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The Best Foreign Films Of 2019  

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Barry Ward, Martin McCann
Maze is a 2017 (US Release 2019) Irish adventure drama film written and directed by Stephen Burke, based on the IRA Maze prison escape. Inspired by the true events of the infamous 1983 prison ...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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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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Climax Sofia Boutella, Kiddy Smile, Roman Guillermic
Climax is a 2018 French musical psychological horror film written, co-edited and directed by Gaspar Noé. In the mid-1990s, a group of French dancers gather at an abandoned school for a ...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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Sandra Hüller, Franz Rogowski, Peter Kurth
In the Aisles (a.k.a. In den Gängen) is a 2018 German drama film directed by Thomas Stuber. Christian (Franz Rogowski) takes a job working the night shift at a big box store and joins a ...more
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Jessie Buckley, Matt Costello, Jane Patterson
Wild Rose is a 2018 British musical drama film directed by Tom Harper. A musician from Glasgow dreams of becoming a Nashville star.
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Yi Zhang, Chen Yao, Haoming Yu
The Eight Hundred is a 2019 Chinese war film directed by Hu Guan. In 1937, eight hundred Chinese soldiers fight under siege from a warehouse in the middle of the Shanghai battlefield, completely ...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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Iván Kamarás, Gabriella Hámori, Zalán Makranczi
Ruben Brandt, Collector is a 2019 Hungarian animated film directed by Milorad Krstic. A psychotherapist who suffers violent nightmares inspired by legendary works of art has four patients who ...more
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Carloto Cotta, Cleo Tavares, Anabela Moreira
Diamantino is a 2018 Portuguese comedy-drama film directed by Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt. After losing his special touch and ending his career in disgrace, the world's premier soccer ...more
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Tang Wei, Huang Jue, Sylvia Chang
Long Day's Journey into Night is a 2018 drama film directed by Bi Gan. Luo Hongwu (Huang Jue) returns to the hometown from which he fled many years before for his father's funeral and searches ...more
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Luana Velis, Johannes Benecke, Jan Bluthardt
Luz is a 2018 German horror film directed by Tilman Singer. A young cab driver, Luz (Luana Velis), shows up dazed at a police station as she is being pursued by a demonic entity.
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Natalia López, Phil Burgers, Carlos Reygadas
Our Time (a.k.a. Nuestro tiempo) is a 2018 Mexican drama film directed by Carlos Reygadas. In Mexico, Esther (Natalia López) and Juan (Carlos Reygadas) raise fighting bulls and are in an ...more
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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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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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Bill Wyman, Suzanne Accosta, Tony Chapman
The Quiet One is a 2019 British documentary film directed by Oliver Murray. The documentary offers a behind the scenes look at the life and career of Bill Wyman, former founding member of the ...more
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James Gallanders, Deragh Campbell, Daniel Fathers
Project Ithaca is a 2019 Canadian science fiction film directed by Nicholas Humphries. A group of strangers awaken on an alien spacecraft and must work together to find a way home.
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Tarcy Edwards
Maiden is a 2019 British documentary film directed by Alex Holmes. The film tells the story of Tracy Edwards who became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round ...more