26 Dec 2017

Best of 2017 - ]Cinema Obscura[ Edition

Encompassing alchemical, experimental, genre-defying, highly personal, boldly eclectic, mind-expanding and/or pareidolia-inducing features (of the last three years, but seen in 2017), as well as a few 'conventional arthouse' films which have had limited release, ]Cinema Obscura[ list marks the 1000th article on NGboo Art and for a good reason.

This small jubilee is my way of sending a very special 'Thank you' to the filmmakers or rather cine-dream weavers who have given a significant boost to my self-confidence which has been almost ruined by some... local factors. Your works inspire me to move on, so I shall be looking forward to seeing your future offerings.

The Kingdom of Shadows

1. The Kingdom of Shadows (Daniel Fawcett & Clara Pais, 2016) (10)
2. Ten Years in the Sun (Rouzbeh Rashidi, 2015) (9)
3. Sleep Has Her House (Scott Barley, 2017) (8+)
4. The Drawer Boy (Arturo Pérez Torres, 2017) (8+)
5. Easy (Andrea Magnani, 2017) (8+)
6. Yesterday I Was Wonder (Gabriel Mariño, 2017) (8+)
7. The Boy on the Train (Roger Deutsch, 2016) (8+)
8. Still the Earth Moves (Pablo Chavarría Gutiérrez, 2017) (8)
9. Suffering of Ninko (Norihiro Niwatsukino, 2016) (8)
10. Frozen May (Péter Lichter, 2017) (8)

Symptom

11. Open Wound (Momir Milošević, 2016) (8)
12. Symptom (Angelos Frantzis, 2015) (8)
13. Pop Meets the Void (William Cusick, 2015) (8)
14. Subimago (Christophe Leclaire, 2017) (8)
15. #Beings (Andrei Stefanescu, 2015) (8)
16. Cloud of Skin (Maximilian Le Cain, 2015) (8)
17. Sisyphus K. (Filip Gajić, 2015) (7+)
18. Anarchy in the UK: The New Underground Cinema (Fabrizio 'Jett Hollywood' Federico, 2016) (7+)
19. Limunovo drvo (Branko Radaković, 2015) (7+)
20. Hel (Katarzyna Priwieziencew & Pawel Tarasiewicz, 2016) (7+)

Honorable mention (recent, pre-2015 films):

The Girl Behind the White Picket Fence

1. The Girl Behind the White Picket Fence (Stefanie Schneider, 2013) (8+)
2. White Epilepsy (Philippe Grandrieux, 2012) (8)
3. Suggestive Gestures (David Finkelstein, 2014) (8)
4. The Warriors of Beauty (Pierre Coulibeuf, 2003) (8-)
5. All My Friends Are Funeral Singers (Tim Rutili, 2010) (8-)
6. Pepperminta (Pipilotti Rist, 2009) (8-)

Extremely memorable, even though it's not my cup of tea:

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