Whether in theaters or on the festival circuit, these are IndieWire’s favorite movies from the Continent this year.
“The two leads’ extraordinary authenticity allows ‘Toni Erdmann’ to keep propelling forward, juggling themes about family and work-life balance that stretch beyond the cultural specificity of its setting.” —Eric Kohn
“‘Things to Come’ is less a story of becoming than it is one of survival, but, as its relatively aged heroine begins to molt from the crust of her past and steel herself for the unwritten chapters of her life, those two goals begin to seem like one and the same.” —David Ehrlich
“‘The Lobster’ brings Lanthimos’ distinct blend of morbid, deadpan humor and surrealism to a broader canvas without compromising his ability to deliver another thematically rich provocation.” —EK
“For his first French-language production — and his first feature-length film in a decade — the 77-year-old filmmaker has delivered his most contained work in years, a dark comedy about sexual urges and other passions closer in form to 1973’s ‘Turkish Delight’ than anything he’s made since.” —EK
“Unlike so many documentaries about the refugee crisis that have been rushed into production in recent months, Rosi’s is a clear-eyed, sublimely made account of his heart-breaking, sometimes gut-wrenching subject.” —Demetrios Matheou
“A predictable bittersweet look at the bureaucratic impact of medical assistance on an ailing middle-class carpenter, the movie pulls off no fancy tricks in its straightforward, didactic approach. But that’s Loach in a nutshell, and anchored by a pair of convincing performances, marks his best film in years.” —EK
“‘Evolution’ defies simple categorization. Hadzihalilovic’s long-awaited followup for her 2004 debut ‘Innocence,’ the new movie plays like a wondrous dream constantly on the verge of a nightmare.” —EK
“The only certainty is Tsangari has delivered another intriguing and thoroughly original character study, which this time serves as an apt metaphor for Greece’s larger problems.” —EK
“A Truffaut-like, stop-motion coming of age movie.” —Bill Desowitz
“This is a quiet little masterpiece of images, each one rich with meaning, that collectively speak to a universal process.” —EK
Cristian Mungiu, a standard-bearer of the Romanian New Wave who won the Palme d’Or in 2007 for “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days,” impresses once again in his latest film.
“An agile, vicious piece of work that’s anchored by extraordinary performances from Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn, ‘Una’ maintains its grip even when swinging a bit too hard for the fences.” —DE