Welcome to another entry for Thursday Movie Picks.
It’s a series hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves, so if you want to join the party, head over to her blog! It’s pretty easy: check out each week’s topic and come up with 3 to 5 movies that fit the theme.
Continuing with our Oscar Winners Edition, today we will talk about pictures that won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Movie or Best International Film as it is called since 2020. All the movies I listed today are movies I’ve heard many great things about, but I have yet to see them!
Honorable Mentions: Life is Beautiful, The Counterfeiters, Waltz with Bashir, Parasite, Another Round
#1 The Virgin Spring
This Swedish film is particularly intriguing to me because it served as inspiration for The Last House on the Left, a 70s horror flick (that comes with a 2009 remake). Those were made by Wes Craven and I already talked about them before here on my blog. I actually was not aware that The Virgin Spring had won this particular award, but now I’m even more curious to check it out.
#2 War and Peace
So, this is the Soviet adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s famous novel. It is insanely long (four parts with a total runtime of 431 minutes), so I haven’t seen the entire oeuvre, but I saw bits and pieces. Sergei Bondarchuk’s take on the story was also extremely expensive and is often considered one of the grandest epics ever made.
#3 The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
All I know about this Luis Bunel picture is that is surrealist, that is to say super weird. That’s already enough to sell me on the movie! As I was looking for the trailer I discovered that the whole film is available on YT, so I’ll have a chance to check it out soon.
What’s your favorite film that won an Academy Award as Best Foreign Picture? Let me know in the comments!