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indieWIRE CRITICS’ POLL ’08 | Mark Jenkins

indieWIRE CRITICS' POLL '08 | Mark Jenkins

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.

Mark Jenkins
npr.org/movies; reeldc.com

Best Film
1 – Ashes of Time Redux
2 – Boy A
3 – The Flight of the Red Balloon
4 – 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
5 – I Served the King of England
6 – My Winnipeg
7 – Paranoid Park
8 – Reprise
9 – Slumdog Millionaire
10 – Waltz with Bashir

Best Performance
1 – Mathieu Amalric, A Christmas Tale
2 – Ivan Barnev, I Served the King of England
3 – Juliette Binoche, The Flight of the Red Balloon
4 – Alejandro Polanco, Chop Shop
5 – Yu Nan, Tuya’s Wedding

Best Supporting Performance
1 – Emile Hirsch, Milk
2 – Tarra Riggs, Ballast
3 – Ann Savage, My Winnipeg
4 – Misty Upham, Frozen River
5 – Elsa Zylberstein, I’ve Loved You So Long

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

Best Screenplay
Guy Maddin and George Toles, My Winnipeg

Best Documentary

Best Undistributed Film
1 – Adrift in Tokyo
2 – Lost in Beijing
3 – The Mourning Forest
4 – Night Train
5 – Ploy
6 – Sad Vacation
7 – Unfinished Stories
8 – Your Friends
9 – La Zona

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