I used to watch the Oscars with such acute frustration during the foreign-language and short subject segments because the nominees looked so intriguing and I knew I had as much chance of seeing most of them as I did of having tea with Kate Hepburn. But channels of distribution have gotten progressively better, so that extraordinary films from every continent are literally at our fingertips. Exploring the resources of Daedalus's own listings of foreign-language films on DVD is always gratifying because they form such a robust component of my "to view" queue.
International films in stock that have won or been nominated for Oscars include Spanish auteur Pedro Almodóvar's Volver and All About My Mother; the late, great Akira Kurasawa's Rashomon; and the wonderful Czech film Divided We Fall. In case you're having post-Oscar letdown, these are films of real artistry and substance.
|Almodóvar's films always have such a delightful range of roles for women|
|Divided We Fall: A darkly humorous exploration of character |
amidst the fear and privations of wartime