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I am a huge fan of films. However, my tastes have grown far more "sophisticated" (if you will allow me the term) over the years. I especially enjoy films from Spain, France, and Italy. Of course, I enjoy a good film regardless of where it was made. This category will list my favourite tiles, their directors, actors, etc.

Individual titles

  • Zwartboek ("Black Book") (2006) — by director and writer Paul Verhoeven and writer Gerard Soeteman; starring Carice van Houten and Sebastian Koch.
  • Das Leben der Anderen ("The Lives of Others") (2006) — by writer and director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck; starring Ulrich Mühe and Sebastian Koch.
  • Babel (2006) — directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and written by Guillermo Arriaga.
  • Diarios de motocicleta ("The Motorcycle Diaries") (2004) — directed by Walter Salles; starring Gael García Bernal.
  • Artemisia (1997) — French film, directed by Agnès Merlet; starring Valentina Cervi as Artemisia Gentileschi).
  • The Dancer Upstairs (2002) — directed by John Malkovich; starring Javier Bardem.
  • The Good Shepherd (2006) — by director Robert De Niro and writer Eric Roth; starring Matt Damon.
  • Lucía y el sexo ("Sex and Lucía") (2001) — Spanish film, written and directed by Julio Medem; starring Paz Vega and Tristán Ulloa.
  • El otro lado de la cama ("The Other Side of the Bed") (2002) — Spanish film, directed by Emilio Martínez Lázaro; starring Paz Vega, Natalia Verbeke, Guillermo Toledo, and Ernesto Alterio.
  • Un long dimanche de fiançailles ("A Very Long Engagement") (2004) — French film, directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet; starring Audrey Tautou.
  • Le Libertin (2000) — French film, directed by Gabriel Aghion; starring Audrey Tautou.
  • Abre los ojos (1997) — Spanish film, directed by Alejandro Amenábar; starring Eduardo Noriega and Penélope Cruz.
  • Nadie conoce a nadie ("Nobody Knows Anybody") (1999) — Spanish film, directed by Mateo Gil; starring Eduardo Noriega.
  • Y tu mamá también ("And Your Mother Too") (2001) — Mexican film, directed by Alfonso Cuarón; starring Gael García Bernal.
  • Return to Paradise (1998) — directed by Joseph Ruben, written by Wesley Strick and Bruce Robinson; starring Anne Heche, Joaquin Phoenix, and Vince Vaughn.
  • Gladiator (2000) — directed by Ridley Scott; starring Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix.
  • Kingdom of Heaven (2005) — written by William Monahan, directed by Ridley Scott; starring Orlando Bloom, Eva Green, Jeremy Irons, Edward Norton, Liam Neeson.
  • American History X (1998) — directed by Tony Kaye and written by David McKenna; starring Edward Norton.
  • The House of the Spirits (1993) — directed by Bille August, based on a novel ("La Casa De Los Espíritus") by Isabel Allende; starring Jeremy Irons, Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, Winona Ryder, and Antonio Banderas.
  • The Merchant of Venice (2004) — directed by Michael Radford, written by William Shakespeare; starring Al Pacino as Shylock the Jew, Jeremy Irons as Antonio, Joseph Fiennes as Bassanio, and Lynn Collins as Portia.
  • Love Actually (2003) — written and directed by Richard Curtis; starring Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Alan Rickman, Bill Nighy, Keira Knightley, Martin Freeman, Emma Thompson, Andrew Lincoln, Laura Linney, Rowan Atkinson, and Thomas Sangster.
  • Schindler's List (1993) — directed by Steven Spielberg; starring Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, and Ralph Fiennes.
  • House of Sand and Fog (1999) — written by Andre Dubus III, directed by Vadim Perelman; starring Jennifer Connelly, Ben Kingsley, and Ron Eldard.
  • The Importance of Being Earnest (2002) — written by Oscar Wilde, directed by Oliver Parker; starring Colin Firth (John), Rupert Everett (Algy), Dame Judi Dench (Lady Bracknell), Reese Witherspoon (Cecily), Frances O'Connor (Gwendolen), Anna Massey (Miss Prism), and Tom Wilkinson (Dr. Chasuble).
  • Mystic River (2003) — written by Brian Helgeland (based on the novel Mystic River by Dennis Lehane), directed by Clint Eastwood; starring Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Marcia Gay Harden, Laura Linney, and Kevin Bacon.
  • The Shawshank Redemption (1994) — written and directed by Frank Darabont; starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman.
  • Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994) — starring Kenneth Branagh, Helena Bonham Carter, and Robert De Niro.
  • The Insider (1999) — directed by Michael Mann; starring Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, and Christopher Plummer.

Favourite directors

Favourite actors

  • Carice van Houten — Dutch
  • Sebastian Koch — German
  • Daniel Auteuil — French
  • Gael García Bernal — Mexican
  • Valentina Cervi — Italian
  • Eduardo Noriega — Spanish
  • Audrey Tautou — French
  • Paz Vega — Spanish
  • Javier Bardem — Spanish
  • Jean Reno — French
  • Jeremy Irons — British
  • Liam Neeson — Irish
  • Robert Redford — American
  • Al Pacino — American
  • Ben Kingsley — British
  • Jeremy Northam — British
  • Colin Firth — British
  • Morgan Freeman — American
  • Joaquim de Almeida — Portuguese/American
  • Dennis Haysbert — American
  • Thomas Kretschmann — German
  • Mélanie Thierry — French
  • Noémie Godin-Vigneau — Canadian
  • Oksana Akinshina (aka Оксана Акиньшина) — Russian

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