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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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5. Lady Macbeth | Director: William Oldroyd

Lady Macbeth‘s strength lies in its dissolving morality. At times, both – moody & macabre, the film never latches into fake aesthetics and truly trusts its central performance to take you the extra mile. With a mesmerizing turn by Florence Pugh, William Oldroyd swells the period drama with a smart and subtle placing of themes like race, obstinate desires, class division, and violence set in the 19th century. 

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4. The Levelling | Director: Hope Dickson Leach

Grief has become a recurring theme in many indie films in the recent past. It’s astonishing how these young film-makers still manage to find new ways to portray it. The Levelling is about a father & and daughter who are unable to come to terms with the death of a close one. The film is filled with rage and incomparable trauma inflicted by loss under its melancholic & silent edges. In her first film, Hope Dickson Leach tackles in the heavy theme of not being able to accept one’s fate when the universe seems to be playing against you with every other move.

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3. Raw | Director: Julia Ducournau

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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2. Columbus | Director: Kogonada

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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1. Hotel Salvation | Director: Shubhashish Bhutiani

Dying is a process, says one of the characters in Subhashish Bhutiani’s astutely calm and wondrous debut feature film Hotel Salvation (A.K.A Mukti Bhawan). It’s a beautiful contemplation of death and salvation, living and healing, dying and learning. Whoever lodges into the light of Bhutiani’s film can’t come out without being a more real person than they were before. It moves you to an extent where you embrace all the small things that define you or are suppose to define you and celebrate every new entity. Even if it is a loss of something truly yours.

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