Once again this year, we here at Seattle Screen Scene asked a selection of local critics, programmers, and filmmakers to send us their Top Ten lists for the year and in an extremely close race, Paul Verhoeven’s Elle just edged out Barry Jenkins’s Moonlight. Mountains May Depart, from Chinese director Jia Zhangke tied with Whit Stillman’s Jane Austen adaptation Love & Friendship for third place, while Kirsten Johnson’s documentary Cameraperson took fifth.
Here is our Top Ten:
1. Elle (Paul Verhoeven)
2. Moonlight (Barry Jenkins)
3. Love & Friendship (Whit Stillman)
3. Mountains May Depart (Jia Zhangke)
5. Cameraperson (Kirsten Johnson)
6. Cemetery of Splendor (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
6. Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt)
8. SPL 2: A Time for Consequences (aka Kill Zone 2) (Soi Cheang)
9. The Love Witch (Anna Biller)
10. Hell or High Water (David Mackenzie)
10. Right Now, Wrong Then (Hong Sangsoo)
Full results are listed after the break, along with each voter’s individual ballot.