A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) Ana Lily Amirpour
If there’s a filmmaker who has broke out in a BIG way in the past few years it’s Ana Lily Amirpour, whose Western, black and white, vampire film made quiet waves. If you’re looking for a film that is visually distinct, you’d be hard pressed to find a more inventive film.
Persepolis (2007) Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud
At times hilarious and others heartbreaking the political animated film is a coming of age must watch with a punk rock edge.
The Babadook (2014) Jennifer Kent
Terrifying and nightmarish while also being an allegorical look at motherhood and womanhood, The Babadook is a ghost story meant to stir up fright while also asking more about what he monster under the bed is and what it represents.
The Secret Garden (1995) Agnieszka Holland
One of the first films I can vividly recall seeing, it’s magical whimsy mixed with an air of something gothic. Based on the famous novel, the film is great for all ages.