December 29, 2011

My films of the year 2011

This year was once again marked by crises and an uncertain future. A crisis exists also in Hollywood cinema which produces less and less films that could be called "quality entertainment". It is significant that both the Oscar winner ("The Kings's Speech") and the most successful film of the year ("Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2") were British productions. Many of the important films too were (directly or indirectly) about the end of the world and made clear that we will - should we continue like before - we will inevitably head towards a disaster. Nevertheless there were also some smaller, human films that gave us something we can really need in times like these: hope.

Here are my personal top 10 of the year 2011:

1. Le gamin au vélo (Belgium, Jean Pierre & Luc Dardenne)
2. Le Havre (France, Aki Kaurismaki)
3. Melancholia (Denmark, Lars von Trier)
4. Play (Sweden, Ruben Ostlund)
5. Die Vaterlosen (Austria, Marie Kreutzer)
6. Midnight in Paris (USA/France, Woody Allen)
7. Habemus Papam (Italy, Nanni Moretti)
8. Faust (Russia, Aleksandr Sokurow)
9. The Kids are all right (USA, Lisa Cholodenko)
10. Nostalgia de la luz (Chile, Patricio Guzmán)

There were some interesting films such as "The Turin House", "A Separation" or "The Artist" that I was unable to see.

My film of the year 2011: "Le gamin au vélo"

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