Foreign Flicks

The Attack.
Sony Pictures, 2012.

Based on a bestseller, an Arab surgeon living in Tel Aviv discovers a dark secret about his wife in the aftermath of a suicide bombing.
Available on:  Netflix DVD; Amazon streaming

Release date:  29 May 2013
Director: Ziad Doueiri, a Lebanese director living in France.  His follow-up film The Insult is currently shooting in Beirut.

Winner of the Grand Prize at the Marrakech Film Festival, Morocco was the only Arab country to rent the film. It was banned or refused release in all other Arab countries for the crime of filming in Israel.

If you like The Attack, you will also like:  Ajami, Bethlehem, Eyes of a Thief and Omar.

 

Virunga.
Netflix, 2014.

Wildlife officials risk their lives to save the last of Africa’s mountain gorillas not only from poachers but from combat between government troops and insurgents. Only 880 mountain gorillas remain in the world.

Available on Netflix streaming and DVD. Not to be confused with Virunga:  Gorillas in Peril.
Director: Orlando von Einsiedel.

An outstanding documentary.

If you like Virunga, you will also like:  Life Story, The Ivory Game,  Gardeners of Eden (all Netflix streaming).

 

Human Capital.
Indiana Productions, 2014

A thriller, where the destinies of two families are irrevocably tied together after a cyclist is hit off the road by a careening SUV the night before Christmas Eve.  A study of Italian society and a downward-spiraling economy.

Available on Netflix streaming, DVD and Amazon Video.
Director:  Paolo Virzi

A multi-award winner.

If you like Human Capital, you will also like:  The Dinner, The Great Beauty.

 

Dior and I.
Cim Productions, 2015.

A privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons’s first haute couture collection as Christian Dior’s artistic director.

Available on Netflix streaming and DVD.

Director:  Frederic Tcheng, who also wrote and produced this documentary.

If you like Dior and I, you will also like: Valentino: The Last Emperor, and Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel.

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