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2016 The Year In Cinema: Top 60 Best Films

For the film industry the Oscars ceremony puts an end – this year in truly dramatic fashion – to the awards season, and with it the year in film finishes. This is for us the best moment to look back and make our annual recap of the last twelve months of cinema, which in 2016 have come crammed with shocking news, notable changes to the way we approach the film experience and luckily, above all, an incredible number of great films. The quality of this year’s cinematic output was so remarkable that we have had to add ten titles to our annual Top 50, trying to acomodate as many notable works as possible.

After the industry’s racial and gender inequalities came to the front last year, diversity and inclusion were the themes that prevailed in the media conversation during this one, pushed from mere factual exposition into big political vindication after the unexpected international turn to populism experienced in both sides of the Atlantic.

Sundance delivered a few of the best films of the year, our favourite among which were Kelly Reichardt’s intimate portraits of female troubles, Certain Women; Whit Stillman’s brilliant interpretation of Jane Austen’s world with Love And Friendship and Ira Sach’s tale of boys friendship against their parents’ property feud, Little Men. But the film grabbing all the headlines was Nate Parker’s ambitious debut Birth Of A Nation, a story of slaves’ revenge named after D.W. Griffith’s racist silent classic. Hailed as a strong awards contender after the Oscars so white controversy and sold to Fox for a millionaire sum, claims of the director’s earlier sexual assault later on the year wiped its chances out. Read the rest of this entry »

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‘I, Daniel Blake’ and ‘Moonlight’ Lead The #RoberAwards2016 Film Winners

I, Daniel Blake has been named film of the year in the 2016 Rober Awards Film Poll. Ken Loach‘s latest work, putting to shame the cruelty of the current UK benefits system, has resonated with audiences around the world since it won the Palme D’Or at Cannes.

Boasting an unusually wide spread of winners, an indication of the excellent quality and quantity of great movies released over the past twelve months, this year only two film have won in more than one category. Moonlight, which after its historical -and shocking- won at the Oscars, stood above the rest also in our poll by earning a total of five Robers, namely best directing, adapting screenplay, acting ensemble, supporting actor-Mahershala Ali– and cinematography honours. Meanwhile, Park Chan-Wook‘s The Handmaiden was selected in the best Foreign Language and production design categories.

Kelly Reichard‘s collection of intimate female portraits in Certain Women was the runner-up in several categories, including best film, and earned Lily Gladstone the best supporting actress trophy. Other acting winners were Adam Driver, for his poetic rendition of a blue collar worker’s simple life in Paterson. Isabelle Huppert for her double tour de force in Paul Verhoeven‘s provocative thriller Elle and in Mia Hansen-Løve‘s reflection on how we adapt to life’s changes, Things To Come. Ruth Negga conquered the Rising Star award for the heartfelt interracial love story of Loving.

Other notable winners on this edition are Toni Erdmann for best comedy, Scott Walker for the soundtrack of The Childhood Of A Leader, Nick Cave’s documentary One More Time With Feeling and Kenneth Lonergan for Manchester By The Sea‘s original screenplay. Alice Rowe‘s hilariously chilling Prevenge won the best first feature; the documentary Notes On Blindness was voted Best British Film and Pablo Larraín‘s Neruda biopic was named best Hispanic film.

Check the full list of winners here: Read the rest of this entry »

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