7. The Blaze, "Territory"
Directors: The Blaze
"Territory" by French duo the Blaze has probably received the highest prestige praise of any music video this year, winning the Film Craft Grand Prix award at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. Moonlight director Barry Jenkins declared it, "THE best piece of art I've seen in 2017." The group is comprised of Jonathan and Guillaume Alrics, a pair of cousins who direct their videos themselves (Jonathan is a film school graduate), inextricably linking their music and accompanying visuals. "Territory" follows a young man after his return to Algiers, where he dances on rooftops, smokes a hookah with friends and crams onto mattresses with multiple generations of family members. Tender yet brimming with energy, it offers a beautiful and stirring vision.