2019

The Best Foreign Films Of 2019  

Jason Bancroft
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Looking for great 2019 foreign films? Then you are in the right spot. Cinema has a language all its own and some of the best movies of 2019 originated all over the globe. From Europe to Asia to South America and beyond the best foreign language films detail stories of universal humanity. Korean comedies and French love stories are among the most highly anticipated new foreign films being released in 2019.

What movies will you find on this list of the best foreign films of 2019? Hong Sang-soo's Hotel by the River finds the lives of hotel guest intersecting in unexpected ways. Ki Joo-Bong, Kim Min-hee, and Kwon Hae-hyo are featured in the film's cast. The Italian mob is the subject of Matteo Garrone's upcoming film, Dogman. Netflix is also bringing foreign movies to their platform with The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind and Paris is Us.

After receiving rave reviews at Cannes in 2018, Sorry Angel is being released to wider audiences in 2019. Ayka and Extreme Job are also 2019 foreign films to look forward to this year.

Which 2019 foreign language movie do you think deserves the top spot on this list? Give your favorites a vote up and vote down the foreign movies you didn't like.

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Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong
Parasite is a 2019 South Korean dark comedy thriller film directed by Bong Joon-ho. An unemployed driver (Song Kang-ho) and his out-of-work family takes peculiar interest in the wealthy and ...more
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Ugo Chiti, Damiano D'Innocenzo, Fabio D'Innocenzo
Dogman is a 2018 Italian drama film directed by Matteo Garrone. A well-liked dog groomer and small-time cocaine dealer (Marcello Fonte) attempts to keep his life together while dealing with a ...more
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Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Davíð Þór Jónsson, Magnús Trygvason
Woman at War is a 2018 internationally co-produced comedy-drama thriller film written, produced and directed by Benedikt Erlingsson. A choir conductor, Halla (Halldóra ...more
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Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sanya Malhotra, Farrukh Jaffar
Photograph is a 2019 Indian-American coming-of-age romantic drama film directed by Ritesh. A struggling street photographer Rafi (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), based in Mumbai, convinces a stranger, ...more
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Franz Rogowski, Paula Beer, Godehard Giese
Transit is a 2018 German drama film written and directed by Christian Petzold, based on the novel by Anna Seghers. A man (Franz Rogowski) flees France after the Nazi invasion and assumes the ...more
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Sofia Boutella, Kiddy Smile, Roman Guillermic
Climax is a 2018 French musical psychological horror film directed by Gaspar Noé. In the mid-1990s, a group of French dancers gather at an abandoned school for a late-night rehearsal when ...more
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Samantha Mugatsia, Sheila Munyiva, Neville Misati
Rafiki is a 2018 Kenyan drama film directed by Wanuri Kahiu. Kena (Samantha Mugatsia) and Ziki (Sheila Munyiva) are the daughters of two political rivals who fall in love amidst family and ...more
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Zhao Tao, Liao Fan, Yi'nan Diao
Ash Is Purest White is a 2018 Chinese drama film directed by Jia Zhangke. A story of violent love within a time frame spanning from 2001 to 2017.
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Hakim Faris, Victoire Du Bois, Patrick d'Assumçao
I Lost My Body is a 2019 French animated film directed by Jérémy Clapin, based on the novel Happy Hand by Guillaume Laurant. A severed hand escapes from a Parisian laboratory and ...more
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White Snake Zhe Zhang, Tianxiang Yang, Xiaoxi Tang
White Snake is a 2019 Chinese American animated fantasy film directed by Amp Wong and Ji Zhao. Blanca is the white snake demon who loses her memory while disguised as a human and falls in love ...more
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Melvil Poupaud, Denis Ménochet, Swann Arlaud
By the Grace of God is a 2019 French-Belgian drama film directed by François Ozon. When church-goer Alexandre (Melvil Poupaud), discovers that Father Preynat, the priest who abused him as ...more
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Peng Yuchang, Zhang Yu, Wang Yuwen
An Elephant Sitting Still is a 2018 Chinese film written, directed and edited by Hu Bo, based on a story from his 2017 novel Huge Crack. On one suspenseful day from dawn to dusk, in the Chinese ...more
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Carmina Martínez, Natalia Reyes, José Acosta
Birds of Passage is a 2018 Colombian crime film directed by Ciro Guerra and Cristina Gallego. In the late '60s and '70s, a Wayuu family rises and falls during the early days of illegal drug ...more
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Antonio Banderas, Asier Etxeandia, Leonardo Sbaraglia
Pain and Glory is a 2019 Spanish drama film directed by Pedro Almodóvar. A film director past his prime, Salvador Mallo (Antonio Banderas) reflects on the decisions he's made throughout ...more
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Park Seo-joon, Ahn Sung-ki, Woo Do-hwan
The Divine Fury is a 2019 South Korean action horror film written and directed by Jason Kim. A martial arts champion gains divine powers to fight with a powerful evil force.
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Maeve Higgins, Barry Ward, Will Forte
Extra Ordinary is a 2019 Irish horror comedy film directed by Mike Ahern and Edna Loughman. Rose Dooley (Maeve Higgins) is a sweet and lonely driving instructor in rural Ireland who has ...more
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Chiwetel Ejiofor, Noma Dumezweni, Joseph Marcell
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a 2019 British drama film directed by and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor. A boy in Malawi helps his village by building a wind turbine after reading about them in a ...more
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Sasha Luss, Helen Mirren, Luke Evans
Anna is a 2019 English-language French crime thriller film written and directed by Luc Besson. Beneath Anna Poliatova's (Sasha Luss) striking beauty lies a secret that will unleash her indelible ...more
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Dilma Rousseff, Michel Temer, Eduardo Cunha
The Edge of Democracy (a.k.a. Democracia em Vertigem) is a 2019 Brazilian documentary film directed by Petra Costa. Both a documentary and a memoir, The Edge of Democracy documents the ...more
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Toni Servillo, Elena Sofia Ricci, Riccardo Scamarcio
Loro is a 2018 Italian biographical drama film directed by Paolo Sorrentino. Sergio Morra (Riccardo Scamarcio) is a young businessman from Taranto who manages small-scale trafficking of young ...more
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Golshifteh Farahani, Emmanuelle Bercot, Zübeyde Bulut
Girls of the Sun is a 2018 French drama film directed by Eva Husson. A Kurdish female battalion prepares to take back their town from extremists.
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Noémie Schmidt, Grégoire Isvarine, Marie Mottet
Paris Is Us is a 2019 French drama feature film directed by Elisabeth Vogler. After surviving a plane crash, Anna moves further away from reality and the present as she is taken in the vertigo ...more
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Stephen Campbell Moore, Sophie Cookson, Tom Hughes
Red Joan is a 2018 British spy drama film directed by Trevor Nunn, based on the novel by Jennie Rooney and inspired by the life of Melita Norwood.
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Euphoria Alicia Vikander, Eva Green, Charlotte Rampling
Euphoria is a 2017 Swedish-British-German drama film (2019 US theatrical release) written and directed by Lisa Langseth. Ines (Alicia Vikander) and Emilie (Eva Green) are sisters in conflict ...more
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Aydin Doğu Demirkol, Murat Cemcir, Bennu Yıldırımlar
The Wild Pear Tree is a 2018 Turkish drama film directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan. A passionate young writer, Sinan Karasu (Aydın Doğu Demirkol), returns to his home village and attempts to raise ...more