Below are 10 fun facts; 1 from each of the second 10 movies showcased in World Movies Celebrates: 20 Years.
City of God
Voted movie of the year by Empire magazine in 2003 (it would be 6 years before another foreign language film tops the list: Let the Right One In).
The Motorcycle Diaries
When Ernesto and Alberto are at the Chuquicamata copper mine, the foreman shouts that the mine “isn’t a tourist attraction.” These days, it is.
Let The Right One In
Several tricks were used to create the right sound effects for some of the gorier scenes. Biting into sausages was used to replicate biting into skin and flesh, and drinking yogurt was used to sound like drinking blood. The sound of the children blinking was made by the skin of a grape rubbing against each other in an almost ‘blinking’ motion.
Is the most successful French-language film of all time in international theaters, smashing the previous record held by 2001’s Amelie.
Four live octopodes were eaten for the scene with Dae-su in the sushi bar, a scene which provoked some controversy abroad. Eating live octopus in Korea is commonplace although it is usually sliced first. When the film won the Grand Prix at Cannes, the director thanked the octopodes along with the cast and crew.
Run Lola Run
It took nearly five weeks to persuade a supermarket in Berlin to allow them to shoot the robbery sequence.
La Vie En Rose
To help portray √âdith Piaf, Marion Cotillard shaved back her hairline and shaved off her eyebrows, which were later pencilled in, to better resemble the singer.
The Crime Of Father Amaro
This movie began creating controversy even before it was released. Several groups, most of them related to church, tried to ban the movie. They did not succeed; instead, tickets were sold out on opening weekend due to the publicity it received.
To ensure the authenticity of the prison experience, Jacques Audiard hired former convicts as advisers and extras.
The audible heartbeats in the scene where Uxbal hugs his daughter were achieved on set with microphones stuck to the actors’ skin while they hugged.