We’ll have none of that chatter about how this year doesn’t have many promising prospects for Best Picture. Here are 94 fine aspiring films — and I’m sure savvy Awards Daily readers can name a couple dozen more that we forgot to list. Of course an unknown number of these will fizzle, but let’s be optimistic. A few might not be released till 2018, but let’s keep our fingers crossed. Some of these will be unfamiliar, but take a look at the directors to understand why we’ve included them here. If the director’s pedigree doesn’t convince you, then check IMDb for the writer or cast to see why we’re interested.
Since there are so many potential riches to choose from, we’ll be generous with the rules for this poll — you can choose as many as 15 titles before you submit your selections. Let us know in the comments which ones you picked so we can see what’s going on in your pretty little heads. (And so you’ll be on record to claim bragging rights when the best of these films percolate to the top tier by year end.)
If you see a movie here that you’re feeling good about but it’s getting neglected in the voting, you can make a pitch for its latent greatness in the comments. Synopsis, source material, and any other selling points you find important.
For example. How can anyone not be tingling to see Roman Polanski is back with a psychological thriller about a writer who gets involved with an obsessive admirer. It stars Eva Green and Emmanuelle Seigner and Vincent Perez, so if that’s not succulent enough for you then you’re beyond saving. It’s based on French novel that the entire country was required to read, and everyone was glad to because it won both the Le Prix Renaudot and Le Prix Goncourt des Lycéens. Both. Tous les freakin deux.
Overwhelmed by the huge success of her latest novel, exhausted and suffering from a crippling inability to write, Delphine meets L.
L. embodies everything Delphine has always secretly admired; she is a glittering image of feminine sophistication and spontaneity and she has an uncanny knack of always saying the right thing. Unusually intuitive, L. senses Delphine’s vulnerability and slowly but deliberately carves herself a niche in the writer’s life. However, as L. makes herself indispensable to Delphine, the intensity of this unexpected friendship manifests itself in increasingly sinister ways…
Olivier Assayas wrote the screenplay.
Pawel Edelman (The Pianist) shot it.
Alexandre Desplat scored it.
Gah! All that and Polanski too. C’mon.
So dive into this poll and find 15 films that can stand proudly next to this ripe premise: “Unusually Intuitive, L. Senses Delphine’s Vulnerability”