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.
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Seattle, weirdly enough, is one of the few major film cities in the country that doesn’t have an established, functioning critics group. This means that come awards season, we don’t have an organization to announce to the world our city’s pick for the best film of the year. So we here at Seattle Screen Scene asked a selection of local critics and programmers to send us their Top Ten lists for the year and, after adding them up, the result is that, well, we pretty much agree with every other city and critics group that George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road is hands-down the best film of 2015. Michael Mann’s Blackhat is the clear second-place finisher, with Hou Hsiao-hsien’s The Assassin rounding out the top three. In all, 65 films received votes, spanning the depth and variety and unique character of the Seattle film scene.
Here is our Top Ten:
1. Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller)
2. Blackhat (Michael Mann)
3. The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
4. Carol (Todd Haynes)
5. The Forbidden Room (Guy Maddin)
6. Taxi (Jafar Panahi)
7. Phoenix (Christian Petzold)
8. The Duke of Burgundy (Peter Strickland)
8. Tangerine (Sean Baker)
8. Sicario (Denis Villeneuve)
Full results are listed after the break, along with each voter’s ballot.
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