1) A Separation
From Iran - This film is about a married couple that faced with some difficult life decisions and how those decisions may drive them apart. It stars the wonderful Peyman Moaadi who I cannot get enough of. This movie was wonderful, but the ending made me rage. I think both me and my husband yelled "what?" a little too loudly when we first saw it.
2) A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
From Iran* - This film is about a lonely vampire who lives in a town aptly named Bad City. This is one of the most stylish black and white movies I've ever seen. It was gorgeous. *It was produced by the US, but the cast is Iranian and it's in their native language, so I went with it.
3) Paradise Now
From Palestine: Two men who were childhood friends become suicide bombers. When their mission goes awry, they're forced to rethink their decisions. I saw this in theaters when it first came out and I found it to be really thought provoking. I'm ashamed that I only saw it that one time, it's something I need to watch again.