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"Carlos," "Network" & "White Material" Top Film Comment Selections for 2010

Indiewire By Brian Brooks | Indiewire December 17, 2010 at 11:10AM

"Carlos," "The Social Network" and "White Material" topped the end-of-year list of Film Comment's group of critics, journalists, film section editors as well as its past and present contributors. Joining the top three films that received a release in the U.S., directed by Olivier assayas, David Fincher and Claire Denis respectively, were Cannes Palme d'Or winner "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, Jean-Luc Godard's "Film Socialisme" and Lee Chang-dong's "Poetry," which did not have a Stateside release this year.
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"Carlos," "The Social Network" and "White Material" topped the end-of-year list of Film Comment's group of critics, journalists, film section editors as well as its past and present contributors. Joining the top three films that received a release in the U.S., directed by Olivier assayas, David Fincher and Claire Denis respectively, were Cannes Palme d'Or winner "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, Jean-Luc Godard's "Film Socialisme" and Lee Chang-dong's "Poetry," which did not have a Stateside release this year.

The top three choices in both categories were official selections of the 2010 New York Film Festival and two films ("The Social Network" and "White Material") were subjects of Film Comment cover stories. The annual NYFF is organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, which also publishes Film Comment.

"Film Comment’s annual end-of-the-year lists distills the viewpoints of most of the magazine’s staff and contributors as well as many of America’s most influential film critics, writers and minds into an inclusive survey of the year in film," commented editor Gavin Smith in a statement. "And the addition of the unreleased films list offers a unique barometer for the coming year in film for cinephiles and film enthusiasts, as well.”

Film Comment's annual survey is one of the largest of its kind, receiving responses from over 100 participants.

[indieWIRE's own ongoing survey continues with 84 ballots tabulated so far.]

The full 2010 Film Comment Survey (with information provided by Film Comment)

Top 50 Released Films of 2010:

1. "Carlos," director: Olivier Assayas
2. "The Social Network," director: David Fincher
3. "White Material," director: Claire Denis
4. "The Ghost Writer," director: Roman Polanski
5. "A Prophet," director: Jacques Audiard
6. "Winter’s Bone," director: Debra Granik
7. "Inside Job," director: Charles Ferguson
8. "Wild Grass," director: Alain Resnais
9. "Everyone Else," director: Maren Ade
10. "Greenberg," director: Noah Baumbach

11. "Mother," director: Bong Joon-ho
12. "Toy Story 3," director: Lee Unkrich
13. "Eccentricities of a Blonde-haired Girl," director: Manoel de Oliveira
14. "Another Year," director: Mike Leigh
15. "The Strange Case of Angelica," director: Manoel de Oliveira
16. "The Kids Are All Right," director: Lisa Cholodenko
17. "Shutter Island," director: Martin Scorsese
18. "Around a Small Mountain," director: Jacques Rivette
19. "Our Beloved Month of August," director: Miguel Gomes
20. "Ne change rien," director: Pedro Costa

21. "Dogtooth," director: Yorgos Lanthimos
22. "I Am Love," director: Luca Guadagnino
23. "Sweetgrass," director: Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Ilisa Barbash
24. "Black Swan," director: Darren Aronofsky
25. "The Father of My Children," director: Mia Hansen-Løve
26. "Boxing Gym," director: Frederick Wiseman
27. "Secret Sunshine," director: Lee Chang-dong
28. "Bluebeard," director: Catherine Breillat
29. "Enter the Void," director: Gaspar Noé
30. "Inception," director: Christopher Nolan

31. "Alamar," director: Pedro González-Rubio
32. "The Oath," director: Laura Poitras
33. "Exit Through the Gift Shop," director: Banksy
34. "World on a Wire," director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
35. "Animal Kingdom," director: David Michôd
36. "Vincere," director: Marco Bellocchio
37. "Daddy Longlegs," directors: Ben & Joshua Safdie
38. "Lourdes," director: Jessica Hausner
39. "Life During Wartime," director: Todd Solondz
40. "Fish Tank," director: Andrea Arnold

41. "Please Give," director: Nicole Holofcener
42. "True Grit," directors: Joel & Ethan Coen
43. "Lebanon," director: Samuel Maoz
44. "The King’s Speech," director: Tom Hooper
45. "I Love You Phillip Morris," directors: Glenn Ficarra & John Requa
46. "Last Train Home," director: Lixin Fan
47. "Blue Valentine," director: Derek Cianfrance
48. "Hadewijch," director: Bruno Dumont
49. "The Anchorage," directors: Anders Edström & C.W. Winter
50. "Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Inferno," directors: Serge Bromberg & Ruxandra Medrea


Top 20 Unreleased Films of 2010:

1. "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives," director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
2. "Film Socialisme," director: Jean-Luc Godard
3. "Poetry," director: Lee Chang-dong
4. "Meek’s Cutoff," director: Kelly Reichardt
5. "Aurora," director: Cristi Puiu
6. "Mysteries of Lisbon," director: Raúl Ruiz
7. "The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceaucescu," director: Andrei Ujica
8. "The Four Times," director: Michelangelo Frammartino
9. "Certified Copy," director: Abbas Kiarostami
10. "Tuesday, After Christmas," director: Radu Muntean

11. "Oki’s Movie," director: Hong Sang-soo
12. "Ruhr," director: James Benning
13. "I Wish I Knew," director: Jia Zhangke
14. "My Joy," director: Sergei Loznitsa
15. "Nostalgia for the Light," director: Patricio Guzmán,
16. "Robinson in Ruins," director: Patrick Keiller
17. "Black Venus," director: Abdellatif Kechiche
18. "Of Gods and Men," director: Xavier Beauvois
19. "Tabloid," director: Errol Morris
20. "The Robber," director: Benjamin Heisenberg