Wednesday, December 12, 2018




Film Comment has just announced its selections for best films of the year! 

Surprisingly, perhaps, ROMA, which has received a lot of attention and praise from many sources (and will be available on NETFLIX shortly), was only number 4 on their list.

As a magazine for international(!)  film lovers, it is not surprising that many of the films on the Film Comment list are indie and foreign films.

Interestingly, looking forward to the future, there is a second list: the best films that have appeared in film festivals this year, but that have not yet been released.

The following comes from Film Comment's FSLC Press release today:

Film Comment’s Top 20 Films Released in 2018:

1. Zama Lucrecia Martel, Argentina/Brazil/Spain
2. Burning Lee Chang-dong, South Korea
3. First Reformed Paul Schrader, USA
4. ROMA Alfonso Cuarón, Mexico
5. Western Valeska Grisebach, Germany/Bulgaria
6. Shoplifters Hirokazu Kore-eda, Japan
7. Let the Sunshine In Claire Denis, France
8. The Other Side of the Wind Orson Welles, USA
9. Happy as Lazzaro Alice Rohrwacher, Italy
10. Hale County This Morning, This Evening RaMell Ross, USA
11. Sorry to Bother You Boots Riley, USA
12. If Beale Street Could Talk Barry Jenkins, USA
13. The Rider Chloé Zhao, USA
14. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Joel & Ethan Coen, USA
15. Support the Girls Andrew Bujalski, USA
16. You Were Never Really Here Lynne Ramsay, UK/France/USA
17. Monrovia, Indiana Frederick Wiseman, USA
18. Personal Problems Bill Gunn, USA
19. The Favourite Yorgos Lanthimos, Ireland/UK/USA
20. BlacKkKlansman Spike Lee, USA

Film Comment’s Top 20 Unreleased Films of 2018:

1. What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire? Roberto Minervini, Italy/USA/France
2. La Flor Mariano Llinás, Argentina
3. Black Mother Khalik Allah, USA
4. A Family Tour Ying Liang, Taiwan/Hong Kong/Singapore/Malaysia
5. Feast of the Epiphany Michael Koresky, Jeff Reichert & Farihah Zaman, USA
6. América Claus Drexel, France
7. Donbass Sergei Loznitsa, Germany/Ukraine/France/Netherlands/Romania
8. The Grand Bizarre Jodie Mack, USA
9. Your Face Tsai Ming-liang, Taiwan
10. Casanova Gene Luise Donschen, Germany
11. Shakedown Leilah Weinraub, USA
12. The Task Leigh Ledare, USA
13. Sophia Antipolis Virgil Vernier, France
14. Second Time Around Dora García, Belgium/Norway
15. Manta Ray Phuttiphong Aroonpheng, Thailand/France/China
16. Flight of a Bullet Beata Bubenets, Russia/Latvia
17. Our Time Carlos Reygadas, Mexico/France/Germany/Denmark/Sweden
18. Reason Anand Patwardhan, India
19. Season of the Devil Lav Diaz, Philippines
20. A Wild Stream Nuria Ibáñez Castañeda, Mexico

The nearly 100 poll participants are all Film Comment contributors from the past year and include: 


Film Comment magazine features in-depth reviews, critical analysis, and feature coverage of mainstream, art-house, and avant-garde filmmaking from around the world. In its bimonthly print edition, vibrant website, and popular podcast, Film Comment is at the center of film culture, and has been since 1962, when it was founded by Gordon Hitchens. Its subsequent editors include Richard Corliss, Harlan Jacobson, Richard Jameson, Gavin Smith, and, today, Nicolas Rapold. 



The Film Society of Lincoln Center is devoted to supporting the art and elevating the craft of cinema. The only branch of the world-renowned arts complex Lincoln Center to shine a light on the everlasting yet evolving importance of the moving image, this nonprofit organization was founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international film with year-round programming and discussions; its annual New York Film Festival; and its publications, including Film Comment.

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