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The Best Films, TV Shows, and More of 2017, According to IndieWire

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2017 was a year that… well, it wasn’t boring. But as we witnessed one of the most insane news cycles in recent history create a discussion which could fundamentally change the entertainment industry and beyond, there was one constant: The talented minds working both within the Hollywood system and outside it who created film, television, and more which inspired us, challenged us, healed us, or all of the above.

The IndieWire staff represents an eclectic set of points-of-view, which is why many of their individual Top 10s of the year represent unique approaches to the concept. But the one constant is a celebration of the media that keeps us devoted to the cause, and got us though the year.

Eric Kohn, Deputy Editor and Chief Critic

At a time when the world is changing at an unquantifiable pace, when menacing world powers threaten everything we hold dear, we often look
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Official Us Trailer for Samuel Maoz's Award-Winning Film 'Foxtrot'

"Did you know the foxtrot is a dance?" Sony Classics has finally unveiled an official Us trailer for one of the best films of 2017, titled Foxtrot, which is Israel's main entry into the Academy Awards this year. Foxtrot premiered at the Venice, Telluride & Toronto Film Festivals and we posted a teaser trailer during its festival run. Now we finally get a full trailer and you can get a glimpse at this masterpiece. Foxtrot is about a family who must face the facts when their son is killed at a desolate military outpost. The film tells both sides of the story, starting with the parents. Featuring Lior Ashkenazi, Sarah Adler, Yonaton Shiray, and Shira Haas. I caught this in Venice and flipped for it (read my review), a phenomenal film with exceptional sound design, cinematography, performances, and an emotional rollercoaster of a story that you will never forget. Here's the official
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Lior Ashkenazi on 2018 by Anne-Katrin Titze

Lior Ashkenazi: "I admire David Bowie. The thing he had the biggest success with, let's say Ziggy Stardust, and then he changed to something else." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

In 2017, Lior Ashkenazi starred with Richard Gere in Joseph Cedar's Norman: The Moderate Rise And Tragic Fall Of A New York Fixer and opposite Sarah Adler as the parents of an Israeli soldier (Yonaton Shiray) in Samuel Maoz's Venice International Film Festival Silver Lion winner and Oscar Foreign Language shortlisted film Foxtrot.

Coming up for Lior is his portrayal of Yitzhak Rabin in José Padilha's 7 Days In Entebbe, starring Rosamund Pike (Cédric Jimenez's The Man With The Iron Heart, based on Laurent Binet's novel HHhH) and Daniel Brühl, and Julie Delpy's My Zoe with Gemma Arterton, Richard Armitage, and Brühl. In Dragos Buliga's The Wanderers: The Quest Of The Demon Hunter, with Armand Assante,
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Taking the waters by Anne-Katrin Titze

Foxtrot star Lior Ashkenazi with his director Samuel Maoz and Anne-Katrin Titze at Sony Pictures Classics Photo: Gary Springer

Foxtrot, Israel's Oscar submission, directed by Samuel Maoz, stars Lior Ashkenazi (terrific in Joseph Cedar's Norman: The Moderate Rise And Tragic Fall Of A New York Fixer opposite Richard Gere), Sarah Adler (Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette) and Yonaton Shiray (Natalie Portman's A Tale Of Love And Darkness).

Maoz, whose last film Lebanon won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, teams up again with cinematographer Giora Bejach to produce an emotionally charged drama of man-made destiny. It begins with every parent's worst nightmare. Lior told me earlier that in Israel audiences knew from the first second what kind of news the military officers were bearing to the Feldmann family.

Michael Feldmann (Lior Ashkenazi) with his wife Dafna (Sarah Adler)

It might take international audiences a moment longer
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Memo to Distributors: Buy These 2017 Tiff Movies

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Memo to Distributors: Buy These 2017 Tiff Movies
The Toronto International Film Festival may be known more as a platform for fall season movies than a market, but there are plenty of strong films in each year’s lineup looking for U.S. distribution. While films ranging from the Margot Robbie vehicle “I, Tonya” to Louis C.K.’s “I Love You, Daddy” landed sturdy deals during Tiff, many other highlights remain homeless. Here’s a look at a few of them, presented in the hopes that distributors will take note.

Bodied

If Eminem got a PhD in English without sacrificing his hip-hop talent, he might have turned out something like Adam (Calum Worthy), the scrawny white hero of Joseph Kahn’s “Bodied.” Kahn’s long-awaited follow-up to his snarky teen slasher comedy “Detention” is a hyper-stylized rap satire that plays out like Scott Pilgrim stumbling into “8 Mile” and stealing the spotlight. Set in an assaultive world of underground
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The Shape Of Water wins Golden Lion by Amber Wilkinson - 2017-09-09 21:09:08

The Shape Of Water: 'The right mix of aesthetics, heart and sheer technical mastery' Photo: Fox Searchlight Guillermo Del Toro's The Shape Of Water has taken home the Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival.

"I believe in life, I believe in love and I believe in cinema," said the director as he picked up the award for his film about a mute cleaning woman who falls for a fish-man (Doug Jones). He added: "If you remain pure and stay with your faith, whatever you have faith in, in my case it's monsters, eventually things go right."

The Silver Lion Grand Jury prize went to Samuel Maoz's satire Foxtrot, starring Lior Ashkenazi and Sarah Adler, while Xavier Legrand saw his domestic abuse drama Custody pick up the Lion of The Future and Silver Lion for best director.

The best actress award went to Charlotte Rampling for her role
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Venice Review: ‘Foxtrot’ is a Drama of Originality and Sheer Vitality

The discovery of fresh, bold voices in cinema has always been one of the great joys of visiting film festivals. And this year in Venice, probably no film in competition surprised more for its original touch and sheer vitality than Samuel Maoz’s Israel-set drama Foxtrot.

After an unexplained opening shot looking out from inside an anonymous moving vehicle, we soon meet Daphna Feldmann (Sarah Adler), whose son Jonathan (Yonathan Shiray) with husband Michael (Lior Ashkenazi) serves in the military. Meeting might be overstating it in this instance, as Daphna only looks into the camera for a split second and, without even hearing a word from her unseen visitors, faints. Her reaction is one of such utterly debilitating grief, it tells you right away who she finds at her doorstep and what they’re about to say. Indeed, it’s the worst nightmare of any soldier’s mom incarnated: grim-faced
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Foxtrot review – Samuel Maoz's fierce nightmare vision of Israel

The Lebanon director’s unflinching family tragedy, set in a surreal Israel where loss and pain are randomly distributed, offers an urgent and witty picture of futility

Foxtrot, by the Israeli film-maker Samuel Maoz, is a compelling family tragedy played out in three acts; a nightmarish triptych of loss, waste and grief that is nonetheless arranged with such visionary boldness that it dares us to look away. Maoz won the 2009 Golden Lion here at Venice with Lebanon, his last film but one, which pundits suspect may count against him this time around. And yet Foxtrot makes a mockery of that kind of received wisdom and formal protocol. The world, it tells us, is random and inept – as likely to kill you by mistake as on purpose. I’m not sure the film sees this as amusing, exactly. But it has the wherewithal and wit to manage the odd hollow laugh.
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‘Foxtrot’ Is a Brilliant Portrait of Israeli Frustrations — Telluride Review

‘Foxtrot’ Is a Brilliant Portrait of Israeli Frustrations — Telluride Review
Foxtrot” spends its first half hour as a bleak drama about distraught parents mourning their dead son, and then it becomes something entirely different. Israeli director Samuel Maoz’s brilliant followup to his debut “Lebanon,” which took place within the confines of a tank, deals with a very different kind of confinement — being imprisoned by an ambivalent world, and forced to deal with whatever random tragedies it chooses to dish out.

Yet despite its dreary overtones, Maoz pierces his milieu with flashes of perceptive satire, an animated interlude, and a touching, romantic finale, all of which adds up to a wonderfully unexpected hodgepodge of insights into intergenerational Israeli frustrations.

But the first act belies the depth in store. Starting out as a straightforward plunge into deeply tragic events, the movie begins with middle-aged couple Michael (the ever-reliable Lior Ashkenazi) and Daphna (Sarah Adler, in a fiery turn) being visited by
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Venice Film Review: ‘Foxtrot’

Venice Film Review: ‘Foxtrot’
Lebanon” director Samuel Maoz went in a risky direction by making a film as different and daring as “Foxtrot,” and his boldness pays off in ways that make one reach for superlatives. Not content to merely confront the unspeakable grief of parents who lose a child, Maoz uses the film’s tripartite structure to encompass a devastating litany of Israeli attributes that run the gamut from machismo to racism to a past subverted by the Holocaust and then back again to grief. Just as no novel can tackle a mother’s fear of learning her soldier son is dead without being compared to David Grossman’s stunning “To the End of the Land,” so no film will be able to deal with a similar subject without being weighed against “Foxtrot.” Brilliantly constructed with a visual audacity that serves the subject rather than the other way around, this is award-winning filmmaking on a fearless level.

Each
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First Trailer for Israeli Film 'Foxtrot' Playing Venice, Telluride, Toronto

A short teaser trailer has debuted for the new film from Israeli director Samuel Maoz, titled Foxtrot. This film is premiering at the Venice Film Festival (tomorrow) and is also playing at the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals, meaning it is definitely something impressive and the buzz will start to hit hard right away. Maoz is the director who made the fantastic entirely-inside-a-tank film Lebanon a few years ago, and this is his latest feature. Foxtrot is about a family who must face the facts when their son is killed at a desolate military outpost. Starring Lior Ashkenazi and Sarah Adler. Even though there's not much this will give you a good idea of what's going on. So far so good, I'm looking forward to seeing it in Venice. Watch below. Here's the first festival trailer (+ poster) for Samuel Maoz's Foxtrot, direct from Tiff's YouTube: And here's another full
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The Match Factory launches Samuel Maoz’s 'Foxtrot'

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The Match Factory launches Samuel Maoz’s 'Foxtrot'
Exclusive: Venice and Toronto berths for Golden Lion winner’s drama.

The Match Factory will launch sales in earnest this autumn on Samuel Maoz’s Venice and Toronto drama Foxtrot, the writer-director’s anticipated follow-up to his 2009 narrative debut Lebanon, which won Venice’s Golden Lion and four Israeli Academy awards.

In Foxtrot, Michael and Dafna are devastated when army officials show up at their home to announce the death of their son Jonathan.

Michael becomes increasingly frustrated by overzealous mourning relatives and well-meaning army bureaucrats.

While his sedated wife rests, Michael spirals into a whirlwind of anger only to experience one of life’s unfathomable twists which rival the surreal military experiences of his son.

Footnote and Big Bad Wolves star Lior Ashkenazi leads cast alongside The Cakemaker and Notre Musique actress Sarah Adler.

The Israeli title, which has already drawn unannounced buyers, will get its world premiere in competition on the Lido before heading to Toronto
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News of a death by Anne-Katrin Titze

Lior Ashkenazi with Anne-Katrin Titze on his role in Samuel Maoz's Foxtrot: "I had to take it to the edge of my skills, of my emotions." Photo: Whitby Hotel

Alexander Payne's Downsizing, starring Matt Damon with Kristen Wiig, Laura Dern, Neil Patrick Harris, Christoph Waltz, Jason Sudeikis, Udo Kier, and Margo Martindale will open the 74th Venice International Film Festival. Three other world premières include Human Capital director Paolo Virzi's The Leisure Seeker (Helen Mirren, Donald Sutherland); 45 Years director Andrew Haigh's Lean On Pete (Chloë Sevigny, Travis Fimmel, Steve Buscemi); and Lebanon (Golden Lion winner in 2009) director Samuel Maoz's Foxtrot, starring Sarah Adler and Lior Ashkenazi (Joseph Cedar's Norman: The Moderate Rise And Tragic Fall Of A New York Fixer).

Lior Ashkenazi's upcoming films José Padilha's Entebbe with Rosamund Pike and Daniel Brühl, and Julie Delpy's My Zoe with Gemma Arterton,
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Karlovy Vary Film Review: ‘The Cakemaker’

Karlovy Vary Film Review: ‘The Cakemaker’
Pastry dough is far from the only thing that requires — and duly receives — delicate handling in “The Cakemaker,” a tender, tactile and just-sweet-enough story of hidden love, challenged faith and unwittingly shared grief that marks an auspicious feature debut for Israeli writer-director Ofir Raul Graizer. Tracing with exemplary sensitivity the unlikely bond formed between a gay German baker and the Jerusalem-based widow of the man they both loved, Graizer’s film works a complex range of social and religious tensions into its heartsore narrative, without ever feeling sanctimonious or button-pushing. This moving, broadly accessible blend of old-school melodrama, contemporary identity politics and buttery gastroporn should sell like, well, hotcakes on the international festival circuit following its Karlovy Vary premiere — with Lgbt-oriented distributors hungry for a crossover hit first in line.

With its soft lighting, prettily wistful piano-based score and enough lingering images of onscreen patisserie to make Mary Berry unpurse her lips and drool, “The Cakemaker
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‘The Cakemaker’ Trailer: A Forbidden Love Affair Heats Up Into Unexpected Drama — Watch

‘The Cakemaker’ Trailer: A Forbidden Love Affair Heats Up Into Unexpected Drama — Watch
A forbidden love story takes a wholly unexpected — but richly rewarding — turn in Ofir Raul Graizer’s upcoming Karlovy Vary premiere, “The Cakemaker.” The film follows shy Berlin baker Thomas (Tim Kalkhof) who embarks on a passion and special affair with Oran (Roy Miller), a businessman visiting from Jerusalem who falls for both Thomas and his delicious baked goods.

Their story is cut short, however, when Oran is killed in a car accident and a devastated Thomas cooks up a plan to help his grieving family (and maybe his own broken heart) by traveling to Jerusalem and offering up his expertise to Oran’s widow Anat (Sarah Adler), who owns a struggling cafe. Of course, Thomas can’t explain who exactly he is or what he knows about Oran, and his nationality adds another layer to his evolving relationship with Anat. What will be revealed? And what will happen once those secrets are told?
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"I wanted to see real people" by Anne-Katrin Titze

Richard Gere (Norman Oppenheimer) with Lior Ashkenazi (Micha Eshel) at Lanvin: "It's almost like theater."

Star of Joseph Cedar's Footnote and Norman: The Moderate Rise And Tragic Fall Of A New York Fixer, Lior Ashkenazi, spoke with me on growing up seeing Kirk Douglas, Steve McQueen, and Paul Newman movies with his father, Burt Lancaster in Robert Siodmak's The Crimson Pirate being his first, shooting Eytan Fox's Walk On Water at Berlin's Tempelhof airport, meeting Son Of Saul director László Nemes at the Cannes Film Festival, and performing a silent scene with Richard Gere.

Lior's upcoming films include Julie Delpy's My Zoe (with Gemma Arterton, Richard Armitage, Daniel Brühl); Dragos Buliga's The Wanderers (Armand Assante); Eran Riklis's Refuge (Golshifteh Farahani, Neta Riskin), Samuel Maoz's Foxtrot (Sarah Adler), and José Padilha's Entebbe (Rosamund Pike, Brühl), where he portrays Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
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MacGyver Sneak Peek: Amy Acker Is Beaming After a Badass Gunfight

MacGyver Sneak Peek: Amy Acker Is Beaming After a Badass Gunfight
Person of Interest alum Amy Acker goes from guns a-blazing hot to smiley and warm, in this exclusive sneak peek from Episode 2 of CBS’ MacGyver.

RelatedRatings: MacGyver Opens With a Bang, 11-Year Audience High for CBS

In “Metal Saw,” airing Friday at 8/7c, MacGyver and the team set out to assist Sarah Adler (played by Acker), Jack’s former CIA partner/ex-girlfriend who went missing in Venezuela after she obtained evidence to take down an international arms dealer.

“She does get kidnapped, but she definitely does not need to be rescued,” showrunner Peter M. Lenkov previously told TVLine. After all,
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Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on Arrow, S.H.I.E.L.D., Lucifer, Supernatural, Poi, H50, Jessica Jones and More

Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on Arrow, S.H.I.E.L.D., Lucifer, Supernatural, Poi, H50, Jessica Jones and More
What the heil is happening on Supernatural? What old feud is Lucifer digging up? How is Arrow channeling Game of Thrones? “Lost” Person of Interest dialogue found? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.

RelatedSupernatural: Rick Springfield to Play Lucifer’s Rock Star Vessel

Please, please, please, anything you can tell me about my fave show, Supernatural? —Lisa

Oh, this is a bit more than “anything.” “We’ve got something really cool coming up in Episode 5, where it will be the triumphant or not so triumphant return of the Thule, who have decided
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Films Boutique to sell Ofir Raul Graizer's 'The Cakemaker'

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Drama will explore gay relationships as well as connections between Israel and Germany.

Berlin-based Films Boutique is to handle international sales on the Israeli-born film editor Ofir Raul Graizer’s directorial debut The Cakemaker to be produced by Mathias Schwerbrock’s Film Base Berlin with Israel’s Laila Films.

Schwerbrock told ScreenDaily that the film is planned to go into production this November/December with four days shooting in Berlin and up to two weeks in Jerusalem.

Graizer’s screenplay centres on a young Berliner – a cakemaker by profession – who travels to Israel after the sudden death of his architect lover to learn more about his family background where he begins a relationship with the man’s widow.

“It is an intimate portrait of gay relationships, but also shows the possibility of developing a second relationship,” Schwerbrock explained. “The film also addresses the relationship between Israel and Germany.”

Graizer, who participated in the Nipkow Programm residency in Berlin
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Films Boutique to handle Ofir Raul Graizer's 'The Cakemaker'

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Drama will explore gay relationships as well as connections between Israel and Germany.

Berlin-based Films Boutique is to handle international sales on the Israeli-born film editor Ofir Raul Graizer’s directorial debut The Cakemaker to be produced by Mathias Schwerbrock’s Film Base Berlin with Israel’s Laila Films.

Schwerbrock told ScreenDaily that the film is planned to go into production this November/December with four days shooting in Berlin and up to two weeks in Jerusalem.

Graizer’s screenplay centres on a young Berliner – a cakemaker by profession – who travels to Israel after the sudden death of his architect lover to learn more about his family background where he begins a relationship with the man’s widow.

“It is an intimate portrait of gay relationships, but also shows the possibility of developing a second relationship,” Schwerbrock explained. “The film also addresses the relationship between Israel and Germany.”

Graizer, who participated in the Nipkow Programm residency in Berlin
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