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indieWIRE CRITICS’ POLL ’08 | Andrea Picard

indieWIRE CRITICS' POLL '08 | Andrea Picard

This is the latest ballot in indieWIRE’s 2008 Critics Poll, continuing the tradition of a national survey of critics by calling attention to the year’s best — and, in many cases, most overlooked — films, providing a meaningful counterpoint to much of the year-end hoopla. Note that some lists are unranked at the discretion of the critic. For all categories except Best Undistributed Film, eligible feature films had first-run theatrical engagements in the U.S. during 2008. Films without a U.S. distributor, screened anywhere (festival circuit, one-off screenings, etc.), are eligible in the Best Undistributed Film category. The full list of critics poll ballots is available here at indieWIRE and tabulated results are being published by indieWIRE later this month.

Andrea Picard
Cinematheque Ontario & Cinema Scope

Best Film
1 – Before I Forget
2 – The Romance of Astrea and Celadon
3 – Still Life
4 – Alexandra
5 – The Duchess of Langeais
6 – Silent Light
7 – Love Songs
8 – Slingshot
9 – Woman on the Beach
10 – Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind

Best Performance
1 – Cornelio Wall, Silent Light
2 – Galina Vishnevskaya, Alexandra
3 – Guillame Depardieu, The Duchess of Langeais
4 – Jacques Nolot, Before I Forget
5 – Michelle Williams, Wendy and Lucy

Best Supporting Performance
1 – Maria Pankratz, Silent Light
2 – Miriam Toews, Silent Light
3 – Fu’ad Ait Aattou, The Last Mistress
4 – Samantha Morton, Synechdoche, New York
5 – Flo Jacobs, Momman’s Man

Best Director
Eric Rohmer, The Romance of Astrea and Celadon

Best Screenplay
Serge Bozon and Axelle Ropert, La France

Best First Feature
Wonderful Town

Best Documentary
My Winnipeg

Best Undistributed Film
1 – Itineraire de Jean Bricard
2 – Liverpool
3 – Le Genou d’Artemide
4 – La Vie Moderne: Profile Paysan
5 – Still Walking
6 – United Red Army
7 – Afternoon
8 – Cleopatra
9 – La Frontiere de l’aube
10 – RR

Had I seen Lucrecia Martel’s The Headless Woman, it certainly would have figured on my “Best undistributed film” list.

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