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1. The Junk Shop (1965)

32 min | Comedy, Short

Juraj Herz adapts Bohumil Hrabal's story about a man who works in a junk shop.

Director: Juraj Herz | Stars: Václav Halama, Frantisek Ketzek, M. Cirmonová, Radim Cvrcek

Votes: 184

2. Strong Island (2017)

TV-MA | 107 min | Documentary

86 Metascore

When filmmaker Yance Ford investigates the 1992 murder of a young black man, it becomes an achingly personal journey since the victim, 24-year-old William Ford Jr., was the filmmaker's brother.

Director: Yance Ford | Stars: Yance Ford, Harvey Walker, Kevin Myers, Lauren Ford

Votes: 2,835

3. Law and Order (1969 TV Movie)

81 min | Documentary

Also known as The Greater Good, this series of vignettes focuses on the day-to-day work of Kansas City, Missouri police covers the range of circumstances they encounter and the variety of ... See full synopsis »

Director: Frederick Wiseman | Star: Richard Nixon

Votes: 221

Frederick Wiseman

4. The Force (2017)

92 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

THE FORCE goes inside an embattled urban police department struggling to rebuild trust in one of America's most violent yet promising cities.

Director: Peter Nicks | Stars: Cat Brooks, Jonathan Cairo, Ben McBride, Johnna Watson

Votes: 502 | Gross: $0.06M

Oakland police force, "direct cinema lite," http://sensesofcinema.com/2017/festival-reports/full-frame-film-festival-2017/

5. The Original Richard McMahan (2016)

21 min | Documentary, Short | Completed

The multi-talented outsider artist Richard McMahan is on a quest to painstakingly re-create thousands of famous and not-so-famous paintings and artifacts-- in miniature. From well-loved ... See full summary »

Director: Olympia Stone

Miniaturist who makes mini copies of Van Gogh paintings, King Tut's tomb. Pair with Marwencol in a chapter? http://sensesofcinema.com/2017/festival-reports/full-frame-film-festival-2017/

6. Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405 (2016)

40 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

A brilliant but tortured 56-year-old artist channels her depression and anxiety into her work.

Director: Frank Stiefel | Star: Tom Wudl

Votes: 738

Heaven is a Traffic Jam, which focuses on the art and life of mentally ill artist Mindy Alper. Alper takes the viewer through her battery of pills and medications, as well as her memories of a disapproving father, a distant mother, and a desire to express herself through her art. Director Frank Stiefel brings her line drawings – wiry, uneven, trembling with emotion – to life, turning them into animated sequences that feel like insights into Alper’s beautiful, tormented soul. Her devotion to her loved ones and her drive to connect with others are both evident in her work, most memorably a sculptural bust of her therapist, with whom she has made so much progress. It is Alper’s humour and candour – together with the tenderness with which she is presented – that garnered the film the Full Frame Audience Award (short) and the Full Frame Jury Award (short).

7. The Good Postman (2016)

80 min | Documentary

A small and stubborn Bulgarian village facing the Turkish border has been resisting foreign invaders since the times of the Roman and Ottoman Empires. Now its electorate of 38 elderly ... See full summary »

Director: Tonislav Hristov | Stars: Ivan Fransuzov, Angela Jekova, Vangel Jekov, Ivan Halahcev

Votes: 262

Such an impassioned, paralysed feeling is dramatised to great effect in The Good Postman, a Bulgarian documentary about Ivan, a postman who decides to run for mayor of his small village on the platform of accepting refugees. The Good Postman is beautifully shot, so much that, at times, it feels as though you are watching a fiction film, our lonely protagonist’s craggy face perfectly lit and set against a peeling, painted wall. Throughout the film, you will worry that he will lose to his unqualified, refugee-hating opponent whose sparsely attended political “rally” may or may not remind you of a political candidate on a descending escalator. This opponent provides both a threat and comic relief, due to his extreme laziness and lack of basic understanding. But perhaps the most compelling part of this poignant drama is seeing how Ivan watches television coverage of refugees, the cold glow of the television bouncing against his thin frame. His helplessness is wrenching, as is a scene toward the middle of the film, where Border Patrol agents escort a refugee family out of the abandoned shack in which they have been hiding. In this moment, the audience gasped as loudly as I heard at any film at the festival, and we – together with Ivan – can only watch as they are marched off-screen, out of sight.

Without revealing too much of this remarkable film’s plot, The Good Postman movingly explores questions of looking, engaging and intervening that lie at the heart of Full Frame and its mission as a showcase for global documentary. Our Good Postman does not merely watch the suffering he sees around him or on the news – he bears witness, and he does so alone. At Full Frame, viewers have the gift of bearing witness together and sharing in these works of art; indeed, our need for such a platform and community of practitioners, scholars, and activists is as vital now as it has ever been.

8. The Dark Mile (2017)

87 min | Thriller

Two women, recovering from personal tragedy, take a boat trip through the Scottish Highlands. After a run in with the locals, their relaxing break soon descends into a hellish ordeal.

Director: Gary Love | Stars: Sheila Hancock, Deirdre Mullins, Finlay MacMillan, Rebecca Calder

Votes: 58

9. Beach Rats (2017)

R | 98 min | Drama

78 Metascore

A Brooklyn teenager spends his days experimenting with drugs and looking online for older men to meet with.

Director: Eliza Hittman | Stars: Harris Dickinson, Madeline Weinstein, Kate Hodge, Neal Huff

Votes: 9,263 | Gross: $0.47M

10. Ex Libris: The 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: 778 | Gross: $0.16M

11. Wonderstruck (2017)

PG | 116 min | 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: 8,041 | Gross: $1.03M

12. A Silent Voice (2016)

Not Rated | 130 min | Animation, Drama, Romance

78 Metascore

A young man is ostracized by his classmates after he bullies a deaf girl to the point where she moves away. Years later, he sets off on a path for redemption.

Director: Naoko Yamada | Stars: Miyu Irino, Saori Hayami, Aoi Yûki, Kenshô Ono

Votes: 23,507

13. Call Me by Your Name (2017)

R | 132 min | Drama, Romance

93 Metascore

In 1980s Italy, a 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: 150,286 | Gross: $18.10M

14. All These Sleepless Nights (2016)

R | 100 min | Documentary, Drama

70 Metascore

A new era is coming, and Warsaw stands uncomfortably at its edge. Art school classmates Christopher and Michal, on the precipice of their own coming of age, restlessly roam their city's ... See full summary »

Director: Michal Marczak | Stars: Krzysztof Baginski, Michal Huszcza, Eva Lebuef, Natalia Atmanska

Votes: 1,147 | Gross: $0.02M

15. The Lure (2015)

Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

72 Metascore

In Warsaw, a pair of mermaid sisters are adopted into a cabaret. While one seeks love with humans the other hungers to dine on the human population of the city.

Director: Agnieszka Smoczynska | Stars: Marta Mazurek, Michalina Olszanska, Kinga Preis, Andrzej Konopka

Votes: 4,874 | Gross: $0.10M

16. 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: 17,957 | Gross: $2.02M

17. Thelma (II) (2017)

Not Rated | 116 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

74 Metascore

A confused religious girl tries to deny her feelings for a female friend who's in love with her. This causes her suppressed subconsciously-controlled psychokinetic powers to reemerge with devastating results.

Director: Joachim Trier | Stars: Eili Harboe, Kaya Wilkins, Henrik Rafaelsen, Ellen Dorrit Petersen

Votes: 20,311 | Gross: $0.15M

18. Phantom Thread (2017)

R | 130 min | Drama, Romance

90 Metascore

Set in 1950s London, Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who becomes his muse and lover.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Vicky Krieps, Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville, Julie Vollono

Votes: 84,404 | Gross: $21.02M

19. Wanda (1970)

GP | 102 min | Crime, Drama

Wanda, a lonely housewife, drifts through mining country until she meets a petty thief who takes her in.

Director: Barbara Loden | Stars: Barbara Loden, Michael Higgins, Dorothy Shupenes, Peter Shupenes

Votes: 2,353 | Gross: $0.05M

20. Tour de Pharmacy (2017 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 39 min | Comedy, Sport

A mockumentary that chronicles the prevalence of doping in the world of professional cycling.

Director: Jake Szymanski | Stars: Andy Samberg, Orlando Bloom, Freddie Highmore, Joe Buck

Votes: 7,630

21. Moonrise (1948)

Passed | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Danny is being despised by his schoolmates because his father was accused to have killed another man and is condemned to the death penalty.

Director: Frank Borzage | Stars: Dane Clark, Gail Russell, Ethel Barrymore, Allyn Joslyn

Votes: 1,593

22. En el séptimo día (2017)

TV-14 | 92 min | Drama

87 Metascore

A group of undocumented Mexican immigrants work long hours six days a week, and then savor their day of rest on Sundays on the soccer fields of Brooklyn.

Director: Jim McKay | Stars: Fernando Cardona, Gilberto Jimenez, Abel Perez, Genoel Ramírez

Votes: 139 | Gross: $0.08M

23. Have a Nice Day (2017)

77 min | Animation, Comedy, Crime

77 Metascore

A city in southern China and a bag containing a million yuan draw several people from diverse backgrounds with different personal motives into a bloody conflict.

Director: Jian Liu | Stars: Changlong Zhu, Kai Cao, Jian Liu, Siming Yang

Votes: 1,299 | Gross: $0.08M

24. 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: 23,031 | Gross: $0.57M

25. Night Comes On (2018)

86 min | Drama

79 Metascore

Angel LaMere is released from juvenile detention on the eve of her 18th birthday. Haunted by her past, she embarks on a journey with her 10 year-old sister that could destroy their future.

Director: Jordana Spiro | Stars: Dominique Fishback, Tatum Marilyn Hall, Nastashia Fuller, Lovie Marie Allen

Votes: 366

26. Minding the Gap (2018)

93 min | Documentary

90 Metascore

Three young men bond together to escape volatile families in their Rust-Belt hometown. As they face adult responsibilities, unexpected revelations threaten their decade-long friendship.

Director: Bing Liu | Stars: Keire Johnson, Bing Liu, Zack Mulligan

Votes: 4,235 | Gross: $0.01M

27. Shirkers (2018)

97 min | Documentary

88 Metascore

A woman explores the events surrounding a film she and her friends began making with a mysterious stranger decades ago.

Director: Sandi Tan | Stars: Sandi Tan, Jasmine Kin Kia Ng, Philip Cheah, Sophia Siddique Harvey

Votes: 2,763

28. The Death of Stalin (2017)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, History

88 Metascore

Moscow, 1953. After being in power for nearly 30 years, Soviet dictator Josef Stalin takes ill and quickly dies. Now the members of the Council of Ministers scramble for power.

Director: Armando Iannucci | Stars: Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Jeffrey Tambor, Andrea Riseborough

Votes: 61,463 | Gross: $8.04M

29. The Rider (2017)

R | 104 min | Drama, Western

92 Metascore

After suffering a near fatal head injury, a young cowboy undertakes a search for new identity and what it means to be a man in the heartland of America.

Director: Chloé Zhao | Stars: Brady Jandreau, Mooney, Tim Jandreau, Lilly Jandreau

Votes: 9,335 | Gross: $2.42M

30. 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: 22,857 | Gross: $9.60M

31. Wildlife (2018)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama

80 Metascore

A teenage boy must deal with his mother's complicated response after his father temporarily abandons them to take a menial and dangerous job.

Director: Paul Dano | Stars: Ed Oxenbould, Jake Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan, Travis W Bruyer

Votes: 12,764 | Gross: $1.03M

32. Attenberg (2010)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama

73 Metascore

Stuck in her boring factory town, twenty-three-year-old Marina is at the mercy of both her father's impending death and her distaste for other humans.

Director: Athina Rachel Tsangari | Stars: Ariane Labed, Vangelis Mourikis, Evangelia Randou, Yorgos Lanthimos

Votes: 5,432 | Gross: $0.02M

33. Capernaum (2018)

R | 126 min | Drama

75 Metascore

While serving a five-year sentence for a violent crime, a 12-year-old boy sues his parents for neglect.

Director: Nadine Labaki | Stars: Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole, Kawsar Al Haddad

Votes: 15,775 | Gross: $1.64M

34. Dead Silence (2007)

R | 89 min | Horror, Mystery

34 Metascore

A young widower returns to his hometown to search for answers to his wife's murder, which may be linked to the ghost of a murdered ventriloquist.

Director: James Wan | Stars: Ryan Kwanten, Amber Valletta, Donnie Wahlberg, Michael Fairman

Votes: 78,701 | Gross: $16.81M

35. Fast Color (2018)

PG-13 | 100 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

65 Metascore

A woman is forced to go on the run when her superhuman abilities are discovered. Years after having abandoned her family, the only place she has left to hide is home.

Director: Julia Hart | Stars: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Lorraine Toussaint, David Strathairn, Saniyya Sidney

Votes: 142 | Gross: $0.04M

36. JT LeRoy (2018)

R | 108 min | Biography, Drama

59 Metascore

A young woman named Savannah Knoop spends six years pretending to be the celebrated author JT LeRoy, the made-up literary persona of her sister-in-law.

Director: Justin Kelly | Stars: Kristen Stewart, Diane Kruger, Laura Dern, Jim Sturgess

Votes: 137

37. Border (2018)

R | 110 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

75 Metascore

A customs officer who can smell fear develops an unusual attraction to a strange traveler while aiding a police investigation which will call into question her entire existence.

Director: Ali Abbasi | Stars: Eva Melander, Eero Milonoff, Jörgen Thorsson, Ann Petrén

Votes: 9,695 | Gross: $0.77M

38. Rafiki (2018)

83 min | Drama, Romance

66 Metascore

"Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives," but Kena and Ziki long for something more. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety.

Director: Wanuri Kahiu | Stars: Samantha Mugatsia, Neville Misati, Nice Githinji, Charlie Karumi

Votes: 728 | Gross: $0.02M



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