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Film: Best of 2017

Erika Balsom

1 TONSLER PARK (Kevin Jerome Everson) The quotidian and the historic converge in a Charlottesville, Virginia, polling station on the day of the last presidential election. A careful study of people at work, positioned at the intersection of race and politics. This is the cinema we need.

Kevin Jerome Everson, Tonsler Park, 2017, 16 mm, black-and-white, sound, 80 minutes.

2 BY THE TIME IT GETS DARK (Anocha Suwichakornpong) Forget the comparisons to Apichatpong Weerasethakul: They are too easy and fail to do justice to this kaleidoscopic, confounding film. Image-making, history, and enchantment intertwine in a highly original work.

Anocha Suwichakornpong, By the Time It Gets Dark, 2016, HD video, color, sound, 105 minutes.

3 THE HUMAN SURGE (Eduardo Williams) Across formats and continents, Williams punctures Silicon Valley myths with dead batteries, cracked screens, desultory bodies, and elusive Wi-Fi signals. More proof that the best diagnoses of digital culture need not look like post-internet art.

4 FREAK ORLANDO (1981) and CHAMISSO’S SHADOW (

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