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One Film From Every Country

When I finished the IMDB Top 250 I thought why not widen my perspective to include a more global selection. This is my personal diary & guidebook. The IMDB list is heavily slanted towards American movies and many of my favorites come from countries like Guinea-Bissau, Japan, Burkina Faso, Argentina, Taiwan, etc.

So why not see at least one movie from every country in the world. I think it will be inspiring and perhaps even insightful, especially looking at films from the small countries like my own Estonia. There’s 193 countries at the UN so this is my geographic definition — but obviously I’m open for movies from other areas and here I’m already including places like the Gibraltar and Greenland that are not countries per se but do have a distinct (film) culture. I'm also including short films and documentaries because features were never made in a bunch of countries. So here goes my list in an alphabetic order.

Others have attempted to select the best film from each country you can Google. I'm including at least one or more that I like. Where I have not seen a film yet (but you have) why not leave a suggestion on Twitter.


The List

Afghanistan

Emaan (2011; Dir. Haris Yosufi)

Albania

The Forgiveness of Blood (2011; Dir. Joshua Marston)
Dear Albania (2012; Dir. Eliza Dushku)

Algeria

Rachida (2002; Dir. Yamina Bachir)
Yema (2012; Dir. Djamila Sahraoui)

Andorra

Amor Idiota (2004), a Spanish co-production, Dir. by Ventura Pons.

Angola

Love Angola so I’ve tried to see everything that’s coming out of the country. It’s not that much.

Hollow City (Na Cidade Vazia) (2004; Dir. Maria João Ganga)
O Grande Kilapy (2012; Dir. Zézé Gamboa)
Cartas de Angola (2011; Dir. Dulce Fernandes)
Alambamento (2011; Dir. Mario Bastos)
Rostov-Luanda (1998; Dir. Abderrahmane Sissako)
O Miradouro da Lua
Angola: Saudades de Quem te Ama (2006; Dir. Richard Pakleppa)

Antigua & Deps

Nothing yet. Looking for a copy of The Sweetest Mango (2001; Dir. by Howard Allen)

Argentina

As a 17 year-old exchange student in Argentina, I spent a lot of my time watching Argentine movies. I love most of them for the heart-warming, human stories.

Bombón: El Perro
El mismo amor, la misma lluvia
El secreto de sus ojos
Tan de repente
Caballos Salvajes
Una noche con Sabrina Love
Diarios de motocicleta
Martín (Hache)
Nuts for Love (Nueces para el amor)
Avellaneda’s Moon (Luna de Avellaneda)
Intimate Stories (Historias mínimas)
Passionate People (Apasionados)
It’s Not You, It’s Me (No sos vos, soy yo)
Kamchatka
Valentín
A Less Bad World (Un mundo menos peor)
El método
Clouds (La nube)
Garage Olimpo (Garage Olimpo)

Armenia

Sunrise over Lake Van

Aruba

Abo So (2013; Comedy; Directed by Juan Francisco Pardo; Language: Papiamento). Available for rent on Vimeo.

Australia

I know Australia more for the TV-series Farscape than for movies but here’s a couple I’ve seen.

Rabbit-Proof Fence
Dark City
Samson and Delilah (2009; Dir. Warwick Thornton)

Austria

Darwin’s Nightmare (2004; Dir. Hubert Sauper)

Azerbaijan

Sahe (2010; Dir. Ilgar Safat)

Bahamas

I know Kareem Mortimer is making movies in the Bahamas but I haven't seen any.

Eric & Coletta by Conrad Knowles is available on YouTube.

Bahrain

Nothing.

Bangladesh

Mor Thengary (My Bicycle) directed by Aung Rakhine

Barbados

Hit for Six (2007) dir. by Alison Saunders-Franklyn and Payday (2014) dir. by Selwyne Browne are the only local productions I know of but haven't seen. Hollywood studios have used Barbados as a location for various films, including Island in the Sun (1957) and The Tamarind Seed (1974).

Belarus

No.

Belgium

Hummm.

Belize

Nope.

Benin

Nothing.

Bhutan

The country lends itself well for magical stories.

Travellers & Magicians (2003; Dir. Khyentse Norbu)
Phörpa (1999; Dir. Khyentse Norbu)

Bolivia

I've been to Bolivia but only in the Altiplano part so this only film I saw was a surprise for showing an urban story set in another part of the country.

Dependencia Sexual (2003; Dir. Rodrigo Bellott)

Bosnia Herzegovina

No Man’s Land (2001; Dir. Danis Tanovic)

Botswana

I've only seen these...

The Gods Must Be Crazy
The Gods Must Be Crazy II
Crazy Safari

Brazil

I speak Portuguese and Brazilian movies have always been a must to follow.

City of God (Cidade de Deus)
Central do Brasil (Central Station)
Bruna Surfistinha
Besouro
Do Começo ao Fim
Simonal — Ninguém Sabe o Duro que Dei
Noel: The Samba Poet (Noel — Poeta da Vila)
Nome Próprio
Tropa de Elite
Waste Land
A Suprema Felicidade
Pixote, the Law of the Weakest (Pixote: A Lei do Mais Fraco)
Carandiru

Brunei

Nothing yet.

Bulgaria

Nothing.

Burkina Faso

Love Burkinabe films.

Yaaba (1989; Dir.Idrissa Ouedraogo)
Samba Traoré (1992; Dir. Idrissa Ouedraogo)
Tilai (1990; Dir. Idrissa Ouedraogo)
Wend Kuuni (1983; Dir. Gaston Kaboré)
Buud Yam (1997; Dir. Gaston Kaboré)
Yeelen (1987; Dir. Souleymane Cissé)
Moolaadé (2004; Dir. Ousmane Sembene)
Sankofa (1993; Dir. Haile Gerima)

Burundi

Nothing.

Cambodia

Nothing.

Cameroon

Nope.

Canada

Probably a bunch more I can't remember and many US movies are shot in Canada.

Lie with Me (2005; Dir. Clement Virgo)

Cabo Verde

Cabralista (2011; Dir. Valerio Lopes)
Nha Fala (2002; Dir. Flora Gomes)

Central African Rep

Nothing.

Chad

Un Homme Qui Crie (2010; Dir. Mahamat-Saleh Haroun)

Chile

Machuca (2004; Dir. Andrés Wood)
No (2012; Dir. Pablo Larraín)

China

人再囧途之泰囧 (Lost in Thailand) House of Flying Daggers (Shi mian mai fu)
Hero (Ying Xiong)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Wo Hu Cang Long)

Colombia

Los Colores De La Montaña
Maria Full of Grace
El Páramo

Comoros

No.

Congo

Nothing.

Congo, D.R.

Viva Riva! (2010; Dir. Djo Munga)
Benda Bilili! (2010)
Congo in Four Acts (2010)
Juju Factory (2007; Dir. Balufu Bakupa-Kanyinda)
Kinshasa Symphony

Costa Rica

Del amor y otros demonios

Croatia

Nada.

Cuba

Would love to see more.

7 Days In Cuba
Guantanamera
Soy Cuba (1964; Dir. Mikhail Kalatozov)

Cyprus

Probably somehthing..

Czech Republic

Closely Watched Trains (Ostre sledované vlaky) — (1966)

Denmark

Manderlay
Melancholia (Dir. Lars Trier)
Dancer in the Dark (Dir. Lars Trier)
Dogville (Dir. Lars Trier)

Djibouti

Nothing.

Dominica

No.

Dominican Republic

As DR was influential in my youth, I’ve made a point of watching every movie that comes out of the country.

East Timor

A Guerra da Beatriz

Ecuador

Probably..

Egypt

Yes, but what?

El Salvador

Nada.

Equatorial Guinea

I don't think so.

Eritrea

I guess not.

Estonia

My home country, here's a selection of a few.

Mandariinid (Tangerines)
Püha Tõnu Kiusamine
Disco and Atomic War (Disko ja tuumasõda)
Klass (The Class; Dir. Ilmar Raag)
1944 (2015)
The Fencer (2015)

Ethiopia

Town of Runners (2012; Dir. Jerry Rothwell)
Adwa (1999; Dir. Haile Gerima)

Fiji

That First Glide (2011; Dir. Mike Waltze, Duwayne Dunham)
Pear ta ma ‘on maf (2004; Dir. Vilsoni Hereniko)

Finland

Even though I’m from Estonia, and have lived for years 80km from the Finnish capital Helsinki, go there various time per year, the Finnish cinema tradition has bot been my cup of tea.

One-Way Ticket to Mombasa (Menolippu Mombasaan)
Iron Sky (2012; Dir. Timo Vuorensola)

France

France I’ve seen far too many to mention. Here’s just a small selection of the most remarkable ones.

The Dreamers
Irreversible (Irréversible)
Paris, je t’aime
The City of Lost Children (La cité des enfants perdus)
Amélie (Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain)
Léon: The Professional (Léon)
The Fifth Element
Colombiana
L’auberge espagnole
I Stand Alone (Seul contre tous)
The Intouchables
Breathless (1960)
Au hasard Balthazar
The 400 Blows (1959)
The Girl on the Bridge (La fille sur le pont)

Gabon

No.

Gambia

No.

Georgia

Grdzeli nateli dgeebi (2013; Dir. Nana Ekvtimishvili, Simon Groß)

Germany

Downfall (2004) “Der Untergang”
The Lives Of Others
The Experiment

Ghana

Love Brewed in the African Pot (1981; Dir. Kwaw Ansah)
Kwaku Ananse (2013; Dir. Akosua Adoma Owusu)
The Nine Muses (2010; Dir. John Akomfrah)

Gibraltar

La Roca (2011; Dir. Raúl Santos)

Greece

Something but what?

Greenland

Nuummioq (2009; Dir. Torben Bech, Otto Rosing)

Grenada

No.

Guatemala

Granito (2011; Dir. Pamela Yates)

Guinea

No.

Guinea-Bissau

Flora Gomes is one of my favorite directors.

Udju Azul di Yonta (1992; Dir. Flora Gomes)
Mortu Nega (1990; Dir. Flora Gomes)
Po di Sangui (1996; Dir. Flora Gomes)
The Children’s Republic (2012; Dir. Flora Gomes)
A Batalha de Tabatô (2013; Dir. João Viana)

Guyana

No.

Haiti

Lumumba (2002; Dir. Raoul Peck)
Cristo Rey (2013; Dir. Leticia Tonos)
Assistance mortelle (2013; Dir. Raoul Peck)

Honduras

Amor y frijoles (2009; Dir. Mathew Kodath, Hernan Pereira)

Hong Kong

Isabella (Yi sa bui lai)
Yi dai zong shi (Dir. Kar Wai Wong)
Yip Man
Fa yeung nin wa (In The Mood For Love) — (Dir. Kar Wai Wong)

Hungary

Werckmeister Harmonies (Werckmeister Harmóniák)
Délibáb (2014; Dir. by Szabolcs Hajdu)

Iceland

Yes, I guess, but what?

India

Gandhi
Chennai Express

Indonesia

Merantau

I think nothing else so far… :(

Iran

Turtles Can Fly (lakposhtha ham parvaz mikonand)
Jodaeiye Nader az Simin
Ta’m e guilass
The Stoning Of Soraya M

Iraq

Syn Babilonu (2009; Dir. Mohamed Al Daradji)

Ireland {Republic}

In the Name of the Father (1993)

Israel

Broken Wings (Knafayim Shvurot)
Vals Im Bashir

Italy

In general I love Italian movies.

Malèna
L’Avventura
Mediterraneo
Nuovo Cinema Paradiso
The Legend of 1900 (La leggenda del pianista sull’oceano)

Ivory Coast

This one comes highly recommended and you can rent it online (don't pay attention to the low IMDB score).

Burn it up Djassa (Original title: Le djassa a pris feu; 2012; Dir. by Lonesome Solo)

Jamaica

The Harder They Come (1972; Dir. Perry Henzell)
Dancehall Queen (1997; Dir. Rick Elgood, Don Letts)
One Love (2003; Dir. Rick Elgood, Don Letts)
Countryman (1982; Dir. Dickie Jobson)
Shottas (2002; Dir. Cess Silvera)

Japan

Too many to mention but mostly Kurosawa and Hayao Miyazaki.

Sukiyaki Western Django (2007; Dir. Takashi Miike)
All About Lily Chou-Chou (リリシュシュのすべて; 2001. Dir. Shunji Iwai)
Hana and Alice (Hana to Arisu; 2004; Dir. Shunji Iwai)
Battle Royale (Batoru rowaiaru; 2000; Dir. Kinji Fukasaku)
Howl’s Moving Castle (2004; Hayao Miyazaki)

Jordan

Lamma Shoftak (2013; Dir. Annemarie Jacir)

Kazakhstan

Tulpan (2008; Dir. Sergei Dvortsevoy)

Kenya

Soul Boy (2010; Dir. Hawa Essuman)
Nairobi Half Life (2012; Dir. David ‘Tosh’ Gitonga)
Something Necessary (2013; Dir. Judy Kibinge)
Pumzi (2009; Dir. Wanuri Kahiu)
From a Whisper (2009; Dir. Wanuri Kahiu)
Ikiru (1952; Dir. Akira Kurosawa)

Kiribati

There's very little local film production (if at all), however a few short films an documentaries have been produced by international teams. I've seen the films available online:

Levita (2013; Dir. Victoria Burns)
Paradise Found: The Phoenix Islands (2008; Dir. Kate Raisz)
Global Conservation Fund: 3 Stories

Looking forward to see:
Hangs Upon Nothing (2014; Dir. Jeremy Rumas)
La Horde (2014; Dir. by Colin Jerome)

Korea North

No.

Korea South

3-Iron (Bin-Jip)
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring (Bom Yeoreum Gaeul Gyeoul Geurigo Bom)
The Way Home (Jibeuro)
Oldeuboi (2003; Dir. Chan-wook Park)
Bakjwi (2009; Dir. Chan-wook Park)

Kosovo

No.

Kuwait

No.

Kyrgyzstan

No.

Laos

No.

Latvia

Yes...

Lebanon

Sukkar Banat (2007; Dir. Nadine Labaki)
The Prophet (2011; Dir. Gary Tarn)

Lesotho

No.

Liberia

Johnny Mad Dog (2008; Dir. Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire)
Small Small Thing (2013; Dir. Jessica Vale)

Libya

No.

Liechtenstein

No.

Lithuania

I guess maybe I've seen something.

"Aurora" also knowns as "Vanishing Waves" (2012)

Luxembourg

No.

Macau

A Última Vez Que Vi Macau (2012; Dir. João Pedro Rodrigues, João Rui Guerra da Mata)

Macedonia

Jas sum od Titov Veles (2007; Dir. Teona Strugar Mitevska)
Before the Rain (1994; Dir. Milcho Manchevski)
Senki (2007; Dir. Milcho Manchevski)
The Piano Room (2013; Dir. Igor Ivanov Izi)
Bal-Can-Can (2005; Dir. Darko Mitrevski)
Treto poluvreme (2013; Dir. Darko Mitrevski)
Majki (2010; Dir. Milcho Manchevski)

Madagascar

Malagasy Mankany (2012; Dir. Haminiaina Ratovoarivony)

Malawi

William and the Windmill (2013; Dir. Ben Nabors)

Malaysia

Would love to see something.

Maldives

Sazaa (2011; Dir. Hussain Munawwaru)
Ingili (2013; Dir. Ravee Farooq)

Mali

Bamako (2006; Dir. Abderrahmane Sissako)
La Vie Sur Terre (1998; Dir. Abderrahmane Sissako)
Finye (1982; Dir. Souleymane Cissé)
Waati (1995; Dir. Souleymane Cissé)
Yeelen (1987; Dir. Souleymane Cissé)
Baara (1978; Dir. Souleymane Cissé)
Den muso (1975; Dir. Souleymane Cissé)

Malta

Adormidera (2013; Dir. Raymond Mizzi)

Marshall Islands

Ainikien Jidjid ilo Boñ (2012; Dir. Suzanne Chutaro, Jack Niedenthal)
The Undiscovered Country: A Tale of Color and Development (2012; Dir. Peter Sutoris, Nuith Morales)

Martinique

Passage du milieu (2000; Dir. Guy Deslauriers)
Biguine (2004; Dir. Guy Deslauriers)
La ultima rumba de papa Montero (1992; Dir. Octavio Cortázar)

Mauritania

Soleil O (1967; Dir. Med Hondo)
Sarraounia (1986; Dir. Med Hondo)
West Indies (1979; Dir. Med Hondo)

Mauritius

Les Enfants De Troumaron (2012; Dir. Harrikrisna Anenden, Sharvan Anenden)
La cathédrale (2006; Dir. Harrikrisna Anenden)

This year looking forward to see Lonbraz Kann by David Constantin.

Mexico

Very respectable film industry, a bunch of great films.

Y tu mamá también
Amores perros
Alamar
Frida
Biutiful
Voces Inocentes (Innocent Voices)
El laberinto del fauno

Micronesia

Nope.

Moldova

Tabor ukhodit v nebo (1976; Dir. Emil Loteanu)
La limita de jos a cerului (2013; Dir. Igor Cobileanski)

Monaco

No.

Mongolia

Mongolian Ping Pong (Lü Cao Di)
Price of Gold (2012; Dir. Sven Zellner, Tschingunshaw Borchu)
Big Fish (2012; Dir. Banzragch Batbold)
A Pearl in the Forest (2008; Dir. Agvaantseren Enkhtaivan)
Mongolian Bling (2012; Dir. Benj Binks)
State of Dogs (1998; Dir. State of Dogs)
The Men with Blue Dots (2012; Dir. Dorjsuren Shadav)

Montserrat

No.

Montenegro

Doktor Rej i djavoli (2012; Dir. Dinko Tucakovic)

Morocco

Le Sac de Farine (2012; Dir. Kadija Leclere)

And there's one recent international production I haven't seen.
Atlantic. (2014; Dir. Jan-Willem van Ewijk)

Mozambique

Kuxa Kanema: O Nascimento do Cinema (2003; Dir. Margarida Cardoso)
Terra Sonâmbula (Sleepwalkers Land) — (Dir. Teresa Prata)
Virgem Margarida (2012; Dir. Licinio Azevedo)
O Último Voo do Flamingo
O Gotejar da Luz (2002; Dir. Fernando Vendrell)

Myanmar / Burma

Kayan Beauties (2012; Dir. Aung Ko Latt)
Qiong ren, liu lian, ma yao, tou du ke (2012; Dir. Midi Z.)
Gui lái dí rén (2011; Dir. Midi Z.)

Namibia

Taste of Rain (2012; Dir. Richard Pakleppa)

Nauru

No.

Nepal

Soongava (2012; Dir. Subarna Thapa)

Netherlands

Episode 3: ‘Enjoy Poverty’
Only Decent People
Tula: The Revolt (2013; Dir. Jeroen Leinders)

New Caleodonia

Les deux pirogues de Salomon (1992; Dir. Marc-Arnaud Boussat)

New Zealand

I haven’t seen indie productions from NZ, just the blockbuster American co-productions.

The Hobbit

Nicaragua

La Yuma (2009; Dir. Florence Jaugey)

Niger

Agadez, the Music and the Rebellion (2010; Dir. Ron Wyman)

Nigeria

The latest productions coming out from Nigeria and directed towards International markets are very good. Love it.

Last Flight To Abuja (2012; Dir. Obi Emelonye)
Phone Swap (2012; Dir. Kunle Afolayan)
Black November (2012; Dir. Jeta Amata)
Half of a Yellow Sun (2013; Dir. Biyi Bandele)
The Lost Number (2012; Dir. Kester Nsirim)
Half of a Yellow Sun (2013; Dir. Biyi Bandele)

Niue

Niue: This Is Your Land (2005; Documentary; Dir. Mella Lahina). Check it out for free on Vimeo.

Norway

Kon Tiki
Limbo

Oman

Al-boom (2006; Dir. Khaled Abdul Raheem Al-Zadjali)

Pakistan

Hum... I guess I've probably seen something I've forgotten.

Palau

Again, very little local film production. Foreign productions: You can see the Palau seas in the 40min 1995 IMAX documentary The Living Sea Dir. by Greg MacGillivray. There's also 1968 WW2 drama Hell in the Pacific Dir. by John Boorman.

Palestine

Paradise Now (2005; Dir. Hany Abu-Assad)
Shilton Ha Chok (2011; Dir. Ra’anan Alexandrowicz)

Panama

Chance (2009; Dir. Abner Benaim)

Papua New Guinea

Mr. Pip (2012; Dir. Andrew Adamson)
Sun Come Up (2011; Dir. Jennifer Redfearn)
Marabe (1978; Dir. Alan Harkness)

Paraguay

7 Cajas (2012; Dir. Juan Carlos Maneglia, Tana Schembori)
18 cigarrillos y medio (2010; Dir. Marcelo Tolces)

Peru

Mariposa negra
Pantaleón y las visitadoras
No se lo digas a nadie
Dioses
Contracorriente
La Teta Asustada
Días de Santiago

Philippines

Captivve (2012; Dir. Brillante Mendoza)
Metro Manila (2013; Dir. Sean Ellis)
The Road (2011; Dir. Yam Laranas)

Poland

Trois couleurs: Bleu (1993; Dir. Krzysztof Kieślowski)
Trois couleurs: Rouge (1994; Dir. Krzysztof Kieślowski)
Trois couleurs: Blanc (1994; Dir. Krzysztof Kieślowski)

Portugal

O Fatalista (2005; Dir. João Botelho)
Viuva Rica Solteira Nao Fica (2006; Dir. José Fonseca e Costa)
Mistérios de Lisboa (2010; Dir. Raúl Ruiz)

Puerto Rico

200 Cartas (2013; Dir. Bruno Irizarry)

Qatar

Cruel Summer (Dir. Kanye West)

Romania

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007; Original Title: 4 luni, 3 saptamâni si 2 zile; Dir. Cristian Mungiu )
Beyond the Hills (2012; Original Title: Dupa dealuri; Dir. Cristian Mungiu)

Russia

Many Russian movies have a certain grittiness to them. It’s an aquired taste but cool.
Man With a Movie Camera (Chelovek s kino-apparatom)
Bumer (Бумер)

Rwanda

Grey Matter (Matière Grise) — (Dir. Kivu Ruhorahoza)
Munyurangabo (2007; Dir. Lee Isaac Chung)
Rising from Ashes (2012; Dir. T.C. Johnstone)

Réunion

The Monkeys Island (2011; Dir. Emmanuel Dinh)
Bienvenue au Paradis (2011; Dir. Emmanuel Dinh) FB Trailer

St Helena

Sathima’s Windsong (2010; Dir. Daniel Yon)

St Kitts & Nevis

No.

St Lucia

Nothing.

Saint Vincent & the Grenadines

Not yet.

Samoa

O Le Tulafale (2011; Dir. Tusi Tamasese)

San Marino

Scuderia Filibusta (2012; Dir. Francesco Ceccoli, Jeffrey Zani)

São Tomé and Príncipe

Little Fruit (1998; Dir. Herbert Brödl)
Sea & the Jungle (2009; Dir. Angelo Torres)
Contract (2010; Dir. Guenny Pires)

Saudi Arabia

Wadjda (2012; Dir. Haifaa Al-Mansour)
Faisal, Legacy of a King (2011; Dir. Shems Friedlander)

Senegal

Moolaadé (2004; Dir. Ousmane Sembene)
Ceddo (1977; Dir. Ousmane Sembene)
Xala (1975; Dir. Ousmane Sembene)
Borom Sarret (1969; Dir. Ousmane Sembene)
Hyènes (1992; Dir. Djibril Diop Mambéty)
The Pirogue (2012; Dir. Moussa Touré)
Touki Bouki (1973; Dir. Djibril Diop Mambéty)
Aujourd’hui (2012; Alain Gomis)
Grand Comme Le Baobab (2012; Dir. Jeremy Teicher)

Serbia

Black Cat, White Cat — (1998; Original Title: Crna macka, beli macor; Dir. Emir Kusturica)
Parada (2011; Dir. Srdjan Dragojevic)
Karaula (2006; Dir. Rajko Grlic)
Profesionalac (2003; Dir. Dusan Kovacevic)
Krugovi (2013; Dir. Srdan Golubovic)
Klip (2012; Dir. Maja Milos)
Srpski Film (2010; Dir. Srdjan Spasojevic)

Seychelles

The island served as a location for a few international productions. Can't wait to see something locally-produced though.

Amore libero - Free Love (1974; Dir. by Pier Ludovico Pavoni)

Sierra Leone

Cry Freetown (Dir. Sorious Samura)
Ezra (Dir: Newton I. Aduaka)
The Language You Cry In (1998; Dir. Ángel Serrano, Alvaro Toepke)

Singapore

Singapore Dreaming (美满人生)

As I’m moving to Taiwan, I’ll be sure to watch some movies from Singapore as well.

Slovakia

Probably something I've forgotten.

Slovenia

Slovenka (2009; Dir. Damjan Kozole)

Solomon Islands

As with most of the small island countries, there's next to no local film production. However, as it's an attractive location, we have a couple of films by foreigners.

A Passage to Anuta (2014; Dir: Jacob Ells) -- Made by a dude from California this is short film of a passage from Majuro in the Marshall Islands, to Anuta, the eastern most island of the Solomon Islands.

Broken Wind Chime (2014; Dir. Regina Lepping)

Le Test, chronique d'une initiation (2015; Dir. Adilah Dolaiano)

Somalia

Dan Iyo Xarago (1973; Dir. Idriss Hassan Dirie)
Godka Cirka

South Africa

Tsotsi
Alive in Joburg
District 9

South Sudan

Ten Minutes Is Two Hours (2010; Dir. Patrick Kennelly)
The World’s Youngest Nation: South Sudan (2010; Dir. Viktor Pesenti)

Spain

There’s a bunch of Spanish movies that I love.

Volver
Map of the Sounds of Tokyo
Bad Education (La Mala Educación)
The Sea Inside (Mar Adentro)
Abre Los Ojos
Butterfly (La Lengua de las Mariposas)

Sri Lanka

Vazhakku Enn 18/9 (2012; Dir. Balaji Shaktivel)

Sudan

There's 2 recent documentaries made by international teams. I haven't seen them yet.

Beats of the Antonov (2014; Dir. by Hajooj Kuka)
Madina's Dream (2015; Dir. by Andrew Berends)

Suriname

Paramaribo Papers (2002; Dir. Ger Poppelaars)
Wan Pipel (1976; Dir. Pim de la Parra)
Lost in Hustle (2012; Dir. Didier Chabi)
Between Two Worlds (2012; Dir. Ruud Lenssen)

Swaziland

Never a Neverland (2010; Dir. Ricky Norris)

Sweden

Jagten (2012; Dir. Thomas Vinterberg)
Lilja 4-ever (2002; Dir. Lukas Moodysson)
Mammoth (2009; Dir. Lukas Moodysson)
Persona (1966; Ingmar Bergman)
Show Me Love (1998; Original title: Fucking Åmål; Dir. Lukas Moodysson)

Switzerland

Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky
Night Train to Lisbon
War Photographer (Dir. Christian Frei)

Syria

Dimashq ma’a hobee (Damascus with Love)
Ladder to Damascus (2013; Dir. Mohamed Malas)

Taiwan

You Are The Apple Of My Eye (那些年, 我們一起追的女孩)
Cape No. 7 (海角七號)

Many-many more. Have to update this one :)

Tajikistan

Sokout (1998) Written & Dir. by the Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf but shot in Tajikistan.

Tanzania

A Lot Like You (Dir. Eliaichi Kimaro)

Thailand

Ong-bak

Togo

Ashakara (1991; Dir. Gérard Louvin)

Tonga

Tongan Ark (2012; Dir. Paul Janman)

Trinidad & Tobago

Between Friends (Dir. M. Omari Jackson)
Girl from India (1982; Dir. Harbance Kumar)

Tunisia

Asfour Stah (1990; Dir. Férid Boughedir)
Le chant des mariées (2008; Dir. Karin Albou)
Le Fil (2009; Dir. Mehdi Ben Attia)

Turkey

Gegen die Wand (2004; Dir. Fatih Akin)
Eskiya (1966; Dir. Yavuz Turgul)

Turkmenistan

Karakum (1994; Dir. Arend Agthe, Uzmaan Saparov)

Tuvalu

ThuleTuvalu (2014; Dir. Matthias von Gunten)

Uganda

Call Me Kuchu (2012; Dir. Katherine Fairfax Wright, Malika Zouhali-Worrall)

Ukraine

La terre outragée (2011; Dir. Michale Boganim)
Feathered Dreams (2012; Dir. Andrew Rozhen)

United Arab Emirates

City of Life (2009; Dir. Ali F. Mostafa)
Sea Shadow (2011; Dir. Nawaf Al-Janahi)
Djinn (2013; Dir. Tobe Hooper)

United Kingdom

Obviously a huge film country. Here just a selection of my personal favorites.

My Summer of Love

United States

Obviously there ‘s hundreds or eventhousands of American movies we’ve all seen. So I’m just going to list a couple that I really like and deserve more attention.

The Bling Ring (2013; Dir. Sofia Coppola)
An Oversimplification of Her Beauty (2012; Dir. Terence Nance)

Uruguay

Whisky
La casa muda (2010; Dir. Gustavo Hernández)

Uzbekistan

The Desert of Forbidden Art (2010; Dir. Tchavdar Georgiev, Amanda Pope)

Vanuatu

There's very little film production in Vanuatu and the movies that have been produced are foreign productions like Randal Kleiser's 1980 drama The Blue Lagoon, french 2007 pseudo-anthropological documentary God Is American (Dir. Richard Martin Jordan) and Australian 1990 drama Till There Was You (Dir. John Seale). I'm waiting for movies from local writers, directors and producers.

Vatican City

Nope.

Venezuela

Secuestro Express (2005; Dir. Jonathan Jakubowicz)

Vietnam

The Scent of Green Papaya (Mùi du du xanh — L’odeur de la papaye verte)
Mua he chieu thang dung (2000; Dir. Tran Anh Hung)

Western Sahara

Wilaya (2012; Dir. Pedro Pérez Rosado)

Yemen

A New Day in Old Sana’a (2005; Dir. Bader Ben Hirsi)
Janapar (2012; James Newton)

Zambia

The Cola Road (2013; Dir. Claire Ward)
Mwansa the Great (2011; Dir. Rungano Nyoni)

Zimbabwe

Jit (1992; Dir. Michael Raeburn)


That's it! If you remember any film I should watch, don't forget to email me or send a tweet.

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