2017 Nashville Film Festival

2017 Nashville Film Festival Picks

Quest

The 2017 Nashville Film Festival kicked off tonight at Regal Hollywood 27. What did I see?

Actually, I was at the Belcourt catching the last screening of After the Storm. (Not much playing tonight at NaFF that interested me.)

But for the next nine days, I’m there. I actually spent hours researching every title to sort out the good, the bad, and the unreviewed. And boy, there are A LOT of films playing this year with no reviews. I call these “the wildcards.” Inevitably, a few will be great, but to find them, you’ll have to sit through a lot of stinkers.

And so, the films on my pick list are either:

  1. Well-reviewed
  2. On a topic that interests me
  3. From a director I like

Unfortunately, because of the way the films are scheduled against each other, you won’t be able to see them all. That’s a reality of all film festivals, but every year, I feel like the programmers have it out for me. For example, this year, I had to pick between the three buzz-worthy documentaries Last Men in Aleppo, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, and Quest. Tough, tough call.

I can’t guarantee you’ll like all my picks. (I’m a sucker for long, foreign films that most people find glacially-paced and/or pretentious.) But these are the films I’m reasonably sure will be worth our time. The ones with two trailing asterisks are my TOP TOP picks.

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
Axis
Backpack Full of Cash
Dolores
La Soledad
Last Men in Aleppo**
Manifesto**
Menashe
Patti Cake$**
Quest**
Score: A Film Music Documentary
Small Talk
Some Freaks
Spettacolo
Step**
The Eremites (Die Einsiedler)
The Ornithologist**
The Road Movie
The Scent of Rain and Lightning
The Student
Tokyo Idols
Window Horses (The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming)

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2017 Nashville Film Festival is Almost Here!

I don’t know about you, but I’m excited for the 2017 Nashville Film Festival, April 20 through the 29, to be held for the first time at Regal Hollywood Stadium 27.  No more Green Hills traffic!

I’ll be spending this weekend reading about the films and drawing up my schedule. Stay tuned for my festival coverage.