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The Best Films of 2009

The Best Films of 2009

As we prepare for Sundance and continue to work on plans for the 2010 Sarasota Film Festival, I wanted to take a moment to point you toward the ballot I put in with indieWIRE for the Annual Critics Survey 2009. As I always say, this blog is about championing films I love, not about any pretense to formal criticism (you can rest easy, blog haters, I have no intentions of “rating” in your world…), but it is always an honor to be asked to particpate in the indieWIRE Poll. Here is my list of favorites, each item linked to my own memory of each film, be it writing, a preview, a photo, whatever.

I am planning on writing from Sundance if I can get WiFi in the freezing cold tent in the parking lot at the Holiday Village (which will replace the comfort of the Yarrow Hotel Lobby as the Press and Industry waiting area); I’ll do my best to get capsules written every day. In the meantime, a last look back at 2009. My ballot below:

Best Film

1. 35 Shots of Rum
2. Three Monkeys
3. The Messenger
4. Tony Manero
5. Julia
6. The Maid
7. Tulpan
8. Summer Hours
9. Munyurangabo
10. Treeless Mountain

Best Lead Performances (in alphabetical order)

Alex Descas, 35 Shots of Rum
Ben Foster, The Messenger
Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker
Catalina Saavedra, The Maid
Tilda Swinton, Julia

Best Director

Claire Denis, 35 Shots of Rum

Best Documentary

La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet by Frederick Wiseman

Best Screenplay

Of Time and the City by Terence Davies

Best First Feature

The Messenger by Oren Moverman

Best Undistributed Films

You Wont Miss Me
Children Of Invention
Winnebago Man
St. Nick
Stingray Sam

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