At the mid-way point of 2017, the usual cinematic trends continue, with the best theatrical offerings from January through June mostly festival circuit offerings from the year prior. John Trengove (South Africa) South African director John Trengove, who has been working in television for the past decade, unveils a brave and incredibly moving portrait of repressed sexuality amongst a group of men in a dwindling rural mountain community. Lelio discovers the type of star in Daniela Vega in this Almodovar-esque tale which puts many high-profile English projects featuring trans characters (outside of ) to shame.
In the following list of my favorite titles to date, most of these are festival titles (Sundance, Berlin, Cannes) from 2017 still awaiting general release. The film features singer Nakhane Toure in an exceptional screen debut. Josh & Ben Safdie (US) While it didn’t seem to wow the Cannes jury, Robert Pattinson gives a mightily impressive performance in this gritty cat and mouse number, eluding the police following a botched bank robbery through an undesirable NYC nightscape.
Osamah finished his training at the Australian Film and Televlsion Academy and has a long list of film, TV and theatre credits to his name including lead roles in the award-winning films, “Saved” (dir.
Tony Ayres and starring Claudia Karvan) and “Eliminated” (dir. He has appeared in numerous TV series including City Homicide, East West 101, Sea Patrol, Rush.
After shoring up at Sundance, this will be released theatrically by Kino Lorber in August.
Sebastian Lelio (Chile) Lelio follows up 2013 crowd-pleaser with this tale of a trans woman who must pick up the pieces after the death of her older lover despite his family’s homophobic treatment. Liu Jian (China) Premiering in the Berlin competition, Liu Jian’s noir-ish animated film didn’t seem to make much of a mark, but rest assured this gangster thriller is destined to find a cult audience once it trickles into a theatrical release. His top 3 theatrical releases for 2017: Andrei Konchalovsky's Paradise, Amat Escalante's The Untamed and Terence Davies' A Quiet Passion.
Lovers of alienation cinema should fall in love with this gloomy portrait of a decayed Brooklyn, where the borough absorbs these lost souls like shadows in the dark. , You Were Never Really Here Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is IONCINEMA.com's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, TIFF and AFI.
Andrew Dosunmu (US) Andrew Dosunmu reunites with DP Bradford Young on his third title, the strikingly photographed and acted , which features Michelle Pfeiffer in one of the most effective performances of her celebrated career. Kantemir Balagov (Russia) An impressive debut from Kantemir Balagov, this tense period piece set in late 90’s Russia examine virulent anti-Semitism and misogyny when a bride and her groom are abducted for ransom, putting considerable strain on the groom’s family and their community. A Fantastic Woman, A Ghost Story, A Quiet Passion, Aki Kaurismäki, Andrew Dosunmu, Andrey Konchalovsky, Ben Safdie, Bright Sunshine In, Claire Denis, Closeness, David Lowery, Dee Rees, Get Out, Good Time, Happy End, Have a Nice Day, Hong Sang-soo, João Pedro Rodrigues, John Trengove, Jordan Peele, Josh Safdie, Julian Rosefeldt, Kantemir Balagov, Liu Jian, Lynne Ramsay, Manifesto, Michael Haneke, Mudbound, Olivier Assayas, On the Beach at Night Alone, Paradise, Personal Shopper, Ruben Ostlund, Sebastián Lelio, Terence Davies, The Conversation, The Ornithologist, The Other Side of Hope, The Square, The Wound, top-stories, Where is Kyra?
30 (produced by Skywlkr) In March 2011, news surfaced that Black Milk had recorded with Jack White, the guitarist and lead vocalist of iconic rock band White Stripes.
Theo Broughton of Hood Research is labeled as legally blind but has enacted vision to lead Hood Research with Reggie Crawford for decades.