A Separation (Iran, dir. Asghar Farhadi)
I still don’t feel like I’ve even made a dent in the exciting crop of movies that leapt out of 2011’s festival line-ups and the European mainstream. Still, I have plenty to be thankful for – not least my week writing about the Shanghai film fest, which threw-up two revelatory asian films, that I doubt I would even have heard of otherwise: Friday Killer from Thailand, Sun Beaten Path from Tibet and my pick for third best of 2011, China’s A Disappearing Village, which seems still to be in purgatory, pending a commercial release in any territory, despite its great accessibility and tremendous potential for the world cinema market. Coverage of the festival can be read on my blog, Films Of Every Colour
2011 also saw the return of contemporary cinema’s most compelling actor/director team, Michael Fassbender and Steve McQueen, in Shame, a film freighted with expectation after the incredible debut of Hunger in 2008 and at once slight yet grand, flawed yet powerful. Staying on the subject of British filmmakers, London was done proud in 2011 by Terence Davies’ luscious adaptation of Terence Ratigan’s play, The Deep Blue Sea (never has cigarette smoke been used so beautifully on film) and Joe Cornish’s timely sci-fi romp through riot-era East London, Attack the Block.
But the finest film of the year was, rightly, greatest talking-point movie of the year (amongst your friendly neighborhood cinephiles, at least). Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation is one of the few films I’ve ever seen that I could describe as being literally breath-taking.
The Deep Blue Sea (UK, dir. Terence Davies)
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No.3 on the list – A DISAPPEARING VILLAGE (China, dir. Lin Lisheng)
2011 Watchlist: THE ARTIST – BEATS, RHYMES AND LIFE… – CARNAGE – CONTAGION – HARA-KIRI: DEATH OF A SAMURAI – HUGO – THE HUNTER – INTO THE ABYSS – THE KID WITH A BIKE – KILLER JOE – LIFE IN A DAY – MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE – ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA – PARIAH – PORFIRIO – SAMSARA – SLEEPING BEAUTY – TAKE SHELTER – THIS IS NOT A FILM – THE TREE OF LIFE – THE TURIN HORSE – TYRANNOSAUR – WAR HORSE – WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN – WEEKEND – WUTHERING HEIGHTS
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No.7 on the list – FRIDAY KILLER (Thailand, dir.Yuthlert Sippapak)
BEST ACTION FILM OF THE CENTURY (SO FAR): The Raid: Redepmtion (dir. Gareth Evans, Indonesia)
Read my blog, Films Of Every Colour
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