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‘The Favourite’

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Top five:

1. The Favourite

Dir: Yorgos Lanthimos
It’s difficult to choose between this and ROMA. In the end, it was the chemistry between the quick-witted talents that won out. The fearsomely sharp script, performances, humour, pathos, production values — all with a dark Yorgos Lanthimos top spin that’s fast enough to make you forget you’ve ever seen a period piece before. Well, you haven’t seen one like this.
Contact: Fox Searchlight
Read Screen’s review here.


Dir: Alfonso Cuaron
Pure, living, breathing cinema full of emotion channelled through the exquisite black-and-white light. And another film with a feminist spin.
Contact: Netflix
Read Screen’s review here.

3. Shoplifters

Dir: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Hirokazu Kore-eda’s film opens out to embrace all the Japanese director’s career-long preoccupations with the meaning of family and parenthood. The Palme d’Or went to the best film at Cannes this year, and to Kore-eda’s best film.
Contact: Wild Bunch
Read Screen’s review here.

4. Burning

Dir: Lee Chang-dong
I’m not sure that I could breathe for parts of this quiet, commanding and enigmatic film by Lee Chang-dong, based on a Haruki Murakami short story.
Contact: Finecut
Read Screen’s review here.

5. Girl

Dir: Lukas Dhont
It’s impossible to look away from 15-year-old transgender ballerina Lara, every step of her stubborn, resolute, self-sabotaging but somehow inevitable way. Victor Polster gives a phenomenal performance.
Contact: The Match Factory
Read Screen’s review here.

Best documentary

Three Identical Strangers

Dir: Tim Wardle
A shocking film that keeps delivering body blows long after most stories have played out.
Contact: Submarine Entertainment
Read Screen’s review here.

Overlooked gem

All Good

Dir: Eva Trobisch
This gripping debut from Germany’s Eva Trobisch stars Aenne Schwarz as a woman who refuses to let herself become a victim, even as it slowly destroys her.
Contact: Films Boutique
Read Screen’s review here.