"Do you want to instigate a revolution without laughter?"
Refugee narratives, auteur landmarks from female directors and queer cinema dominated this year's Berlinale, whose program is quickly becoming the most vast and topical selection of contemporary world cinema. Finnish master Aki Kaurismäki and Belgian cinematographer-turned-filmmaker Philippe Van Leeuw offered diverse if equally compelling lenses into the Syrian refugee crisis, while Agnieszka Holland and Ildikó Enyedi delivered humorous and borderline-bizarre portraits of modern women, the latter winning the Golden Bear. Gay and trans-themed works were in robust display, hailing from Japan to South Africa to Chile, but perhaps the most clever message arrived in the form of Luca Guadagnino's Call Me By Your Name— sometimes a gay film doesn't have to be a gay film at all.
Below are Filmatique's Top Films of Berlinale 2017: