September 2017 in Films

I didn’t actually watch very many films in September. It was partially from post-SUTS overload, but also because I got sucked into a terrible tv show (CW’s Beauty and the Beast reboot. I watched all 70 episodes in two weeks!) Also, I am posting early this month because I will be heading back out to the Pordenone Silent Film Festival tomorrow. More on that when I recap October! Anyways, as always everything I watched plus some favorites can be found after the cut.


  1. The Song of Bernadette
  2. Too Wise Wives
  3. Where Are My Children?
  4. 711 Ocean Drive
  5. Columbus (2017)
  6. New Balls Please
  7. Beach Rats
  8. The Girl Downstairs
  9. The Other F Word
  10. Two Trains Runnin’
  11. First They Killed My Father
  12. Brad’s Status
  13. California Typewriter
  14. Scandal Sheet
  15. Polina
  16. From the Earth to the Moon

1880s: 0
1890s: 0
1900s: 0
1910s: 1
1920s: 1
1930s: 1
1940s: 1
1950s: 3
1960s: 0
1970s: 0
1980s: 0
1990s: 0
2000s: 1
2010s: 8

All three films I’m going to highlight from September are 2017 releases directed by women. You should seek them out before the end of the year.

Beach Rats, 2017  (dir. Eliza Hittman)

Hittman is slowly becoming one of the great “place” directors of her generation. All her films take place in the same remote, beachy part of New York and they all feel distinctly hers. Harris Dickinson is fantastic in the lead role of Frankie – a boy, slowly becoming a man who doesn’t have the guidance he needs to figure out his bourgeoning sexual preferences. Hittman’s films definitely aren’t for everyone, but you can count me as a fan.

First They Killed My Father, 2017 (dir. Angelina Jolie)

I still haven’t seen Angelina Jolie’s first two films, but I loved By The Sea and I think her latest effort is even better. Based on a memoir by Loung Ung, you really do follow the film from her point of view and the way Jolie uses the camera to place you in Ung’s footsteps is remarkable. Both Sareum Srey Moch in the lead role and Phoeung Kompheak, who plays her father, give tremendous performances. I left the cinema moved in a way I wasn’t expecting. If you can see it in a theater, do, as its sound design is some of the best this year. However, don’t skip over it just because it’s on Netflix. You’ll be better for it.

Polina, 2017 (dir. Angelin Preljocaj, Valérie Müller)

I love dance movies. I would put this movie up there with some of the great dance movies. Based on a graphic novel, the film follows Polina as she first trains as a youth to join the Bolshoi Ballet and then later follows her as she paves her own path through modern dance and comes into her own as an artist. It’s a great dance film, coming of age film, and look at the process of finding your voice as an artist. I simply loved it.

October will be a crazy month. Last year I saw 181 silent shorts, fragments, and feature films at the Pordenone Silent Film Festival, so I imagine this year will be similar. I can’t wait to share everything I discover there with all of you!


About Marya E. Gates

Cinephile to the max.

Posted on September 27, 2017, in 2017 in Films and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Where Are My Children? is a fascinating film and historical artifact. How did you see it? I managed to hunt it down through my library system.

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