Long post ahead... Here are my Top 3 Picks/Mini-Review from Europe On Screen 2017. Of course they have great opening & closing movies and Oscar winners, but here are the ones that are also worth (re)watching 🌿🌿🌿
1. Mustang (🇹🇷/🇫🇷, 2015)
Accused of being impure, five sisters in a remote Turkish village got locked in house arrest, forbidden from going to school, and pushed into arranged marriages. The movie delicately explores young girls having to navigate and negotiate female roles in a cultural system that is not in their favour. Deceptively subtle, it paints a poignant picture of intersectional struggle. The aesthetics didn't hurt, either. (The Virgin Suicides dir. Sofia Coppola is sh00k!!!)
2. Julieta (🇪🇸, 2016)
A woman reexamines her life while trying to reconnect with her estranged daughter. Another exquisite female narrative. Guilt and loss explored through a lens that is sensuous yet lonely at the same time. All wrapped up in longing shots of scenic seaside and colorful Andalusian countryside.
3. Tschick (🇩🇪, 2016)
Two boys steal a car and go on an adventure in the German countryside. To say that Summer + Youth is one of my favorite themes is an understatement. It's MY JAM. It also what makes this light-hearted romp enjoyable. A classic summer road trip coming-of-age movie but with a few twists and turns (figuratively and literally). Encapsulates both the boredom and freedom of being young. And of course, the absurdity and innocence that makes you want to look back wistfully. (Also, boys being soft together! What a concept™!)
If you made it this far, thank you and feel free to discuss! Did you catch any of the EOS movies and what do you think? 🌿🌿🌿