Sunday, January 03, 2010

2009: Michael J. Anderson

1. Police, Adjective (Corneliu Porumboiu)
2. Summer Hours (Olivier Assayas, 2008)
3. Liverpool (Lisandro Alonso, 2008)
4. Around a Small Mountain (Jacques Rivette)
5. 35 Shots of Rum (Claire Denis, 2008) / White Material (Denis)
6. Two Lovers (James Gray, 2008)
7. Fantastic Mr. Fox (Wes Anderson)
8. Still Walking (Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2008)
9. A Week Alone (Celina Murga, 2007)
10. The Limits of Control (Jim Jarmusch)

Runners-up: Birdsong (Albert Serra, 2008), Bright Star (Jane Campion), Jerichow (Christian Petzold, 2008), Mother (Bong Joon-ho), The White Ribbon (Michael Haneke)

Note: To provide some context for my choices, I included 2009 US commercial releases The Headless Woman and Tokyo Sonata on my 2008 list (they were #1 and #2 respectively), while I have yet to see Cahiers du cinéma favorites Wild Grass and Vincere.

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