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Sight & Sound’s Best of 2012 Includes No Women Directed Films

Sight & Sound's Best of 2012 Includes No Women Directed Films

Sight & Sound released their Best of 2012 list over the weekend.  In similar fashion to the summer rage over the update of their top 50 list and then the expansion of that to 250 films, women, in this case didn’t make the cut at all. Not even remotely.

Here’s the list:

1. The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson, USA)

2. Tabu (Miguel Gomes, Portugal/Germany/France)

3. Amour (Michael Haneke, France/Germany/Austria)

4. Holy Motors (Leos Carax, France/Germany)

5. Beasts of the Southern Wild (Benh Zeitlin, USA)

Berberian Sound Studio (Peter Strickland, UK/Germany)

7. Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson, USA)

8. Beyond the Hills (Christian Mungiu, Romania/France/Belgium)

= Cosmopolis (David Cronenberg, Canada/France/Portugal/Italy)

= Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey/Bosnia & Herzegovina)

= This is Not A Film (Jafar Pahani & Mojtaba Mirtahmaseb, Iran)

Film details says that 100 people were polled but we don’t know who they are, the exact time frame covered, or any other information that could let us break down the list, but we know that there are some worthy women directed films that should be in the list.  Wuthering Heights by Andrea Arnold?  Zero Dark Thirty by Kathryn Bigelow?  Your Sister’s Sister by Lynn Shelton?  

Who else would you include?

Sight And Sound’s Top Films of 2012 (FILM Detail)

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Matthew Hammett Knott

Wuthering Heights, Zero Dark Thirty and Middle of Nowhere weren't released in the UK this year, and I think that is one of the criteria. I'm sure ZDT would have made the list otherwise. I'm a huge supporter of women directors, but I'm not sure any will make my Top 10 this year. Sally Potter's Ginger and Rosa and Sally El Hosaini's My Brother the Devil are definitely in the mix, but in the end it will come down to preference alone. I agree it's depressing.


Take This Waltz, directed by Sarah Polley
Middle of Nowhere, directed by Ava Duvernay
The Queen of Versailles, directed by Lauren Greenfield
Your Sister’s Sister, directed by Lynn Shelton


So what's your point? Are you looking for a quota? They go off the movies they liked the best. Period.

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