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15. Ash is Purest White

Director: Jia Zhangke
Country: China, France | Language: Mandarin  | Runtime: 136 Mins.
Cast: Tao Zhao, Fan Liao, Yi’nan Diao

Qiao lives in a town descending into economic decline. Her boyfriend, a dashing gangster, works for a corrupt property developer. During a fight between rival gangs, she fires a gun to protect him and goes in jail for five years. She emerges from prison to find that her former mafia associates have moved into legitimate business, and Bin has found another moll. Qiao seeks revenge but, more importantly, she searches for a new identity in this changing China. Jia Zhangke’s film Still Life (2006) won the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival and his A Touch of Sin (2013) won the Best Screenwriter Award at the Cannes Film Festival.

14. High Life

Director: Claire Denis
Country: Germany, France, USA, UK, Poland | Language: English | runtime: 110 Mins.
Cast: Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, André Benjamin 

Deep space. Beyond our solar system. Monte and his infant daughter Willow live together aboard a spacecraft, in complete isolation. A solitary man, whose strict self- discipline is a protection against desire – his own and that of others – Monte fathered the girl against his will. Once the member of a crew of prisoners, Monte was a guineapig sent on a mission to the black hole closest to Earth. Now only he and his daughter remain. But Monte’s changed. Through his daughter, for the first time, he experiences the birth of an all-powerful love.

13. Blackkklansman

Director: Spike Lee
Country: USA | Language: English | Runtime: 135 Mins.
Cast: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier

It’s the early 1970s, a time of great social upheaval as the struggle for civil rights rages on. Ron Stallworth becomes the first African-American detective on the Colorado Springs Police Department, but his arrival is greeted with skepticism and open hostility by the department’s rank and file. Undaunted, Stallworth resolves to make a name for himself and a difference in his community. He bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. BlacKkKlansman won the Jury Grand Prize at Cannes this year.

Also, Read – A Spike Lee Joint: BlacKkKlansman 

12. Non-Fiction

Director: Olivier Assayas
Country: France | Language: French | Runtime: 106 Mins.
Cast: Guillaume Canet, Juliette Binoche, Vincent Macaigne

Alain, a successful Parisian publisher struggling to adapt to the digital revolution, has major doubts about the new manuscript of Léonard, one of his long-time authors – another work of auto-fiction recycling his love affair with a minor celebrity. Selena, Alain’s wife, a famous stage actress, is of the opposite opinion. Olivier Assayas has been nominated for the Palme d’Or, the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival, four times.

Also by Olivier Assayas – Personal Shopper [2016] Review: An Imaginative Examination Of Grief and Personal Identity

11. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Director: Joel Coen And Ethan Coen
Country: USA | Language: English | Runtime: 132 Mins.

Cast: James Franco, Liam Neeson, David Krumholtz

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a six-part Western anthology film, a series of tales about the American frontier told through the unique and incomparable voice of Joel and Ethan Coen. Each chapter tells a distinct story about the American West. Ethan and Joel Coen have been making movies for 35 years. They have won the Academy Award four times, for Best Picture, Director, Original and Adapted Screenplay.

Also by Coen Brothers – Inside Llewyn Davis [2013] Review: Wings Of Folk Singer’s Desire 

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