2020 Cinema - A Year In Review
Another year, this one like no other. One of the few bright spots of this year is that virtual cinemas provided increased access to peons, such as myself, who typically would be at the mercy of US distributors. It eroded gatekeeping in a sense, granting access to anyone whose curiosity for the pleasures of cinema transcends borders, cultures, etc. My list doesn't ascribe to U.S release dates, but rather, to films which I experienced this year. It is worth noting that some films to grace many Top 10 lists this year - Beanpole, Liberté, Martin Eden - were on my 2019 list, so I'd recommend checking that out as well.
There are notable films I still need to see - like any other year - but I'm happy with this list and as a reminder, I don't take the debate over release year that seriously, so with no further ado, here are my favorite films from this year, in no particular order.
Isadora's Children - Damien Manivel
Fire Will Come - Oliver Laxe
Gamak Ghar - Achal Mishra
Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets - Turner and Bill Ross
Vitalina Varela - Pedro Costa
Days - Tsai Ming-liang
Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains - Gu Xiaogang
To The Ends of the Earth - Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Labyrinth of Cinema - Nobuhiko Ōbayashi
Ghost Tropic - Bas Devos
Nasir - Arun Karthick
A White, White Day - Hlynur Pálmason
Fourteen - Dan Sallitt
Minori, On the Brink - Ryutaro Ninomiya
Lovers Rock - Steve McQueen
Dick Johnson Is Dead - Kirsten Johnson
Overseas - Sung-a Yoon
Collective - Alexander Nanau
Chasing Dream - Johnnie To
First Cow - Kelly Reichardt
Honorable Mentions: The Assistant, Da 5 Bloods, Time, Red Moon Tide, I Was at Home, But.., Swallow, Driveways, The Disciple
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