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First Films First

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We are kicking off the new year with a series of exceptional debuts, the films that launched the career of some of our favourite directors. Seven tremendously promising voices to welcome a tremendously promising 2017!

The Protagonists

Luca Guadagnino Italy, 1999

An Italian movie crew goes to London to make a documentary about a murder case that took place a few years before.

The Gold Diggers

Sally Potter United Kingdom, 1983

A musical adventure about two women searching for answers: one investigating the nature of money, the other chasing her own memories.


Yorgos Lanthimos Greece, 2005

At a Greek hotel in the off-season, a chambermaid, a man obsessed with BMW cars, and a photo-store clerk attempt to film and photograph various badly re-enacted struggles between a man and a woman.

Something Different

Věra Chytilová Czechoslovakia, 1963

Vera Chytilova wrote and directed this two-part story that took the Grand Prix at the Mannheim Film Festival.

Being John Malkovich

Spike Jonze United States, 1999

It’s hard to imagine that Spike Jonze’s mind-melder was also the debut film from this music and skateboard video director. But Charlie Kaufman’s script helped Jonze create such a fully-formed universe of the hilariously bizarre (and plaintively melancholy) that it become an immediate modern classic.


Joachim Trier Norway, 2006

This precise yet playful character study is an originally constructed tragicomic and occasionally satirical story about the pitfalls of two young, ambitious writers who are also best friends.

The Pleasure of Being Robbed

Joshua Safdie United States, 2008

A curious and lost Eleonore looks for something everywhere, even in the bags of strangers who find themselves sadly smiling only well after she’s left their lives. They owe her their thanks.

Life is too short for bad films

Every day we hand-pick a beautiful new film and you have a whole month to watch it, so there’s always 30 perfectly curated films to discover.