La Ciénaga (Argentina, dir. Lucrecia Martel)
With motors still whirring across the world cinema spectrum, filmmakers rode the trenedous momentum of the millenial creative spike into another fruitful, exciting year in 2001. Lucrecia Martel debuted one of the most startlingly original and forward-thinking dramas since the 60s; Michael Haneke reasserted his enfant terrible status with the hugely successful but brutally traumatic The Piano Teacher; and David Lynch delivered his last “mainstream” celluloid feature in fine, fine, exceptionally fine style and was rewarded with Cannes’ Best Director trophy, which he shared with Joel Coen in 2001.
Anime finally had the break-through in the West, that had failed to materialize in the wake of Ghost in the Shell, thanks to Hayao Miyazaki’s fantasy for the ages, Spirited Away, which gave an international boost to Studio Ghibli and anime artizans everywhere when it won the Oscar for Best Animated Film the following year.
A few relics of the bouyant late-90s scene also came out for a 20th Century victory lap. Guy Ritchie’s Snatch. was a gloriously tounge-in-cheek attempt at a final chapter for the oft-lamented period of the British gangester flick revival, which Ritchie’s own debut, Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels instigated in 1998. Similarly Gosford Park, Amélie and Lucía y el Sexo demonstrated that some of Europe’s most time-honored subgenres still had legs in them but, at the same time, might want to think about stepping aside for the dual invasions of shocking Asian genre cinema and the hip new North American indie scene.
Mulholland Drive (USA, dir. David Lynch)
2001 Watchlist: 25 WATTS – THE AMERICAN ASTRONAUT – BEHIND THE SUN – BEIJING BICYCLE – THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE – DOGTOWN & Z-BOYS – ELECTRIC DRAGON 80,000 V – IN THE BEDROOM – KANDAHAR – L.I.E. – LAGAAN: ONCE UPON A TIME IN INDIA – ME WITHOUT YOU – MILLENIUM ACTRESS – THE NAVIGATORS – NO MAN’S LAND – THE SECRET GLORY – TIME OUT – VA SAVOIR – THE WARRIOR – WHAT TIME IS IT THERE?
Spirited Away (Japan, dir. Hayao Miyazaki)
Honorable Mention: A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLEGENCE – DONNIE DARKO – “THE EXPERIMENT":http://mubi.com/films/the-experiment—2 – GHOST WORLD – INTOLERANCE II (short) – INVINCIBLE – SERIES 7: THE CONTENDERS – SPIDER – VISITOR Q
Lucía y el Sexo (Spain, dir. Julio Medém)
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