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Foreign language, international films and film festivals: what's currently showing in Brisbane?

Last Updated: Tuesday, 20 February 2018

A selection of recent releases & coming soon:

Monster Hunt 2

Padman

Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion

Detective K

Menashe

Run

And many more

See our list of relevant Cinemas in Brisbane

Choose your language:
Albanian, Arabic, Afrikaans, Bosnian, Burmese, Cantonese, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Gaelic, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Irish, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Lao, Lebanese, Lingala, Malayalam, Maori, Nepali, Norwegian, Persian (Farsi), Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Samoan, Serbian, Slovak, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Tibetan, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, Yiddish, Zulu.


Albanian

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Afrikaans

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Bosnian

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Cantonese

Monster Hunt 2

Rating: CTC, Cantonese with English and Traditional Chinese subtitles

Release date: 16 February 2018

The story continues with Wuba after he parts way with his human parents Tian and Lan for his own journey. Peace has not been restored in the monster world after the death of the evil monster king as a sinister lord has ascended and seized the throne. A heavy bounty is placed on Wuba dead or alive, forcing him to go into hiding again. He encounters an ill-famed gambler Tu (Tony Leung Chiu-wai) who's deep in debt and seemingly up to no good. Together, they form a reluctant alliance in order to escape from their predicament.

Poster for Monster Hunt 2

More information: Monster Hunt 2 on IMDb

See it at: Hoyts.

Detective Chinatown II

Rating: CTC

Release date: 16 February 2018

Driven by the desire for the huge reward, Tang Ren (by Wang Baoqiang) tricked Qin Feng (by Liu Haoran) to New York, to attend the World Detective Contest,. Later on, behind the crazy competition, Qin and Tang discovered the real hidden facts of this contest.

Poster for Detective Chinatown II

More information: Detective Chinatown II on IMDb

See it at: Event Cinemas.

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Chinese (Mandarin)

The Monkey King 3: Kingdom Of Women

Rating: CTC, Mandarin with English subtitles

Release date: 15 February 2018

The film is the third instalment of the Monkey King series. As TANG Sanzang (Feng Shaofeng) and his three proteges head into the all-female territory in the Xi Liang nation known as the Kingdom of Women, they meet the ruler of the country (Zhao Liying). On SUN Wukong, the monkey king (Aaron Kwok)'s suggestion, TANG pretends to marry the ruler and lies that his three proteges will go to fetch the scriptures in place of him. Later, he pretends to see his students off and escapes with Sun Wukong's help when the four of them are safely outside the city.

Poster for The Monkey King 3: Kingdom Of Women

More information: The Monkey King 3: Kingdom Of Women on IMDb

See it at: Hoyts.

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Czech

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    French

      COMING SOON :

      Alliance Francaise French Film Festival

      Showing in Brisbane: 8 Mar – 4 Apr 2018

      Tickets go on sale: Wednesday 24 January 2018

      With a 29 year history, this French Film Festival has put itself of the map of must-see festivals!

      See it at: Palace Cinemas.

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    Greek

    Greek Film Society, Brisbane

    " We are an independent incorporated film society that aims to provide members with a stimulating program of films from old and new Greek Cinema including documentaries in a variety of genres, as well as films that relate to Greek Diasporic life and contact with other cinemas." - Greek Film Society Brisbane

    Poster for Greek Film Society

    More information: Greek Film Society, Brisbane.

    Facebook: Greek Film Society on Facebook.

    Our Own Maria Callas

    Rating: PG

    Release date: 21 February 2018

    Our Own Maria Callas is a dramatized documentary, highlighting the Hellenic origins of the great diva of opera. The film concentrates on Callas’ personal history, artistic achievement and her Greek roots. It explores the life of the famous opera singer, weaving archival footage with new scenes featuring actress Myrto Kamvisidi.

    Poster for Our Own Maria Callas

    More information: Our Own Maria Callas on IMDb

    See it at: Event Cinemas.

    COMING SOON :

    Winter On Kythera

    Greek with English subtitles

    This is a special screening on 24 February, 4pm at the New Farm Cinemas. Berlin-based, Greek-Australian film director, James Prineas, will be in Brisbane for this special event premier screening of his latest film Winter on Kythera. This event will include an extensive Q&A session, with James Prineas. Previous films screened in Brisbane, such as the highly acclaimed, Kythera mon Amour (2016) also directed by James Prineas, has attracted large numbers from the local Greek and wider community.

    Greece is a paradise bathed in sunshine and blessed with innumerable islands and beaches. But when Summer is over and the tourists have left, strange things sometimes happen! It is a time of year which many diaspora Greeks, of which there are hundreds of thousands in Australia and the US, have never experienced. In "Winter on Kythera" a young woman escapes to the Greek island of Kythera to live in an isolated shack. But has she really escaped? The film, like the season, has it's sunny moments mixed with ferocious winds and torrential rain. And, despite her attempts to avoid contact, there are more than just a few goats to deal with, even on the sparsely populated Kythera. Actress Maria Thanas stars in this journey of body and mind. Together with amazing local acting talent, together they cross paths at unexpected intervals. Although broadly a comedy, Winter on Kythera is never short of contemplative moments, which are authentic parts of every island existence.

    See it at the New Farm Cinemas: Winter on Kythera on IMDb

    More information: Winter on Kythera

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    Hebrew

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    Hindi

    Padman

    Rating : CTC, Hindi with English subtitles

    Release date: 9 February 2018

    Padman tells the life story of Tamil Nadu-based social activist Arunachalam Muruganantham, who revolutionised the concept of menstrual hygiene in rural India by creating a low-cost sanitary napkins machine.

    Poster for Padman

    More information: Padman on IMDb

    See it at: Hoyts.

    Padmaavat

    Rating: M

    Release date: 25 January 2018

    ‘Padmavati’ recounts the tale of Rani Padmavati – the legendary Mewar queen known as much for her beauty and intelligence as she was for her courage, her husband Maharawal Ratan Singh – a glorious Rajput ruler and a warrior king who fought till his dying breath to defend his kingdom and his wife’s honor and Sultan Alauddin Khilji – an ambitious and obsessive invader, who left no stone unturned in his pursuit of Padmavati.

    Poster for Padmaavat

    More information: Padmaavat on IMDb

    See it at: Event Cinemas.

    Aiyaary

    Rating: CTC, Hindi with English subtitles

    Release date: 9 February 2018

    Two Indian Army officers. A mentor. And his protégé. Two officers with a patriotic heart suddenly have a fallout. The mentor, Colonel Abhay Singh, intelligence par excellence has complete faith in the system of the country. While protégé Major Jai Bakshi thinks otherwise because of what he has seen and heard in his recent stint in surveillance. Jai Bakshi decides to turn rogue and this is what kicks off the story. Abhay has 36 hrs to rein in Jai while Jai sits on a secret that can bring down the Government.

    Poster for Aiyaary

    More information: Aiyaary on IMDb

    See it at: Hoyts.

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    Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety

    Rating: M

    Release date: 23 February 2018

    Titu is going to marry a perfect woman named Sweety. Titu's best-friend Sonu doubts Sweety's character and tries to break the marriage while Sweety tries to do opposite and which leads to war between Bromance and Romace.

     Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety

    More information: Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety on IMDb

    See it at: Event Cinemas.

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    Japanese

    Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion I - Initiation

    Rating: M, Japanese with English subititles

    Release date: 15 February 2018

    Japanese Anime based on the TV series Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion.

     Ex Files 3: The Return of the Exes

    See it at: Event Cinemas.

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    Ran

    Rating: M

    Release date: 4 March

    Japanese warlord Hidetori Ichimonji decides the time has come to retire and divide his fiefdom among his three sons. His eldest and middle sons – Taro and Jiro – agree with his decision and promise to support him for his remaining days. The youngest son Saburo disagrees with all of them arguing that there is little likelihood the three brothers will remain united. Insulted by his son’s brashness, the warlord banishes Saburo. As the warlord begins his retirement, he quickly realizes that his two eldest sons selfish and have no intention of keeping their promises. It leads to war and only banished Saburo can possibly save him.

    Poster for The Past

    See it at: Palace Cinemas.

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    Korean

    Along With the Gods

    Rating: M, Korean with English subtitles

    Release date: 11 January 2018

    After dying unexpectedly, firefighter Ja-hong is taken to the afterlife by three guardians, where only after passing seven trials and proving he lived a noble life will he be able to reincarnate. Based on the wildly popular web comic, ALONG WITH THE GODS: THE TWO WORLDS is a star-studded, action-packed fantasy epic about life, death, rebirth, and the unseen forces that guide us through all.

    Poster for Along With the Gods

    More information: Along with the Gods on IMDb

    See it at: Palace Cinemas.

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    Detective K – Secret of the Living Dead

    Rating: CTC

    Release date: 22 February 2018

    When a series of murders occur in Kanghwa Island, Detective K (KIM Myung-min) and his partner (OH Dal-soo) are once again called upon to solve the case. Along the way, he teams up with a beautiful woman (KIM Ji-won) with amnesia and together they discover Vampire bite marks on all the bodies. As they investigate further, they realize that the woman is somehow closely connected to the deaths.

    Poster for Detective K – Secret of the Living Dead

    More information: Detective K – Secret of the Living Dead on IMDb

    See it at: Event Cinemas.

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    Malayalam

    Aadhi

    Rating: unknown

    Some lies can be Deadly. Aadhi, an aspiring musician, travels to Banglore in hopes of making it big. While there, an unexpected event leaves him trapped, unable to return to his family and running for his life. Aadhi is a 2018 Indian Malayalam-language action thriller film written and directed by Jeethu Joseph.

    Aadhi

    More information: Aadhi

    See it at: Schonell Theatre.

    Only shown on two dates: 25 February and 4 March

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    Persian/Farsi

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    Punjabi 

    Laavan Phere

    Rating: PG

    Release date: 16 February 2018

    A young man stumbles upon a beautiful girl's Facebook profile and falls in love with her. He wants to marry her and all would've gone well if all three of his brothers-in-law would've not been pompous and blabbermouths. To add to his dismay, her soon-to-be father-in-law is also a short-tempered man and is also a Police Officer of Mauritius. Will the young man be able to marry the love of his life despite all the comical complications?

    Poster for Laavan Phere

    More information: Laavan Phere on IMDb

    See it at: Event Cinemas.

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    Samoan

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    Tamil

    COMING SOON :

    Naachiyaar

    Rating: MA15+, Tamil

    Release date: 16 February 2018

    Naachiyar is a Tamil movie starring Jyothika and G. V. Prakash Kumar in prominent roles. It is an action thriller directed by Bala with Ilaiyaraaja as the musician, forming part of the crew.

    Poster for Naachiyaar

    More information: Naachiyaar on IMDb

    See it at: Event Cinemas.

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    Yiddish

    Menashe

    Rating: PG

    Release date: 8 February 2018

    Deep in the heart of New York's ultra-orthodox Hasidic Jewish community, Menashe a kind, hapless grocery store clerk struggles to make ends meet and responsibly parent his young son, Rieven, following his wife Leah's death. Tradition prohibits Menashe from raising his son alone, so Rieven's strict uncle adopts him, leaving Menashe heartbroken. Meanwhile, though Menashe seems to bungle every challenge in his path, his rabbi grants him one special week with Rieven before Leah's memorial. It's his chance to prove himself a suitable man of faith and fatherhood, and restore respect among his doubters.

    Poster for The Past

    More information: Menashe on IMDb

    See it at: The Regal Twin.

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    CINEMAS:
    Blue Room Cinebar, Rosalie
    Cineplex, Balmoral, Hawthorne and Southbank
    Dendy Portside, Hamilton
    Event Cinemas, Myer Centre, Indooroopilly, Garden City and Chermside
    GoMA, South Bank
    Hoyts, Sunnybank
    Palace Barracks, Paddington
    Palace Centro, Fortitude Valley
    Powerhouse, New Farm
    Regal Twin , Graceville
    Schonell Theatre, UQ, St Lucia
    United Cinemas, Indooroopilly