The 50 Best Films Of 2017
20. Princess Cyd | Director: Stephen Cone | Language: English
I would like to think that one of the essential parts in the process of growing up is, in fact, learning to understand that people have their own different taste, their own different pride and their own different and unique kinds of happiness. Chronicling the life of a 16-year-old visiting her author aunt, Stephen Cone’s “Princess Cyd” gets that feeling of understanding exactly right. Which makes this little film – A quite little wonder.
19. Raw | Director: Julia Ducornau | Language: French
French film-maker Julia Ducornau’s Raw is a chilling body horror about the compromises of growing up. Filmed inside the walls of a veterinary school, the film juggles complicated matters faced by a young girl from the likes of presenting themselves to the world to discussing contemplative questions which differ a human from an animal. The social commentary is however wrapped deep under a cannibalistic horror fantasy that will soon be hailed as a modern horror masterpiece.
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18. By The Time It Gets Dark | Director: Anocha Suwichakornpong | Language: Thai
We have seen the very fabric of reality being turned upside down in films. Anocha Suwichakornpong’s “By the Time it Gets Dark” turns the reality in the film into a mystical, magical and meditative contemplation of film-making itself. With visual nods to well known contemporary Asian filmmakers like Wong Kar-wai & most importantly to Thai master filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Anocha’s film questions if it’s possible to make a historical film about a place that doesn’t have any history, whilst also providing a trippy, bewildering answer with her creation itself.
17. Western | Director: Valeska Grisebach | Language: German
Meinhard (Meinhard Neumann) who plays the protagonist in Valeska Grisebach’s slow-burning clash of male testosterone & cultural ideologies resembles the mustached stoic main-man in most Sergio Leone films. Riffling its title to encompass a varied number of juggling themes, genres and a sidelined border that still prevails in contemporary Europe, Grisebach’s film is a subtle, life-like documentations of a set of men (composing both sides of the language barrier) and the quotidian life that faces a cross-over when a horse, water-distribution & a young woman come into the mix. Refiguring the classic western motifs into a minimalistic story about masculine tension without losing so much as an iota of realism, Valeska Grisebach’s “Western” roots itself in a kind rootlessness that can only be witnessed and not explained.
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16. Suntan | Director: Argyris Papadimitropoulos | Language: Greek
“Suntan” is about a man who is disappointed with his life. Apart from seeing all his friends race past him and become successful, his life has become a sorry chore. Argyris Papadimitropoulos’s Suntan will burn your skin with darkness. A loaded, unforgiving portrayal of a man destroyed by a single passionate experience. A devastating character study where desire turns to obsession and loneliness beseech into destructive insanity. Featuring an Efthymis Papadimitriou at his best as a paranoid man who loses his sense of understanding to the excess of booze and another chance at youthfulness.