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indieWIRE CRITICS’ POLL ’08 | Dennis Lim

indieWIRE CRITICS' POLL '08 | Dennis Lim

This is the first 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.

Dennis Lim
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Best Film
1 – Flight of the Red Balloon
2 – Before I Forget
3 – Still Life
4 – In the City of Sylvia
5 – Paranoid Park
6 – Wendy and Lucy
7 – The Duchess of Langeais
8 – Hunger
9 – My Winnipeg
10 – Milk

Best Performance
1 – Asia Argento, The Last Mistress
2 – Juliette Binoche, Flight of the Red Balloon
3 – Guillaume Depardieu, The Duchess of Langeais
4 – Sean Penn, Milk
5 – Michelle Williams, Wendy and Lucy

Best Supporting Performance
1 – Josh Brolin, Milk
2 – Wally Dalton, Wendy and Lucy
3 – Emmanuelle Devos, A Christmas Tale
4 – Flo Jacobs, Momma’s Man
5 – Tilda Swinton, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Best Director
Hou Hsiao-hsien, Flight of the Red Balloon

Best Screenplay
Jacques Nolot, Before I Forget

Best First Feature

Best Documentary
The Unforeseen

Best Undistributed Film
1 – United Red Army
2 – The Headless Woman
3 – 35 Rhums
4 – Night and Day
5 – Birdsong
6 – Afterschool
7 – On War
8 – Liverpool
9 – Frontier of Dawn
10 – Dr. Ma’s Country Clinic

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