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The Films of 2017. The 18th annual FiLM BiTCH Awards

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Best Picture
discuss
BPM
Robin Campillo
(Orchard)
Oct 20th
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
Luca Guadagnino
(SPC)
Nov 24th
THE FLORIDA PROJECT
Sean Baker
(A24)
Oct 6th
GET OUT
Jordan Peele
(Universal)
Feb 24th
LADY BIRD
Greta Gerwig
(A24)
Nov 3rd
  This impassioned political drama sees its characters full humanity, sexuality and all.
Sticky and ephemeral, like memories of a pivotal first love in a hot summer.

A brilliant child's-eye snapshot of the prison of poverty in the Sunshine state.

 Rich with point of view and cultural resonance -- it's a new classic of both horror and satire.

 Sunny, moody, funny insightful. This coming of age comedy is deeply human and near perfect.

 

Finalists: For more on the favorite films of 2017, read the top ten list

 

Best Director
discuss
Sean Baker
THE FLORIDA PROJECT
Robin Campillo
BPM
Greta Gerwig
LADY BIRD
Luca Guadagnino
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
Jordan Peele
GET OUT

Baker continues to shine light on the margins of society with superb feeling -- no one else could have made this. And his gift with child actors!

 He wrote The Class (2008) and that flair for complex ensemble narratives serves him well. He has a deep well of cinematic gifts, too.  Perhaps not so miraculously, her directing is just like her acting -- full of humanity, sharply comic, and vivid with personality.

Is there a director working that's better at sensuality? His control and patience while eyeing unruly emotions serve him superbly

 A sure-hand guides this, but he makes it look ffortless. You can enjoy it as just a fun horror movie. But it's so much more.

 

Finalist: William Oldroyd's work on Lady Macbeth is so bold that we're dying to see what else he can do!

Semi Finalists: David Leitch Atomic Blonde, Edgar Wright Baby Driver, Paul Thomas Anderson Phantom Thread, Andrey Zvyagintsev Loveless, Francis Lee God's Own Country, and Darren Aronofsky mother!

 

 

Best Original Screenplay
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BPM
Robin Campillo & Philippe Mangeot
GET OUT
Jordan Peele
INGRID GOES WEST
David Branson Smith & Matt Spicer
LADY BIRD
Greta Gerwig 
PHANTOM THREAD
Paul Thomas Anderson
The personal is political. Campillo and Mangeot draw on their own experiences with Act-Up Paris and that intimate knowledge shows in this riveting three dimensional film.  The brilliant of the central metaphor "The Sunken Place" is obvious. But even the little details are funny and finely crafted. [More on this screenplay] One of the first films to "get" our current social media saturated lives. It might go broad in a few places but its details and texture and tension are wonderfully smart.  We already knew she could write (see her wonderful collaboration on Frances Ha) but drawing loosely on her own life she infuses this comedy with personality.  One of our strongest writer-directors punctures creative ego and codependency in this curious (comic?) battle of the sexes
 

Finalists: Princess Cyd by Stephen Cone, The Florida Project by Sean Baker and Chris Bergoch and The Square from Ruben Ostlund

Semi-Finalists: The Big Sick from Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V Gordon, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women by Angela Robinson, The Lovers by Azazel Jacobs, and Three Billboard Outside Ebbing Missouri - by Martin McDonagh

 

 

Best Adapted Screenplay
discuss
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
James Ivory
FRANTZ
François Ozon & Philippe Piazzo
LADY MACBETH
Alice Birch
MUDBOUND
Dee Rees and Virgil Williams
WONDER
Stephen Chbosky, Steve Conrad, and Jack Thorne
 Shaping a cinematic multi-character drama from a book firmly placed within only Elio's POV was no small feat. Beautiful work.

  Ozon and Piazzo use elements of Ernst Lubitsch's Broken Lullaby for this gorgeous drama about postwar grief and survivor's guilt

 Birch crafts a thorny feminist provocation from Nikolai Leskov's 19th century novella "Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk"

Rees and Williams transfer Hillary Jordan's novel to the screen with epic scope and multiple narrator form intact (risky for a movie!)

Another multiple narrator film based on the RJ Palacio novel! A mainstream crowd pleaser that delivers with genuine warmth
 

Finalists: Logan  James Mangold, Scott Frank, and Michael Green, Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool Matt Greenhaigh

Semi Finalists: The Beguiled Sofia Coppola, Wonderstruck Brian Selznick, Lost City of Z James Gray and Atomic Blonde Kurt Johnstad

 

Best Animated Feature
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  THE BREADWINNER THE BOSS BABY COCO  
 
 Continually moody and compelling. Storytelling sequences even better with stylized cutout illustration.
  It got a bad rap when it came out but it's visually quite expressive (and stylistically varied). And funny, too.
  Pixar does it again. It's nice to see the great animation studio return to an original.
 
 

Finalist Lego Batman
Semi Finalist: Captain Underpants

 

 

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