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My Favourites of 2013

It has been a ridiculously brilliant year for film and this list made all the more difficult by trips to FrightFest and LFF but I have stuck (as best I can) to 2013 releases. My favourite film of 2014, so far, is The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears (dir. Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani) and I implore all to see it when it is out in March. Anyway, I digress, in reverse order the films I have enjoyed most this year.

#13 After Lucia (2012, dir. Michel Franco)

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#12 Lore (2012, dir. Cate Shortland)

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#11 Laurence Anyways (2012, dir. Xavier Dolan)

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#10 Stoker (2013, dir. Park Chan-wook)

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#9 Wadjda (2012, dir. Haifaa al-Mansour)

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#8 Simon Killer (2012, dir. Antonio Campos)

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#7 Beyond the Hills (2012, dir. Cristian Mungiu)

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#6 Bullhead (2012, dir. Michaël R. Roskam)

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#5 Frances Ha (2012, dir. Noah Baumbach)

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#4 Blancanieves (2012, dir. Pablo Berger)

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#3 Before Midnight (2013, dir. Richard Linklater)

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#2 Big Bad Wolves (2013, dir. Aharon Keshales & Narot Papushado)

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#1 La Grande Bellezza (2013, dir. Paolo Sorrentino)

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Special mentions:

  • Django Unchained (2013, dir. Quentin Tarantino)
  • Spider Baby (1968, dir. Jack Hill)
  • Grabbers (2012, dir. Jon Wright)
  • I Wish (2011, dir. Koreeda Hirokazu)
  • Forbidden Games (1952, dir. René Clément)
  • The Hunt (2012, dir. Thomas Vinterberg)
  • Only God Forgives (2013, dir. Nicolas Winding-Refn)
  • A Field in England (2013, dir. Ben Wheatley)
  • Lake Mungo (2008, dir, Joel Anderson)
  • The Act of Killing (2013, dir. Joshua Oppenheimer)
  • Mud (2012, dir. Jeff Nichols)
  • Oslo, 31 August (2011, dir. Joachim Trier)
  • Where Do We Go Now? (2011, dir. Nadine Labaki)
  • Holy Motors (2012, dir. Leos Carax)
  • Blonde Venus (1932, dir. Josef von Sternberg)
  • McCullin (2012, dir. David and Jacqui Morris)
  • What Richard Did (2012, dir. Lenny Abrahamson)
  • The Kings of Summer (2013, dir. Jordan Vogt-Roberts)
  • Head On (2004, dir. Fatih Akin)
  • Bal (2010, dir. Semih Kaplanoğlu)
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‘Twas also the year I ‘discovered’ Abbas Kiarostami. The man is, for want of a better word, a genius. I would highly recommend the following:

  • Taste of Cherry (1997)
  • The Wind Will Carry Us (1999)
  • Like Someone in Love (2012)
  • Ten (2002)
  • Close Up (1990)
  • A Certified Copy (2010)
  • Shirin (2008)
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My Favourites of 2012

The films I enjoyed most this year:

#12

The Kid with a Bike (2011, dir. Jean-Pierre Dardenne)

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#11

Wild Bill (2011, dir. Dexter Fletcher)

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#10

Moonrise Kingdom (2012, dir. Wes Anderson)

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#9

Rust and Bone (2012, dir. Jacques Audiard)

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#8

Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011, dir. Takashi Miike)

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#7

Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011, dir. Sean Durkin)

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#6

Michael (2011, dir. Markus Schleinzer)

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#5

Sightseers (2012, dir. Ben Wheatley)

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#4

The Hunt (2012, dir. Thomas Vinterberg)

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#3

Excision (2012, dir. Richard Bates Jr)

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#2

Shame (2011, dir. Steve McQueen)

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#1

Amour (2012, dir. Michael Haneke)

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Some other special mentions…not necessarily released in 2012.

  • Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011, dir. Nuri Bilge Ceylan)
  • Ossessione (1943, dir. Luchino Vischonti)
  • Killer Joe (2012, dir. William Friedkin)
  • Berberian Sound Studio (2012, dir. Peter Strickland)
  • A Swedish Love Story (1970, dir. Roy Andersson)
  • Argo (2012, dir. Ben Affleck)
  • Murk (2005, dir. Jannik Johansen)
  • The Dark Knight Rises (2012, dir. Christopher Nolan)
  • Untouchable (2011, dir. Olivier Nakache & Eric Toledano)
  • King of Devil’s Island (2012, dir. Marius Holst)
  • Django (1966, dir. Sergio Corbucci)
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012, dir. Benh Zeitlin)
  • Tony Manero (2008, dir. Pablo Larraín)
  • The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005, dir. Jacques Audiard)
  • Ex-Drummer (2007, dir. Koen Mortier)
  • The House of the Devil (2005, dir. Ti West)
  • Pontypool (2008, dir. Bruce McDonald)
  • Lust, Caution, (2007, dir. Ang Lee)
  • Cabin in the Woods (2012, dir. Drew Goddard)
  • Turkish Delight (1973, dir. Paul Verhoeven)