In 2017 I watched 72 new releases, mostly in movie theaters (I am a junkie) and while there were a few films I really hated, mostly I saw a lot of films I really enjoyed. I discovered a love for documentary cinema (I saw fourteen documentaries this year!). I watched 32 new release films directed by women (with my total new-to-me directed by women clocking in at 79 this year; more on that when I do my year-end review tomorrow). For the second year in a row my favorite film of the year was not directed by a woman, but as per tradition it was also a queer romance. I am pretty easy to please. As a final reminder, I am not a fan of the term best. Film is an art that allows the viewer to bring themselves in conversation with it, and therefore what each person sees in a film will be different from what anyone else sees. This is a list of favorites and why these films resonated so with me. There are some spoilers, so beware.
Movie Quote of the Day – Grdzeli nateli dgeebi (In Bloom), 2013 (dir. Nana Ekvtimishvili & Simon Groß)
Natia: [After being given a gun by a boy who likes her] What do you think it means when a person gives you such a thing?
Eka: You know what? I think that guy doesn’t want anything to happen to you, anyone to insult you, or scare you. I think that guy really loves you. That’s what I think. He wants you to be strong so that no one can give you trouble.