In the last ten years more International films, even with subtitles are doing well at the box office. American movie goers are expanding their idea of a good film. Need I say we are getting more sophisticated?
1.” Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon,” 2000, Taiwan, directed by Ang Lee
The film is known to be the best box office success of an International film in US history.
The story is of a female worrior, that surprises men with her incredible strategy and strength.
“Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon” has exquisite footage and amazing martial arts tricks that create a fantastical quality to the film. Warriors fly through the air and flip gracefully over one another. A very entertaining film visually. ”Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon” is an ancient story of love, betrayal and loyalty. The film is a magical experience.
2. “Nouvo Cinema Paradiso/Cinema Paradiso,” 1988 Italy, director by Giuseppe Tornatore
“Cinema Paradiso “is one of my favorite films. It is enchanting to watch. The story is so engrossing and transport you into a different word. It is the world of a small boy who finds the joy of film and it’s power to ability for your imagination to travel without leaving the cinema. ”Cinema Paradiso is about dreams, visual escape and love. If you wish to get lost in a character’s journey this is the film to watch.
A touching film that unveils the relationship between a millionaire and an unlikely caregiver. The story is both funny and sad. It is rewarding to watch the characters discovery their common bond of being disadvantage. It documents the unlikely relationship between a very cold Caucasians rich man and an African man, who enters the wealthy man’s life who is physically disabled. This film was another great hit at the box office. It was based on a true story that was skillfully recreated. It is very poignant.
4. “Dus Boot,” 1981 Germany, director by Wolfgang Petersen
“Dus Boot” is the direct opposite of “Untouchables”. It is not heart warming in any shape or form. It illustrates the terror of war. Some parts of the film are disturbing film to watch and unsettling. This film takes place on a German submarine during WWII. The struggles the men face on the submarine are not only tragic, but brutal. The soldiers face fear, lack of oxygen, witnessing death of enemies and their own. It is clear their whole beings changes and their minds will never be the same. It is well written, shot and edited, so worth watching, especially if you are intrigued by war.
5. “Wings of Desire,” 1987 German, directed by Wim Wenders
This film is full of philosophical questions and the reality of a war torn Berlin. The black and white footage represents the world of angels. The film is full of color when an angel experiences a human feeling. Peter Faulk plays an interesting role that fits him like a glove. He guides the angels to understand the human condition. The film’s narrative is the angels hearing the thoughts of individuals who are scared and haunted by their lives. The angels attempt to comfort these humans. One angel falls in love with a human and decides to leave his world and experience human emotions.
I throughly enjoyed this thought provoking and meaningful film. I highly recommend it, plus Peter Faulk’s humor is an added plus. A must see. It also won a great deal of awards, including best director at The Cannes Film Festival.
6. “Franny and Alexandra” 1982 Swedish, directed by Ingmar Bergman
This Ingmar Bergman film is an incredible tale of two children who lives drastically change when their father dies of a stroke. Their mother and father were involved in theater and incredible warm parents. Their mother remarries to a cold strict clergyman, whom she thought would warm up after they married. Unfortunately the children’s creativity is squashed by his inability to develop warmth. The children are banished to their rooms and their now pregnant mother tries to flee.
The film winds the viewer through many twist and turns as their mother plans how to escape her clergy husband. Bergman is a genius in creating characters with great depth, who are constantly challenged to define their true reality.
It takes place in Sweden at turn-of-the-century. It is film is shot through the eyes of Franny and Alexander. Off course it is gorgeously filmed and won numerous awards. I was in High School when I saw it and was very WOWED!
7. ”Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain”/ American “Amelie” 2001,directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet,
Amelie was nominated for 5 Academy Awards was another international film that did very well in the United States. It premiere at the Cannes FIlm Festival. This very sweet story demonstrated how one person can make a difference. She lost her mom at 8 years old and her father was not available.
After Princess Diana dies she decides that life is fleeting and it is important to dedicate herself to improving the the lives of others. Slowly she falls in love while enriching others lives in need. “Amelie” is a cute and entertaining movie.
8. “My life as a dog” Sweden 1985, director: Lasse Hallström
Similar to “Amelie” this film is a story of hope. This film is very moving and funny as well. The story of two brothers who are separated when their mother becomes very sick. Even in times of great sadness the oldest boy dins humor. He is relocated to his Uncle’s house in a small village where he finds comfort and a sense of belonging. He has the usual experiences of a twelve year old boy. The Swedish director Lasse Hallström was nominated for an Oscar. The movie also did well at the box office.
9. “A Separation” 2012 Irandirected by Asghar Farhad
Iran wins it’s first Oscar for “A Separation” in 2012, Iran is a Muslim country where women are second class citizens. This film takes a close look at a divorce in a society that does not regard women equal to men. This film was made under scrutiny and censorship.
A very brave film that exposes the challenges of women who want to be independent and improve their lives and their children’s.
A film that did well in the US as well as all over the world. A huge accomplish for those Iranians who wish for a different society in their country.
10. “Knife in Water” 1962 Polish , directed byRoman Polanski
” Knife in Water” is Roman Polanski first film and Oscar Nomination. Some critics feel this film is Polanski’s best work. The story is a thriller that is not only creeps into your skin with violences, but the emotional manipulation too. An older couple decides to take a hitchhiker along for a weekend trip on their yacht. It a chilling film that touches on how men are not that far from wild instincts to fight for a mate. May the best man win.
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Due to spam abuse, I unfortunately have to lock down the wiki indefinitely… to be honest I’ve been concerned with vandalism with the way things were setup from the get go. Anyone was able to easily register and start adding / edit content. The results haven’t been great as there were a lot of registration but very meager legitimate contributions. If you do have legitimate Hausa films, actors, news, suggestions and feedback, then by all means contact hausafilmstv at gmail or use the contact page.
There is sooo much more to do when it comes to putting Hausa/Nigerian/African information and content online. It’s just overwhelming for any one person to do it all. What we need is a passionate community of forward-thinking people with the time, knowledge, desire to share that knowledge, and access to a computer connected to the Internet.
Neither is there an entry for Kannywood or any of Kannywood’s biggest stars on Wikipedia, though hausafilms.tv is a great wiki site— Carmen McCain (@carmenmccain) January 9, 2013
Curating some interesting Hausa videos. Check out the playlists on youtube:
Kalli wanni baamurkan yaron mai iya harsuna kala-kala! http://youtu.be/FOiXtWcQ8GI
A more sensible way to handle (independent) film distribution and piracy in this day and age:
Greetings. I am Tom Lowe, the person who spent two years of his life living out of a Toyota pickup truck to make this film. If you enjoy it, please consider buying a copy from our website at TimeScapes.org or at iTunes, or maybe giving it as a gift to a friend, so we can recover the money we invested in the film, and then make some more films for your enjoyment. :)Abridged Hausa summary: Yadda wani mai yin fim ke ƙoƙarin sayar da fim din shi da kan shi ta hanyar intanet a dandali kala kala duk da matsalolin piracy.
Cinema is an emotional medium, and I believe that tapping into the human soul is one of the most enriching artistic endeavours. I love learning about myself. Every new film teaches me how to lead my life.
Nuri Bilge Ceylan
VOA Hausa’s Ibrahim Alfa Ahmed spoke with Nazir Ahmad Hausawa, Hausa’s first hip-hop musician. In this interview, they discussed:
Finally got around to setting up a (tumblr) blog for HausaFilms.tv. Not that we really needed it as we’ve been on twitter, facebook, and youtube from day one. Even so, it’s nice to be able to have an official blog where we update our followers/visitors on all things HausaFilms.tv and Hausa movies in an easy, dynamic, and fun fashion. So if you have a tumblr account, be sure to follow us or if you’re old school, grab the RSS and subscribe to the blog that way.
Another advantage of using Tumblr is their automatic mobile detection and formatting and with over 90% of our visitors coming to the hausafilms.tv from a mobile device, this can be very useful. There’s also automatic archiving and we’ve added disqus comments to allow people to voice their opinion or suggest something. The comments will be moderated before going live and we’ll try to be as objective as possible but please don’t troll.
Sai yanzu muka samu damar gina wannan dandalin tumblr blog din na HausaFilms.tv. Duk da dai, ba dole bane ba mu yi shi tunda muna kan twitter, facebook, and youtube tundaga farko. Duk da haka, da kyau munyi shi din tunda yanzu za mu iya fadakarwa al’ummar mu game da abubuwan da ke shafe da HausaFilms.tv da fina-finan Hausa. Sai a biyo mu in ana da Tumblr.