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Best World Cinema of 2018 so far (10+1list)

Best World Cinema of 2018 so far

written by Souranath Banerjee

Half the year is gone and you film-buffs are counting the good ones you have watched. If not – then you should be!

Best-World-Cinema-of-2018-so-farThis year World Cinema is really at its best, acclaimed directors from countries all around the world have given us some awesome films to cherish. Every genres touched, all emotions taken care of. A pretty complete experience!

Till now it has been what we film-lovers like to call it ‘a satisfying year’. Hope you agree.

And let’s also hope the rest of the year goes well. Fingers crossed.

So here we go – the Best World Cinema of 2018 so far. Relax and enjoy the flashback!

10. Lean on Pete (2017)

Country: UK

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzlazAyylw8

Best-World-Cinema-of-2018-so-farCertain films through their simple emotional storytelling and natural performances leaves a certain mark on you.

Directed by Andrew Haigh, this is one such film that narrates a story of a young boy’s love for a horse and more importantly his will to survive all the adversities of life!

Charlie Plummer is a star who has all the signs to make it real big!

9. November (2017)

Country: Estonia

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzEcTKUHxJc

Best-World-Cinema-of-2018-so-farSet in a Medieval Estonian village, where the villagers struggle to survive the winter by any means – and stealing is definitely the first option! A fantasy world where love can be manipulated by magic and folk remedies.

Directed by Rainer Sarnet, keep in mind that this one is certainly the most weird film in the list so that nothing can surprise you.

Especially beware of the ‘Kratts’.

8. Spoor (2017)

Pokot (original title). Country: Poland

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O96ZznajP5s

Best-World-Cinema-of-2018-so-farA series of murders to which only an old lone woman has the clue. But will the others listen to her? A sophisticated crime thriller that makes the necessary appeal to stop murdering the wild life.

From the acclaimed director Agnieszka Holland (of Europa Europa fame) and Kasia Adamik, this unconventional movie that will surprise you, shock you and make you think of our current social responsibilities.

7. BPM (Beats Per Minute) (2017) 

120 battements par minute (original title). Country: France

Film Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVAw7JfTqBU

Best-World-Cinema-of-2018-so-farIn the early 1990’s France, AIDS flooding through the country like an epidemic specially in the gay community. A group of activists in Paris demand action from the government and pharmaceutical companies in order to combat this deadly disease.

Directed by Robin Campillo, this sensational film is so full of life and  also so important in depicting that particular period of chaos and awareness.

6. Foxtrot (2017) 

Country: Israel 

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrBEDEmUceM

Best-World-Cinema-of-2018-so-farA desolate military post guarded by young soldiers, and then there is a tragedy. The movie not only focuses on the grieved family of a deceased son but also takes a critical view on the Israeli military and the country’s overall political situation.

Directed by Samuel Maoz, a superbly emotional drama, slow yet riveting with some great performances and excellent visuals.  A must watch!

5. Bad Genius (2017) 

Country: Thailand

Film Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLdhN4oMxCQ

Best-World-Cinema-of-2018-so-far‘If you don’t cheat, life will cheat on you.’

A story inspired by true events where a genius student who makes money by cheating is invited to play on a bigger platform. And there is no price and place for failure!

Directed by Nattawut Poonpiriya, a tight script and solid performances keep you engaged throughout the crime drama.

4. The Death of Stalin (2017)

Country: UK

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPpXFnHoC-0

Best-World-Cinema-of-2018-so-farA rare historical comedy that humorously narrates the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s last few days and the panic and paranoia that followed after his death.

Some of the most maddening historic moments told with superb style and wit.

Directed by Armando Iannucci, a film that makes you laugh even if you very well realise that the events are  not funny at all!

3. Sweet Country (2017)

Country: Australia

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaCiXd8wscI

Best-World-Cinema-of-2018-so-farIn 1920’s Australia, an old Aboriginal goes on the run after shooting a white man in self-defense.

At the time when racism was in its full bloom, people are keen to hunt the man down and bring him to justice.

Directed by Warwick Thornton, based on a real life true crime murder case, this slow yet haunting movie depicts the dark times of Australia’s past judicial system.

2. The Day After (2017)

Geu-hu (original title). Country: South Korea

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jv0QPchaINk

Best-World-Cinema-of-2018-so-farThere are only a few films that can create such tragic situations which almost makes you laugh. This movie narrates one such story of love, compassion, deceit and pure emotional helplessness.

This is one underrated film from the acclaimed directed Sang-soo Hong that deserves a lot more attention.

The beautiful South Korean actress Min-hee Kim is such a performer! 

1. In the Fade (2017)

Aus dem Nichts (original title). Country: Germany

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyjnzhXJlHU

Best-World-Cinema-of-2018-so-farA tragic bomb attack claims the life of her husband and her little kid and when the attackers are identified she demands justice. But then there is a thin line between seeking justice and taking revenge!

From acclaimed director Fatih Akin comes this unique story of retribution and vengeance.

Diane Kruger gives one of her best performances till date.

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+1. 24 Frames (2017)

Country: Iran

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNSlQ9mmJ4M

Best-World-Cinema-of-2018-so-farAcclaimed director Abbas Kiarostami‘s final feature film before his death.

An experimental project that consists of a collection of 24 short four-and-a-half minute films inspired by still images, including paintings and photographs.

Shot over a period of three years, slow paced and yet beautiful to the eyes, a surreal experience definitely not for everyone’s taste.

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BEST INTERNATIONAL FILMS TO WATCH AT MAMI 2017 (10+1LIST)

Best International Films to watch at MAMI 2017

written by Souranath Banerjee

Best International Films to watch at MAMI 2017.

As the Mumbaikars bid adieu to the colorful Navaratri and Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations and await for the dazzling Diwali fiesta to begin, there is another very important Festival that the film-lovers of Mumbai simply can’t afford to miss!

A unique festival of Cinema that promises to entertain us for seven days in a row, from 12 to 18 October!

Yes, the 19th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival is here, and it’s raining films from all across the globe! To be more specific there are in total 220 films from 49 countries and in 51 languages!

Best-International-Films-to-watch-at-MAMI-2017Along with a number of prestigious International movies under the World Cinema and the International Competition category, MAMI also offers a great selection of Indian Cinema under the sections India Gold and India Story. Other categories are the Half Ticket (for children), After Dark (focused on the horror/fantasy genre), Spotlight, Restored classics and many others.

And then of course if you want a picture with Monica Bellucci, most welcome!

Too many good movies and not so many days, so be specific of which films you pick and I hope this list helps you to choose among some of the Best International Films to watch at MAMI 2017. 

Make sure you don’t miss any of these!

10. On Body and Soul (2017)

Teströl és lélekröl (original title)

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfGeMbSEx9k

Best-International-Films-to-watch-at-MAMI-2017The setting being a slaughter house, this is an exceptional love story between two ordinary people wrapped in strange identical dreams.

Brilliant performances and a unique script, directed by Ildikó Enyedi, the Hungarian film has already won the prestigious FIPRESCI Prize and the Golden Berlin Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival!

9. Call Me by Your Name (2017)

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9AYPxH5NTM

Best-International-Films-to-watch-at-MAMI-2017‘Call me by your name and I’ll call you by mine.’

It is about an affair between two men, a young visiting student and the son of the American professor.

Premiered at Sundance Film Festival, the critics already raving about this one, directed by Luca Guadagnino, the film promises a heartfelt yet heartbreaking story of two people in love on a hot summer somewhere in a small town of Italy!

8. The Florida Project (2017)

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwQ-NH1rRT4

Best-International-Films-to-watch-at-MAMI-2017Set up just in the outskirts of Disney World this is the story of a mischievous 6-year old (Brooklynn Prince) and her friends, her mother, her neighborhood – basically the world around her!

Directed by Sean Baker (of Tangerine fame), and also featuring Willem Dafoe this film is attracting a lot of attention (mostly praises) from the critics as well as from the general audience.

7. On the Beach at Night Alone (2017)

Bamui haebyun-eoseo honja (original title)

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7CP5ipqqwU

Best-International-Films-to-watch-at-MAMI-2017‘Where’s love? It’s not even visible. You need to see it in order to search for it.’

This South Korean cinema is about an actress who roams around a seaside town contemplating on her realtionship with a married man.

Directed by Sang-soo Hon, the protagonist Min-hee Kim already won the Silver Berlin Bear as the best actress for this year.

6. The Third Murder (2017)

Sandome no satsujin (original title)

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Plr3V4TYBQE

Best-International-Films-to-watch-at-MAMI-2017A man with a criminal record gets accused and arrested again and this time it seems to be an open and shut case. But then a prominent lawyer turns around the facts and this will make all the difference between life and death!

Directed by aclaimed Hirokazu Koreeda, this Japanese film with two brilliant actors Masaharu Fukuyama and Kôji Yakusho looks promising court-room drama!

5. The Other Side of Hope (2017)

Toivon tuolla puolen (original title)

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85cyiMBvPXQ

Best-International-Films-to-watch-at-MAMI-2017A Finnish man who opens his own restaurant and a Syrian guy who comes to Finland in order to start a new life. The stories of these two men finally meet up and become one!

Realistic et with a comic touch, acclaimed filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki won the Silver Berlin Bear at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival in the Best director category!

4. A Gentle Creature (2017)

Krotkaya (original title)

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sun3D8VqkGY

Best-International-Films-to-watch-at-MAMI-2017Nominated for Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, this Russian film is the story of a woman who investigates a return of a parcel that she sent to her husband who is serving prison time in an isolated town in Siberia.

Directed by Sergei Loznitsa, this one is an perfect example of superlative acting and brilliant story-telling, a slow yet highly cinematic experience.

3. 24 Frames (2017)

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBO0rqY4uQY

Best-International-Films-to-watch-at-MAMI-2017A collection of 24 short four-and-a-half minutes films inspired by still images, including paintings and photographs!

An experimental project directed by the acclaimed filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami over the last three years of his life. I am sure this will be a film with great aesthetics, simple yet artistic like all the earlier films from the director.

2. Loveless (2017)

Nelyubov (original title)

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLegoO4NdD8

Best-International-Films-to-watch-at-MAMI-2017The film that won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, the ARRI/OSRAM Award at the Munich Film Festival and was nominated ‘best film’ at the London Film Festival this year!

Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev, this one is about a couple who must team up to find their missing son although they are going through a divorce.

Official submission of Russia for the ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ category of the 90th Academy Awards in 2018.

  1. The Square (2017)

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKDPrpJEGBY

Best-International-Films-to-watch-at-MAMI-2017“The Square” is the name of a unique contemporary show that has gained huge popularity

Swedish director Ruben Östlund (of Force Majeure fame) has made a brilliant satirical drama, absurd and surreal but very entertaining!

Along with many other wins in numerous film festivals, the film swept away the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival this year!

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+1. Mother! (2017)

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpICoc65uh0

Best-International-Films-to-watch-at-MAMI-2017The peaceful life of a couple is disturbed by some uninvited guests.

Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer all together in a psychological horror thriller directed by Darren Aronofsky – this only should be reason enough to watch this film!

Though incredibly mixed reactions from the audiences, I guess it will be one of those films which you will passionately love or hate!

A few other films that are very much worth checking out are 

November directed by Rainer SarnetCity of Ghosts directed by Matthew HeinemanBeach Rats directed by Eliza HittmanIt Comes at Night directed by Trey Edward Shults.

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