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10. Widows

Director: Steve McQueen
Country: USA, UK | Language: English | Runtime: 128 Mins.
Cast: Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki

In debt because of their dead husbands’ criminal activities, four women take fate into their own hands and conspire to build a future on their own terms. Steven McQueen is a British film director, producer, screenwriter, and video artist. For his 2013 film, 12 Years a Slave, he won an Academy Award, BAFTA Award for Best First Film For Hunger, and the award for Best Director from the New York Film Critics Circle.

Also by Steven McQueen – Shame [2011] Review: A Chilling Implosion Of Desensitized Individual

9. House That Jack Built

Director: Lars Von Trier
Country: Denmark, Sweden, France, Germany| Language: English | Runtime: 155 Mins.
Cast: att Dillon, Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman

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The USA in the 1970s. We follow the highly intelligent Jack through five incidents and are introduced to the murders that define Jack’s development as a serial killer. He views each murder as an artwork in itself, even though his dysfunction gives him problems in the outside world.

Also by Lars von Trier – Melancholia [2011] Review: Alien on Earth




8. An Elephant Sitting Still

Director: Hu Bo
Country: China | Language: Mandarin | Runtime: 234 Mins.
Cast: Yu Zhang, Yuchang Peng, Uvin Wang

The story links together the lives of a number of protagonists, narrating the course of one single, tension-filled day from dawn to dusk, and along the way, painting a portrait of a society marked by selfishness. HU Bo was a Chinese novelist and director. He graduated from the Beijing Film Academy in 2014 with a B.F.A. in direction. He wrote two novels – Huge Crack and Bullfrog, both published in 2017. He committed suicide after finishing An Elephant Sitting Still.

Related – AN ELEPHANT SITTING STILL [2018]: ‘TIFF’ REVIEW – A GRITTY ROMANTICISM WITH FATALISM




7. In Fabric

Director: Peter Strickland
Country: UK | Language: English | Runtime: 118 Mins.
Cast: Gwendoline Christie, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Caroline Catz

In Fabric is set against the backdrop of a busy winter sales period in a department store and follows the life of a cursed dress as it passes from person to person, with devastating consequences. Peter Strickland has written and directed critically acclaimed films like Katalin Varga (2009), Berberian Sound Studio (2012) and The Duke of Burgundy (2014).

Also by Peter Strickland – BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO [2012]: SOUND OF PARANOIA




6. Long Day’s Journey into Night


Director: Bi Gan

Country: China, France, Taiwan | Language: Guizhou Dialect | Runtime: 140 Mins.
Cast: Sylvia Chang, Yongzhong Chen, Jue Huang

Luo Hongwu returns to Kaili, his hometown, from where he fled several years ago. He begins the search for the woman he loved, and whom he has never been able to forget. She said her name was Wan Quiwen. Writer-director Bi Gan’s critically acclaimed debut feature, Kaili Blues, won the Best Emerging Director Award at the 68th Locarno International Film Festival. His second feature, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, made its premiere in Un Certain Regard at the 71st Cannes Film Festival.

Also by Bi Gan – KAILI BLUES [2016] REVIEW: A POETIC JOURNEY IN A TIME WARP




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