12 international movies you can stream online
A wide range of films by international filmmakers, including several Oscar winners, are available to stream online.
Staying indoors during the pandemic hasn’t been easy, but watching movies online through a plethora of streaming services has been a welcome distraction from our growing boredom.
But maybe you’ve caught up with all the latest releases in Indian cinema, from Gulabo Sitabo to Ponmagal Vandhal. And you’ve finally finished those pending Hollywood classics you’ve always wanted to watch, like The Godfather Trilogy or Every Avengers Movie in Order of Release. Don’t worry, there is a lot more to see.
Indian cinema and Hollywood films in English generally dominate pop culture in our country, but there is a wide range of films by international filmmakers who are finally getting the attention they deserve.
TNM has put together a list of films from international filmmakers to show on your next movie night.
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
France, Amazon Prime
CÃ©line Sciamma’s breathtaking film received widespread acclaim when it was released last year. Set in 18th century France, the story follows the clandestine relationship between Marianne, an artist, and HÃ©loÃ¯se, played by NoÃ©mie Merlant and AdÃ¨le Haenel respectively. Marianna was commissioned to paint the portrait of Heloise, before Heloise’s imminent union with a man she does not wish to marry. The feminine gaze takes center stage as passion, love and desire swirl and evolve between the two women. Its impact from start to finish is unforgettable.
South Korea, Amazon Prime
Parasite is likely to be the most famous film on the list, having garnered attention at this year’s Oscars. The film not only won the Oscars for Best International Film, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Director for Bong Joon-ho, but it also became the first foreign-language film to win the Best Picture award. The story follows two families, one rich and the other poor, as their lives collide in a thrilling genre race that highlights class warfare and the lines we draw between the haves and have-nots. .
South Korea, Netflix
Lee Chang-dong’s steamy psychological thriller premiered in 2018 and remains a favorite with moviegoers. Based on a short story by author Haruki Murakami, the film follows a young man, Jongsu, and his encounters with a childhood friend Haemi and another man, Ben. The suspenseful storyline weaves its way through their lives and ultimately leaves you grappling with notions of class divisions and physical vulnerability.
A family in Tokyo lives in poverty while trying to make ends meet, when an unexpected visitor becomes the newest member of the family. Shoplifters is a beautiful portrait of the life of a family and how the bonds between you don’t have to be organic. Director Hirokazu Kore-eda also wrote the screenplay for the film, which was widely acclaimed in 2018.
Castle in the sky
Animation filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli have created some of the most beloved and famous animated films in modern history, including Abducted as if by magic in 2001 or Howl’s Moving Castle in 2004. But before that, their first animated film was Castle in the sky, written and directed by Miyazaki. Sheeta and Pazu are two young children on the hunt for Laputa, a mysterious island that floats in the clouds, while being pursued by villainous agents seeking to steal an amulet held by Sheeta. If you are looking for an introduction to Japanese anime, Castle in the sky is a great place to start.
Iran, Amazon Prime
Asghar Farhadi’s famous drama follows a couple in Iran who seek to separate, and the effect of this argument on their family members, young and old. It offers an overview of life in Iran and touches on issues of justice and religion. The film received the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2012, becoming the first Iranian film to achieve the feat.
Supernatural, romance, and the decisions people are forced to make all come together in Mati Diop’s directorial debut. Set in Dakar, Senegal, on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, the film delves into themes around migration, capitalism and the loss of love, through a ghostly lens. Wolof and French are the main languages ââspoken in the film.
In Paris, two young friends, Dounia and Maimouna, spend their days scrambling to earn money, while dreaming of a bigger and better life than the one offered to them. Dounia’s world is still turned upside down when she meets Djigui, a dancer in a local theater. This is the first film by French director Houda Benyamina, who received the Camera d’Or at Cannes in 2016.
Lebanon, Amazon Prime
Told as a flashback, the story follows a 12-year-old boy named Zain El Hajj from Beirut, who is imprisoned at the start of the film. He then goes back in time, several months before the arrest, to focus on Zain’s journey at that time. Directed by Nadine Labaki, the film is said to be the highest-grossing Arab film of all time and became a major hit when released in 2018.
Spain / Mexico, Netflix
Released in 2006, Pan’s Labyrinth remains a classic for moviegoers, a fantastic journey that offers a collision between real and mythical worlds for a stunning effect. Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro wrote and directed the feature film that follows 10-year-old Ofelia and a mysterious faun in a world similar to that of Alice in Wonderland.
A twelve year night
Director Ãlvaro Brechner’s Spanish film takes its title from the military dictatorship that ruled Uruguay for 12 years from 1973 to 1985. Three men become the focus of the film, each being tortured and imprisoned under the regime. One of the men, JosÃ© Mujica, would actually become President of Uruguay in 2010.
Roma, which was lauded when it was released in 2018 and received numerous accolades, is said to be an almost autobiographical story of director Alfonso CuarÃ³n’s childhood in Mexico City. An indigenous woman works as a domestic servant for a well-to-do family in Colonial Roma, and the story portrays her relationship with the children in her care, against the backdrop of the political turmoil of the 1970s. The film received the award for best international film as well as that of the best director for CuarÃ³n.