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indieWIRE CRITICS’ POLL ’08 | Boyd van Hoeij

indieWIRE CRITICS' POLL '08 | Boyd van Hoeij

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.

Boyd van Hoeij
european-films.net, Variety, indieWIRE, Cineuropa

Best Film
1 – 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
2 – Gomorrah
3 – Flight of the Red Balloon
4 – The Witnesses
5 – Reprise
6 – The Edge of Heaven
7 – Rachel Getting Married
8 – Let the Right One In
9 – Waltz with Bashir
10 – In the City of Sylvia

Best Performance
1 – Anamaria Marinca, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
2 – Juliette Binoche, Flight of the Red Balloon
3 – Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky
4 – Kristin Scott Thomas, I’ve Loved You So Long
5 – Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married

Best Supporting Performance
1 – Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
2 – Vlad Ivanov, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
3 – Toni Servillo, Gomorrah
4 – Viktoria Winge, Reprise
5 – Sami Bouajila, The Witnesses

Best Director
Cristian Mungiu, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

Best Screenplay
Joachim Trier and Eskil Vogt, Reprise

Best First Feature

Best Documentary
Waltz with Bashir

Best Undistributed Film
1 – Modern Life
2 – Terribly Happy
3 – Private Lessons
4 – The Wave
5 – Milky Way
6 – Jerichow
7 – The Karamazovs
8 – Captive
9 – Il Divo
10 – The Wedding Song

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