The Author's 10 Best Movies of 2017


  1. Grain. (2017) (Turkey) dir: Semih Kaplanoglu. (The film is in English language, with an international cast.) Won the Best Film award at the Tokyo film festival.
  2. The Square. (2017) (Sweden) dir: Ruben Ostlund. Won 16 awards including the Golden Palm (Palme d'Or) at the Cannes film festival and 8 at the European film awards. Included in the long shortlist for the Best Foreign Language film Oscar.
  3. On Body and Soul. (2017) (Hungary) dir: Ildiko Enyedi.  Won 8 awards at the Berlin, Cameraimage, Mumbai, and Sydney film festivals and at the European film awards. Included in the long shortlist for the Best Foreign Language film Oscar.
  4. A Man of Integrity. (2017) (Iran) dir: Mohammad Rasoulof  Won 4 awards at the Cannes, Chicago, Jerusalem and Yeravan film festivals.
  5. Loveless. (2017) (Russia) dir: Andrei Zvyagintsev. Won 11 international awards including the Jury award at Cannes International film festival. the best film at the prestigious Cameraimage festival dedicated to cinematography, the best film at the London, Munich and Zagreb film festivals, and two awards at the European film awards. Included in the long shortlist for the Best Foreign Language film Oscar.
  6. Ana, My Love. (2017) (Romania) dir: Calin Peter Netzer. Won the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival for its outstanding editing.
  7. Directions. (2017) (Bulgaria) dir: Stephen Komandarev. Won the the Best Screenplay award at the Gijon international film festival.
  8. Closeness. (2017) (Russia) dir: Kantemir Balagov. Won 8 awards at the Cannes, Haifa, Lisbon/Estoril, Montreal, Sochi and Tarkovsky film festivals.
  9. Oblivion Verses. (2017) (Chile/France) dir: Alireza Khatami. Won 4 awards at the Venice film festival, including Best Screenplay award; and the audience award at the Nantes Three Continents film festival.
  10. Scary Mother. (2017) (Georgia) dir: Ana Urushadze. Won 9 awards at the Locarno, Gijon, Mumbai and Sarajevo film festivals, and the Asia Pacific Screen awards.
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