has now turned and whites are now treated like blacks always were before. Not very polished but the message was clear.

45. Blanco en blanco (2019, Spain, Chile, France, Germany) - 6/10 - A movie that left me with some thoughts later but failed to fully realised its potential. I will give the movie credit though for the delicate way it handled its controversial subject matters.

46. Moolaadé (2004, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Morocco, Tunisia, Cameroon, France) - 9/10 - A very powerful movie about a female member of an African village standing up against female genital mutilation.


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10. Ty i ya (RUSSIA, 1971) 4/10
Not actually sure what the plot of this film was, I found it completely incomprehensible. I didn't know who any of the characters were or what their relationships were to each other. One guy seems to like this woman but she's distracted. Another guy seems haunted by something but I couldn't tell what. People would cry and get emotional for seemingly no reason. The music never seemed to match the scene, not that I could tell what the scenes were but it was all just such a mess. It was like everyone involved thought they were making a different film. It was very close to being a dislike but although it was a terribly made film and a mess it was more just boring and frustratingly vague than painful.

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1. Fröken Julie (SWEDEN, 1951) 6/10
2. Kansas City Confidential (USA, 1952) 6/10
3. Kurutta kajitsu (JAPAN, 1956) 7/10
4. La casa del ángel (ARGENTINA, 1957) 5/10
5. Ice Cold in Alex(UK, 1958) 7/10
6. Sedotta e abbandonata (ITALY, 1964) 6/10
7. La muerte de un burócrata (CUBA, 1966) 4/10
8. Long men kezhan(TAIWAN, 1967) 7/10
9. Umut(TURKEY, 1970) 6/10
10. Ty i ya (RUSSIA, 1971) 4/10
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16. Love Island - Series 7 eps 1 and 2 - 2hr total - UK
- I know it’s still early days, but this may be the most culturally significant export the UK has ever produced.
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1. Tampopo (Japan, 1985, Juzo Itami) (Rewatch) - 8/10

2. Leitis in Waiting (Tonga, 2018, Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu) - 6/10

3. Yume Go Kale (A Piece of the Cake) (Vanuatu, 2016, Peter Walker) - 4/10

4. Instant Justice (Gibraltar, 1986, Craig T. Rumar) - 2/10

5. The Postcard (Morocco, 2020) 6/10

6. Aguirre, the Wrath of God (Peru, 1972, Werner Herzog) (Rewatch) - 7/10

7. Son of the White Mare (Hungary, 1981, Marcell Jankovics) (Rewatch) - 9/10

8. Child of Peach (Taiwan, 1987, Chen Chun-Liang, Chung-Hsing Chao) - 6/10

9. My Mexican Bretzel(Spain, 2019, Nuria Gimenez) - 7/10

10. Gary of the Pacific (Cook Islands, 2017, Jarrod Holt) - 1/10

11. Yasmine (Brunei Darussalam, 2014) - 4/10

12. Ilo Ilo (Singapore, 2013, Anthony Chen) - 8/10

13. Mother of All Sectrets (Bermuda, 2018, Lucinda Spurling) - 4/10

14. Get Away to Pitcairn (Pitcairn, 2014, Marek Ulan-Szymanski) - 5/10

15. Pope Francis: A Man of His World (Holy See, 2018, Wim Wenders) - 7/10

Mistake Shorts :$
a. Tuna: A Fish with a Special Place in My Heart (Palau, 2012, Ongerung Kambes Kesolei) - PNA Tuna was nice enough to put this back on their youtube channel after I emailed them about this. Cute doc about the director reflecting on his childhood and what tuna meant to him during it. 7/10 - 14 min
b. Nauru 1998 (Nauru, 2007) - Not much to talk of, just a few shots from Nauru. 5/10 - 3 min
c. Niue: This is Your Land (Niue, 2003, Mella Lahina) - Travelogue from Mella, who lived her whole life in Austrailia and New Zealand, trying to connect with her Niue heritage. 4/10 - 14 min
d. Liquid Love (Seychelles, 2013, Pilli Cortese) - Pretty cliche, but fun underwater shots. 2/10 - 8 min
e. St Kitts (Saint Kitts and Nevis, 2009, Dave Weber) - Travelogue from someone who arrived on a cruise ship, absolutely terrible, should be removed from imdb. Only for someone desperate to see something from Saint Kitts and Nevis. 1/10 - 4 min
f. The Last Alchemist (San Marino, 2012, Michele Massari) - Fun little fantasy/horror story, but not totally solid by the end. Set design and feeling were good though. 6/10 - 30 min
g. Our Marine World Heritage (Cocos Islands, 2010) - UNESCO short about some of the Marine World Heritage sites, including Cocos Islands. Hard to find the correct version though, there was another short with the same name but different narrator that included different Marine World Heritage sites. Maybe mislabeled on imdb. 5/10 - 4 min
h. Marisa at Brunch (eSwatini, 2016, Jonathan Smith) - short comedy sketch, it was alright. 5/10 - 5 min
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10. Ilo Ilo (Singapore, 2013)
A middle class Singaporean family hires a Filipino maid. As the family comes under economic pressure, the maid grows closer with the sole child, a spoiled brat who initially rejects her. Grounded in strong performances all around, this is a naturalistic, character-driven drama about family and class relations. Added to my 500<400 list.
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114. Cabralista (Cape Verde, 2011) - 4/10
115. Alsino and the Condor (Nicaragua, 1982) - 4/10
116. Cargo 200 (Russia, 2007) - 6/10
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Thanks for the stats, blocho - and nice to know that I am still coming second... somehow. Don't think I can keep that up for the next 8 days. :sweat:

Interesting country breakdown too. Would you be able to do that for all countries at the end of the challenge?

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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
48. Struggle Through Death (1979) Taiwan
49. The Tam Tam are Silent (1972) Gabon
50. The Night Comes for Us (2018) Indonesia
51. Jungle Beat: The Movie (2020) Mauritius
52. Party Hard Die Young (2018) Austria
53. Acts of Vengeance (2017) Bulgaria
54. The Book of Sun (2020) Saudi Arabia
55. Tennessee Buck (1988) Sri Lanka
56. Air Conditioner (2021) Angola
57. Komola Rocket (2018) Bangladesh
58. Killer Mermaid (2014) Montenegro

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For a film with a title like that, this Balkan horror flick is pretty low on killer mermaid madness, and it takes a good 45 minutes to warm up, but once the plot gets the going, the film offers up some great underground locations/lairs. There is also a definite eeriness to a mermaid who they find locked up and assume that she is just a girl since she is initially only seen from the waist upwards. There are some crazy makeup effects too for the mermaid's true face.

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1. Stray Dogs (2004) Afghanistan
2. Air Conditioner (2020) Angola
3. The Bra (2018) Azerbaijan
4. Lorik (2018) Armenia
5. Dance of Reality (2013) Chile
6. Punch the Clock (2016) Brazil
7. True Noon (2009) Tajikistan
8. M.O.Zh. (2014) Latvia
9. Nobody (2021) United States
10. Easy (2017) Ukraine
11. PK (2014) India
12. Sib (1998) Iran
13. Fishing Without Nets (2014) Somalia
14. The Night Comes for Us (2018) Indonesia
15. Teefa in Trouble (2018) Pakistan
16. Blind Detective (2013) China
17. Cadaver (2020) Norway
18. Karakum (1994) Turkmenistan
19. Crumbs (2015) Ethiopia
20. Whisper with the Wind (2009) Iraq
21. The Tam Tams Are Silent (1972) Gabon
22. Beshkempir (1998) Kyrgyzstan
23. Birdshot (2016) Philippines
24. Hers (2017) Mongolia
25. Koko-di Koko-da (2019) Sweden
26. The Book of Sun (2020) Saudi Arabia
27. WolfWalkers (2020) Ireland
28. Wira (2019) Malaysia
29. SPL: Kill Zone (2005) Macao
30. Fellini (2000) Uzbekistan
31. Jungle Beat: The Movie (2020) Mauritius
32. Struggle Through Death (1979) Taiwan
33. Get Away to Pitcairn (2014) Pitcairn
34. Sunday in Brazzaville (2012) Congo
35. The Funeral Home (2020) Argentina
36. The Lady in the Van (2015) United Kingdom
37. Acts of Vengeance (2017) Bulgaria
38. Around the Block (2013) Australia
39. The Antenna (2019) Turkey
40. 247°F (2011) Georgia
41. Viagem sem volta (2017) São Tomé and Principe
42. Outlier/Nick (2016) Andorra
43. Papa Mau (2010) Micronesia
44. Dikiy vostok (1993) Kazakhstan
45. Tjúba Tén (2007) Suriname
46. Guiana 1838 (2004) Guyana
47. The Bloodettes (2005) Cameroon
48. Killer Mermaid (2014) Montenegro
49. Redemption (2019) Mozambique
50. Mr. Pip (2012) Papua New Guinea
51. Stranded N Dangriga (2013) Belize
52. Instant Justice (1986) Gibraltar
53. Komola Rocket (2018) Bangladesh
54. Tennessee Buck (1988) Sri Lanka
55. Freej Al Taibeen (2018) United Arab Emirates
56. Party Hard, Die Young (2018) Austria
57. Belarusian Psycho (2015) Belarus
58. Bye Bye Blue Bird (1999) Faroe Islands
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30. Calamari Union (Finland, 1985) 81 min. 
31. Patrick (Australia, 1978) 112 min. 

I still don't get Calamari Union, but I guess that I got a few more laughs from it compared to the first time that I watched it. Patrick was good low-budget sci-fi/horror, but the build up was too slow, with much of the action off-screen and almost all of it that was on-screen coming at the end.
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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.
23. Boy on the Bridge (Cyprus, 2016) * 85 min.
24. Too Late to Die Young (Chile, 2018) * 110 min.
25. Mythily Veendum Varunnu (India, 2017) * 88 min.
26. Therapy (Cameroon, 2020) * 84 min.
27. The Sea (Iceland, 2002) * 109 min.
28. Lebanon (Israel, 2009) * 93 min.
29. The Cave of the Yellow Dog (Mongolia, 2005) * 93 min.
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52. District 9 (Neill Blomkamp, 2009, South Africa) - 6/10

This will not be a very original write-up, like most people I liked the first part most and stopped caring when all the action-packed sequences came up. Still enjoyed it overall and it's probably in the top 10 of my watches in the Box Office lists.

53. To mistenkelige personer (Tancred Ibsen, 1950, Norway) - 4/10

Formulaic movie about runaways, the last 15 minutes seemed to last 2 hours.
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
38. Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (F.W. Murnau, 1922, Germany) - 3.5/10
39. Mabei shang de fating a.k.a. Courthouse on Horseback (Liu Jie, 2006, China) - 6/10
40. Kinatay a.k.a. The Execution of P. (Brillante Mendoza, 2009, Philippines) - 5/10
41. Dharmaga tongjoguro kan kkadalgun a.k.a. Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East? (Bae Yong-kyun, 1989, South Korea) - 5.5/10
42. Kasaba a.k.a. The Town (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 1997, Turkey) - 6/10
43. São Bernardo (Leon Hirszman, 1972, Brazil) - 5.5/10
44. Amma Ariyan a.k.a. Report to Mother (John Abraham, 1986, India) - 4/10
45. Pájaros de verano a.k.a. Birds of Passage (Ciro Guerra & Cristina Gallego, 2018, Colombia) - 7/10
46. Cheung foh a.k.a. The Mission (Johnnie To, 1999, Hong Kong) - 2/10
47. Sambizanga (Sarah Maldoror, 1972, Angola) - 5.5/10
48. Neak sre a.k.a. Rice People (Rithy Panh, 1994, Cambodia) - 3/10
49. Aniki Bóbó (Manoel de Oliveira, 1942, Portugal) - 6/10
50. Kaamelott - Premier volet (Alexandre Astier, 2021, France) - 5.5/10
51. El Topo (Alejandro Jodorowsky, 1970, Mexico) - 4/10
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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. Pájaros de verano a.k.a. Birds of Passage (Ciro Guerra & Cristina Gallego, 2018, Colombia) - 7/10
8. Ucho (Karel Kachyna, 1990, Czechia) - 6.5/10
9. Jób lázadása a.k.a. The Revolt of Job (Barna Kabay & Imre Gyöngyössy, 1983, Hungary) - 6.5/10
10. Beed-e majnoon a.k.a. The Willow Tree (Majid Majidi, 2005, Iran) - 6.5/10
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117. Black Cat, White Cat (Serbia, 1998) - 5/10
118. Attilas '74 (Cyprus, 1975) - 6/10
119. Cannot Live Without You (Taiwan, 2009) - 7/10
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sol wrote: July 22nd, 2021, 10:52 am Interesting country breakdown too. Would you be able to do that for all countries at the end of the challenge?
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39. Diamanti (2018) - Kosovo
40. The Dark (2005) - Isle of Man

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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
18. Get Away to Pitcairn (2014) - Poland
19. Oče, laku noć (2011) - Montenegro
20. Chingoo (2001) - South Korea
21. The Falklands War: The Untold Story (1987) - United Kingdom
22. Aliisa (1970) - Finland
23. Okasareta hakui (1967) - Japan
24. Shao Lin si (1982) - Hong Kong
25. Die Büchse der Pandora (1929) - Germany
26. Jánošík (1921) - Slovakia
27. Moment of Prayer and Urbi et Orbi Blessing (2020) - The Holy See
28. Kmêdeus (2020) - Cape Verde
29. Skřivánci na niti (1969) - Czech Republic
30. El caso Sark (2010) - Spain
31. The Adventures of Fiyah Dog (2010) - U.S. Virgin Islands
32. Killing Heat (1981) - Zambia
33. The Prophet (2014) - Qatar
34. Maria, Mirabella (1981) - Moldova
35. Buladó (2020) - Curaçao
36. Anori (2018) - Greenland
37. The Last Days of Earth (2017) - San Marino
38. Jatun auka (1974) - Bolivia
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blocho wrote: July 22nd, 2021, 3:19 pm
sol wrote: July 22nd, 2021, 10:52 am Interesting country breakdown too. Would you be able to do that for all countries at the end of the challenge?
Sure, no problem.
List of unconquered states, if you like:

Åland Islands, American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahrain, Barbados, Bonaire, Bouvet Island, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Island, Comoros, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Falkland Islands (Malvinas), French Guiana, French Polynesia, French Southern Territories, Gambia, Guadeloupe, Guam, Guernsey, Heard Island and McDonald Islands, Jamaica, Jersey, Kiribati, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Malawi, Marshall Islands, Mayotte, Montserrat, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Norfolk Island, Northern Mariana Islands, Oman, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Reunion, Saint Helena, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, South Sudan, Svalbard and Jan Mayen, Togo, Tokelau, Turks and Caicos Islands, Tuvalu, United States Minor Outlying Islands, Uruguay, Wallis and Futuna, Western Sahara.
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Yeah, a film from Bouvet Island is not something that's going to happen anytime soon :lol:
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pitchorneirda wrote: July 22nd, 2021, 4:13 pm Yeah, a film from Bouvet Island is not something that's going to happen anytime soon :lol:
Just copypasted from the IMDB country index :lol: I only don't realize why they didn't add Curacao and Bonaire to date - The Netherlands Antilles are over for long.
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around the world in a movie theater

1. A Single Man (Tom Ford, 2009) AMERICA (FUCK YEAH!)
2. Gilane (Mohsen Abdolvahab/Rakshan Banietemad, 2005) IRAN (DEATH TO AMERICA THE GREAT SATAN)
3. Class of 1984 (Mark L. Lester, 1982) CANADA, THE GREAT WHITE NORTH
4. Wu du / Five Deadly Venoms (Cheh Chang, 1978) GET YOUR KICKS IN HONG KONG
5. Sunday Bloody Sunday (John Schlesinger, 1971) ENGLAND (UK), BLOODY ENGLAND
6. Osama (Siddiq Barmak) AFGHANISTAN, WILL IT EVER END
7. The Bra (Veit Helmer, 2018) AZERBAIJAN
8. Bo Ba Bu (Ali Khamraev, 1998) UZBEKISTAN
9. Nevestka / Daughter-in-Law (Khodzha Kuli Narliyev, 1971) TURKMENISTAN (former Soviet Union)
10. De vierde man / The Fourth Man (Paul Verhoeven, 1983) NETHERLANDS (nether to what?)
11. L'inconnu du lac / Stranger by the Lake (Alain Guiraudie, 2013) FRANCE I PREFER FREEDOM FRIES
12. Los tallos amargos / The Bitter Stems (Fernando Ayala, 1956) ARGENTINA but where were the gauchos and pampas?

TCM. Probably the most exciting entry into Noir Alley in months or years for me - I read about this a few years ago when it was featured in MOMA's little series on Argentinian noir, but of course I couldn't go to that, and it didn't seem to be available anywhere. I did hunt down a few other films in that series (still unwatched) but not this one - which host Eddie Muller announced will be coming to BD shortly via Flicker Alley, yay! It turned out to be totally worth it, and given my enjoyment of several Mexican noirs in the past year as well, I think it's safe to say that Latin America in general probably deserves more probing in this area - lots of promising-looking films that have only a few or no checks and don't seem to be available, and if a quarter of them are as good as this or Alberto Gout's 1950 Mexican Aventurera we won't be out of noir discoveries for a long time.

I will say that this chronicle of reporter Alfredo Gaspar (Carlos Cores) getting fed up with his struggles to make ends meet and eventual hatching of a scheme with European refugee Liudas (Vassili Lambrinos) to start a fake correspondence school and bilk students out of their dough takes a little while to get going. I think that's because Ayala is being careful to really get into Alfredo's psychology, which is a powerful mixture of puffed-up self-importance - he's better than journalism, you see - and deep down anxieties over not having contributed to the world. There is also I think an undercurrent of the homoerotic in his latching on to Liudas, who he first meets working as a bartender, though it may also be mostly an overriding misogyny that only allows him to deal with men as anything like equals. There are a lot of women in the film to be sure including Alfredo's mother and daughter, but only Elena (Aída Luz) seems to make an impression on all the main male characters in the film. She seems to be Liudas' girlfriend, when Alfredo spots them in a nightclub - but Liudas was supposedly engaging in this crooked scheme to get money to bring his family back from Europe, and slowly Alfredo starts to believe that Liudas isn't being straight with him, and the spiral down the noir trap has begun. To say more would be spoiling things; while much of this plays out in familiar ways, still the ending ironies are fascinating, and Alfredo and Liudas make a couple of the more intriguing noir partners/adversaries out there. As Muller mentions, this is also notable for having Astor Piazzolla's first film score, and for it's photography by Ricardo Younis, who had trained under Gregg Toland.

13. Das weiße Stadion / The White Stadium (Arnold Fanck, 1928) SWITZERLAND where alpenhorns ROCK

TCM. Wanted to watch more of their day devoted to Olympic films but... 2 hours of sports is pretty much enough for me at one time. This is really just amazingly beautifully shot - it's as wondrous in it's depiction of snow and ice and sun as any of the German mountain films I've seen, and it was entrancing for a good part of the running time, until the longer sports segments began. I didn't need to see 15 minutes of cross-country skiing - not the most visually appealing sport ever - or of the hockey game where Canada wins by something like 1500 points (seriously, look up and see how dominant the country was in hockey in this period, wow). It's still a good experience and one of the best of the (very few) sports documentaries I've seen, but this is a case where my personal prejudices definitely come into play. Also I think the primitive technology of the time, which doesn't allow for close-ups of things like ski-jumping and ice skating, makes for a less exciting experience. Cool though to see some of the odd sports that don't show up anymore - like the horse-racing/skating things. Probably a good reason those aren't part of the games anymore. Anyway, for those more invested in sports than I am this might be something really special.

14. Carodejuv ucen / The Sorcerer's Apprentice (Karel Zeman, 1978) CZECH REPUBLIC (former Czechoslovakia)

Zeman's second-to-last feature is a fun story about kids getting tricked into apprenticing for an evil sorcerer, who teaches them most of his tricks of the trade - but not enough so that he can't beat them in sorcerers duels when they get to the right age. Our hero, Krabat, is one of these kids, who ends up in the sorcerer's mill as an adolescent, a bleak life of moving around sacks of grain, doing master's bidding, and eventually duping local townspeople for money - except that Krabat falls in love when he hears the song of a fair maiden, and so he has hope that perhaps the other boys don't have, and schemes start to percolate. I liked the narrative, the music, the voice work and some of the designs here - some of the distance shots in particular are beautiful and/or creepy

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but I have to say that this is one case where the cut-out animation's primitive qualities were a detriment. And I'm glad it's just a bit over an hour - just enough to not start getting bored. Zeman is one of those directors I feel I should like more than I do, and in the end this doesn't really change things alas.
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OldAle1 wrote: July 22nd, 2021, 4:46 pm
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14. Carodejuv ucen / The Sorcerer's Apprentice (Karel Zeman, 1978) CZECHOSLOVAKIA
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10. Stroszek (Werner Herzog, 1977) 6/10 Germany
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1. On the Railway (Kim Song Gyo, 1960) North Korea
2. Zire darakhatan zeyton / Through the Olive Trees (Abbas Kiarostami, 1994) 8/10 Iran
3. Hercules (Rohn Clements & John Musker, 1997) 7/10 United States
4. Mariya (Aleksandr Sokurov, 1988) 7/10 Russia
5. Ilo Ilo (Anthony Chen, 2013) 7/10 Singapore
6. Alsino y el cóndor / Alsino and the Condor (Miguel Littin, 1982) 5/10 Nicaragua
7. The Mitchells vs the Machines (Michael Rianda and Jeff Rowe, 2021) 7/10 Canada
8. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (Aditya Chopra, 1995) 5/10 India
9. The Laser Man / Lasermannen (Mikael Marcimain, 2005) 8/10 Sweden
10. Stroszek (Werner Herzog, 1977) 6/10 Germany
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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
33. Bush Christmas (1983, Australia) - 6/10
34. Kronika wypadków milosnych (1986, Poland) - 6/10
35. Thale (2012, Norway) - 7/10
36. Vadakkunokkiyantram (1989, India) - 5/10
37. Rio Sex Comedy (2010, France, Brazil) - 5/10
38. Tlamess (2019, Tunisia, France) - 5/10
39. Les hirondelles de Kaboul (2019, France, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Monaco) - 7/10
40. Ratu Ilmu Hitam (2019, Indonesia) - 8/10
41. Man, Taraneh, panzdah sal daram (2002, Iran) - 9/10
42. Adan (2019, Philippines) - 8/10
43. Kid Svensk (2002, Finland, Sweden) - 7/10
44. Africa paradis (2006, Benin, France) - 7/10
45. Blanco en blanco (2019, Spain, Chile, France, Germany) - 6/10
46. Moolaadé (2004, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Morocco, Tunisia, Cameroon, France) - 9/10

47. Z (1969, France, Algeria) - 7/10 - I know this is classed as one of Africa's best films but honestly it feels like a cop out since its really European. All in all though I could see why it was so popular.

48. Loong Boonmee raleuk chat (2010, Thailand, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Netherlands) - 6/10 - I thought it was about time to see what all the talk about this movie was. Not bad, but is not really my type of movie. Those piercing red eyes though.


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pitchorneirda wrote: July 22nd, 2021, 4:13 pm Yeah, a film from Bouvet Island is not something that's going to happen anytime soon :lol:
Letterboxd does list Bouvetøya: The Last Place on Earth as being made in Bouvet Island due to TMDB, but IMDb only recognizes Canada for it :down:

IMDb also needs to add South Sudan as a country sometime.
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Mario Gaborović wrote: July 22nd, 2021, 3:59 pm
blocho wrote: July 22nd, 2021, 3:19 pm
sol wrote: July 22nd, 2021, 10:52 am Interesting country breakdown too. Would you be able to do that for all countries at the end of the challenge?
Sure, no problem.
List of unconquered states, if you like:

Åland Islands, American Samoa, Aruba, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahrain, Barbados, Bonaire, Bouvet Island, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Island, Comoros, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Falkland Islands (Malvinas), French Guiana, French Polynesia, French Southern Territories, Gambia, Guadeloupe, Guam, Guernsey, Heard Island and McDonald Islands, Jersey, Kiribati, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Malawi, Marshall Islands, Mayotte, Montserrat, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Norfolk Island, Northern Mariana Islands, Oman, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Reunion, Saint Helena, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Svalbard and Jan Mayen, Togo, Tokelau, Turks and Caicos Islands, Tuvalu, United States Minor Outlying Islands, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna, Western Sahara.
I covered Dominican Republic already. It's not hard to see why most of these countries and territories haven't been covered, although I think 2 or 3 are possibilities for me, and I will probably get to 1 or 2.
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54. El coraje del pueblo a.k.a. The Night of San Juan (Jorge Sanjinés, 1971, Bolivia) - 5/10

Interesting reenactment of social struggles in Bolivia in 20th century but it lacks the bitter humour I loved in other works by Sanjinés (Ukamau, Yawar Mallku,...)

55. Cike Nie Yin Niang a.k.a. The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 2015, Taiwan) - 4/10

Another huge disappointment I can't really explain. I blame myself for being tired while watching it but when reading other reviews, it might not just be me. I understood about a half of what was going on.
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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
38. Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (F.W. Murnau, 1922, Germany) - 3.5/10
39. Mabei shang de fating a.k.a. Courthouse on Horseback (Liu Jie, 2006, China) - 6/10
40. Kinatay a.k.a. The Execution of P. (Brillante Mendoza, 2009, Philippines) - 5/10
41. Dharmaga tongjoguro kan kkadalgun a.k.a. Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East? (Bae Yong-kyun, 1989, South Korea) - 5.5/10
42. Kasaba a.k.a. The Town (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 1997, Turkey) - 6/10
43. São Bernardo (Leon Hirszman, 1972, Brazil) - 5.5/10
44. Amma Ariyan a.k.a. Report to Mother (John Abraham, 1986, India) - 4/10
45. Pájaros de verano a.k.a. Birds of Passage (Ciro Guerra & Cristina Gallego, 2018, Colombia) - 7/10
46. Cheung foh a.k.a. The Mission (Johnnie To, 1999, Hong Kong) - 2/10
47. Sambizanga (Sarah Maldoror, 1972, Angola) - 5.5/10
48. Neak sre a.k.a. Rice People (Rithy Panh, 1994, Cambodia) - 3/10
49. Aniki Bóbó (Manoel de Oliveira, 1942, Portugal) - 6/10
50. Kaamelott - Premier volet (Alexandre Astier, 2021, France) - 5.5/10
51. El Topo (Alejandro Jodorowsky, 1970, Mexico) - 4/10
52. District 9 (Neill Blomkamp, 2009, South Africa) - 6/10
53. To mistenkelige personer (Tancred Ibsen, 1950, Norway) - 4/10
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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. Pájaros de verano a.k.a. Birds of Passage (Ciro Guerra & Cristina Gallego, 2018, Colombia) - 7/10
8. Ucho (Karel Kachyna, 1990, Czechia) - 6.5/10
9. Jób lázadása a.k.a. The Revolt of Job (Barna Kabay & Imre Gyöngyössy, 1983, Hungary) - 6.5/10
10. Beed-e majnoon a.k.a. The Willow Tree (Majid Majidi, 2005, Iran) - 6.5/10
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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
12. Efter brylluppet (2006) 8/10 Sweden
13. Bacurau (2019) 7/10 Brazil
14. Europa (1991) 6/10 Switzerland
15. La última cena (1976) 9/10 Cuba
16. Cocote (2017) 6/10 Dominican Republic
17. Singularidades de uma Rapariga Loura (2009) 5/10 Portugal
18. Age of Consent (1969) 6/10 Australia
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120. Flying with One Wing (Sri Lanka, 2002) - 6/10
121. Merry-Go-Round (Hungary, 1956) - 7/10
122. Courage for Every Day (Czechia, 1964) - 6/10
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1. Portrait de la jeune fille en feu (France) - 2019 - 8/10
2. Saint Maud (UK) - 2019 - 8/10
3. Brawl in Cell Block 99 (USA) - 2017 - 7/10
4. Pompeii (Canada) - 2017 - 6/10
5. Festen (Denmark) - 1998 - 8/10
6. Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki (Japan) - 2012 - 10/10
7. Hunt for the Wilderpeople (New Zealand) - 2016 - 7/10
8. Babyteeth (Australia) - 2019 - 8/10
9. Arctic (Iceland) - 2018 - 8/10
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41. Pote tin kyriaki (1960) - Greece

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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
18. Get Away to Pitcairn (2014) - Poland
19. Oče, laku noć (2011) - Montenegro
20. Chingoo (2001) - South Korea
21. The Falklands War: The Untold Story (1987) - United Kingdom
22. Aliisa (1970) - Finland
23. Okasareta hakui (1967) - Japan
24. Shao Lin si (1982) - Hong Kong
25. Die Büchse der Pandora (1929) - Germany
26. Jánošík (1921) - Slovakia
27. Moment of Prayer and Urbi et Orbi Blessing (2020) - The Holy See
28. Kmêdeus (2020) - Cape Verde
29. Skřivánci na niti (1969) - Czech Republic
30. El caso Sark (2010) - Spain
31. The Adventures of Fiyah Dog (2010) - U.S. Virgin Islands
32. Killing Heat (1981) - Zambia
33. The Prophet (2014) - Qatar
34. Maria, Mirabella (1981) - Moldova
35. Buladó (2020) - Curaçao
36. Anori (2018) - Greenland
37. The Last Days of Earth (2017) - San Marino
38. Jatun auka (1974) - Bolivia
39. Diamanti (2018) - Kosovo
40. The Dark (2005) - Isle of Man
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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
48. Struggle Through Death (1979) Taiwan
49. The Tam Tam are Silent (1972) Gabon
50. The Night Comes for Us (2018) Indonesia
51. Jungle Beat: The Movie (2020) Mauritius
52. Party Hard Die Young (2018) Austria
53. Acts of Vengeance (2017) Bulgaria
54. The Book of Sun (2020) Saudi Arabia
55. Tennessee Buck (1988) Sri Lanka
56. Air Conditioner (2021) Angola
57. Komola Rocket (2018) Bangladesh
58. Killer Mermaid (2014) Montenegro
59. Munyurangabo (2007) Rwanda

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Two youths return to their hometown under the guise of visiting the parents of one of them, but in actuality they have plans to murder the man responsible the death of the other's parents in this drama from Rwanda. The film sort of works as a meditatively-paced Hamlet variant in which we are forced to question whether the pair are intentionally delaying the vengeance killing that they have planned. The slow pace does not always click though.

Countries infected so far:

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Order of preference of infected countries:
Spoiler
1. Stray Dogs (2004) Afghanistan
2. Air Conditioner (2020) Angola
3. The Bra (2018) Azerbaijan
4. Lorik (2018) Armenia
5. Dance of Reality (2013) Chile
6. Punch the Clock (2016) Brazil
7. True Noon (2009) Tajikistan
8. M.O.Zh. (2014) Latvia
9. Nobody (2021) United States
10. Easy (2017) Ukraine
11. PK (2014) India
12. Sib (1998) Iran
13. Fishing Without Nets (2014) Somalia
14. The Night Comes for Us (2018) Indonesia
15. Teefa in Trouble (2018) Pakistan
16. Blind Detective (2013) China
17. Cadaver (2020) Norway
18. Karakum (1994) Turkmenistan
19. Munyurangabo (2007) Rwanda
20. Crumbs (2015) Ethiopia
21. Whisper with the Wind (2009) Iraq
22. The Tam Tams Are Silent (1972) Gabon
23. Beshkempir (1998) Kyrgyzstan
24. Birdshot (2016) Philippines
25. Hers (2017) Mongolia
26. Koko-di Koko-da (2019) Sweden
27. The Book of Sun (2020) Saudi Arabia
28. WolfWalkers (2020) Ireland
29. Wira (2019) Malaysia
30. SPL: Kill Zone (2005) Macao
31. Fellini (2000) Uzbekistan
32. Jungle Beat: The Movie (2020) Mauritius
33. Struggle Through Death (1979) Taiwan
34. Get Away to Pitcairn (2014) Pitcairn
35. Sunday in Brazzaville (2012) Congo
36. The Funeral Home (2020) Argentina
37. The Lady in the Van (2015) United Kingdom
38. Acts of Vengeance (2017) Bulgaria
39. Around the Block (2013) Australia
40. The Antenna (2019) Turkey
41. 247°F (2011) Georgia
42. Viagem sem volta (2017) São Tomé and Principe
43. Outlier/Nick (2016) Andorra
44. Papa Mau (2010) Micronesia
45. Dikiy vostok (1993) Kazakhstan
46. Tjúba Tén (2007) Suriname
47. Guiana 1838 (2004) Guyana
48. The Bloodettes (2005) Cameroon
49. Killer Mermaid (2014) Montenegro
50. Redemption (2019) Mozambique
51. Mr. Pip (2012) Papua New Guinea
52. Stranded N Dangriga (2013) Belize
53. Instant Justice (1986) Gibraltar
54. Komola Rocket (2018) Bangladesh
55. Tennessee Buck (1988) Sri Lanka
56. Freej Al Taibeen (2018) United Arab Emirates
57. Party Hard, Die Young (2018) Austria
58. Belarusian Psycho (2015) Belarus
59. Bye Bye Blue Bird (1999) Faroe Islands
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Mario Gaborović wrote: July 22nd, 2021, 3:59 pm List of unconquered states, if you like:
For what it's worth, I have stuff lined up to watch from twelve of those countries, though with only eight days left I don't know how many I'll get to with some European countries that I still want to check off my Letterboxd map, plus some promising horror films from South Africa, Canada, Hungary and elsewhere that I still haven't gotten around to yet...
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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
48. Struggle Through Death (1979) Taiwan
49. The Tam Tam are Silent (1972) Gabon
50. The Night Comes for Us (2018) Indonesia
51. Jungle Beat: The Movie (2020) Mauritius
52. Party Hard Die Young (2018) Austria
53. Acts of Vengeance (2017) Bulgaria
54. The Book of Sun (2020) Saudi Arabia
55. Tennessee Buck (1988) Sri Lanka
56. Air Conditioner (2021) Angola
57. Komola Rocket (2018) Bangladesh
58. Killer Mermaid (2014) Montenegro
59. Munyurangabo (2007) Rwanda
60. Hotel de Sade (2013) Singapore

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The titular location is fascinating here with an Eyes Wide Shut vibe and much of interest to its operations, with animals, kidnapping children and even dead bodies all housed there to satisfy every possible sexual whim. The overall story though is never quite as intriguing as the hotel. Things also get quite ridiculous towards the end as the mystery man running the joint starts claiming that he built the entire establishment just to lure the protagonist (!).

Countries infected so far:

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Order of preference of infected countries:
Spoiler
1. Stray Dogs (2004) Afghanistan
2. Air Conditioner (2020) Angola
3. The Bra (2018) Azerbaijan
4. Lorik (2018) Armenia
5. Dance of Reality (2013) Chile
6. Punch the Clock (2016) Brazil
7. True Noon (2009) Tajikistan
8. M.O.Zh. (2014) Latvia
9. Nobody (2021) United States
10. Easy (2017) Ukraine
11. PK (2014) India
12. Sib (1998) Iran
13. Fishing Without Nets (2014) Somalia
14. The Night Comes for Us (2018) Indonesia
15. Teefa in Trouble (2018) Pakistan
16. Blind Detective (2013) China
17. Cadaver (2020) Norway
18. Whisper with the Wind (2009) Iraq
19. The Tam Tams Are Silent (1972) Gabon
20. Karakum (1994) Turkmenistan
21. Beshkempir (1998) Kyrgyzstan
22. Munyurangabo (2007) Rwanda
23. Hotel de Sade (2013) Singapore
24. Birdshot (2016) Philippines
25. Crumbs (2015) Ethiopia
26. Hers (2017) Mongolia
27. The Book of Sun (2020) Saudi Arabia
28. Koko-di Koko-da (2019) Sweden
29. WolfWalkers (2020) Ireland
30. Wira (2019) Malaysia
31. SPL: Kill Zone (2005) Macao
32. Fellini (2000) Uzbekistan
33. Jungle Beat: The Movie (2020) Mauritius
34. Struggle Through Death (1979) Taiwan
35. Get Away to Pitcairn (2014) Pitcairn
36. Sunday in Brazzaville (2012) Congo
37. The Funeral Home (2020) Argentina
38. The Lady in the Van (2015) United Kingdom
39. Acts of Vengeance (2017) Bulgaria
40. Around the Block (2013) Australia
41. The Antenna (2019) Turkey
42. 247°F (2011) Georgia
43. Viagem sem volta (2017) São Tomé and Principe
44. Outlier/Nick (2016) Andorra
45. Papa Mau (2010) Micronesia
46. Dikiy vostok (1993) Kazakhstan
47. Tjúba Tén (2007) Suriname
48. Guiana 1838 (2004) Guyana
49. The Bloodettes (2005) Cameroon
50. Killer Mermaid (2014) Montenegro
51. Redemption (2019) Mozambique
52. Mr. Pip (2012) Papua New Guinea
53. Stranded N Dangriga (2013) Belize
54. Instant Justice (1986) Gibraltar
55. Komola Rocket (2018) Bangladesh
56. Tennessee Buck (1988) Sri Lanka
57. Freej Al Taibeen (2018) United Arab Emirates
58. Party Hard, Die Young (2018) Austria
59. Belarusian Psycho (2015) Belarus
60. Bye Bye Blue Bird (1999) Faroe Islands
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I saw a movies from Vanuatu in the challenge too. I have plans for American Samoa, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, Svalbard and Jan Mayern, Tuvalu, and Kiribati. Maybe Barbados, Christmas Island and Marshall Islands if I’m feeling ambitious.

As far as I can tell, Anguilla, Palau, Seychelles, Saint Kitts (until Rose Between Thorns is available), Niue, Nauru, Wallis and Futuna, Tokelau, Falkland Islands and Norfolk Island only have shorts available, but probably not 80 minutes worth.

I can’t personally find these on IMDb, though I think my search is lacking: Aland Island, Bonaire, Bouvet Islands, British India Ocean Territory, Cocos Islands (though one short is misattributed there), Guernsey, Heard Island (one on TMDB), Jersey, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, or United States Minor Outlying Islands.

But please feel free to correct me. When I search for a country code by changing “?country_of_origin=XX”, like with Pitcairn, it doesn’t pull up results where Pitcairn is one of two countries of origin listed.
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You guys have a perfect check for St. Lucia, it's a documentary called 21 Days and it's 40 minutes long. Also I'd recommend it anyway regardless of such adventurous nature of the challenge.
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123. Fishing Without Nets (Somalia, 2014) - 5/10
124. Jackal of Nahueltoro (Chile, 1969) - 7/10
125. Insomnia (Norway, 1997) - 8/10
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1. Portrait de la jeune fille en feu (France) - 2019 - 8/10
2. Saint Maud (UK) - 2019 - 8/10
3. Brawl in Cell Block 99 (USA) - 2017 - 7/10
4. Pompeii (Canada) - 2017 - 6/10
5. Festen (Denmark) - 1998 - 8/10
6. Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki (Japan) - 2012 - 10/10
7. Hunt for the Wilderpeople (New Zealand) - 2016 - 7/10
8. Babyteeth (Australia) - 2019 - 8/10
9. Arctic (Iceland) - 2018 - 8/10
10. Diarios de motocicleta (Argentina) - 2004 - 7/10

I'll see what I can see... but i have other duties and the olympic games are about to start.
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Mario Gaborović wrote: July 22nd, 2021, 5:11 pm
OldAle1 wrote: July 22nd, 2021, 4:46 pm
around the world in a movie theater
14. Carodejuv ucen / The Sorcerer's Apprentice (Karel Zeman, 1978) CZECHOSLOVAKIA
:ICM: "For movies that are listed on imdb as being made in a country that no longer exists, please list the current-day country that is analogous."
D'oh, yeah. So much for me getting onto other people for lacking/wrong country info in their posts :lol:
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45MinuteZoom wrote: July 23rd, 2021, 1:57 pm As far as I can tell, Anguilla, Palau, Seychelles, Saint Kitts (until Rose Between Thorns is available), Niue, Nauru, Wallis and Futuna, Tokelau, Falkland Islands and Norfolk Island only have shorts available, but probably not 80 minutes worth.
Bolot Feray from Seychelles is available online. I've been tossing up whether or not to watch it because it is unsubbed and my French isn't quite as good as I wish it was, but this would be an easy check for anyone fluent in French.
45MinuteZoom wrote: July 23rd, 2021, 1:57 pm When I search for a country code by changing “?country_of_origin=XX”, like with Pitcairn, it doesn’t pull up results where Pitcairn is one of two countries of origin listed.
I believe that searching like that only brings up films that have XX as the first country of origin. I know with the Pitcairn doco that I saw it was a co-production with more Polish than Pitcairn funding, so Poland is listed first.
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