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TIFF Cinematheque presents The Best of the Decade: An Alternative View

Posted by StepTb su dicembre 3, 2009

An esteemed panel of over sixty film curators, historians, archivists and programmers from festivals, cinematheques and similar organizations around the world participated and were asked to pick the films they thought were the most important of the past decade. The polls participants are connected by their leadership in the field of historical film curation, with most having published books, essays and polemics on cinema, bringing perspectives that distinguish this poll from other end-of-the-decade polls.

Films were scored according to a point system designed to measure not only how many individual votes a film received, but also the intensity of support (i.e., an indication of frequency and strength of advocacy). The poll participants, half of them new to the task since the 1990s poll, include representatives from some of the most important film institutions from around the world including the Museum of Modern Art (New York); the British Film Institute (London); the UCLA Film & Television Archive (Los Angeles); Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus); Filmoteca de la UNAM (Mexico City); George Eastman House (Rochester); Austrian Film Museum (Vienna); World Cinema Foundation (New York); Vancouver International Film Festival (Vancouver); Centre National de la Cinématographie (Paris); Canadian Film Institute (Ottawa); Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival (Gran Canaria); Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (Berkeley); Swedish Film Institute (Stockholm); Berlin International Film Festival (Berlin); Haghefilm Foundation (Amsterdam); Tokyo FILMeX (Tokyo) and TIFF Cinematheque (Toronto).

1. Syndromes and a Century (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand) – 53 votes
2. Platform (Jia Zhang-ke, Hong Kong, China/China/Japan/France) – 49 votes
3. Still Life (Jia Zhang-ke, China) – 48 votes
4. Beau travail (Claire Denis, France) – 46 votes
5. In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai, Hong Kong, China) – 43 votes
6. Tropical Malady (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, France/Thailand/Germany/Italy) – 38 votes
7. The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (Cristi Puiu, Romania) – 35 votes
7. Werckmeister Harmonies (Béla Tarr, Hungary) – 35 votes
8. Éloge de l’amour (Jean-Luc Godard, Switzerland/ France) – 34 votes
9. 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days (Cristian Mungiu, Romania) – 33 votes
10. Silent Light (Carlos Reygadas, Mexico/France/Netherlands) – 32 votes
11. Russian Ark (Alexander Sokurov, Russia/Germany) – 31 votes
12. The New World (Terrence Malick, USA) – 30 votes
13. Blissfully Yours (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, France/Thailand) – 29 votes
14. Le Fils (Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Belgium/France) – 27 votes
15. Colossal Youth (Pedro Costa, Portugal/France/Switzerland) – 25 votes
16. Les Glaneurs et la glaneuse (Agnès Varda, France) – 24 votes
16. In Vandas Room (Pedro Costa, Portugal/Germany/Italy/Switzerland) – 24 votes
16. Songs from the Second Floor (Roy Andersson, Sweden/Denmark/Norway) – 24 votes
17. Caché (Michael Haneke, France/Austria/Germany/Italy) – 23 votes
17. A History of Violence (David Cronenberg, USA) – 23 votes
17. Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, France/USA) – 23 votes
17. Three Times (Hou Hsiao-hsien, Taiwan) – 23 votes
18. Rois et reine (Arnaud Desplechin, France) – 21 votes
19. Elephant (Gus Van Sant, USA) – 20 votes
20. Talk to Her (Pedro Almodóvar, Spain) – 19 votes
21. The Wind Will Carry Us (Abbas Kiarostami, Iran/France)- 18 votes
21. Yi Yi (A One and a Two) (Edward Yang, Taiwan/Japan) – 18 votes
22. Pan’s Labyrinth (Guillermo del Toro, Spain) – 17 votes
23. L’Enfant (Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Belgium/France) – 16 votes
23. The Heart of the World (Guy Maddin, Canada) – 16 votes
23. I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone (Tsai Ming-liang, Taiwan/France/Austria) – 16 votes
23. Star Spangled to Death (Ken Jacobs, USA) – 16 votes
24. The World (Jia Zhang-ke, China/Japan/France) – 14 votes
25. Café Lumière (Hou Hsiao-hsien, Japan) – 13 votes
25. The Headless Woman (Lucrecia Martel, Argentina/Spain/France/Italy) – 13 votes
25. L’Intrus (Claire Denis, France) – 13 votes
25. Millennium Mambo (Hou Hsiao-hsien, Taiwan/France) – 13 votes
25. My Winnipeg (Guy Maddin, Canada) – 13 votes
25. Saraband (Ingmar Bergman, Sweden) – 13 votes
25. Spirited Away (Hiyao Miyazaki, Japan) – 13 votes
25. I’m Not There (Todd Haynes, USA) – 13 votes
26. Gerry (Gus Van Sant, USA) – 12 votes
27. Distant (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey) – 11 votes
27. Dogville (Lars von Trier, Denmark/Sweden/UK/France/Germany) – 11 votes
27. The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson, USA) – 11 votes
28. Alexandra (Alexander Sokurov, Russia/France) – 9 votes
28. Demonlover (Olivier Assayas, France) – 9 votes
29. Atanarjuat, The Fast Runner (Zacharias Kunuk, Canada) – 8 votes
29. Goodbye, Dragon Inn (Tsai Ming-liang, Taiwan) – 8 votes
30. Longing (Valeska Grisebach, Germany) – 7 votes
30. Secret Sunshine (Lee Chang-dong, South Korea) – 7 votes
30. Vai e Vem (João César Monteiro, Portugal) – 7 votes
30. Far From Heaven (Todd Haynes, USA/France) – 7 votes



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