The 20 Best Women-Directed Films Of 2017
2017 was a historical year for the shape-shifting revelations that it brought to light. While I have no intentions of turning this into a propaganda piece, one simply can't look away from the fact that women directors are finally getting the attention they deserve. That said, there are still some fascinating and truly awe-inspiring women directed films that did not get the applause they deserved. The following list in no way wishes to differentiate between the male directors and the female ones. The only reason for it to exist is to get these 20 breathtaking films the kind of attention they need.
2017 was a historical year for the shape-shifting revelations that it brought to light. While I have no intentions of turning this into a propaganda piece, one simply can’t look away from the fact that women directors are finally getting the attention they deserve. That said, there are still some fascinating and truly awe-inspiring women directed films that did not get the applause they deserved. The following list in no way wishes to differentiate between the male directors and the female ones. The only reason for it to exist is to get these 20 breathtaking films the kind of attention they need.
Honorable Mentions: Before we get into the list, here are a few films that missed a spot on the list for some reason or the other. A young French woman trying to find herself in the most Frances Ha-esque fashion in Léonor Serraille’s Montparnasse Bienvenüe, Zoe Lister-Jones acting as a triple threat in her debut feminist feature Band-Aid, Naoko Ogigami’s sweet and tender Japanese transgender-drama Close-Knit & Kathryn Bigelow’s powerful tale of police-brutality in Detroit.
20. A Death in the Gunj | Director: Konkana Sen Sharma
Sometimes, it’s terrible to be a kid. It’s terrible when you are treated in a way that you certainly know isn’t right in the moral sense of being. Watching Konkona Sen Sharma’s A Death in the Gunj is like reading your personal diary from the days of childhood and discovering a beautiful butterfly stuck between the pages of rusted memories. The sad thing is, the butterfly was burnt with a magnifying glass just to become a bookmark in your life. A terrific, understated debut.
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Watch A Death in the Gunj On Amazon Prime.
19. Buster’s Mal Heart | Director: Sarah Adina Smith
“Buster’s Mal Heart” is essential a film about a man split into two. Me, you and everyone on the earth sometimes happen to be in a situation where the two sides of the brain seem to signal to all the possible things. The signals which sometimes questions what it’s like to be you. Adina’s film is something that David Lynch would imagine on a day of existential crises. It’s like a revolution inside a man’s mind who raided 0’s and 1’s until he decides to tear a new asshole into the time continuum.
Watch Buster’s Mal Heart on Netflix.
18. In Bed With Victoria | Director: Justine Triet
On the surface, this is pretty much any Katherine Heigl film. The onside of it is a terrifically written, performed and witty script held together by a great character study at its center. “In Bed with Victoria” is buoyed by an irresistible performance by Virginie Efira as the cheeky, vibrant and self-made, modern woman. While the film does fall into a lot of generic milieu and social relevance (including climatic adjustments of a rom-com), the film soars high with its energy and a terrific eye for humor.
Watch In Bed With Victoria on Mubi.
17. Summer 1993 | Director: Carla Simón
I think the toughest task for a film-maker is to get truly understated and moving performances out of a cast of young people. Carla Simón’s Summer 1993 is essentially a story of an orphaned six-year-old battling loneliness, confusion, isolation and instant change in her life. The feelings and emotions that are almost alien to her at this point and day in her age and the changes are too on the face for her. Simón shows her film through the eyes of two children and their daily play-routine in this beautiful, semi-autobiographical family drama. Achieving great emotional earnestness without succumbing to sentimentality.
16. Sami Blood | Director: Amanda Kernell
Belonging to the Sami, a nomadic Scandinavian tribe that has been discriminated against for centuries, the petite Ella-Marja is the center of this coming of age tale. Caught between the allure of the outside world, an angry loss of identity and a state of complete disbelief that she can’t have anything better, Amanda Kernell’s Sami Blood is the story of a persistent little girl who just can’t accept the fate that is being forced onto her.