If you can’t tell from Hollywood’s addiction to English-language remakes, English is an important language in the film industry. No, not that written stuff at the bottom of the screen in a foreign film (they’re called subtitles, guys!), but good ol’ spoken ‘American.’ For better or worse, Earth’s most widely spoken tongue is the language of global entertainment; not only does it open a lucrative international market, it brings together creative talents from around the world.
Can you make a movie in a new language without losing anything in translation? These English-language debuts from international directors did it best.