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Mediterranean / South European challenge; Official - May 2014
Topic Started: Apr 30 2014, 07:50:41 PM (2,541 Views)
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Mediterranean / South European challenge
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Watch movies from countries in Southern Europe and/or bordering the Mediterranean Sea.

Excluded: France, Italy, and Spain (because they have their own challenges periodically)

List of eligible countries


Rules:
- A feature film (Anything over 40 minutes) counts as one entry.
- A total of 60 minutes of short films count as one entry.
- For Mini-Series or tv shows (40 minute episodes or longer) each episode counts as an entry.
- For Mini-Series or tv shows with shorter episodes (25 minutes or so), the 60 minutes rule applies.
- Rewatches are welcome (as far as I'm concerned - anybody strongly opposed?)

Multiple-country lists:
UNESCO (Official) - Egypt (215-229), Greece (274-308), Lebanon (451-475), Portugal (581-595), Slovakia (639-653), Slovenia (654-668), Macedonia (714-747), Yugoslavia (794-808)
DIFF's The 100 Greatest Arab Films (see this spreadsheet for countries) - Eligible: Egypt, Morocco, Syria, Algeria, Tunisia, Palestine, Lebanon, Libya
Mubi Forum's Favorite Balkan Films (see this page for list of countries)

Africa: (only the 5 countries listed above are eligible)
FESPACO award (Official)
Guide to African Cinema (Official)
Mubi Forum's top 20 African Films
Official African checks
African submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

Country lists


CFB country polls


Other personal lists

See this spreadsheet for more personal country lists.

Participants:
3eyes - 4
ArthurYanthar - 5
globetrotter - 6
kingink - 7
melvelet - 0
mjf314 - 5
tirefeet - 3

[as of 5/10/14]

Many thanks for the edit, mjf!
Edited by 3eyes, May 11 2014, 03:17:51 AM.
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Why exclude the Big Three?
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Lists for Greece:

http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/the+ultimate+guide+to+greek+cinema/dimitris+psachos+springer/
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/greek+submissions+for+the+academy+award+for+best+foreign+language+film/adamh/

Yugoslavia:
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/yugoslav+and+successor+states+submissions+for+the+academy+award+for+best+foreign+language+film/adamh/

Bulgaria:

http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/union+of+bulgarian+film+makers+top+12+bulgarian+films/mjf314/
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/bulgarian+movies/sunflower983/

And for Turkey: All the Hababam films.
Edited by monty, Apr 30 2014, 08:12:12 PM.
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Why exclude European Turkey? :geek:
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Apr 30 2014, 08:17:55 PM
Why exclude European Turkey? :geek:
I don't think we are excluding it.
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Apr 30 2014, 09:01:16 PM
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Apr 30 2014, 08:17:55 PM
Why exclude European Turkey? :geek:
I don't think we are excluding it.
He means it's not on the map :)
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Apr 30 2014, 08:06:26 PM
I take it monty has already seen the Turkish comedy box set...
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Apr 30 2014, 09:24:35 PM
Actually, I won the extremely limited platinum box set release (the one with Kas' very own tribute karaoke tracks, not to mention the autographed giant-sized posters of Kemal & co) in a contest Adam chaired last Xmas. It has given me countless hours of viewing and listening pleasure. I count myself truly blessed for owning it.
Edited by monty, Apr 30 2014, 09:34:37 PM.
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Er, do we have any takers for this challenge?
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I'm in.

Armoreska
Apr 30 2014, 09:05:38 PM
3eyes
Apr 30 2014, 09:01:16 PM
Lammetje
Apr 30 2014, 08:17:55 PM
Why exclude European Turkey? :geek:
I don't think we are excluding it.
He means it's not on the map :)
You can blame traveltip.org. I clicked Turkey and it only filled in the Asian part. European Turkey doesn't seem to be one of the choices. Of course all of Turkey is included in this challenge.

I'll add more lists to the first post later (I just need to finish watching my last film for the French challenge).
Edited by mjf314, May 1 2014, 02:09:24 AM.
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I'm definitely in.
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I'm in as well. I will watch and some Greek films that have no English subs, so I hope you people don't mind. Maybe afterwards they'll enter my already very long "to-be-subbed list".
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I'm in for Portugal and Greece (4 films each on my watchlist). Maybe also something from Yugoslavia.

My watchlist:
The Travelling Players
Landscape in the Mist
The Suspended Step of the Stork
O drakos

In Vanda's Room
Colossal Youth
Abraham's Valley
O Sangue

Haven't seen anything from Angelopoulos or Costa yet.
Hope I'll find enough time to watch so many longer films. :D

Anything worth noting for the 1940s challenge?
Edited by Melvelet, May 1 2014, 07:05:31 PM.
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May 1 2014, 07:04:53 PM
I'm in for Portugal and Greece (4 films each on my watchlist). Maybe also something from Yugoslavia.
If you're planning to watch some Greek films, then I recommend Elektra.
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I'll keep it in mind (and get it to SMz) :)
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May 1 2014, 07:04:53 PM

Anything worth noting for the 1940s challenge?
I am sure that it would be impossible to find any Greek films from the 40's with English subs, but to be honest there are not any really notable Greek films from that decade.
Edited by kingink, May 1 2014, 08:59:06 PM.
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1. Ali Zaoua: Prince de la rue (Morocco 00)


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1. Lettre à la prison (1969) - 7/10 Had some flaws but the experimental techniques and atmosphere made up for it.
Edited by XxXApathy420XxX, May 2 2014, 02:56:18 AM.
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1. Young Aphrodites (1963, Greece)
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1. Tri - Aleksandar Petrovic 1965 8/10

All three stories were pretty powerful and emotional and I especially liked the way the film was directed. It was realistic but with a strange vibe.

2. Mavro livadi - Vardis Marinakis 2009 9/10

I read a critic that said that if Tarkovsky would make a nunsploitation movie, this would be it. It's a spot on review. The images are simply incredible and the pace of the film is mesmerizing. I really loved it!

Here are some screenshots I found on the net
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There are some problems with the subs that are available. Some lines are missing, so I'm thinking of fixing them. There are some phrases in Turkish as well that are not translated properly. If someone that speaks Turkish is willing to translate a couple of phrases it would be great.
Edited by kingink, May 2 2014, 09:16:27 AM.
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2. Θα σε δω στην κόλαση αγάπη μου [See You in Hell, My Darling] (1999) - 6/10

Not as good as Singapore Sling. It did have some ridiculous yet awesome artsploitation moments, especially this umm, interesting urination scene, but there was quite a few so bad it's good moments. While I did enjoy them it ruined the atmosphere of the film. Still quite good, but I'll stick with Singapore Sling.

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1. Mistérios de Lisboa (2010, Portugal)
2. Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets (2000, Morocco)
Edited by globetrotter, May 3 2014, 10:04:31 AM.
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3. Medousa - Giorgos Lazopoulos 1998 7/10

It's the myth of Medusa set in modern Greece. It's one of the unknown cult Greek films and I have to say that I enjoyed it. No English subs unfortunately.

4. Ekdromi - Takis Kanellopoulos 1966 8/10

Kanellopoulos has a unique style that seems to work perfectly for me.

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A film about Medusa sounds interesting, but I think I'd prefer ancient Greece. I guess I can't watch it anyway because there are no subs.

Can anyone recommend some good Greek films set in ancient Greece? I've already seen Elektra and Young Aphrodite, and I'm planning to watch Iphigenia, so you don't need to mention those.
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May 3 2014, 09:59:26 AM
A film about Medusa sounds interesting, but I think I'd prefer ancient Greece. I guess I can't watch it anyway because there are no subs.

Can anyone recommend some good Greek films set in ancient Greece? I've already seen Elektra and Young Aphrodite, and I'm planning to watch Iphigenia, so you don't need to mention those.
I suggest you check out Nostos
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Thanks but I've already seen it. I didn't mention it just now because it's Italian.
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Very well, then you shall seek out Antigone (1961)
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Thanks for the rec.

Have you seen it? I don't see you in the list of checkers.
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2. Sequences (1986, Romania)
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May 3 2014, 09:59:26 AM
A film about Medusa sounds interesting, but I think I'd prefer ancient Greece. I guess I can't watch it anyway because there are no subs.

Can anyone recommend some good Greek films set in ancient Greece? I've already seen Elektra and Young Aphrodite, and I'm planning to watch Iphigenia, so you don't need to mention those.
You could also try Lysistrati (1972) that is a movie adaptation of the play written by Aristophanes. I haven't watched it yet but I will this month. It's on KG with subs.


Kakogiannis also directed The Trojan women. It's in English , but it's directed by a Greek director and it's set in ancient times (Troy was not Greece...)
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2. Mistérios de Lisboa / Mysteries of Lisbon (Port 10)

I read several comments about how difficult this was to follow, so took the precaution of looking up the Wikipedia page, which gives a detailed summary of the sequence of events in the film -- something I could refer to whenever I got confused.
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May 3 2014, 11:33:06 AM
You could also try Lysistrati (1972) that is a movie adaptation of the play written by Aristophanes. I haven't watched it yet but I will this month. It's on KG with subs.
Only the poor quality version is subbed. :( I think I'll wait for the better quality version to get subbed before I watch it.
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That Yugoslavia list is, as always, full of garbage movies that you better shouldn't waste your time on. I'll make you a true-quality list, if you agree.
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That Yugoslavia list is, as always, full of garbage movies that you better shouldn't waste your time on. I'll make you a true-quality list, if you agree.
There's already a link to your list in the first post.

https://mubi.com/lists/ex-yugoslavia-from-best-to-worst-1904-2013
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That Yugoslavia list is, as always, full of garbage movies that you better shouldn't waste your time on. I'll make you a true-quality list, if you agree.
There's already a link to your list in the first post.

https://mubi.com/lists/ex-yugoslavia-from-best-to-worst-1904-2013
I've made a better list at letterboxd.com with more than 500 titles, but didn't publish it. When I do so, I'll let you know so you can move this list away. MUBI opened new thoughts about cinema to me, so I re-ordered the films' positions vastly.
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3. Belarmino (1964, Portugal)
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5. Karkalou - Stavros Tornes 1994 6/10

It was voted asone of the 10 best Greek films by the Greek Film Critics Association. As you can see I was really impressed with it. I could see that Tornes had a vision but I had some serious problems with the execution. The main one was the bad acting. I get it that sometimes in weird, symbolic and even absurd films like this one acting is on purpose staged or over the top. Sometimes this works, sometimes it doesn't. Too bad. I had high hopes for this one.

6. Biya el-Khawatim (1965) - Youssef Chahine [Auliban, the Seller of Jokes] 7/10

I didn't expect to like this one. I like Chahine, but a musical? I wanted to watch it because it's something new for me. A musical in this language. It turns out that it was playful, interesting, with good music and of course let's not forget Fairuz who stars in this film. I don't know if most of you people who are not from the Balkans really know her. Here in Greece she is very well known. And she has a lovely voice.

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3. Vesikalı Yarim [My Prostitute Love] (1968) - 5/10 Law of the Border is a much better film, although this definitely isn't Turkish mafia bad. I'm kind of mad because right when I watched it an upgrade rip came out.
4. A comédia de Deus [God's Comedy] (1995) - 8/10 A black comedy that is described as a very sick film according to one imdb review. Obviously a comedy made for me.
5. Al-mummia (1969) - 7/10 A really great atmosphere

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3. Indigènes (2006, Algeria)
4. The Silences of the Palace (1994, Tunisia)
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