2011

Intro

The following films appeared on year-end lists in Cinema Scope, Film Comment, The New York Times, and Sight & Sound. Selection for the Berlin, Cannes, Locarno, New York, Rotterdam, Sundance, Telluride, Toronto, and Venice film festivals is noted.

Films

4:44 Last Day on Earth

USA, Switzerland, France
Abel Ferrara

Lists: Cinema Scope (Special Mention, 2011) | Film Comment (16 - Undistributed, 2011)

Festivals: New York (Main Slate, 2011) | Venice (In Competition, 2011)

Abracadabra

USA
Ernie Gehr

Lists: New York Times (Dargis, 2011)

Festivals: New York (Views from the Avant-Garde, 2011)

Alps

Alpeis
Greece
Yorgos Lanthimos

Lists: Film Comment (14 - Undistributed, 2011)

Festivals: Rotterdam (Spectrum, 2012) | Toronto (Visions, 2011) | Venice (In Competition, 2011)

The Artist

France
Michel Hazanavicius

Lists: Sight & Sound (5, 2011)

Festivals: Cannes (Competition, 2011) | New York (Main Slate, 2011) | Telluride (2011) | Toronto (Special Presentations, 2011)

Aurora

Romania
Cristi Puiu

Lists: Cinema Scope (Special Mention, 2010) | Film Comment (5 - Undistributed, 2010) | New York Times (Dargis, 2011)

Festivals: Cannes (Un Certain Regard, 2010) | New York (Main Slate, 2010) | Rotterdam (Spectrum, 2011)

The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu

Autobiografia lui Nicolae Ceaușescu
Romania
Andrei Ujica

Lists: Cinema Scope (2, 2010) | Film Comment (13, 2011 / 7 - Undistributed, 2010) | New York Times (Dargis, 2011) | Sight & Sound (8, 2010)

Festivals: Cannes (Out of Competition, 2010) | New York (Special Events, 2010) | Rotterdam (Spectrum, 2011) | Toronto (Visions, 2010)

Bridesmaids

USA
Paul Feig

Lists: New York Times (Dargis / Scott, 2011)

A Brighter Summer Day [1991]

Gu ling jie shao nian sha ren shi jian
Taiwan, Japan
Edward Yang

Lists: Film Comment (17, 2011) | New York Times (Scott, 2011)

Cedar Rapids

USA
Miguel Arteta

Lists: New York Times (Scott, 2011)

Festivals: Sundance (Premieres, 2011)

Certified Copy

Copie conforme
France, Italy
Abbas Kiarostami

Lists: Cinema Scope (Special Mention, 2010) | Film Comment (7, 2011 / 9 - Undistributed, 2010)

Festivals: Cannes (Competition, 2010) | New York (Main Slate, 2010)

The Color Wheel

USA
Alex Ross Perry

Lists: Cinema Scope (Special Mention, 2011) | Film Comment (12 - Undistributed, 2011)

Festivals: Locarno (Filmmakers of the Present, 2011)

Contagion

USA
Steven Soderbergh

Lists: New York Times (Dargis, 2011)

Festivals: Venice (Out of Competition, 2011)

A Dangerous Method

UK, Canada, Germany
David Cronenberg

Lists: Film Comment (5, 2011) | New York Times (Dargis / Scott, 2011)

Festivals: New York (Main Slate - Gala, 2011) | Rotterdam (Spectrum, 2012) | Telluride (2011) | Toronto (Gala Presentations, 2011) | Venice (In Competition, 2011)

The Descendants

USA
Alexander Payne

Lists: Film Comment (15, 2011) | New York Times (Scott, 2011)

Festivals: New York (Main Slate - Closing Night, 2011) | Rotterdam (Spectrum, 2012) | Telluride (2011) | Toronto (Special Presentations, 2011)

Dreileben

Germany
Christian Petzold, Dominik Graf, Christoph Hochhäusler

Lists: Cinema Scope (4, 2011) | Film Comment (17 - Undistributed, 2011)

Festivals: Berlin (Forum, 2011) | Locarno (Out of Competition, 2011) | New York (Special Events, 2011) | Toronto (Visions, 2011)

Drive

USA
Nicolas Winding Refn

Lists: Cinema Scope (Special Mention, 2011)

Festivals: Cannes (Competition, 2011) | Locarno (Piazza Grande, 2011) | Toronto (Special Presentations, 2011)

Film Socialisme

Switzerland
Jean-Luc Godard

Lists: Cinema Scope (4, 2010) | Film Comment (11, 2011 / 2 - Undistributed, 2010) | Sight & Sound (8, 2010)

Festivals: Cannes (Un Certain Regard, 2010) | New York (Main Slate, 2010) | Rotterdam (Spectrum, 2011) | Toronto (Masters, 2010)

The Future

Germany, USA
Miranda July

Lists: New York Times (Scott, 2011)

Festivals: Berlin (Competition, 2011) | Sundance (Premieres, 2011)

The Help

USA
Tate Taylor

Lists: New York Times (Scott, 2011)

Hors Satan

France
Bruno Dumont

Lists: Cinema Scope (Special Mention, 2011)

Festivals: Cannes (Un Certain Regard, 2011) | Toronto (Masters, 2011)

House of Tolerance

L’Apollonide—Souvenirs de la maison close
France
Bertrand Bonello

Lists: Cinema Scope (3, 2011)

Festivals: Cannes (Competition, 2011) | Rotterdam (Spectrum, 2012) | Toronto (Visions, 2011)

Hugo

USA
Martin Scorsese

Lists: Film Comment (9, 2011) | New York Times (Dargis, 2011)

Festivals: New York (Work-In-Progress, 2011) | Rotterdam (Regained, 2012)

Incendies

Canada, France
Denis Villeneuve

Lists: New York Times (Scott, 2011)

Festivals: Rotterdam (Spectrum, 2011) | Sundance (Spotlight, 2011) | Telluride (2010) | Toronto (Special Presentations, 2010) | Venice (Venice Days, 2010)

Into the Abyss

USA, UK, Germany
Werner Herzog

Lists: New York Times (Scott, 2011)

Festivals: Telluride (2011) | Toronto (Real to Reel, 2011)

It’s the Earth Not the Moon

É na Terra não é na Lua
Portugal
Gonçalo Tocha

Lists: Cinema Scope (8, 2011)

Festivals: Locarno (Filmmakers of the Present, 2011)

J. Edgar

USA
Clint Eastwood

Lists: New York Times (Dargis, 2011)

Kill List

UK
Ben Wheatley

Lists: Cinema Scope (7, 2011) | Film Comment (8 - Undistributed, 2011)

Festivals: Locarno (Histoire(s) du Cinema, 2012) | Rotterdam (Bright Future, 2012) | Toronto (Midnight Madness, 2011)

Le Havre

Finland, France, Germany
Aki Kaurismäki

Lists: Film Comment (12, 2011) | New York Times (Dargis, 2011)

Festivals: Cannes (Competition, 2011) | Locarno (Piazza Grande, 2011) | New York (Main Slate, 2011) | Rotterdam (Spectrum, 2012) | Telluride (2011) | Toronto (Masters, 2011)

Margaret

USA
Kenneth Lonergan

Lists: Cinema Scope (Special Mention, 2011) | Film Comment (20, 2011)

Margin Call

USA
J.C. Chandor

Lists: New York Times (Scott, 2011)

Festivals: Berlin (Competition, 2011) | Sundance (Premieres, 2011)

Meek's Cutoff

USA
Kelly Reichardt

Lists: Cinema Scope (8, 2010) | Film Comment (8, 2011 / 4 - Undistributed, 2010) | New York Times (Scott, 2011)

Festivals: New York (Main Slate, 2010) | Rotterdam (Return of the Tiger, 2011) | Sundance (Spotlight, 2011) | Toronto (Contemporary World Cinema, 2010) | Venice (In Competition, 2010)

Melancholia

Denmark, Sweden, France, Germany
Lars von Trier

Lists: Film Comment (3, 2011) | New York Times (Dargis, 2011) | Sight & Sound (4, 2011)

Festivals: Cannes (Competition, 2011) | New York (Main Slate, 2011) | Toronto (Special Presentations, 2011)

Midnight in Paris

Spain, USA
Woody Allen

Lists: Film Comment (18, 2011)

Festivals: Cannes (Out of Competition - Opening Film, 2011)

Miss Bala

Mexico
Gerardo Naranjo

Lists: Film Comment (6 - Undistributed, 2011)

Festivals: Cannes (Un Certain Regard, 2011) | New York (Main Slate, 2011) | Rotterdam (Spectrum, 2012) | Toronto (Contemporary World Cinema, 2011)

Moneyball

USA
Bennett Miller

Lists: New York Times (Dargis, 2011)

Festivals: Toronto (Gala Presentations, 2011)

My Joy

Schastye moe
Ukraine, Germany, Netherlands
Sergei Loznitsa

Lists: Film Comment (14 - Undistributed, 2010) | New York Times (Dargis, 2011)

Festivals: Cannes (Competition, 2010) | New York (Main Slate, 2010) | Rotterdam (Spectrum, 2011) | Toronto (Contemporary World Cinema, 2010)

Mysteries of Lisbon

Mistérios de Lisboa
Portugal, France
Raúl Ruiz

Lists: Cinema Scope (3, 2010) | Film Comment (6, 2011 / 6 - Undistributed, 2010) | New York Times (Scott, 2011)

Festivals: New York (Main Slate, 2010) | Rotterdam (Spectrum, 2011) | Toronto (Masters, 2010)

Nostalgia for the Light

Nostalgia de la luz
Chile, France, Germany
Patricio Guzmán

Lists: Film Comment (16, 2011 / 15 - Undistributed, 2010) | Sight & Sound (8, 2010)

Festivals: Cannes (Special Screenings, 2010) | Toronto (Masters, 2010)

Of Gods and Men

Des hommes et des dieux
France
Xavier Beauvois

Lists: Cinema Scope (Special Mention, 2010) | Film Comment (18 - Undistributed, 2010) | New York Times (Dargis, 2011)

Festivals: Cannes (Competition, 2010) | New York (Main Slate, 2010) | Telluride (2010) | Toronto (Contemporary World Cinema, 2010)

Play

Sweden, France, Denmark
Ruben Östlund

Lists: Film Comment (10 - Undistributed, 2011)

Festivals: Cannes (Directors' Fortnight, 2011) | New York (Main Slate, 2011) | Rotterdam (Spectrum, 2012) | Toronto (Visions, 2011)

Poetry

Shi
South Korea
Lee Chang-dong

Lists: Film Comment (10, 2011 / 3 - Undistributed, 2010) | New York Times (Dargis, 2011) | Sight & Sound (8, 2010)

Festivals: Cannes (Competition, 2010) | New York (Main Slate, 2010) | Rotterdam (Spectrum, 2011) | Telluride (2010) | Toronto (Masters, 2010)

Policeman

Ha-shoter
Israel, France
Nadav Lapid

Lists: Cinema Scope (Special Mention, 2011) | Film Comment (11 - Undistributed, 2011)

Festivals: Locarno (International Competition, 2011) | New York (Main Slate, 2011)

Le quattro volte

Italy, Germany, Switzerland
Michelangelo Frammartino

Lists: Cinema Scope (Special Mention, 2010) | Film Comment (14, 2011 / 8 - Undistributed, 2010) | New York Times (Dargis / Scott, 2011) | Sight & Sound (9, 2011)

Festivals: Berlin (Culinary Cinema, 2011) | Cannes (Directors' Fortnight, 2010) | New York (Main Slate, 2010) | Telluride (2010) | Toronto (Visions, 2010)

The Return

USA
Nathaniel Dorsky

Lists: Film Comment (18 - Undistributed, 2011) | New York Times (Dargis, 2011)

Festivals: New York (Views from the Avant-Garde, 2011) | Rotterdam (Spectrum Shorts, 2012) | Toronto (Wavelengths, 2011)

Seeking the Monkey King

USA
Ken Jacobs

Lists: New York Times (Dargis, 2011)

Festivals: New York (Views from the Avant-Garde, 2011)

A Separation

Jodaeiye Nader az Simin
Iran
Asghar Farhadi

Lists: Film Comment (4, 2011) | Sight & Sound (2, 2011)

Festivals: Berlin (Competition, 2011) | New York (Main Slate, 2011) | Telluride (2011) | Toronto (Contemporary World Cinema, 2011)

The Skin I Live In

La piel que habito
Spain
Pedro Almodóvar

Lists: New York Times (Dargis, 2011)

Festivals: Cannes (Competition, 2011) | New York (Main Slate - Gala, 2011) | Toronto (Special Presentations, 2011)

Sleeping Sickness

Schlafkrankheit
Germany, France Netherlands
Ulrich Köhler

Lists: Cinema Scope (9, 2011) | Film Comment (9 - Undistributed, 2011)

Festivals: Berlin (Competition, 2011) | New York (Main Slate, 2011)

Take Shelter

USA
Jeff Nichols

Lists: Cinema Scope (Special Mention, 2011) | Film Comment (19, 2011)

Festivals: Cannes (Critics' Week, 2011) | Sundance (US Dramatic Competition, 2011) | Toronto (Special Presentations, 2011)

Target

Mishen
Russia
Alexander Zeldovich

Lists: Cinema Scope (Special Mention, 2011)

Festivals: Berlin (Panorama, 2011) | Telluride (2011)

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

UK, France, Germany
Tomas Alfredson

Lists: New York Times (Dargis, 2011) | Sight & Sound (10, 2011)

Festivals: Venice (In Competition, 2011)

The Tree of Life

USA
Terrence Malick

Lists: Cinema Scope (6, 2011) | Film Comment (1, 2011) | New York Times (Scott, 2011) | Sight & Sound (1, 2011)

Festivals: Cannes (Competition, 2011)

Tuesday, After Christmas

Marti, dupã Crãciun
Romania
Radu Muntean

Lists: Film Comment (10 - Undistributed, 2010) | New York Times (Scott, 2011)

Festivals: Cannes (Un Certain Regard, 2010) | New York (Main Slate, 2010) | Rotterdam (Spectrum, 2011)

Two Years at Sea

UK
Ben Rivers

Lists: Cinema Scope (Special Mention, 2011) | Film Comment (13 - Undistributed, 2011)

Festivals: New York (Views from the Avant-Garde, 2011) | Rotterdam (Bright Future, 2012) | Venice (Horizons, 2011)

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

Lung Boonmee raluek chat
Thailand, UK, France, Germany
Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Lists: Cinema Scope (1, 2010) | Film Comment (2, 2011 / 1 - Undistributed, 2010) | Sight & Sound (2, 2010)

Festivals: Cannes (Competition, 2010) | New York (Main Slate, 2010) | Toronto (Masters, 2010)

Voluptuous Sleep

USA
Betzy Bromberg

Lists: New York Times (Dargis, 2011)

Festivals: New York (Views from the Avant-Garde, 2011)

War Horse

USA
Steven Spielberg

Lists: New York Times (Scott, 2011)

Warrior

USA
Gavin O'Connor

Lists: New York Times (Dargis / Scott, 2011)

We Need to Talk About Kevin

UK, USA
Lynne Ramsay

Lists: Sight & Sound (8, 2011)

Festivals: Cannes (Competition, 2011) | Toronto (Special Presentations, 2011)

Weekend

UK
Andrew Haigh

Lists: New York Times (Scott, 2011)

Festivals: Rotterdam (Bright Future, 2012)

Winnie the Pooh

USA
Stephen J. Anderson, Don Hall

Lists: New York Times (Scott, 2011)

Wuthering Heights

UK
Andrea Arnold

Lists: Film Comment (20 - Undistributed, 2011)

Festivals: Rotterdam (Spectrum, 2012) | Sundance (Spotlight, 2012) | Toronto (Special Presentations, 2011) | Venice (In Competition, 2011)

Young Adult

USA
Jason Reitman

Lists: New York Times (Scott, 2011)

Festivals: Berlin (Berlinale Special, 2012)