The 50 Best Films Of 2017
15. The Killing Of A Sacred Deer | Director: Yorgos Lanthimos | Language: English
Cementing himself as one of the greatest directors working today, the Greek New Wave solicitor Yargos Lanthimos’s latest outing is a bizarre, twisted & deader than deadpan comedy that questions traditional Greek mythology against the ever-nervous contemporary human condition and its veil, unpredictable nature. “The Killing of Sacred Deer” is about the shiny world that is hollow, horrific and horrendous from the inside.
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14. A Fantastic Woman | Director: Sebastián Lelio | Language: Spanish
Featuring one of the greatest central performances of 2017 by Daniela Vega, “A Fantastic Woman” is one of the most (if not the most important) films for the queer cinema canon. Disguised as a tender tale of seeking what is one’s own, Leilo’s film is about the essential need of bringing the gap between ignorance and understanding a little closer. It’s essentially a film about the struggle that its heroine has to face when grief-stricken, but at the end of the day, it’s about the love that holds her together.
13. Columbus | Director: Kogonada | Language: English
Video-essayist-turned-film-maker Kogonada’s Columbus is really about understanding the aesthetics of life. About understanding what holds us back and what really keeps us going. In only his first film, Kogonada beautifully orchestrated a film that understands how and why empty spaces & architectural backdrops are just as important as a single line of dialogue. The kind of humane, realistic portrayal that he shows with his two lost characters evokes the mastery of modern masters like the Japanese humanist film-maker Hirokazu Kore-eda & the warm sensory feeling of a Jim Jarmusch film.
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12. The Florida Project | Director: Sean Baker | Language: English
Sean Baker’s “The Florida Project” shows the other side of America. The one that is poor and has a short-lived life with the rent always on due. Which makes it almost unbelievable when he shows it with such magical purity that you can’t help but feel rainbows floating above your head. Shown through the eyes of Little Moone, the film is a poignant and gorgeous coming of age drama in a place that is just 100 meters away from the Happiest Place on Earth.
11. All These Sleepless Nights | Director: Michal Marczak | Language: Polish
In Michal Marczak’s All These Sleepless Nights, two polish twenty-something are seen fleeting through Warsaw trying to fit into the vibrant youthful malice where loneliness feels like a curse. Playing himself, Krzysztof Baginski is Marczak’s trigger point into the lucid dreamlike life of the young. The twenties are mostly about a lot of things. Figuring life out and falling in and out of love is merely a part of it. Premiered at the Sundance film festival 2017, time seems to float seamlessly in Marczak’s film. Which is why these breakups, patch-ups, and fuckups feel more than just trivial things, they are essentially the times when we grow up.