Hunger (UK/Ireland, dir. Steve McQueen)
So far, I’d be willing to say 2008 was the strongest year of the century for new cinema. Brutal, original, muscular, unflinchingly brave and poetic films enriched the contemporary art house whilst, in some cases, becoming significant cult hits big enough to catch the attention of mainstream movie fans.
I was fortunate enough to attend the Karlovy Vary Film Festival in 2008 and catch The Song of Sparrows, easily an equal to Majid Majidi’s most successful international release, The Colour of Paradise, and Captive a grim man-hunts-man piece of tremendous subtlety and simplicity, that was sadly never given a UK release.
Bronson (UK, dir. Nicolas Winding Refn)
2008 Watchlist: AFTERSCHOOL – THE ARGENTINE/GUERRILLA – EDEN LAKE – 50 DEAD MEN WALKING – JCVD – UN LAC – MAN ON WIRE – MARTYRS – PLASTIC CITY – REVANCHE – RUMBA – SITA SINGS THE BLUES – SLEEP FURIOUSLY – SYNECDOCHE NEW YORK – TULPAN – UNTIL THE LIGHT TAKES US – VISUAL ACOUSTICS
The Song of Sparrows (Iran, dir. Majid Majidi)
Captive (Russia/Bulgaria, dir. Aleksei Uchitel)