Expanding upon our Hot Property series which spotlights a film deserving special attention—and immediate distribution—we humbly launch the FILM COMMENT Hot 25. These are our top picks among films that do not have a theatrical distributor in the U.S. The selection will be updated regularly as new films come onto our radar, and we’ll also note when films do get picked up. The rest is up to you—especially if you happen to work for a distributor… (Distributors can email acquisition news to [email protected].)

Story of my Death

1.   Story of My Death / Albert Serra, Spain


Mille soleils

2.   A Thousand Suns (Mille soleils) / Mati Diop, France

Our Sunhi

3.   Our Sunhi / Hong Sang-soo, South Korea

Nobody's Daughter Haewon

4.   Nobody's Daughter Haewon / Hong Sang-soo, South Korea

Club Sandwich

5.  Club Sandwich / Fernando Eimbcke, Mexico

Hard to be a God

6.  Hard to Be a God / Aleksei German, Russia


7.  Real / Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Japan

Return to Homs

8.  Return to Homs / Talal Derki, Syria/Germany


9. Suzanne / Katell Quillévéré, France

Fish & Cat

10. Fish & Cat / Shahram Mokri, Iran


11. Tonnerre / Guillaume Brac, France

Miss and The Doctors

12.  Miss and the Doctors (Tirez la langue, Mademoiselle) / Axelle Ropert, France

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

13. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night / Ana Lily Amirpour, U.S.

Love is a Perfect Crime

14. Love Is the Perfect Crime / Arnaud & Jean-Marie Larrieu, France/Switzerland


15. Mouton / Gilles Deroo & Marianne Pistone, France

We Come as Friends

16. We Come as Friends / Hubert Sauper, France/Austria

History of Fear

17. History of Fear  / Benjamín Naishtat, Argentina/Uruguay/France/Germany

Grand Central

18.  Grand Central / Rebecca Zlotowski, France/Austria 

El Futuro

19.  El futuro / Luis Lopez Carrasco, Spain

Quod Erat Demonstrandum

20. Quod Erat Demonstrandum / Andrei Gruzsniczki, Romania

My Name is Hmm...

21. My Name Is Hmmm… / agnès b, France

Age of Panic

22.  Age of Panic (La Bataille de Solférino) / Justine Triet, France

A Castle in Italy

23. A Castle in Italy / Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Belgium/France

Salvation Army

24. Bloody Beans / Narimane Mari, Algeria/France

Salvation Army

25. Salvation Army / Abdellah Taïa, France