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Observer Film Quarterly

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A Prophet

As noted in the current lists and awards tracker, while the full results of Sight & Sound's best-of-09 poll of around 60 critics aren't yet online, thanks to Guy Lodge at In Contention, among others, we do know what the top ten looks like and that Jacques Audiard's A Prophet takes the #1 slot. It's won the Jury's Grand Prix at Cannes and Best Film at the London Film Festival and it's nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and six European Film Awards. "A Prophet is indeed that rare thing, a wholly original piece that feels somehow familiar, the sort of thing you've seen before, but never seen done so well," writes Jason Solomons, introducing his interview with Audriard in the new issue of the Observer Film Quarterly.

Also: Xiaolu Guo, Golden Leopard-winner at Locarno for She, A Chinese, on the films that have meant the most to her; Martin Amis's (in)famous 1979 interview with Roman Polanski; Jonathan Coe on Bill Forsyth's Comfort and Joy; Geoff Dyer on Brian G Hutton's Where Eagles Dare; AL Kennedy on Peter Chelsom's Funny Bones; Alan Warner on Gustave de Kervern and Benoît Delépine's Aaltra; Lizzie Francke on Gavin Millar's Dreamchild; editor Sally Menke on working with Quentin Tarantino; and more.

In other news: Catherine Grant indexes Film Studies for Free; buzz building around Andy Serkis's performance as Ian Dury in Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll: Mark Kermode (BBC) and Kevin Maher (London Times); Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans producers Gabe and Alan Polsky have optioned the rights to Jonathan Lethem's Gun, With Occasional Music, notes Jay A Fernandez for the Hollywood Reporter; Emir Kusturica may direct Johnny Depp and Salma Hayek in a Pancho Villa biopic, reports Variety's Nick Vivarelli; Kimberly Lindbergs remembers Paul Naschy; the Telegraph on the late Richard Todd.

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