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foreign films 2.0

hi all! follow-up on THIS post.

this is another very long post giving you film and series suggestions in foreign languages - i have included my three target languages and french just to spice things up a bit. 

if you’ve seen any of these or want to expand on the post please fell free to do so!! this list is obviously very subjective and contains things that i have seen and enjoyed, so i would love to see a greater variety of genres/directors featured on here.


wakolda - this is straight up one of my favourite films ever. 1950s argentina. a family accomodates a guest at their hotel, unaware that their guest is nazi monster josef mengele. 

tiempo sin aire - colombian mum and son escape the horrors of civil war and move to the canary islands, but the mother will not rest until she has found her daughter’s rapist. contains some graphic scenes, not for the faint of heart.

la regenta - adaptation of 19th century classic, both film and miniseries (3 x 1.5 hrs) available on youtube. the film is mediocre but the miniseries stole my heart. pious wife anita torn between sexy local liberal and dark imposing priest. features an absolutely superb carmelo gomez as the cunning don fermin.

el crimen del padre amaro - another c19 classic, this time in a modern latin american setting where hot priest gael garcia b. can no longer fight his feelings for a certain young lady…

ocho apellidos vascos - SOOOOOOOO FUCKING FUNNY!!!!! 

la piel que habito - almodóvar, banderas, weird, cringy, intriguing,  “a horror story without screams or frights” [wiki]

la nana - “Raquel, la amargada e introvertida nana (eufemismo chileno para denominar a las sirvientas) de la casa de los Valdés … ve peligrar su puesto cuando éstos contratan a una nueva empleada para que le ayude durante su convalecencia. Raquel se dedica a hacerle la vida imposible a las nuevas nanas. Esta mecánica se repite una y otra vez hasta la aparición de Lucy, una mujer de provincia que logrará penetrar la coraza de Raquel.” [wiki]

el secreto de sus ojos - “Using a nonlinear narrative, the film depicts a judiciary employee and a judge in 1974 … as they investigate a rape and murder case that turns into an obsession for all the people involved, while also following the characters 25 years later reminiscing over the case and unearthing the buried romance between them.”[wiki] RECOMMENDED

vacas - portrays the conflict between two basque families that lasts three generations, starting in 1875.

la princesa de francia - looks ery promising, centred around a group of actors preparing shakespeare’s “love’s labour’s lost”, in buenos aires. read review here 


ligações perigosas [BR] - recently released tv globo miniseries, NOT A NOVELA, available on yt. adaptation of laclos’ les liaisons dangereuses. set in 1920s brazil. love, sex, intrigue, DRAMA, 1920s music. great acting by selton mello and alice wegmann. i cried watching this. i love selton mello

justiça [BR] - also a globo miniseries, follows various characters in recife as each of them searches for their own private justice. RECOMMENDED

amores roubados [BR] - yet another miniseries, based on the book “a emparedada da rua nova”. leandro returns to his hometown from SP and becomes involved with three women.

3% [BR] - a dystopian thriller series, apparently available on netflix. “ The show is set in a future wherein people are given a chance to go to the “better side” of a world divided between progress and affluence in the Offshore, and devastation and poverty in the Inland, but only 3% of the candidates succeed.”[wiki] RECOMMENDED

pecado fatal [EU] - angst, drama, shy sweet love but also bitten family secrets. “a young man and woman fall in love on the night they meet, but he takes advantage of her when she gets drunk. although she doesn’t remember anything from that night, something nags at the back of her mind.” not the most accurate description - just watch it its good

o convento [EU] - a literature professor goes to a portuguese convent to confirm a conspiracy theory about shakespeare. this film is actually in english and french as well as portuguese, but i’ve included it here because it was directed by the great manoel de oliveira. stars john malkovich and catherine deneuve.

o dia de desespero [EU] - another one by oliveira, portuguese entry for 1992 oscars. the film shows the final days of the life of famed c19 writer camilo castelo branco, his blindness and eventual suicide. probably available on youtube. 


malena - a classic, story of how a beautiful young woman is ridiculed by her prejudiced community told through the eyes of a young boy lusting over her. very tastefully done and visually very pretty. plus it has monica belucci

la prima notte di quiete - 1972. scruffy alain delon is bitter and elopes with a mysterious student of his who keeps some dark secrets. very beautiful visually, lovely music, unexpected ending. watch this if you want to be sad and vague

lºeredità ferramonti - set in 1880s rome, cunning young woman weds into a split family and wreaks havoc. dominique sanda is brilliant in this. also very nice music by morricone.


des hommes et des dieux - algeria. eight monks live a secluded life in the mountains. when war breaks out, they are forced to make a choice between their faith and their lives. “a luminous tale of faith and heroism”, and also very prettily made. 

venus noire - based on the true story of saartije bartman, a black woman showcased in 19th century europe because of her body. explores prejudice, otherness, fetishisation, directed by tunesian abdellatif kechiche. RECOMMENDED.

la dame aux camélias (1981) - isabelle huppert stars as the destitute and illiterate alphonsine who travels to paris and becomes a courtesan. based on alexandre dumas’ novel, of the same title.

TadaHoney Latin American Playlist

A playlist tribute to Tadashi Hamada and Honey Lemon only with Latin American songs, modern ,folkloric and classic. {L I S T E N}

1.Recuerdos del Ypacarai Demetrio Ortiz~// 2.Te voy a amar Axel~// 3.Te amo y mas Diego Luna~// 4.El Avion Salamandra~// 5.Amor Eterno Juan Gabriel~// 6. Ararinha (Fly Love) Carlinhos Brown~// 7. Amapola [inst. ] Paco de Lucia~// 8.El Lugar Salamandra~// 9. Esperanza Mia Demetrio Ortiz~// 10.Te Mando flores Fonseca~// 11.Como me Mira Fonseca~// 12. Mis noches sin ti Luis Alberto del Parana~// 13. Quien te quiere como yo Carlos Baute~// 14.Espacio Sideral Jesse y Joy~// 15.Besame Mucho Emilio Tuero~// 16. Quizas,Quizas,Quizas Bobby Capo~// 17. Guerras Perdidas Bacilos~// 18. Un sueño en la floresta [inst. ] Agustin Pio Barrios~   

Original Cover Art by {punziella} and because she’s amazing go follow her please

Hope you guys like it! Tell me wich one is your favorite song :)

This one goes dedicated to {mickeycookies} and all the fellow TadaHonies around here.

The New York Times calls artist Joaquín Torres-García “a modernist classic… lovable.” See the retrospective they call “a long time coming.”

[Installation view of Joaquín Torres-García: The Arcadian Modern at The Museum of Modern Art, New York (October 25, 2015–February 15, 2016). Photo by Jonathan Muzikar. © 2015 The Museum of Modern Art, New York]


Saludos Amigos

19 of x in animated feature film history
Release: Aug. 24th, 1942
Country: USA
Director: Norman Ferguson, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske, William Roberts

“Set in Latin America, Saludos Amigos is made up of four different segments. 

Pedro involves the title character, a small airplane from an airport near Santiago, Chile, engaging in his very first flight. In another segment, American tourist Donald Duck visits Lake Titicaca and meets an obstinate llama. Gaucho Goofy shows American cowboy Goofy getting taken mysteriously to the Argentine pampas to learn the ways of the native gauchoAquarela do Brasil (or "Watercolor of Brazil”), the finale, involves brand-new character José Carioca from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, showing Donald Duck around South America.

In early 1941, before U.S. entry into World War II, the United States Department of State commissioned a Disney goodwill tour of South America, intended to lead to a movie to be shown in the US, Central, and South America as part of the Good Neighbor Policy. Disney was chosen for this because several Latin American governments had close ties with Nazi Germany, and the US government wanted to counteract those ties. Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters were popular in Latin America, and Walt Disney acted as ambassador. 

The tour, facilitated by Nelson Rockefeller, took Disney and a group of roughly twenty composers, artists, technicians, etc. to South America, mainly to Brazil and Argentina, but also to Chile and Peru. The film itself was given federal loan guarantees, because the Disney studio had over-expanded and was struggling with labor unrest at the time.

The film included live-action sequences featuring modern Latin American cities with skyscrapers and fashionably dressed residents. This surprised many US viewers, and contributed to a changing impression of Latin America. Film historian Alfred Charles Richard Jr. has commented that Saludo Amigos ‘did more to cement a community of interest between peoples of the Americas in a few months than the State Department had in fifty years.’

It garnered positive reviews and was only reissued once, in 1949, when it was shown on a double bill with the first reissue of Dumbo.

The film also inspired Chilean cartoonist René Ríos Boettiger to create Condorito, one of Latin America’s most ubiquitous cartoon characters. Ríos perceived that the character Pedro, a small, incapable airplane, was a slight to Chileans and created a comic that could supposedly rival Disney’s comic characters.“

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Daniel R. Quiles and Klara Kemp-Welch take a close look at the current MoMA exhibition Transmissions: Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America, 1960–1980 in two new essays

[Juan Downey. Video Trans Americas. 1973-76. Installation view, Transmissions: Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America, 1960–1980, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, September 5, 2015–January 3, 2016. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2015 Estate of Juan Downey & Marilys B. Downey. Digital image © 2015 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Thomas Griesel]

This week at MoMA: last chance to see Transmissions: Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America, 1960–1980, Olivia Wilde appears in person for a MoMA Film Q&A, and more. 

[Installation view of Transmissions: Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America, 1960–1980 at The Museum of Modern Art, New York (September 5, 2015–January 3, 2016). Photo by Thomas Griesel. © 2015 The Museum of Modern Art, New York]

Enjoy a curator-led tour of Transmissions: Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America, 1960–1980 on November 10. 

[Installation view of Transmissions: Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America, 1960–1980 at The Museum of Modern Art, New York (September 5, 2015–January 3, 2016). Photo by Thomas Griesel. © 2015 The Museum of Modern Art, New York]

Last chance! Transmissions: Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America, 1960–1980 closes Sunday.  

[Installation view of Transmissions: Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America, 1960–1980, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, September 5, 2015–January 3, 2016. Photo: Thomas Griesel. © 2015 The Museum of Modern Art, New York]


Paulistano Chair by Paulo Mendes da Rocha

The work of Brazilian designer Paulo Mendes da Rocha reached international recognition when he was awarded the 2006 Pritzker Architecture Prize. That same year, we introduced his Paulistano Armchair (1957) – a classic that had never before been available in the United States. This chair was originally designed for the Paulistano Athletic Club in São Paulo, Brazil. The frame, a continuous 17-foot-long piece of solid steel, is welded in a single spot. This deceptively simple structure is then wrapped in almost an entire hide of leather that will gain depth and luster as it ages. Exceptionally comfortable, the Paulistano flexes slightly, and the sling can be adjusted up or down the frame for upright or relaxed sitting positions. The stainless steel frame is hand-machine polished and may exhibit markings consistent with hand craftsmanship. The frame in phosphatized carbon steel, which is the original raw material used in 1957, is slightly rough to the touch and will oxidize slowly with time. This was the intent of the architect, who wants the appearance to evolve, believing the charm of a piece of furniture resides in its non-permanent character. To prevent rust, the phosphatized frame should be treated with WD-40® twice annually. 

“al gran pueblo argentino, salud!" 

Si, salud, pensó Grantaire. Salud por la economía de mierda, y la presidenta que prefería hacer más rosada la Casa Rosada - “¡es que, a que flor de boludo se le ocurre pintarla de rosa?” Salud por el pingüino, salud por el Fernet, los cigarrillos, salud por la coca cola y salud por los gringos también. Salud por el tango, y salud por Gardel. Salud por las noches que no recordaba y las que prefería no recordar. Salud por el absurdo y su obstinación en estudiar arte - “che, si me voy a morir de hambre, que me muera de hambre haciendo algo que me guste, ¿o no? Fijate vos, que a mi viejo le jodía que yo no supiera nada de matemáticas. Que se meta sus números por el orto, por mí, yo sólo entiendo el amor y la libertad. Soy Grantaire, el buen flaco, no calientes conmigo, Joly.” Y salud por Enjolras, salud por el Chilenite capaz de mover los Andes completos. Salud, harta y en abundancia, porque no había cantidad de alcohol que existente que pudiese borrar su rostro de su memoria.

Latin American!Amis » Argentinian!R

"A toast, in the name of the great argentinian people!”

Yes, a toast and many cheers, Grantaire thought. Cheers to the shit economy, and the president who cared more about making the Pink House even pinker - “the real question here, is what kind of idiot thinks painting the government house pink is a good idea?” Cheers to the pingüino, and a toast to Fernet, to the cigarettes, cheers to coca cola, and a toast for the gringos too. Cheers to tango, and cheers to Gardel. A toast in the name of the nights he doesn’t remember and in the name of those he’d rather forget. A toast in the name of absurdity and his determination to study art - “che, if I’m going to die of starvation, I may as well die doing something I actually like, no? See, my dad hated that I didn’t know any mathematics. He can shove his fucking maths up his ass, in regards of myself, I only understand love and liberty. I’m Grantaire the good fella, don’t bother me, Joly.” And cheers to Enjolras, cheers to the Chilean capable of moving the whole Andes. A toast in eir name, and cheers too, because there wasn’t enough alcohol in this world to wipe eir face of his mind.
All About Frida Kahlo

This board is dedicated to all things Frida in honor of “Frida Kahlo, Her Photos” a MOLAA exhibition on view from March 15 – June 8. The exhibition presents a selection of 257 photographs divided into six themes: Her parents; The Casa Azul; Her Crippled Body; Frida’s Loves; Photography and Diego’s Gaze. *A lot of the photos and videos on this board are not part of the exhibition. Please note that the images included in “Frida Kahlo, Her Photos” are labeled as such.

Follow our board on Pinterest that focuses on Frida Kahlo in honor our upcoming exhibition Frida Kahlo, Her Photos which opens on March 15.