Another great year for world cinema. Here is the list I contributed to the annual indieWIRE & Industry Top 10s for 2008. All films are of course, queue-worthy.
0. "4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days"
Last year’s film? This year’s film? Either way, it tops.
1. "Days and Clouds"
What love and marriage really look like.
2. "A Christmas Tale"
Lots to think about, lots to talk about, a cup that runneth over.
Nadine Labaki's Lebanese beauty salon comedy is light-years ahead of its American counterparts.
4. "Tell No One"
Give me a white-knuckle chase and a briard with a key role in a thriller any time.
5. "Eight Miles High"
The atmospheric true story of a German model-turned-groupie in the 1960s. Wish I were there.
6. "Lost in Beijing"
Yu Li's sexy story of two generations of couples in a changing China was unfortunately censored at home.
7. "Roman de Gare"
This mystery set in the literary world is made for English-majors like me.
8. "The Black Balloon"
Elissa Down’s realistic family portrait got lost in the year-end shuffle. It's very funny and feels wholly authentic.
9. "Sukiyaki Western Django"
Visually delicious genre-bender, with a pistol-packing hot grandma to boot.
10. "Silent Light" and "The Class"
These two outstanding films should really count for 2009, their year of U.S. theatrical release.
IN NEED OF DISTRIBUTION:
"The Aquarium" and "Marina of the Zabbaleen" seen at Tribeca
"The Hourglass" and "A Week Alone" seen at Thessaloniki