2017 San Sebastián Film Festival

by nestorjuezrojo | created - 02 Dec 2018 | updated - 01 Nov 2019 | Public

Movies I saw in the 65th edition of the San Sebastián Film Festival

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1. BPM (Beats Per Minute) (2017)

Not Rated | 143 min | Drama

84 Metascore

Members of the advocacy group ACT UP Paris demand action by the government and pharmaceutical companies to combat the AIDS epidemic in the early 1990s.

Director: Robin Campillo | Stars: Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adèle Haenel, Antoine Reinartz

Votes: 14,134 | Gross: $0.13M

2. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

88 Metascore

A mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter's murder when they fail to catch the culprit.

Director: Martin McDonagh | Stars: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Caleb Landry Jones

Votes: 456,639 | Gross: $54.51M

3. The Florida Project (2017)

R | 111 min | Drama

92 Metascore

Set over one summer, the film follows precocious six-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Walt Disney World.

Director: Sean Baker | Stars: Brooklynn Prince, Bria Vinaite, Willem Dafoe, Christopher Rivera

Votes: 100,848 | Gross: $5.90M

4. Loveless (2017)

R | 127 min | Drama

86 Metascore

A couple going through a divorce must team up to find their son who has disappeared during one of their bitter arguments.

Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev | Stars: Maryana Spivak, Aleksey Rozin, Matvey Novikov, Marina Vasileva

Votes: 31,121 | Gross: $0.57M

5. Call Me by Your Name (2017)

R | 132 min | Drama, Romance

93 Metascore

In 1980s Italy, romance blossoms between a seventeen-year-old student and the older man hired as his father's research assistant.

Director: Luca Guadagnino | Stars: Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar

Votes: 229,171 | Gross: $18.10M

6. On Body and Soul (2017)

Not Rated | 116 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

77 Metascore

When slaughterhouse workers Endre and Mária discover they share the same dreams, where they meet in a forest as deer and fall in love, they decide to make their dreams come true, but it's difficult in real life.

Director: Ildikó Enyedi | Stars: Alexandra Borbély, Géza Morcsányi, Réka Tenki, Zoltán Schneider

Votes: 25,426

7. Wonderstruck (2017)

PG | 116 min | Adventure, Drama, Mystery

71 Metascore

Tells the tale of two children separated by fifty years. In 1927, Rose searches for the actress whose life she chronicles in her scrapbook; in 1977, Ben runs away from home to find his father.

Director: Todd Haynes | Stars: Oakes Fegley, Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams, Millicent Simmonds

Votes: 9,796 | Gross: $1.03M

8. Custody (2017)

93 min | Drama

83 Metascore

A broken marriage leads to a bitter custody battle with an embattled son at the centre.

Director: Xavier Legrand | Stars: Léa Drucker, Denis Ménochet, Thomas Gioria, Mathilde Auneveux

Votes: 8,568 | Gross: $0.08M

9. Pororoca (2017)

152 min | Drama

The story follows Tudor and his family, where his life was destroyed after the disappearance their daughter at the park.

Director: Constantin Popescu | Stars: Bogdan Dumitrache, Iulia Lumânare, Constantin Dogioiu, Stefan Raus

Votes: 1,009

10. Faces Places (2017)

PG | 94 min | Documentary

94 Metascore

Director Agnes Varda and photographer/muralist J.R. journey through rural France and form an unlikely friendship.

Directors: JR, Agnès Varda | Stars: Agnès Varda, JR, Jeannine Carpentier, Clemens Van Dungern

Votes: 11,454 | Gross: $0.95M

11. Ex Libris: New York Public Library (2017)

197 min | Documentary

91 Metascore

A look within the walls of the New York Public Library.

Director: Frederick Wiseman | Stars: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Elvis Costello, Richard Dawkins, Edmund de Waal

Votes: 1,176 | Gross: $0.16M

12. You Were Never Really Here (2017)

R | 89 min | Crime, Drama

84 Metascore

A traumatized veteran, unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, Joe's nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening.

Director: Lynne Ramsay | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Judith Roberts, Ekaterina Samsonov, John Doman

Votes: 109,675 | Gross: $2.52M

13. The Third Murder (2017)

Not Rated | 124 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

68 Metascore

A courtroom drama centered around the murder of a factory president.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Masaharu Fukuyama, Kôji Yakusho, Shinnosuke Mitsushima, Mikako Ichikawa

Votes: 6,026 | Gross: $0.09M

14. Happy End (2017)

R | 107 min | Drama

72 Metascore

A well-to-do French family deals with a series of setbacks and crises.

Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Mathieu Kassovitz, Fantine Harduin

Votes: 14,004 | Gross: $0.30M

15. Bomb Scared (2017)

89 min | Comedy

Four Basque ETA terrorists, living together with peculiar Spanish neighbors, are planning a terrorist attack in Spain, but await instructions from the head of the organization.

Director: Borja Cobeaga | Stars: Javier Cámara, Julián López, Miren Ibarguren, Gorka Otxoa

Votes: 2,720

16. The Captain (2017)

118 min | Drama, History, Thriller

67 Metascore

In the last moments of World War II, a young German soldier fighting for survival finds a Nazi captain's uniform. Impersonating an officer, the man quickly takes on the monstrous identity of the perpetrators he's escaping from.

Director: Robert Schwentke | Stars: Max Hubacher, Alexander Fehling, Sebastian Rudolph, Max Thommes

Votes: 15,067 | Gross: $0.11M

17. Mother! (2017)

R | 121 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

75 Metascore

A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer

Votes: 200,377 | Gross: $17.80M

18. Life and Nothing More (2017)

114 min | Drama

82 Metascore

Standing on the edge of adulthood, Andrew yearns to find his purpose as a young black man in today's America. With his mother longing to find more to her life than parenting, Andrew is ... See full summary »

Director: Antonio Méndez Esparza | Stars: Andrew Bleechington, Regina Williams, Robert Williams, Ry'nesia Chambers

Votes: 500 | Gross: $0.02M

19. A Fantastic Woman (2017)

R | 104 min | Drama

86 Metascore

Marina, a transgender woman who works as a waitress and moonlights as a nightclub singer, is bowled over by the death of her older boyfriend.

Director: Sebastián Lelio | Stars: Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco, Aline Küppenheim

Votes: 23,766 | Gross: $2.02M

20. Memoir of War (2017)

127 min | Biography, Drama, War

57 Metascore

Marguerite must navigate through the hardships of the Liberation after losing her husband and starting a relationship with the enemy during the War.

Director: Emmanuel Finkiel | Stars: Mélanie Thierry, Benoît Magimel, Benjamin Biolay, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet

Votes: 996 | Gross: $0.10M

21. La peste (2018– )

50 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Seville, 16th century. During a terrible plague epidemic, the corpses of several murdered people are found, as an omen of the end of the world. Seville was one of the main cities of the ... See full summary »

Stars: Pablo Molinero, Patricia López Arnaiz, Sergio Castellanos, Cecilia Gómez

Votes: 1,796

22. The Sower (2017)

98 min | Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

Violette is old enough to get married when her village in the Lower Alps is cruelly deprived of all its men by the repression that followed the republican uprising of December 1851. For the... See full summary »

Director: Marine Francen | Stars: Pauline Burlet, Géraldine Pailhas, Alban Lenoir, Iliana Zabeth

Votes: 548 | Gross: $0.04M

23. The Giant (2017)

TV-MA | 114 min | Drama, History

A story about the world's tallest man, this is an unsettling Basque-language period drama focused on sibling rivalry.

Directors: Aitor Arregi, Jon Garaño | Stars: Joseba Usabiaga, Eneko Sagardoy, Iñigo Aranburu, Ramón Agirre

Votes: 3,942

24. The Big Sick (2017)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

86 Metascore

Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani and grad student Emily Gardner fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail finds himself forced to face her feisty parents, his family's expectations, and his true feelings.

Director: Michael Showalter | Stars: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano

Votes: 125,728 | Gross: $42.87M

25. The Wife (I) (2017)

R | 99 min | Drama

77 Metascore

A wife questions her life choices as she travels to Stockholm to see her husband receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Director: Björn Runge | Stars: Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Max Irons, Christian Slater

Votes: 37,174 | Gross: $9.60M

26. A Fish Out of Water (2017)

90 min | Drama

A young boy searches a small fishing village for his parents from a past life.

Director: Kuo-An Lai | Stars: Run-yin Bai, Peggy Tseng, Jen-Shuo Cheng, Akio Chen

Votes: 58

27. Princesita (2017)

71 min | Drama

A 12-year-old girl is part of a sect led by Miguel, in order to procreate his heir, but Miguel's plans will begin to get complicated when the girl enters school and falls in love with a classmate.

Director: Marialy Rivas | Stars: Sara Caballero, Marcelo Alonso, María Gracia Omegna, Nathalia Acevedo

Votes: 148

28. Soldiers: Story from Ferentari (2017)

119 min | Drama

Adi (40), a shy and introverted anthropologist, who got recently dumped by his girlfriend, moves to Ferentari, the poorest and most notorious neighborhood of Bucharest. He wants to write a ... See full summary »

Director: Ivana Mladenovic | Stars: Dan Bursuc, Sorin Cocis, Cezar Grumazescu, Kana Hashimoto

Votes: 648

29. The Charmer (2017)

100 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

78 Metascore

"The Charmer" is an intense psychological drama about Esmail, a young Iranian man who is desperately looking to meet women who can secure his stay in Denmark. As time is running out he falls in love and his past catches up with him.

Director: Milad Alami | Stars: Ardalan Esmaili, Soho Rezanejad, Lars Brygmann, Susan Taslimi

Votes: 975 | Gross: $0.03M

30. Morir (2017)

104 min | Drama

The film revolves around Luis and Marta, whose lives are paralyzed by the outbreak of a disease that is accompanied by guilt, lies and fear, thus testing the stability and love of the couple.

Director: Fernando Franco | Stars: Marian Álvarez, Andrés Gertrúdix, César Sarachu, Eduardo Rejón

Votes: 503

31. A Sort of Family (2017)

95 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A woman flies from Buenos Aires to be present for the birth of the child she has arranged to adopt. When the child is born, she is confronted with a demand from the biological mother's ... See full summary »

Director: Diego Lerman | Stars: Bárbara Lennie, Daniel Aráoz, Claudio Tolcachir, Paula Cohen

Votes: 647

32. The Disaster Artist (2017)

R | 104 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

76 Metascore

When Greg Sestero, an aspiring film actor, meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau in an acting class, they form a unique friendship and travel to Hollywood to make their dreams come true.

Director: James Franco | Stars: James Franco, Dave Franco, Ari Graynor, Seth Rogen

Votes: 143,057 | Gross: $21.12M

33. The Motive (2017)

TV-MA | 112 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

58 Metascore

A man obsessed with the idea of writing "high literature" starts to cause conflicts around him to write about it.

Director: Manuel Martín Cuenca | Stars: Javier Gutiérrez, María León, Adelfa Calvo, Adriana Paz

Votes: 5,251

34. The Summit (2017)

Not Rated | 114 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

At a summit for Latin American presidents in Chile where the region's geopolitical strategies and alliances are in discussion, Argentine president Hernán Blanco endures political and family drama that will force him to face his own demons.

Director: Santiago Mitre | Stars: Walter Andrade, Ricardo Darín, Dolores Fonzi, José María Marcos

Votes: 3,505

35. Borg vs. McEnroe (2017)

R | 107 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

63 Metascore

The story of the 1980 tennis rivalry between the placid Björn Borg and the volatile John McEnroe.

Director: Janus Metz | Stars: Sverrir Gudnason, Shia LaBeouf, Stellan Skarsgård, Tuva Novotny

Votes: 29,331 | Gross: $14.11M

36. From Where We've Fallen (2017)

100 min | Drama

It's past midnight. Zhao goes down to smoke, leaving his drunken wife to murmur her erotic dream upstairs. Neighbour Lee jumps off the building in front of Zhao, and his suicide reveals a ... See full summary »

Director: Feifei Wang | Stars: Han Chen, Yue Guo, Zhongwei Jiang, Xun Zhang

Votes: 25

37. Mademoiselle Paradis (2017)

97 min | Drama, History

A blind pianist living in 18th-century Vienna forms an extraordinary relationship with the physician who is trying to restore her sight.

Director: Barbara Albert | Stars: Maria Dragus, Devid Striesow, Lukas Miko, Katja Kolm

Votes: 662

38. The Leisure Seeker (2017)

R | 112 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

45 Metascore

A runaway couple go on an unforgettable journey in the faithful old RV they call "The Leisure Seeker".

Director: Paolo Virzì | Stars: Helen Mirren, Donald Sutherland, Christian McKay, Janel Moloney

Votes: 7,889 | Gross: $3.23M

39. C'est la vie! (I) (2017)

117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A hectic wedding party held in an 17th century French palace comes together with the help of the behind-the-scenes staff.

Directors: Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano | Stars: Jean-Pierre Bacri, Jean-Paul Rouve, Gilles Lellouche, Vincent Macaigne

Votes: 9,960

40. Submergence (2017)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

38 Metascore

James and Danielle meet on vacation and fall in love. She's going to the dark North Atlantic bottom to find life. He's going to Somalia to find a terrorist but gets a dark cell.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Alicia Vikander, Celyn Jones, Jannik Schümann, Jean-Pierre Lorit

Votes: 7,732

41. Wonders of the Sea (2017)

G | 82 min | Documentary

Armed with cutting-edge 3D technology, French ocean explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau and his adult children explore the ocean and learn about what puts it at risk.

Directors: Jean-Michel Cousteau, Jean-Jacques Mantello | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Celine Cousteau, Fabien Cousteau, Jean-Michel Cousteau

Votes: 184 | Gross: $0.10M

42. Cargo (III) (2017)

91 min | Drama

'Cargo' brings the raw story of three brothers who own a family business in the fishery and are trying to save it from destruction. The passion for their profession but also for their loved ones, however, drives them to desperate actions.

Director: Gilles Coulier | Stars: Sam Louwyck, Wim Willaert, Sebastien Dewaele, Josse De Pauw

Votes: 379

43. Fireworks (2017)

90 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

40 Metascore

In this sci-fi tinged story of young love and teenage turmoil, a mysterious glowing ball offers Norimichi a second chance at securing his dream date.

Directors: Akiyuki Shinbo, Nobuyuki Takeuchi | Stars: Suzu Hirose, Masaki Suda, Mamoru Miyano, Shintarô Asanuma

Votes: 2,832 | Gross: $0.53M

44. Loving Pablo (2017)

R | 123 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

42 Metascore

A journalist strikes up a romantic relationship with notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar.

Director: Fernando León de Aranoa | Stars: Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz, Peter Sarsgaard, Julieth Restrepo

Votes: 18,806 | Gross: $0.02M

45. Marrowbone (2017)

R | 110 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

63 Metascore

A young man and his three younger siblings, who have kept secret the death of their beloved mother in order to remain together, are plagued by a sinister presence in the sprawling manor in which they live.

Director: Sergio G. Sánchez | Stars: George MacKay, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Mia Goth

Votes: 27,579 | Gross: $0.00M



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