Just out! International critics (163 of them!) voted for the top five movies of 2016 in the annual poll conducted by the BFI. And women directors shine.
Women directed three of the top five: 60%! And 23% overall, a high proportion given how few women’s features are produced–
1 Toni Erdmann — wr/dir Maren Ade (Germany-Austria)
Here’s Maren Ade and here’s one of Manohla Dargis’ great articles, about Maren and her work.
4 Certain Women — wr/dir Kelly Reichardt (USA)
Here’s a great interview with Lily Gladstone, about working on Certain Women.
5 American Honey — wr/dir Andrea Arnold (USA-UK)
Here’s Pamela Hutchinson’s review of American Honey.
And there are more, among other 25 listed.
8 Things to Come — wr/dir Mia Hansen-Løve (France-Germany)
16= Cameraperson — dir Kirsten Johnson (USA)
A doco. Had to include the trailer for this.
21= Evolution — co-wr/dir Lucile Hadzihalilovic (France/Spain/Belgium)
26= Raw — wr/dir Julia Ducournau (France/Belgium)
Also a horror. We do them well.
Warm congratulations to all these directors. All we need now is a better distribution system for their work.