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indieWIRE CRITICS’ POLL ’08 | Berenice Reynaud

indieWIRE CRITICS' POLL '08 | Berenice Reynaud

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.

Berenice Reynaud
Senses of Cinema, Cahiers du Cinema, REDCAT

Best Film
1 – Changeling
2 – A Christmas Tale
3 – The Class
4 – Flight of the Red Balloon
5 – Hunger
6 – I Can No Longer Hear the Guitar
7 – The Other Half
8 – Secret of the Grain
9 – Still Life
10 – Woman on the Beach

Best Performance
1 – Juliette Binoche, The Flight of the Red Balloon
2 – Han Sanming, Still Life
3 – Melissa Leo and Misty Upham, Frozen River
4 – Michelle Williams, Wendy and Lucy

Best Supporting Performance
1 – Benoit Maginel, A Girl Cut in Two
2 – Catherine Deneuve, A Christmas Tale
3 – Hafsia Herzi, The Secret of the Grain
4 – Jason Butler Harner, Changeling
5 – Jesus Ochoa, Padre Nuestro

Best Director
Jia Zhangke, 24 City

Best Screenplay
Claude Chabrol and Cecile Maistre, A Girl Cut in Two

Best First Feature
Frozen River

Best Documentary
Standard Operating Procedure

Best Undistributed Film
1 – 24 City
2 – The Equation of Love and Death
3 – Iron Ladies of Liberia
4 – Liverpool
5 – Lorna’s Silence
6 – Perfect Life
7 – RR
8 – Sparrow
9 – Still Walking
10 – Yasukuni

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