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BAFTA Awards 2016 - Film Not In The English Language

Awards season is upon us, and whilst the mainstream mega movies do battle, UK Film Review take a look at some of the best offerings from world cinema, in particular the films nomiated at this year's BAFTA Awards in the category for Film Not In The English Language.

The Assassin

Directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien, this beautifully filmed martial arts movie has done phenomenally with the film critics, gaining 4 and 5 star reviews.

The Plot:

9th century China, a 10-year-old general’s daughter Nie Yinniang is abducted by a nun who initiates her into the martial arts, transforming her into an exceptional assassin charged with eliminating cruel and corrupt local governors. One day, having failed in a task, she is sent back by her mistress to the land of her birth, with orders to kill the man to whom she was promised - a cousin who now leads the largest military region in North China.

After 13 years of exile, the young woman must confront her parents, her memories and her long-repressed feelings. A slave to the orders of her mistress, Nie Yinniang must choose: sacrifice the man she loves or break forever with the sacred way of the righteous assassins.

Here's a clip:

Force Majeure

Directed by Ruben Östlund

The Plot:

A family on a ski holiday in the French Alps find themselves staring down an avalanche during lunch one day; in the aftermath, their dynamic has been shaken to its core, with a question mark hanging over their patriarch in particular.


Directed by Abderrahmane Sissako

The Plot:

A cattle herder and his family who reside in the dunes of Timbuktu find their quiet lives - which are typically free of the Jihadists determined to control their faith - abruptly disturbed.

Here's a clip:

Wild Tales

Written and directed by Damián Szifron, Wild Tales is made up of six short stories that explore the extremities of human behavior involving people in distress. The movie stars Darío Grandinetti, María Marull, Mónica Villa.


Directed by Naji Abu Nowar

The Plot:

In the Ottoman province of Hijaz during World War I, a young Bedouin boy experiences a greatly hastened coming of age as he embarks on a perilous desert journey to guide a British officer to his secret destination.

Watch the movie trailer for Theeb below:


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