Did you see Berken's Challenge yet? 30 Days in May, 30 first time watches from 30 different countries.
Finally completed on 31st May, I sort of cheated a little, but then who didn't?
I had a great time with this challenge, I was inspired to actually watch the many films I'd already bought but not watched over the past few years (Breaking the Waves aside) and actually saw a lot more non-English language films outside of this challenge than I had done in the previous 12 months combined.
There were real disappointments amongst the final 30 but also 4 of my favourite 6 films were from directors entirely new to me which can only be a good thing. I have developed a new love of Eastern European cinema which has caused my wife to complain about the bleak content, so thanks for ruining my marriage Berken ;)
Now arranged in order of preference (links to reviews in the notes)