Great Films You've Probably Never Heard Of

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1.
I Am Cuba (1964)
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Four vignettes about the lives of the Cuban people set during the pre-revolutionary era. (108 mins.)
 
2.
Love Exposure (2008)
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A bizarre love triangle forms between a young Catholic upskirt photographer, a misandric girl and a manipulative cultist. (237 mins.)
Director: Sion Sono
 
3.
Close-Up (1990)
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Pretending to be Mohsen Makhmalbaf making his next movie, Hossain Sabzian enters the home of a well-to-do family in Tehran... (98 mins.)
 
4.
The Breath (2009)
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Story of 40-man Turkish task force who must defend a relay station. (128 mins.)
Director: Levent Semerci
 
5.
Satantango (1994)
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Plotting on a payment they are about to receive, residents of a collapsing collective farm see their plans turn into desolation when they discover that Irimiás, a former co-worker who they thought was dead, is coming back to the village. (450 mins.)
Director: Béla Tarr
 
6.
Werckmeister Harmonies (2000)
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An innocent young man witnesses violence breaks out after an isolated village is inflamed by the arrival of a circus and its peculiar attractions, a giant whale and a mysterious man named "The Prince". (145 mins.)
 
7.
All About Lily Chou-Chou (2001)
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The problematic lives of teenager students for whom the singer Lily Chou-Chou's dreamy music is the only way to escape an alienating, violent and insensitive society. (146 mins.)
Director: Shunji Iwai
 
8.
The Taste of Tea (2004)
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A spell of time in the life of a family living in rural Tochigi prefecture, north of Tokyo. Though her husband is busy working at an office... (143 mins.)
Director: Katsuhito Ishii
 
9.
Schizopolis (1996)
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Fletcher Munson, the lethargic employee of a pseudo-religious self help company, and his doppelganger, the friendly but dull dentist Dr. Jeffrey Korchek. (96 mins.)
 
10.
Save the Green Planet! (2003)
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Byeong-gu believes that the world is on the verge of an alien invasion, and sets out to save the world. (118 mins.)
Director: Joon-Hwan Jang
 
11.
Silent Light (2007)
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In a Mennonite community in Mexico, a father's faith is tested when he falls in love with a new woman. (145 mins.)
Director: Carlos Reygadas
 
12.
Survive Style 5+ (2004)
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Five bizarre stories with no apparent connection to one and other eventually become intertwined, resulting in surreal circumstances. (120 mins.)
Director: Gen Sekiguchi
 
13.
Los Muertos (2004)
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Vargas, a 54 year old man, gets out of jail in the prvince of Corrientes, Argentina. Once released, he wants to find his now adult daughter... (78 mins.)
Director: Lisandro Alonso
 
14.
Dolls (2002)
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Three stories of never-ending love. (114 mins.)
Director: Takeshi Kitano
 
15.
4 (2004)
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Two men and a woman happen to meet in a bar. We learn from their conversations both the intriguing and banal details of their lives... (126 mins.)
 
16.
Killer of Sheep (1978)
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Stan works in drudgery at a slaughterhouse. His personal life is drab. Dissatisfaction and ennui keep... (83 mins.)
Director: Charles Burnett
 
17.
Distant (2002)
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After his wife leaves him, a photographer has an existential crisis and tries to cope with his cousin's visit. (110 mins.)
 
18.
The Turin Horse (2011)
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A rural farmer is forced to confront the mortality of his faithful horse. (146 mins.)
 
19.
The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978)
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The life inside a farm in Italy at the beginning of the century. Many poor country families live there... (186 mins.)
Director: Ermanno Olmi
 
20.
13 Tzameti (2005)
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Sebastian, a young man, has decided to follow instructions intended for someone else, without knowing where they will take him... (93 mins.)
Director: Géla Babluani
 
21.
Syndromes and a Century (2006)
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Story about director Apichatpong Weerasethakul's parents who were both doctors, and director's memories about growing up in the hospital environment. (105 mins.)
 
22.
Last Life in the Universe (2003)
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A suicidal, obsessively compulsive Japanese librarian is forced to lie low in Thailand with a pot-smoking woman coping with the recent loss of her sister. (112 mins.)
 
23.
Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time (2001 Documentary)
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Portrait of Andy Goldsworthy, an artist whose specialty is ephemeral sculptures made from elements of nature. (90 mins.)
 
24.
Hana and Alice (2004)
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When two best friends develop a crush on the same boy, they develop a plan to trick him into dating them. (135 mins.)
Director: Shunji Iwai
 
25.
Goodbye Solo (2008)
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Two men form an unlikely friendship that will change both of their lives forever. (91 mins.)
Director: Ramin Bahrani
 
26.
Man Push Cart (2005)
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A night in the life of a former Pakistani rock star who now sells coffee from his push cart on the streets of Manhattan. (87 mins.)
Director: Ramin Bahrani
 
27.
The Wind Will Carry Us (1999)
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Irreverent city engineer Behzad comes to a rural village in Iran to keep vigil for a dying relative. In the meanwhile the film follows his efforts to fit in with the local community and how he changes his own attitudes as a result. (118 mins.)
 
28.
Cold Fish (2010)
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When Syamoto's teenage daughter is caught stealing, a generous middle-aged man helps resolve the situation... (146 mins.)
Director: Sion Sono