“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


“Linha De Passe” by Walter Salles & Daniela Thomas (Brazil, 2008)

Working in pair: man + woman directing

Linha de Passe

Social drama set in Brazil showing how football and religion as a source of hope ultimately prevent the poor from escaping their condition

Cast: Sandra Corveloni, João Baldasserini, Vinícius de Oliveira
Directors: Walter Salles, Daniela Thomas
Writers: George Moura, Daniela Thomas
Music by Gustavo Santaolalla
Cinematography by Mauro Pinheiro Jr.
Film Editing by Gustavo Giani, Lívia Serpa

“Dunkirk” by Christopher Nolan (UK, 2017)


Excellent direction / “This is a movie of vision and integrity made on an epic scale” writes Matt Zoller Seitz / A (British) patriotic movie in time of Brexit…

Cast: Kenneth Branagh, Fionn Whitehead, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy. Cillian Murphy. Harry Styles
Director: Christopher Nolan
Writer: Christopher Nolan
Cinematographer: Hoyte van Hoytema
Editor: Lee Smith
Composer: Hans Zimmer

“Into The Forest” by Patricia Rozema (Canada, 2015)


Into The Forest

Good story and realization, average content
Three men: the father, the lover, the raper / Three women: ywo sisters + deceased mother
The “scifi” setting that was perhaps justified when the story was written in 1996 doesn’t convey anything to the plot today.

Cast: Ellen Page, Evan Rachel Wood, Callum Keith Rennie, Max Minghella
Director: Patricia Rozema
Based on the novel by Jean Hegland
Writer: Patricia Rozema
Cinematographer: Daniel Grant
Editor: Matthew Hannam
Composer: Max Richter

“Unbroken” by Angelina Jolie (USA, 2014)


Cast: Jack O’Connell, Takamasa Ishihara, Garrett Hedlund, Jai Courtney
Director: Angelina Jolie
Screenplay: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Richard Lagravenese, William Nicholson
Director of Photography: Roger Deakins
Music: Alexandre Desplat
Film Editing: William Goldenberg, Tim Squyres

“First They Killed My Father” by Angelina Jolie (USA, 2017)

First They Killed My Father

“That this movie even exists is a small miracle. That it seems to have been made without compromise and largely without ego makes it even more rare.” Matt Zoller Seitz. RobertEbert.com, September 15, 2017

Cast: Phoeung Kompheak, Sveng Socheata, Sareum Srey Moch
Director: Angelina Jolie
Writer Angelina Jolie, Loung Ung; based on the book by Loung Ung
Cinematographer: Anthony Dod Mantle
Editor: Xavier Box, Patricia Rommel
Composer: Marco Beltrami