“The Party” by Sally Potter (UK, 2017)

The Work of Sally Potter

The Party

Good use of space, great acting, theatrical (unity of space, time and action)

Cast: Kristin Scott Thomas, Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, Cherry Jones, Emily Mortimer, Cillian Murphy, Timothy Spall
Director: Sally Potter
Writer: Sally Potter
Cinematographer: Aleksei Rodionov
Editor: Emilie Orsini, Anders Refn


“Never Here” by Camille Thoman (USA, 2017)

First feature

Never Here

Confusing the codes between victim-perpetrator-witness, artist and subject…

Cast: Mireille Enos, Sam Shepard, Goran Visnjic
Director: Camille Thoman
Writers: Camille Thoman
Music by James Lavino
Cinematography by Sebastian Winterø
Film Editing by Jon Berry, Walter Fasano, Robin Hill, Camille Thoman

“Bound” by Lana & Lilly Wachowski (USA, 1996)

The Art of the Wachowski (sisters)


Cast: Jennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon, Joe Pantoliano, John P. Ryan
Written and Directed by Lana & Lilly Wachowski
Music by Don Davis
Cinematography by Bill Pope
Film Editing by Zach Staenberg

“Cloud Atlas” by Tom Tykwer, Lana & Lilly Wachowski (USA, 2012)

The Art of the Wachowski (sisters)

Cloud Atlas

So many layers, so rich in visual surprises! As Roger Ebert put it, citing Churchill: “it is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.”

Cast: Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Weaving, Susan Sarandon, Tom Hanks
Directors: Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski
Writers: David Mitchell (novel); Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, Lilly Wachowski
Music by Reinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek, Tom Tykwer
Cinematography by Frank Griebe, John Toll
Film Editing by Alexander Berner, Claus Wehlisch

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” by Martin McDonagh (USA, 2017)

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

An exceptional success at mixing comedy and drama / Rich representations of minorities, excellent dialogues

Cast: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Abbie Cornish, Caleb Landry Jones, Kathryn Newton, Clarke Peters
Director: Martin McDonagh
Writer: Martin McDonagh
Cinematographer: Ben Davis
Editor: Jon Gregory
Composer: Carter Burwell

“Barracuda” by Jason Cortlund & Julia Halperin (USA, 2017)

Writing in pair: man + woman directing


Good music, excellent acting, great tension build-up on a somewhat weak scenario

Cast: Sophie Reid, Allison Tolman, JoBeth Williams, Luis Bordonada, Tanner Beard
Director: Jason Cortlund, Julia Halperin
Writer: Jason Cortlund
Cinematographer: Jonathan Nastasi
Composer: Chris Brokaw

“Night Moves” by Arthur Penn (USA, 1975)

Night Moves

Great dialogues

Cast: Gene Hackman, Harris Yulin, Jennifer Warren, Janet Ward, Susan Clark, Melanie Griffith, Edward Binns, Susan Clark, James Woods, Melanie Griffith
Directed by Arthur Penn
Produced by Robert M. Sherman
Screenplay by Alan Sharp
Photographed by Bruce Surtees
Edited by Dede Allen
Written by Alan Sharp