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The 15 Best Directorial Debuts Of 2017

Here are 15 film-makers who not only constructed a universe of their own in these little stories but also made some of the most sensational films of 2017

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10. All You Can Eat Buddha | Director: Ian Lagarde

A lot is served on the hot plate of celluloid vision in Ian Lagarde’s All You Can Eat Buddha. The real question is – How much of it can you digest? Skimming as a holiday getaway until it knocks every convention to become something truly surreal and baffling, Lagarde’s film explores the human complexity and non-complexity in a decaying world. With a talking Octopus & a veil need for unscrupulous gluttony, the film looks into the process of gaining divinity with all the baggage that drags along.




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9. The Wretched | Director: Shlok Sharma

There’s a sense of explosiveness that boils up beneath all that’s going on in Shlok Sharma’s The Wretched (Haraamkhor). Like every little secret love affair, the film lies right on the boundary of moral transgression and universal hate. However, Shlok Sharma’s incredible sense of covering the boundaries whilst questioning love, loneliness, and vulnerability evokes subtle greatness that his little film boldly puts on its shoulder like a cape made of wretched cloth pieces. 




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8. Custody | Director: Xavier Legrand

Sorted from the perspective of 12-year old Julien & unfolding in the matter of a few days, “Custody” explores domestic terror right through the gates. Despite playing on familiar notes, French filmmaker Xavier Legrand’s debut feature film about toxic masculinity plaguing the lives of a family brings the terror home. The fear that shadows their life is so intense and real, that watching the film feels like being there besides the camera as the terror takes a toll on you. 




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7. Valley Of Shadows | Director: Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen

Norweign film-maker Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen’s Valley Of Shadows is a moody atmospheric symphony of adolescent confusion.  Overlapping dreams and imaginations with a great understating of grief, loss and a dreaded sense of place, Gulbrandsen’s film talks more with its mesmerizing gothic frames and an eerie, transcendental score by the Polish musical legend Zbigniew Preisner than it does through its petite central character.  However, the images are so powerful that they lurk into your head long after they have blurred into your conscience. 




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6. Lady Bird | Director: Greta Gerwig

Using her incomprehensible maniac, radical energy, Greta Gerwig molds the generic highschool coming-of-age films with an astutely observed love story between a daughter and her mother. In her solo directorial debut, she washes over genre convention with a grand understanding of her environment. Gerwig’s Lady Bird works because it knows that a place (which we never give any importance to, least trying to escape it all the time) builds one’s character more than anything else. 




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