“Paradise” by Mary Agnes Donoghue (USA, 1991)

First feature

Paradise

first feature / good characters, good acting

Cast: Melanie Griffith, Don Johnson, Elijah Wood, Thora Birch, Sheila McCarthy, Eve Gordon
Written and Directed by Mary Agnes Donoghue
Photographed by Jerzy Zielinski
Edited by Eva Gardos
Music by David Newman

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“Pure” by Lisa Langseth (Sweden, 2010)

Pure

Outstanding acting by Vikander / a not really focused and a bit chaotic musical choice / original title: To What’s Beautiful

Cast: Alicia Vikander, Samuel Fröler, Josephine Bauer
Director: Lisa Langseth
Writer: Lisa Langseth
Music by Per-Erik Winberg
Cinematography by Simon Pramsten
Film Editing by Malin Lindström

“Gas, Food, Lodging” by Allison Anders (USA, 1993)

Gas, Food, Lodging

Surprising, great personages

Cast: Brooke Adams, Ione Skye, Fairuza Balk
Director: Allison Anders
Writers: Richard Peck (novel), Allison Anders (screenplay)
Music by J. Mascis
Cinematography by Dean Lent
Film Editing by Tracy Granger

“Life Happens” by Kat Coiro (USA, 2011)

Life Happens

At times witty but pointless dialogues

Cast: Krysten Ritter, Kate Bosworth, Rachel Bilson
Director: Kat Coiro
Writers: Kat Coiro, Krysten Ritter
Music by Mateo Messina
Cinematography by Doug Chamberlain
Film Editing by Adam Catino, Eli Nilsen

“Sherrybaby” by Laurie Collyer (USA, 2006)

Sherrybaby

First feature / Excellent performance, fine soundtrack, strong message on the consequences of child abuse among others

Cast: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ryan Simpkins, Sam Bottoms, Giancarlo Esposito
Director: Laurie Collyer
Writer: Laurie Collyer
Music by Jack Livesey
Cinematography by Russell Lee Fine
Film Editing by Curtiss Clayton, Joe Landauer

“The Greatest” by Shana Feste (USA, 2009)

The Greatest

First feature /  A family mourns their son. The arrival of the girl he loved accelerates the mourning process. See also Endless Love.

Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Susan Sarandon, Carey Mulligan, Johnny Simmons, Aaron Johnson, Zoe Kravitz, Jennifer Ehle, Amy Morton, Michael Shannon
Written and directed by Shana Feste
Music by Christophe Beck
Cinematography by John Bailey
Film Editing by Cara Silverman

“The Florida Project” by Sean Baker (USA, 2017)

The Florida Project

In what is supposed to be the paradise of children and one of the symbols of the American dream, a single mother struggles to make end come for her and her young daughter (6). To survive, both mother and daughter manipulate people around them. Left behind by the economic bonanza, they fight for the right to have their place in the sun.

Cast: Brooklynn Prince, Willem Dafoe, Bria Vinaite, Christopher Rivera, Valeria Cotto, Caleb Landry Jones, Macon Blair
Director: Sean Baker
Writer: Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch
Cinematographer: Alexis Zabe
Editor: Sean Baker