Looking for Foreign Films filmed in NYC
June 19, 2014 12:44 PM   Subscribe

Hello, everyone, I'm looking for non-American films that were filmed in NYC. I don't mean films that just take place in NYc but are filmed elsewhere (a la The ninth Gate) but films that were actually filmed in the city. They don't have to be in English, in fact it might be preferable if they weren't.
posted by I-baLL to Media & Arts (14 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
English Vinglish
posted by dhruva at 12:48 PM on June 19, 2014

I just saw Chinese Puzzle (French movie with Audrey Tautou) and that was filmed in NYC.

posted by frednorton at 12:50 PM on June 19, 2014

The surreal (and not particularly good) Ciao mascio (Bye Bye Monkey) was filmed in downtown Manhattan in the late 70s. You can see the fill on top of which today's Battery Park City rests.
posted by Bromius at 12:59 PM on June 19, 2014

Culled through this for you, as it's not always apparent whether films set in NYC were filmed here. But a few do qualify:

America Abbayi was an Indian thriller shot not just in NYC, but also in Detroit and Chicago.

Greeku Veerudu - parts of this Tamil love story were indeed filmed in NYC.

Kal Ho Naa Ho is a Bollywood comedy that shot mostly in Toronto, but did include some NYC shoots.

New York was a Bollywood response to 9/11, and they did indeed film in New York, with forays to Philadelphia.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist was a Swedish film about a Pakistani man living in New York, and was filmed in Urdu.

Ta Ra Rum Pum is a comedy about a poor guy living in New York who becomes a race car driver. Portions were indeed filmed in New York before zinging off to all sorts of NASCAR locations.

Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa" was filmed all over the damn place; in addition to New York, they also film in Malta and Rome.

I've been doing a lot of recent articles on the theme of "visit the filming locations of these [insert genre here] films" so I know how to track this shit.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 1:07 PM on June 19, 2014 [3 favorites]

There are a number of Bollywood films set (and filmed) in New York City.
posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld at 1:08 PM on June 19, 2014 [1 favorite]

Too fast for me, Empress.
posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld at 1:09 PM on June 19, 2014

Chantal Ackerman, Belgian, filmed several art/documentary films in NYC in the 70's. They were initially released in France:
News From Home
Hotel Monterey
La Chambre

I think there were a few more.
posted by kimdog at 2:28 PM on June 19, 2014

My Name is Tanino, an Italian movie about a young Sicilian man following an American girl back to the U.S. to return the video camera she left with him after meeting on vacation. It takes place in Sicily, Rhode Island and NYC. IMDb says it was filmed in New York but I'm not 100% sure.

2 Days in New York A French film about a couple living in NYC (played by Julie Delpy and Chris Rock) while her crazy French family comes to visit for a couple of days.
posted by Shadow Boxer at 2:28 PM on June 19, 2014 [1 favorite]

The Trapp family in America is a mostly German language film about the Sound of Music family.
posted by brujita at 2:47 PM on June 19, 2014

I remember watching and enjoying An Autumn's Tale, a film starring Chow Yun-fat. I haven't watch this movie for a long time though, so I'm not sure if it still holds up.
posted by applesurf at 6:11 PM on June 19, 2014

Kal Ho Naa Ho, mentioned by EmpressCallipygos, has a sort of spiritual sequel in Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, which was shot much more significantly in NYC.
posted by Sara C. at 7:36 PM on June 19, 2014

Steve McQueen's Shame is a British production.
posted by Smallpox at 6:34 AM on June 20, 2014

Szczęśliwego Nowego Jorku is a Polish movie. Haven't seen it, personally. Can't find a proper trailer but there's a bunch of YouTube search results.
posted by M. at 12:07 PM on June 20, 2014

In Claude Lelouch's À Nous Deux (1979), Catherine Deneuve and Jacques Dutronc end up in NYC after traveling by boat from France to Québec.
posted by tenderly at 2:07 PM on June 21, 2014

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