foreign films

  • Golden Globe Awards

The Vigil (USA)

Nearly half a century since The Exorcist won four Golden Globe awards, including Best Director and Best Motion Picture - Drama, and then also went on to became the first horror movie nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, the horror genre still has a certain “black sheep” reputation in too many cinema circles. It’s been embraced and explored by undeniable auteurs, from Alfred Hitchcock and Roman Polanski to Stanley Kubrick and Darren Aronofsky, but too many critics have a reductive view of the genre’s narrative trappings, often seeing only literalism rather than, in its most interesting presentations, a way to metaphorically explore both innate human fears as well as various problems and issues informing societal unease.
  • Golden Globe Awards

A State of Madness (Dominican Republic)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, a Best Picture Golden Globe and Oscar winner in 1976, made such an indelible impression on viewers that for decades since its release, it has colored an audience’s view of both mental institutions and movies that take place within them. Based on a true story, A State of Madness slowly and subtly upends some of those expectations, using its setting as a means by which to explore the larger moral rot of the system that surrounds it.