Best of World Cinema 2017
written by Souranath Banerjee
Best of World Cinema 2017: Every year before making this list I have this strange feeling of missing out some good ones, films which I may not have seen or even not know of. And this year is no exception!
And on top of that 2017 has such a variety of good Cinema to choose from, brilliant directors across the globe covering so many genres and what amazing films!
But finally I have made my choices, do let me know if you agree with me (or not). And here is my list of Best of World Cinema 2017. Enjoy!
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgQMHG9SGlU
A strictly raised religious girl explores life on her own for the first time – but little did she know that her subconsciously controlled psychokinetic powers will soon change everything around her!
9. The Square
Language: Swedish, English.
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKDPrpJEGBY
“The Square” – a unique contemporary show that has gained huge popularity but what does it say about our current society?
Along with many other wins the film swept away the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
Language: Korean, English.
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Nhz9ctHR0k
On the surface a simple story of the friendship between a young girl (Seo-Hyun Ahn) and her pet Okja – an oversized pig. But then this movie is so much more complex and layered, and very much socially relevant for today’s world.
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwQ-NH1rRT4
Set 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 and Bria Vinaite, a film that focus on human relations – the innocence and the complexities of it. Absolutely brilliant to watch!
Teströl és lélekröl (original title). Language: Hungarian.
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gZw6GVf2eY
Is it possible for two people to dream the same dream?
The setting being a slaughter house, this is an exceptional love story between two ordinary people wrapped in identical dreams.
A unique script and such brilliant performances, directed by Ildikó Enyedi, this Hungarian film has won the prestigious FIPRESCI Prize and the Golden Berlin Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival!
Krotkaya (original title). Language: Russian.
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sun3D8VqkGY
Nominated 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.
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFYWazblaUA
An amphibious creature in a hidden high-security government laboratory gets to befriend a lonely janitor (Sally Hawkins) but their friendship will be tested soon.
Directed by Guillermo del Toro, emotional and highly engaging, a fantastic story and powerful performances – overall a visually stunning fairy tale like never before!
Language: English, Italian.
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rgO_TyyOoU
‘Call me by your name and I’ll call you by mine.’
An erotic love affair between two men, a visiting student and the young son of the American professor.
Premiered at Sundance Film Festival, directed by Luca Guadagnino, the film is a heartfelt yet heartbreaking story of two people in love on a hot summer somewhere in a small town of Italy!
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQFdGfwChtw
The concepts of Revenge and Redemption have always been the favourite themes for movies but this film manages to twist these notions into a whole new level of awesomeness!
Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos (of The Lobster fame), a dark psychological thriller that takes its unique stand on morality and justice! Highly odd yet satisfying – just like the previous works of the director.
Nelyubov (original title). Language: Russian.
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLegoO4NdD8
The 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 nasty divorce.
Official submission of Russia for the ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ category of the 90th Academy Awards in 2018.
and (The ‘+1’ film is not necessarily the best but certainly the most innovative one. A must watch)
Toivon tuolla puolen (original title). Language: Finnish
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtiFG6utst8
A Finnish man who opens his own restaurant and a Syrian guy who comes to Finland in order to start a new life. Two stories finally converge and give us one emotional and often hilarious drama!
Realistic yet 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!
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