It’s like this: I cannot travel as much as I used to for a number of reasons, chief among them small children in the house. Time was, I could throw a week’s worth of wash & wear clothes in a duffel, tuck my passport in the side pocket with a few traveler’s cheques and hit the road — by way of the nearest International airport.
To fill in the gaps in my travel itinerary, I would be grateful to the folks here on the MUBI forums for listing films by directors who depict their cultures accurately and with sophistication. For example, this excludes Crocodile Dundee right off the bat, but a picture like Eat, Drink, Man, Woman would be precisely the sort of film I’m looking for.
These can be period pictures, although I’m leaning toward contemporary films since I plan to visit some of these countries whose films I’ll be watching. I’m just trying to get my foreign culture fix until I can travel again.
Extra points for films set in Egypt and other North African countries, as well as the South Pacific and Asia, but I’ll watch almost anything made anywhere — at least once. Oh: Any genre.
Thanks for your time.
Get involved in the MUBI World Cup, Cteve!
We’ve got stuff from all over the world being featured, including a lot from the places you mentioned like North African countries which are harder to find.
Thanks. Will do.
Definitely check out the films of Jia Zhangke
One problem with not actually ever have travelled as globally as I would have liked to is that I wouldn’t really know for sure if a director had portrayed their culture accurately or not. We’d really need people who have spent some time in any given culture and who have seen films from directors from that culture to give suggestions that I would trust.
I’m with Ris. It’s a really cool topic, Cteve. I mean, would you have any interest in regional American films, because I could throw some suggestions your way, but that’s all I could offer.
@ Bijoux —
I would absolutley be interested in your suggestions on regional American films. I watch a lot of indie pictures from various online streaming services, including Mubi, Hulu and NetFlix, but video rental stores are dead in my area. The point being, unless your recommendations are available online, I prolly won’t have access to it.
I used to blind-buy and order DVDs recommended by reliable sources, especially Criterions. Nowadays, not so much. So buying a picture outright isn’t likely. If you have recs that are avail. via streaming, please let me know.
Thanks and best regards,
Two films that spring to mind are Parajanov’s Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors and Olmi’s The Tree of Wooden Clogs. I defy anyone to not feel transported by these.
Corneliu Porumboiu (12:08 East of Burcharest)
Alfonso Cuarón (Y Tu Mamá También)