Here’s my contribution to the indieWIRE & Industry Top Tens for 2009 with some related links to previous blog posts.
1. Bright Star by Jane Campion
2. Cherry Blossoms by Doris Dörrie
Echoing Ozu’s “Tokyo Story,” this surprisingly overlooked film is the transcendent tale of a German widower who travels to Japan to fulfill his wife’s lifelong dream. Aya Irizuki is spectacular as his chimera-like young friend.
3. The Beaches of Agnès by Agnès Varda
Here’s a blog post with my photos of Varda and a link to an interview/feature I did on her.
4. The Hurt Locker by Kathryn Bigelow
5. 35 Shots of Rum by Claire Denis
6. Rage by Sally Potter
Here’s a blog post with my photo of Potter and notes on the highly innovative film created for cell phones.
7. Coco Before Chanel by Anne Fontaine
Here’s a blog post with my photo of Fontaine and notes on the film.
8. The Headless Woman by Lucrecia Martel
9. Julie & Julia by Nora Ephron (For the Julie Powell portion. Sorry, haters.)
10. Afghan Star by Havana Marking
Yeah, the guys made some good films, too, but not better than these.
I could have added Sophie Barthes’ Cold Souls to the list. I enjoyed Christine Jeff’s Sunshine Cleaning. I was underwhelmed by Lone Scherfig’s An Education and Ondi Timoner’s We Live in Public. I look forward to catching up with Karyn Kusama’s Jennifer’s Body and Ursula Meier’s Home.