DESISTFILM 2012 FILM ROUND – UP: THE LISTS

Just a taste of what we’ve seen and what we loved this 2012. We’ll be adding more lists as they arrive!

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Three Sisters – Wang Bing

Nicole Brenez
COMMITTEE

Top Five Films + 2 Highlights.

Five Films

  1. Natpwe – Feast of the Spirit
    Tiane Doan na Champassak & Jean Dubrel, France / Burma, 2003 (released in 2012), 30’
  2. Three Sisters
    Wang Bing, China, 2012, 154’
  3. Jajouka. Something Good Come to You
    Eric Hurtado & Marc Hurtado, France / Morocco, 2012, 59’
  4. Leviathan
    Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Verena Paravel, France / United Kingdom / USA, 2012, 87’
  5. Our body is a weapon – Prisons
    Clarisse Hahn, France, 2012, 12’

2 Highlights :

A rediscovery:

  • Actua 1 by Philippe Garrel & various authors

At last found again in a laboratory during the Summer 2012

A Festival:

  • DocLisboa 2012

A magnificent new edition by four new directors, Susana Sousa Dias, Ana Jordão, Cinta Pelejá and Cíntia Gil.

Almayer’s Folly - Chantal Akerman

Almayer’s Folly – Chantal Akerman

Adrian Martin
COMMITTEE

BEST AUDIO-VISION OF 2012

As seen and heard by Adrian Martin

New releases:

(in rough descending order of quality)

  • Holy Motors (Leos Carax)
  • A Woman’s Revenge (Rita Azevedo Gomes)
  • Vamps (Amy Heckerling)
  • La Noche de enfrente (Raúl Ruiz)
  • Un été brûlant (Philippe Garrel)
  • Almayer’s Folly (Chantal Akerman)
  • The Three Stooges (Farrelly brothers)
  • The Last Time I Saw Macao (João Pedro Rodrigues & João Rui Guerra da Mata)
  • Un amour de jeunesse (Mia Hansen-Løve)
  • Age Is … (Stephen Dwoskin)
  • Colombiana (Olivier Megaton)
  • L’Apollonide (Bertrand Bonello)
  • Neighbouring Sounds (Kleber Mendonça Filho)
  • Hail (Amiel Courtin-Wilson)
  • Safe (Boaz Yakin)
  • Le Havre (Aki Kaurismäki)
  • Wanderlust (David Wain)

I Need to See Again:

  • Tabu (Miguel Gomes)
  •  Cosmopolis (David Cronenberg)
  • 4.44 Last Day on Earth (Abel Ferrara)

Greatest Film of the Year I Haven’t Seen At All Yet:

  • Passion (Brian De Palma)

Historic Revelations:

  • Anna (Alberto Grifi & Massimo Sarchielli, 1975)
  •  Deep End (Jerzy Skolimowski, 1970)
  •  Other Men’s Women (William Wellman, 1931)
  •  L’homme à la valise (1983), Le Déménagement (1992), Portrait d’une jeune fille de la fin des années 60s à Bruxelles (1993), D’est (1993) … all Akerman

Television:

  •  Girls (Lena Dunham), Season 1
  •  Louie (Louis C.K.), Season 3
  •  Breaking Bad (Vince Gilligan), Season 5
  •  Mad Men (Matthew Weiner), Season 5
The Mill & the Cross - Lech Majewski

The Mill & the Cross – Lech Majewski

Lorena Cancela
COMMITEE

Aquí van mis películas preferidas sin orden de importancia. Me alegra que este año varias de ellas sean de artistas sudamericanos y se cuenten documentales y animaciones.

  • Tabú de Miguel Gomes (2012, Portugal, Alemania, Brasil, Francia)
  • Enter the void (2009, Gaspar Noé, Francia, Alemania, Italia, Canadá)
  • La Separación (2011, Asghar Farhad, Iráni)
  • El molino y la cruz (2011, Lech Majewski, Polonia, Suecia)
  • Frankenweenie (2012, Tim Burton, EEUU)
  • El Impenetrable (2012, Daniele Incalcaterra, Argentina, Francia)
  • Con mi corazón en Yambo (2011, María Fernanda Restrepo, Ecuador)
  • Porfirio (2011, Alejandro Landes, Colombia, Argentina, Uruguay, España)
  • Gatos Viejos (2010, Pedro Peirano, Sebastián Silva, Chile, EEUU)
  • Paraíso Terrenal (2010, Tomás Wells, Chile)
  • Dimanche á Brazaville (2011, Enric Bach, Adriá Mones, Congo, España)
  • Il Sorriso del Capo (2011, Marco Bechis, Argentina e Italia)
  • Un amor de Jeneusse (2011, Mia Hansen Love, Alemania, Francia)
Take Shelter - Jeff Nichols

Take Shelter – Jeff Nichols

Toni D’Angela
COMMITTEE

  • “4:44” Abel Ferrara
  • “Jajouka, quelque chose de bon vient vers toi” Eric & Marc Hurtado
  • “The Girl with Dragon Tatoo” David Fincher
  • “Magic Mike” Steven Soderbergh
  • “Leviathan” Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Verena Paravel
  • “Cosmopolis” David Cronenberg
  • “Holy Motors” Leos Carax
  • “Take Shelter” Jeff Nichols
  • “Seeking the Monkey King” Ken Jacobs
  • “Killer Joe” William Friedkin
The Trouble With Angels - Ida Lupino

The Trouble With Angels – Ida Lupino

Therese Grisham
COMMITTEE

For six weeks this past summer, I was privileged to watch all the films Ida Lupino directed, read about her life and work, and learn more about the era–that of the direct post-World War Two years–in which she directed most of her movies. During this time, other events converged: I taught a class at Chicago’s Facets Multimedia Film School, called Director Ida Lupino and The Dark Edges of Social Life. In August, as an introduction to the Noir city film festival, I was invited by Milos Stehlik to talk about Lupino on his radio show, Global Cinema on Wbez’s Worldview. Noir City happened to be screening Nicholas Ray’s On Dangerous Ground, in which Lupino plays the blind Mary Malden and is also reported to have directed a few scenes when Ray was ill during production. And, as it happened, film scholar and Lupino expert Julie Grossman also suggested that we write a monograph on Lupino together, and we have begun the project. The fact that I could immerse myself in the films of one director supported by surrounding people and events was a rare opportunity, and that the director was Lupino–to this day neglected except for sporadic bursts of commentary on her films–helped make it a profound experience.

Because of this experience, I have been working on redefining “film noir” in the late 1940s and early 1950s to show that at its heart lie issues of gender and trauma. In addition, I am rethinking the connections between film noir and the women’s melodrama in terms of the collective American unease they dramatize in not dissimilar ways. Lupino, with a keen eye and deep intelligence, made films which are frank indictments of the effects of an unsustainable–yet nevertheless sustained–patriarchy on men and women.

The trouble with angels (1966), Lupino’s last theatrical release, is perhaps the most marginalized of all her films, because it is a coming-of-age film about girls. Its subject was and still is a rarity in the Hollywood industry. In it is depicted a world absent of men, where a relay of “female gazes” plays the central role for a troubled teenaged girl, Mary Clancy (Hayley Mills), helping her learn who she is and what is important to her. It is a remarkable film, and much needed today, in a world in which girls are enjoined by media–with a vengeance–to consider themselves “to-be-looked-at” and little more.

I have emerged from the experience of this past summer to become even more dedicated than I was before to reclaiming the works of women directors in Hollywood and globally, because they suffer the most neglect in film industries world-wide.

Gebo Et L'Ombre (Manoel de Oliveira)

Gebo Et L’Ombre – Manoel de Oliveira

David Phelps
COMMITTEE

Since it’s not even halfway through December, I’ll look forward to five 2011/2012 films that have yet to be seen here in New York, despite the plethora of the city’s “new” and “first” film festivals:

  • Blanket for Indians (Ken Jacobs)
  • Deste lado da Resurreicao (Joaquim Sapinho)
  • Gebo et L’ombre (Manoel de Oliveira)
  • La madre  (+Un conte de Michel de Montagne, Jean-Marie Straub)
  • Saudade (Jean-Claude Rousseau)

—and back to five films that I wouldn’t have been able to see, even at the farthest reaches of the internet, if not for the dedication (to 35mm) of film programmers (and preservationists):

  • Eniaios V-VIII (Gregory Markopoulos, programmed by Robert Beavers)
  • Horendi (Jean Rouch, programmed by Sam DiIorio & Jamie Berthe)
  • Glória (Manuela Viegas, programmed by Haden Guest)
  • Reaching for the sun (William Wellman, programmed by Bruce Goldstein)
  • Six et Demi Onze (Jean Epstein, programmed by Sarah Keller and Jed Rapfogel)
Berberian Sound Studio -Peter Strickland

Berberian Sound Studio -Peter Strickland

Mónica Delgado
MANAGING DIRECTOR

This is my list: I’m a limousines fan.

  1. Holy Motors (Léos Carax)
  2. Cosmopolis (David Cronenberg)
  3. A Última Vez Que Vi Macau ( João Pedro Rodrigues, João Rui Guerra da Mata)
  4. The Legend of Kaspar Hauser ( Davide Manuli)
  5. Beyond the hills (Cristian Mungiu)
  6. Student ( Darezhan Omirbayev)
  7. In another country (Hong Sang-Soo)
  8. Los últimos cristeros (Matías Meyer)
  9. Like Someone in Love (Abbas Kiarostami)
  10. Berberian Sound Studio (Peter Strickland)
  11. No (Pablo Larraín)
  12. Tabú (Miguel Gomes)
  13. L´âge atomique (Helena Klotz)
Faust - Alexander Sokurov

Faust – Alexander Sokurov

José Sarmiento Hinojosa
MANAGING DIRECTOR

Cinema is more thriving than ever.

Exceptional Masterpieces:

  • Holy Motors, Leos Carax (2012)
  • The Legend of Kaspar Hauser, Davide Manuli (2012)
  • It May be That Beauty has Reinforced our Resolve – Masao Adachi, Phillipe Grandrieux (2011)

Masterpieces:

  • La Maladie Blanche, Christelle Lheureux (2011)
  • May They Rest in Revolt (Figures of War), Syvain George (2010)
  • Faust, Alexander Sokurov (2011)
  • Cosmopolis, David Cronenberg (2012)

Excellent:

  • In Another Country, Hong Sang Soo (2012)
  • Summer of Giacomo, Alessandro Comodin (2011)
  • Siberie, Joana Preiss (2011)
  • Wuthering Heights, Andrea Arnold (2011)
  • Amour, Michael Haneke (2012)
  • The Double Steps, Isaki La Cuesta (2011)
  • Walker, Tsai Ming-Liang (2012)
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Tomas Alfredson (2011)

Very Good:

  • Fragments, Sylvain George (2011)
  • The Skin I Live In, Pedro Almodovar (2011)
  • On Death Row, Werner Herzog (2012)
  • The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jade, Marie Losier (2011)
  • Carnage, Roman Polanski (2011)
  • Habemus Papam, Nanni Moretti (2011)
  • Tabú, Miguel Gomes (2012)

Good (have a redeeming feature):

  • Klip, Maja Milos (2012)
  • Outside Satan, Bruno Dumont (2011)
  • Martha, Marcy, May, Marlene, Sean Durkin (2011)
  • Atomic Age, Helena Klotz (2012)
  • Le Marin Masqué, Sophie Letorneur (2011)
  • A Separation, Asghar Farhadi (2011)
  • Face to Panty Ratio, Richard Kern (2011)
  • Tyrannosaur, Paddy Considine (2011)

A plus from the vault of the new millenia:

  • Fish Tank, Andrea Arnold (2009)
  • Lourdes, Jessica Haussner (2009)
  • Tale of Cinema, Hong Sang-Soo (2005)
  • Respite, Harun Farocki (2007)
  • Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Werner Herzog (2010)
  • The Mad Songs of Fernanda Hussein, John Gianvito (2001)
  • La Vie Au Ranch, Sophie Letorneur (2009)
  • Vapor Trail (Clark), John Gianvito (2010)
  • Guest, Jose Luis Guerín (2010)
  • Double Take, Johan Grimonprez (2009)
  • Aita, José María del Orbe (2010)
  • Beket, Davide Manuli (2008)
  • Light is Calling, Bill Morrison (2004)
  • A Loft, Ken Jacobs (2010)
El Senyor ha fet en mi meravelles - Albert Serra

El Senyor ha fet en mi meravelles – Albert Serra

Ricardo Adalia Martin
EDITOR  

My top: in this order.

  1. In another country (Hong Sang-Soo)
  2. El Senyor ha fet en mi meravelles (Alber Serra) + Carta para Serra (Lisandro Alonso)
  3. Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson)
  4. Cosmopolis (David Croneberg)
  5. 4:44 Last day on earth (Abel Ferrara)
  6. Tabú (Miguel Gomes)
  7. A espada e a Rosa (João Nicolau)
  8. Ensayo final para utopía (Andrés Duque)
  9. L´âge atomique (Helena Klotz)
  10. Enero, 2012 (ó la apoteosis de Isabel la Católica) (Colectivo los hijos)
  11. Il se peut que la beauté ait renforcé notre résolution – Masao Adachi (Philippe Grandrieux)
  12. Barbara (Christian Petzold)
  13. Vacuum (Giorgio Cugno)
  14. De jueves a domingo (Dominga Sotomayor Castillo)
  15. Nuit #1 (Anne Émond)
I Wish I Knew - Jia Zhangke

I Wish I Knew – Jia Zhangke

John A. Riley
EDITOR 

Here’s my 2012 list…

NB. I am not a lists person. I rarely see new films. The below is a reflection of these two facts.

  • I Wish I Knew (Jia Jhangke, 2010)
  • This Is Not A Film (Jafar Panahi, 2011)
  • The Tree of Life (Terence Malick, 2011)
  • Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (Allison Klayman, 2012)
  • Bonsai (Cristian Jiminez, 2012)
  • University City Savages (Wang Bang, 2009)
  • The Turin Horse (Bela Tarr, 2012)
  • Patria O Muerte (Vitaly Mansky, 2009)
  • All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace (Adam Curtis, 2011)
  • Gagarinland (Vladimir Kozlov, 2011)
Priya - Alia Syed

Priya – Alia Syed

Julian Ross
STAFF 

2012

  • In Search of the Other (Leonid Tsvetkov) (2012) [installation]
  • Priya (Alia Syed) (2012)
  • Nightfall (James Benning) (2012)
  • 2012 Act 5. in 3D (Takashi Makino) (2012)
  • Tabu (Miguel Gomes) (2012)
  • Never a Foot Too Far, Even (Daichi Saito) (2012)
  • Fragments of Kubelka (Martina Koblaczek) (2012)
  • Like Someone in Love (Abbas Kiarostami) (2012)
  • Florentina Hubaldo, CTE (Lav Diaz) (2012)
  • River Rites (Ben Russell) (2012)

Recent Films Watched in 2012

  • Shelly Winters (Luther Price) (2010)
  • Inkblot #44: Aqua Woman (Luther Price) (2009-11)
  • Self-Made (Gillian Wearing) (2010)
  • Two Years at Sea (Ben Rivers) (2011)
  • Abendland (Nikolaus Geyrhalter) (2011)
  • The Anabasis of May and Fusako Shigenobu, Masao Adachi and the 27 Years Without
  • Images (Eric Baudelaire) (2011)
  • African Dub (Shinkan Tamaki) (2010)
  • small roads (James Benning) (2011)
  • Footnotes to a House of Love (Laida Lertxundi) (2007)
  • Tuesday, After Christmas (Radu Muntean) (2010)

Retrospectives/Re-Performances

  • The Count (Peter von Bagh) (1971) at IFFR
  • Horror Film 1 (Malcolm Le Grice) (1971/2012) at Leeds Art Gallery
  • Underground Square (Keiya Ouchida) (1970) at Nippon Connection
  • Melancholia (Lav Diaz) (2008) at AV Festival
  • The Illiac Passion (Gregory Markopoulos) (1967) at BFI Southbank
  • Handsworth Songs (John Akomfrah) (1986) at Close-Up Film Centre
  • Anna (Alberto Grifi | Massimo Sarchielli) (1975) at Tate Modern
  • The Movement of People Working (Phil Niblock) (1973-1991/2012) at AV Festival
  • Screen Play (Takahiko Iimura) (1963/2012) at Place M Gallery
  • Three Days and a Child (Uri Zohar) (1967) at Tokyo FilmEx
La Maladie Blanche - Christelle Lheureux

La Maladie Blanche – Christelle Lheureux

Narda Liotine
STAFF

  1. Leviathan (Lucien Castaing-Taylor – Verena Paravel, 2012)
  2. Faust (A. Sokurov, 2011)
  3. Cyclopean 3d: life with a wonderful woman (K. Jacobs, 2012)
  4. This is not a film (J. Panahi, 2011)
  5. Film Socialisme (JL Godard, 2011)
  6. La maladie blanche (C. Lheureux, 2011)
  7. The turin horse (B. Tarr, 2011)
  8. Amour (M. Haneke, 2012)
  9. On Death Row (W.Herzog , 2012)
  10. In another country (H. Sang-soo, 2011)
  11. Like someone in love (A. Kiarostami, 2012)
  12. Elena (Andrei Zvyagintsev, 2011)
  13. Age is… (S. Dwoskin, 2012)
  14. 11.25 The Day Mishima Chose His Own Fate (K. Wakamatsu, 2012)
  15. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (Allison Klayman, 2012)
Bestiaire - Denis Coté

Bestiaire – Denis Côté

Catherine Jessica Beed
STAFF

  • Amour (Michael Haneke, 2012)
  • Tabu (Miguel Gomes, 2012)
  • Bestiaire (Denis Côté, 2012)
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild (Benh Zeitlin, 2012)
  • Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present (Matthew Akers, Jeff Dupre, 2012)
  • The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2012)
  • Holy Motors (Leos Carax, 2012)
  • Patience (After Sebald) (Grant Gee, 2012)
  • Walker (Tsai Ming-liang, 2012)
  • On Death Row (Werner Herzog, 2012)
  • Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (Alison Klayman, 2012)

Films from recent years:

  • This is Not a Film (Mojtaba Mirtahasebi, Jafar Panahi, 2011)
  • Wuthering Heights (Andrea Arnold, 2011)
  • The Turin Horse (Béla Tarr, 2011)
  • Abendland (Nikolaus Geyrhalter, 2011)
  • A Separation (Asghar Farhadi, 2011)
  • A Simple Life (Ann Hui, 2011)
  • Un amour de jeunesse (Mia Hansen-Løve, 2011)
  • Kill List (Ben Wheatley, 2011)
  • Samsara (Ron Fricke, 2011)
  • Atmen (Karl Markovics, 2011)
  • Code Blue (Urszula Antoniak, 2011)
  • Tyrannosaur (Paddy Considine, 2011)
  • Archipelago (Joanna Hogg, 2010)
  • Nostalgia for the Light (Patricio Guzmán, 2010)
  • Le Quattro Volte (Michelangelo Frammartino, 2010)

Other discoveries:

  • Lunch Break (Sharon Lockhart, 2008)
  • L’itinéraire de Jean Bricard (Danièle Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub, 2008)
  • Fire Woman (Kim Ki-young, 1970)
  • The Circus Tent (Govindan Aravindan, 1978)
  • The Way You Wanted Me (Teuvo Tulio, 1944)
  • White Mountains (Melis Ubukeyev, 1964)
  • The Needle (Rashid Nugmanov, 1988)
  • El cielo gira (Mercedes Álvarez, 2004)
  • Wend Kuuni (Gaston Kaboré, 1982)
  • Die Stille vor Bach (Pere Portabella, 2007)
Under Snow - Ulrike Ottinger

Under Snow – Ulrike Ottinger

Wiwat Lertwiwatwongsa
WRITER

MY FAVORITE NEW FEATURE FILMS (2010-2012 )

  1. LE HAVRE (AKI KAURISMAKI /2011/FR)
  2. THE TURIN HORSE (BELA TARR/2011/HUNGARY)
  3. IN APRIL THE FOLLOWING YEAR, THERE WAS A FIRE (WITCHANON SOMUMJARN/2012/THAI)
  4. FORTUNE TELLER (XU TONG /2011/CHN)
  5. UNDER SNOW (ULRIKE OTTINGER/2012/GERMANY+JP)
  6. INSURGENCY BY A TAPIR (CHULAYARNON SIRIPOL + RATCHAPOOM BOONBUNCHACHOKE+CHALEOMKIAT SAEYONG + WACHARA KANHA /2012/THAI)
  7. THE BALLAD OF GENESIS AND LADY JAYE (MARIE LOSIER/2011/US)
  8. MOONRISE KINGDOM (WES ANDERSON/2012/US)
  9. DAD (VLADO SKAFAR/2010 /SLOVENIA)
  10.  AMOUR (MICHAEL HANEKE /2012/FR)
  11. CHRONICLE (JOSH TRANK /2012/US)
  12. HAHAHA (HONG SANG SOO/2010/ST KR)
  13. ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA (NURI BILGE CEYLAN/2011/TURKEY)
  14. BARBIE (LEE SANG-WOO/2012/ST KR)
  15. SLOW ACTION (BEN RIVERS /2010/UK)
  16. THE INNKEEPERS (TI WEST/2011/US)
  17. GOLDEN SLUMBER (DAVY CHOU/2011/CAMBODIA)
  18. THE DAY HE ARRIVES (HONG SANG SOO/2011/ST KR)
  19. 36 (NAWAPOL THAMRONGRATTANARIT/2012/THAI )
  20. LIFE WITHOUT PRINCIPLE (JOHNNY TO/2011/HK)
  21. LUNG NEAW VISITS HIS NEIGHBOURS (RIRKRIT TRIVANIJA/2011/THAI)
  22. A TORTOISE , AN INCARNATION(GIRISH KASARAVALLI/2012/INDIA)
  23. MICHAEL (MARKUS SCHLEINZER/2011/AUSTRIA)
  24. THE PACT (NICHOLAS McCARTHY/2012/US)
  25. NO. 89 SHIMEN ROAD (SHU HAOLUN/2010/CHN)
  26. SHATTERED (XU TONG/2012/CHN)
  27. THURSDAY TILL SUNDAY (DOMINGA SOTOMAYOR CASTILLO/2012/CHILE)
  28. ANOTHER YEAR (MIKE LEIGH/2010/UK)
  29. OLD DOG(PEMA TSEDEN / 2011/ TIBET )
  30. HAIR (TAYFUN PIRSELIMOGLU/2010/TURKEY )
  31. IN ANOTHER COUNTRY (HONG SANG SOO /2012/ST KR)
Hors Satan - Bruno Dumont

Hors Satan – Bruno Dumont

Vassilis Economou
WRITER

I hate making lists so these are 20 choices with films strictly from 2012 and a few from late 2011 that where available to me during this year. I generally can’t follow new films and watch them immediately (damn dubbing) as a result I haven’t seen some that I should have. There is no particular order after top 3.

  1. Holy Motors – Léos Carax
  2. Tabu – Miguel Gomes
  3. Zhit (Living) – Vasily Sigarev
  • Nuit #1 – Anne Émond
  • No – Pablo Larraín
  • Am Himmel der Tag (Breaking Horizons) – Pola Beck
  • Portret v Sumerkakh (Twilight Portrait) – Angelina Nikonova
  • Su Re (The King) – Giovanni Columbu
  • Wadjda – Haifaa Al-Mansour
  • Hors Satan – Bruno Dumont
  • Až do Mesta Aš (Made in Ash) – Iveta Grófová
  • Marécages – Guy Édoin
  • Shell – Scott Graham
  • I.D. – Kamal K.M.
  • Leones – Jazmín López
  • Ya Tozhe Khochu (Me Too) – Aleksei Balabanov
  • Una Noche – Lucy Mulloy
  • Medianeras – Gustavo Taretto
  • Final Cut – Hölgyeim és Uraim (Final Cut – Ladies and Gentlemen) – György Pálfi
  • A Última Vez Que Vi Macau (The Last Time I Saw Macao) – João Pedro Rodrigues, João Rui Guerra da Mata
The Master - Paul Thomas Anderson

The Master – Paul Thomas Anderson

Sarah Nichols
WRITER

2012:

  • The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson)
  • Seen in 2012, but not released this year:
  • Mildred Pierce (Todd Haynes, 2011)
  • The Interrupters (Steve James, 2011)
  • Dream Home (Ho-Cheung Pang, 2010)
  • Bonjour Tristesse, 4k Restoration Print (Otto Preminger, 1958)

Films I should have seen a long time ago, but only just saw this year, and am better for it:

  • The Marriage of Maria Braun (Fassbinder)
  • World on a Wire (Fassbinder)
  • The Sun’s Burial (Oshima)
  • In the Realm of the Senses (Oshima)
  • 3 Women (Altman)
  • Possession (Zulawski)
  • New Left Note (Levine)
  • Note to Patti (Levine)
Far From Afghanistan - Various

Far From Afghanistan – Various

Sylvain George
FILMMAKER

  • Far From Afghanistan By John Gianvito (segment).
  •  Blankets For Indians By Ken Jacobs
  •  Un Mito Anthropologico Televisivo By Alessandro Gagliardo, Maria Helene Bertino, Dario Castelli
  •  Revision By Philip Scheffner
  •  Two Year At The Sea By Ben Rivers.
  •  Leviathan By Verana Paravel & Lucien Castaing-Taylor
Joy - Ilias Yannakakis

Joy – Ilias Yannakakis

Bill Mousoulis
FILMMAKER – FILM CRITIC

Alas, I haven’t seen many films this year, so this is a limited list – no Carax, Kiarostami, Akerman and others have passed before my eyes. But I believe the first film I list, Joy, is a masterpiece that still would have landed at No.1 on this list no matter what else I would have seen. It is clearly the best Greek film of this Greek film renaissance of recent years, and a very striking and original film all-round. It deserves recognition.

 Best Films of the Year

  • Hara (Joy, Ilias Yannakakis, 2012)
  • Tabu (Miguel Gomes, 2012)
  • “Sygharitiria stous aisiodoxous?” (A.C.A.B. All Cats Are Brilliant, Constantina Voulgari, 2012)
  • Imerologia Amnisias (Amnesia Diaries, Stella Theodoraki, 2012)

A GAP IN QUALITY, THEN …

  • Eden (James Howard, 2012) (Australian short film)
  • Amour (Love, Michael Haneke, 2012)
  • Student (Darezhan Omirbayev, 2012)
  • To agori troi to fagito tou pouliou (Boy Eating the Bird’s Food, Ektoras Lygizos, 2012)
  • Alpeis (Alps, Yorgos Lanthimos, 2011)

Retrospective discovery –

  • Turkish director Reha Erdem, especially his most recent film Kosmos (2010)
The Day he Arrives - Hong Sang Soo

The Day he Arrives – Hong Sang Soo

Juhui Kwon
FILMMAKER

Here is the most recent movies I could think of that I liked. Hope some of them are not to outdated!

  • In another country(2012) by Sangsoo Hong
  • The day he arrives(2011) by Sangsoo Hong
  • Oki’s movie(2010) by Sangsoo Hong
  • Arirang (2011) by Kiduk Kim
  • Police, Adjective (late 2009) by Corneliu Porumboiu
  • I am sex addict (2005) by Caveh Zahedi (I saw it on Sundance channel this year – I’m not sure if this can make the list)
  • The invention of lying (late 2009) by Ricky Gervais
  • To love with Rome (2012) by Woody allen
  • Four adventures of Reinette & Mirabelle by Eric Rohmer (restrospective in Film Forum, New York)
  • Pickpocket by Robert Bresson (restrospecive in Film Forum. New York)

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