Top 10: Best English Language Debuts From Foreign Directors


    When foreign filmmakers transition to English language cinema, there are often mixed results. Some of them land right out of the gate but others have a difficult transition. This week, French director Claire Denis makes her English-language debut with “High Life.” Meanwhile, Hirokazu Kore-eda is making his debut as well. After “Shoplifters” earned a Foreign Language Film nomination, Kore-eda has “The Truth” which could be a possible awards contender. In honor of their upcoming efforts, here are the ten best English language transitions from foreign filmmakers.

    10“Prisoners” (2013)
    dir. Denis Villeneuve

    9“Stoker” (2013)
    dir. Park Chan-Wook

    8“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” (2011)
    dir. Tomas Alfredson

    7“Disobedience” (2018)
    dir. Sebastian Lelio

    6“Snowpiercer” (2014)
    dir. Bong Joon-Ho

    5“Jackie” (2016)
    dir. Pablo Larrain

    4“The Others” (2001)
    dir. Alejandro Amenabar

    3“The Lobster” (2016)
    dir. Yorgos Lanthimos

    2“Repulsion” (1965)
    dir. Roman Polanski

    1“Breaking the Waves” (1996)
    dir. Lars von Trier