December arrives, the lists of the best of the year arrive. the same day as Sight&Sound published its new selection of the best films in history (with Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles dethroning the historic Vertigo), another journal no less prestigious as Cahiers du Cinema it did the same with respect to the 2022 vintage. Cahiers du Cinéma is, of course, the most internationally famous magazine and its fame has been parallel to that of the New Wave, of which several of its members acted as critics before jumping into directing. The publication has been through turbulent times of late, with board conflicts and mass abandonment of signatures, but it has still managed to submit its traditional list on time.
It is an easy list to receive with enthusiasm from here, since it has a double Spanish presence. Jonas Trueba with who prevents it appears in position 10, while the controversial Albert Serra It has nothing less than the first position. For the voters of Cahiers du Cinéma, Pacification is the best film of 2022, establishing itself with such triumph a few hours after the Goyain Spain, they will not even nominate her for the main shortlist (nor have the Fierce nor the For what). Pacification it is a French co-production, on the other hand, and its avant-garde character aligns with the general character of the films that appear on the list, without this preventing the presence of some American filmmakers. The full selection is below.
1. Pacification. Albert Serra, known among the general public for his arrogance and the boutades Rather than for the cinema he makes itself (awarded at multiple international festivals), he presented his most ambitious work in the Official Selection at the last Cannes Film Festival. Focused on the colonization of Tahiti, Pacification is an almost three-hour drama starring Benoit Magimel.
two- Licorice Pizza. The new job of Paul Thomas Anderson It was nominated in the recent edition of the Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay. It tells the love story, set in Los Angeles in the 70s, between cooper hoffman Y alana haim.
3- nope. Jordan Peele (which happened to close the Sight & Sound list that same day with Let me out) released his third feature film this summer. A bold combination of horror, adventure and (as usual) caustic comedy, which features as protagonists Keke Palmer and a Daniel Kaluya who rides a horse like nobody else.
4- EO. This Polish film, directed by Jerzy Skolimowski, won the Jury Prize at Cannes. It focuses on the misadventures of a gray donkey, and has a release date in Spain scheduled for this December 16.
5- The wheel of fortune and fantasy. This came to our country before France; in fact, it preceded what would be the great triumph of its director, Ryusuke Hamaguchi. The roulette is articulated as three stories of encounters and reunions, on a smaller scale than what is supposed drive my car: The consecration of Hamaguchi, which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film as well as being nominated for Best Picture overall.
6- Bowling Saturne. Patricia Mauzy directs this thriller that in Spain has only been seen, up to now, within the framework of the Gijon Festival. It tells how a policeman inherits a bowling alley along with his half-brother, and the problems that this job throws at them.
7- Apollo 10 ½. Richard Linklater has joined the trend of directors reviewing their memories (to which he also belongs Licorice Pizza), with a surprising film focused on the arrival of man on the moon in the eyes of the youth of the USA. It is a Netflix production developed by rotoscopic animation (which Linklater used in previous films), which has also caused the Academy to refuse to nominate it for Best Animated Film with the consequent discomfort.
8- Introduction. Since Introduction the korean Hong Sang Soo He has directed and premiered three more films (In front of you, walk up Y The novelist and her film). It is the habitual rhythm of this filmmaker, made possible by his taste for intimate dramas that he shoots in a few days. Introduction It has been one of his most celebrated miniatures.
9- an anonymous hero. Alain Guiraude he directs this black comedy about terrorism, which does not have a release date in Spain and which, beyond Cahiers du Cinéma, has not found much critical consensus.
10- who prevents it. Finally, Trueba’s almost four-hour documentary, which casts an unprejudiced look at Spanish youth. who prevents it it won the Goya for Best Documentary, and its length left Trueba so exhausted that this year he released a new film in Spain, you have to come see itjust over an hour long.
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