1. after the sun
Released in the UK on November
Charlotte Wells’ Bifa Award-winning debut film is a stunning coming-of-age father-daughter film turned into a charming meditation on memory, love, and loss. Brilliant performances by Paul Mescal and Frankie Curio lend natural heft, but there is poetry in Wells’ filmmaking that evokes Lynn Ramsay’s finest work. Electrifying and heartbreaking.
Austin Butler breathes superhero life into one of the greatest pop icons of the 20th century, but director Baz Luhrmann’s film isn’t just about glitz and glam. Instead, it’s an intelligent and often witty read of Presley’s life and times masquerading as a glowing sideshow. Tom Hanks brings a touch of Elmer Fudd to carnival narrator/carnival narrator Tom Parker, who plays Salieri in Elvis’s Mozart.
3. the Sorcery from Inisherin
Matters of life and death collide in tragic form in this deeply grim island-bound feature from writer-director Martin McDonagh. Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson (star in Bruges), McDonagh conjures up his most accomplished work to date – a film that will make you laugh and cry simultaneously.
4. Gangbai Kathiawadi
Alia Bhatt stars in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s stunning Hindi-language drama, based on the book by S Hussain Zaidi. Mafia Queens in Mumbai. Hard truths blend with musical romance in an epic drama that is as gritty and eye-opening as it is captivating and fascinating. You can find it on Netflix, along with this year’s Hindi cinema $$$$.
5. Pinocchio by Guillermo del Toro
Death and fascism are central themes for Mexican maestro Guillermo del Toro whose extraordinary reimagining of Carlo Collodi’s timeless tale, transforming it into a Mussolini-era tale of “a deadly form of control and parenting.” Del Toro calls this the third part of a thematic trilogy, along with Satan’s backbone And the Pan’s Labyrinth.
6. The quiet girl
Debut feature director Colm Periad does wonders in this beautifully moving adaptation of Claire Keegan’s novel boost, about a young Irish girl (wonderfully played by Katherine Clinch) who finds herself wearing ghostly shoes in the home of a childless couple. The emotional melody of the picture was well received by cinematographer Kate McCullough and composer Stephen Rennix.
7. Take to the road
Panahi Panahi, the authority-challenging son of Iranian author Jafar Panahi, finds his voice in his sensational debut as writer-director. Deceptively blending the personal and the political, this beguiling film nods to Kiarostami and Kubrick alike, stargazing while keeping its feet firmly on the ground.
8. Monague Daydreaming
Director Brett Morgan’s celebration of the life and work of David Bowie is an extreme collage that immerses the senses as it immerses the viewer in a sea of music, mime, painting, acting and dance. Diehard fans were delighted. Newcomers have been converted.
9. Ali Wafa
Dynamite performances by Adele Akhtar and Claire Rushbrook lead to Cleo Barnard’s perfect Bradford romance; A gritty, vibrant affair that uses the transcendent power of song to turn a street story into a musical.
10. Katherine’s name is Birdie
Lena Dunham’s brooding adaptation of Karen Cushman’s adult novel is a treat – a medieval tale of female empowerment with a raucous star makeover from Bella Ramsey, a jukebox of reworked pop melodies and a commendably frank attitude on adolescence, menstruation, and marriage.
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