Thursday, 15 December 2016


No surprise in guessing what yet another film publication has decided upon in its poll of the best of 2016. Maren Ade's Toni Erdmann tops Film Comment's list, which is chock full of masterpieces, many of which have also turned up on other publications' polls, and following on from Slant, is also lacking a certain Oscar-tipped musical. Nice work, folks. A second list includes Film Comment's favourite 2016 films that have as yet not received US distribution.

Best Films Released in 2016
1. Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade)
2. Moonlight (Barry Jenkins)
3. Elle (Paul Verhoeven)
4. Cemetery of Splendour (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
5. Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt)
6. Paterson (Jim Jarmusch)
7. Manchester by the Sea (Kenneth Lonergan)
8. Aquarius (Kleber Mendonca Filho)
9. Things to Come (Mia Hansen-Love)
10. No Home Movie (Chantal Akerman)
11. The Lobster (Yorgos Lanthimos)
12. Right Now, Wrong Then (Hong Sang Soo)
13. Love & Friendship (Whit Stillman)
14. Cameraperson (Kirsten Johnson)
15. Kaili Blues (Bi Gan)
16. The Handmaiden (Park Chan Wook)
17. Everybody Wants Some!! (Richard Linklater)
18. The Fits (Anna Rose Holmer)
19. Neruda (Pablo Larrain)
20. The Other Side (Roberto Minervini)

Best Films Without Distribution in 2016
1. Sieranevada (Cristi Puiu)
2. Hermia & Helena (Matias Pineiro)
3. Nocturama (Bertrand Bonello)
4. The Dreamed Path (Angela Schanelec)
5. Yourself and Yours (Hong Sang Soo)
6. Kekszakallu (Solnicki Gaston)
7. By the Time It Gets Dark (Anocha Suwichakornpong)
8. Scarred Hearts (Radu Jude)
9. The Woman Who Left (Lav Diaz)
10. Austerlitz (Sergey Loznitsa)
11. Tempestad (Tatiana Huezo)
12. The Rehearsal (Alison MacLean)
13. Safari (Ulrich Seidl)
14. Everything Else (Natalia Almada)
15. All the Cities of the North (Dane Komljen)
16. Happy Times Will Come Soon (Alessandro Comodin)
17. Dawson City: Frozen Time (Bill Morrison)
18. Suite Armoricaine (Pascale Breton)
19. Women Who Kill (Ingrid Jungermann)
20. Le Parc (Damien Manivel)