Monday, February 20, 2006


this post is for readers outside the US:
I know you're out there ~my site statistics point to an international readership. The Olympics have me thinking about the whole wide world this week. I've long been considered the go-to site for info on Oscar's Foreign Language Category. But I'd like to expand my international cinema coverage this coming year (not just for Oscar). I need some indigenous elves to help me work that particular magic.

I'm looking for people who are knowledgeable about and devoted to their homegrown cinema. If you only love/watch Hollywood films, it's not really what I need.

If you're interested in helping me out/keeping me updated as far as your national cinema, shoot me an email 'filmexperience (at) gmail (dot) com' with "foreign" in the subject line, tell me what country you're from, why you're interested, and whether or you have a blog or site or write online already? etc...

I can't promise if I'll take you up on your offer (in case there are many people from one country) or when I'll get back to you (Oscar Season and all) but this is for a future plan.


Glenn Dunks said...

Well, i'd be glad to help when it comes to Australia! My e-mail is screwing with me right now and I only have 10 minutes until i leave for a small vacation (2 days, 'tev) so I'll say it here.

On my blog I made a post a few weeks ago about Australian films being released in 2006 - or, about 15 of them. Because it was a 2006-anticipation entry and some I had knowledge about I had no interest in seeing.

I saw the trailer for "Candy" starring Heath Ledger and Geoffrey Rush amongst other Aussie identities. Looks good. The whole audience chuckled when it came on the screen "Academy Award Nominee - Heath Ledger" and the cinema was 90% full (for Transamerica of all things)

Okay, I gotta go now. Don't get too roudy without me around here. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Nathaniel:
I'm from Mexico. I studied medicine, but in my spare time I'm use to study cinema. It's really a pasion for me watching movies; I thing I'm one of those persons who really love this art, because I considere it as a hole manner of awsome expression, of emotion, of intelectuality.
I have written critics about movies to some universities, and of course I'm a fan of Hollywood and foreign cinema. So,if in some way I can help you just tell me.
Glad to make contact with you.
Sincerelly, Ikcaban
I will e-mail you.
Mexico City, february 2005.

Anonymous said...

how about people who are from the foreign country of red-state u.s.a.? we can review all the lowest common denominator megaplex crap, while you all the watchable stuff which we of course miss!

Anonymous said...

Apparently Candy got pretty mixed-to-negative buzz at the Berlin festival.

I'd volunteer to cover Australian films for you, Nate, but I'm just so damn unenthusiastic about my local industry that I feel kamikaze could do a better job than me.

I could also volunteer to cover the Macedonian film industry for you, except it doesn't exist. (Apart from Before the Rain, that Oscar-nominated, very earnest - but decent - ethnic tension drama in 1994, which won the Golden Lion at Venice, and Dust, that same director's uber-artsy, uber-pretentious and much-delayed follow-up with an international cast, which opened Venice and promptly bombed with the critics in 2001. There you go. You've got Macedonian cinema covered, right there.)

frozen_androgen said...

Im currently living in Mexico, for the past three years actually, but im sad to inform you that mexican cinema,as of this day, SUCKS, there aren't any interesting projects,neither on the screen nor in development.
In the past 5 years only three mexican films deserve to be consider "remarkable", those are : Amores Perros, Y Tu Mama Tambien y Temporada de Patos(Duck Season), the rest are nothing but garbage.

You see, the thing is, Mexico doesn't have a film industry, like Hollywood, or at least interesting filmmakers to create an indie movement, the mexican movies that are released (say 7 to 10 per year),the money to make those movies comes from the government, thay give that money to create new projects to IMCINE(Mexican Instite of Filmmaking), and those people, instead of sharing that money with new and fresh directors who might actually have something to say, they take it themselves and create they're own projects, or give it to people that are in that same sort of "mafia", and they create the types of movies that are nothing but sad and mediocre, and ultimatelly, the movies that people go see (i still haven't figured that out yet).
There are exceptions though, there is Battle in Heaven(which i have not seen, but its on DVD already) and Sangre, which i think won some award at Cannes last year, and hopefully there will be more interesting projects on the future.
Mexican cinema is not healthy right now, and its a coplex matter, to be discussed in a little blog comment space, but i'll try to keep you posted on new some shit(that wont happen any time soon).

Talk to ya later sexy!!!



Anonymous said...

Hi, I'm from Luxembourg, so I have a pretty good view on German, French, Belgian and of course Luxembourgish films (they do exist!). I could possibly help you, since I try not to miss most of them.

Javier Aldabalde said...

You know you can count on me when it comes to Uruguayan and Argentinean cinema.

Anonymous said...

I fancy myself an expert on all the Asian cinemas, but it would be easiest for me to help you with Thailand, which is where I live and work for now.


Anonymous said...

Hi nathaniel,
I could cover bosnian films, it will be easy because we make 2 movies a year in average; but still we are the stongest cinema in the region :P. "Grbavica" will probably be our oscar candidate for the next year, it won golden bear in Berlin

Abhinav said...

I'd love to help out with Indian cinema. I already sent you an email about it, with why, etc.

I'm studying a short course in Indian cinema now as well, and I have some access to rare, hard to find films, and classic ones. As well as new ones.


if any of you have posted herein but not writtten e-mails please do that, it's easier for me to keep organized.


Anonymous said...

I can help you about Brazilian Cinema...

Anonymous said...

Hey, Nathaniel! I'm from Venezuela. I think I could help with some of our national films.

My email is Bye, I'll be glad to help if I can and hey, love you and your site. Really, not being polite.

Anonymous said...


From the Philippines here and I am glad to help you.

You can reach me at a_loleng [at]

Anonymous said...

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...just to give you my sincere congratulations about your excelent web page.

ASAP I would deligthed to share my opinion and knowledgement about Spanish and European cinema with you.

Greetings from my Madrid.

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Blaz said...

Slovenia here! :D

It's not like our film industry is big or of any importance (well, we're a tiny country), but I can help you out. From time to time, our films make it to some festivals, in recent years, at Berlin, Karlovy Vary, Rotterdam and Venice and some other, smaller festivals.