2017 Best of Fest Archive

Browse films below or view the entire schedule HERE.  


Shot in lustrous black and white, this bold and severe Holocaust drama explores the complex relationship between a Russian aristocrat—caught hiding two Jewish children in her Paris apartment—and two Nazi officials. “Robust, absorbing… enduring resonant.” Variety Winner: Best Director, Venice. Read More

Running Time: 131

Past Life

In 1977 Jerusalem, two sisters, the daughters of Holocaust survivors, investigate a taboo topic: the mystery of their difficult father’s experiences in Poland during World War II. This profoundly moving drama confronts a burden of history that is still very much part of the Israeli present. Read More

Running Time: 103


On May 25th, 2014, 13-year-old Malavath Poorna became the youngest woman to scale Everest. An adivasi (indigenous) teen, Poorna was selected as a champion of welfare schools, and Rahul Bose puts her accomplishment in the context of female empowerment while delivering the spectacle you would expect. Read More

Running Time: 96

Take Me Home Huey

This moving documentary traces the evolution of Steve Maloney’s eponymous mixed-media sculpture, in which he took a wrecked Huey helicopter and transformed it into a remarkable memorial to the men who served and lost their lives in Vietnam. It’s a salutary reminder of the healing power of art. Read More

Running Time: 70

This Beautiful Fantastic

An English Amélie, if you will, this whimsical modern fairytale spins a sweet, brightly-hued yarn about Bella Brown, an OCD librarian with a dreadful fear of flora, who almost accidentally cultivates a support group of amiable eccentrics (and one cantankerous neighbor) and discovers her own true voice. Read More

Running Time: 92

Toni Erdmann

In this unforgettable comedy, a prankster father puts on a wig and false teeth and invades the life of his rigid, ambitious corporate consultant daughter, whose life is upended in profound and often hilarious ways. “A work of great beauty, great feeling and great cinema.” The New York Times. Winner: FIPRESCI Prize, Cannes. Read More

Running Time: 162


Two of Spanish-speaking cinema’s finest stars, Ricardo Darín and Javier Cámara, play lifelong friends reconnecting for a short visit under the shadow of terminal cancer in this wide and tender (and surprisingly funny) movie from Cesc Gay. Goya Winner: Best Film, Director, Actor, Supporting Actor, Screenplay, Goya Awards. Read More

Running Time: 108


When the mayor leads resistance to a mining company’s plans to buy up and idustrialize residential areas in an impoverished northern Czech town it exposes deep rifts in the community. Then his daughter goes missing… An enthralling eight-hour mini-series from the creator of Burning Bush (PSIFF 2014). Read More

Running Time: 449

When We Rise

From Gus van Sant and Dustin Lance Black (Milk), the first episode of their stirring seven-part docudrama that charts the progress of Gay Liberation from its early days in San Francisco in the 1960s to its 21st-century triumphs. Read More

Running Time: 84

White Sun

A dark comedy about two brothers from each side of the Nepalese civil war brought together after 10 years for their father’s funeral. A trenchant, eye-catching parable, this is the best film to come out of Nepal in years. Winner: Interfilm Award, Venice. Read More

Running Time: 88

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2017 PS Film Festival