2012

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, Sundance, Telluride, and Toronto film festivals is noted.

Films

Amour

France, Germany, Austria
Michael Haneke

Lists: Film Comment (5, 2012) | New York Times (Dargis / 1 - Scott, 2012) | Sight & Sound (3, 2012)

Festivals: Cannes (Competition, 2012) | New York (Main Slate, 2012) | Toronto (Masters, 2012)

Araf - Somewhere in Between

Araf
Turkey, France, Germany
Yeşim Ustaoğlu

Lists: Film Comment (19 - Undistributed, 2012)

Festivals: New York (Main Slate, 2012)

Barbara

Germany
Christian Petzold

Lists: Cinema Scope (Special Mention, 2012) | Film Comment (16, 2012)

Festivals: Berlin (Competition, 2012) | New York (Main Slate, 2012) | Toronto (Contemporary World Cinema, 2012)

Beasts of the Southern Wild

USA
Benh Zeitlin

Lists: Film Comment (14, 2012) | New York Times (3 - Scott, 2012) | Sight & Sound (5, 2012)

Festivals: Cannes (Un Certain Regard, 2012) | Sundance (US Dramatic Competition, 2012)

Berberian Sound Studio

UK
Peter Strickland

Lists: Sight & Sound (5, 2012)

Festivals: Locarno (International Competition, 2012) | New York (Midnight Movies, 2012) | Toronto (Vanguard, 2012)

Bernie

USA
Richard Linklater

Lists: Film Comment (13, 2012)

Bestiaire

Canada, France
Denis Côté

Lists: Cinema Scope (Special Mention, 2012)

Festivals: Berlin (Forum, 2012) | Sundance (New Frontier, 2012) | Toronto (Wavelengths, 2012)

Beyond the Hills

După dealuri
Romania, France, Belgium
Cristian Mungiu

Lists: Sight & Sound (8, 2012)

Festivals: Cannes (Competition, 2012) | New York (Main Slate, 2012) | Toronto (Masters, 2012)

Bwakaw

Philippines
Jun Robles Lana

Lists: Film Comment (5 - Undistributed, 2012)

Festivals: New York (Main Slate, 2012) | Toronto (Contemporary World Cinema, 2012)

Camille Rewinds

Camille redouble
France
Noémie Lvovsky

Lists: Film Comment (13 - Undistributed, 2012)

Festivals: Cannes (Directors' Fortnight, 2012) | Locarno (Piazza Grande, 2012) | New York (Main Slate, 2012)

The Central Park Five

USA
Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon

Lists: New York Times (5 [Documentary] - Scott, 2012)

Festivals: Cannes (Special Screenings, 2012) | Toronto (Docs, 2012)

Cosmopolis

Canada, France
David Cronenberg

Lists: Cinema Scope (Special Mention, 2012) | Film Comment (15, 2012) | Sight & Sound (8, 2012)

Festivals: Cannes (Competition, 2012)

The Deep Blue Sea

UK, USA
Terence Davies

Lists: Film Comment (12, 2012 / 19 - Undistributed, 2011) | New York Times (Dargis, 2012)

Festivals: Toronto (Special Presentations, 2011)

differently, Molussia

autrement, la Molussie
France
Nicolas Rey

Lists: Cinema Scope (8, 2012) | Film Comment (7 - Undistributed, 2012)

Festivals: Berlin (Forum Expanded, 2012) | New York (Views From the Avant-Garde, 2012) | Toronto (Wavelengths, 2012)

Django Unchained

USA
Quentin Tarantino

Lists: Cinema Scope (5, 2012) | New York Times (7 - Scott, 2012)

Dormant Beauty

Bella addormentata
Italy, France
Marco Bellocchio

Lists: Film Comment (11 - Undistributed, 2012)

Festivals: Toronto (Special Presentations, 2012)

Everybody in Our Family

Toata lumea din familia noastra
Romania, Netherlands
Radu Jude

Lists: Film Comment (16 - Undistributed, 2012)

Festivals: Berlin (Forum, 2012)

The Extravagant Shadows

USA
David Gatten

Lists: Film Comment (9 - Undistributed, 2012)

Festivals: New York (Views From the Avant-Garde, 2012)

Far From Afghanistan

USA
John Gianvito, Travis Wilkerson, Jon Jost, Minda Martin, Soon-mi Yoo

Lists: Film Comment (12 - Undistributed, 2012)

Festivals: Locarno (Out of Competition, 2012)

First Cousin Once Removed

USA
Alan Berliner

Lists: Film Comment (3 - Undistributed, 2012)

Festivals: New York (Main Slate, 2012)

Footnote

He'arat shulayim
Israel
Joseph Cedar

Lists: Film Comment (7 - Undistributed, 2011) | New York Times (4 - Scott, 2012)

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

The Gatekeepers

Shomerei ha’saf
Israel, France, Germany, Belgium
Dror Moreh

Lists: New York Times (Dargis / 1 [Documentary] - Scott, 2012)

Festivals: New York (Main Slate, 2012) | Sundance (Spotlight, 2013) | Toronto (Docs, 2012)

Gebo and the Shadow

Gebo et l'ombre
Portugal, France
Manoel de Oliveira

Lists: Film Comment (6 - Undistributed, 2012)

Festivals: Toronto (Masters, 2012)

Goodbye First Love

Un amour de jeunesse
France, Germany
Mia Hansen-Løve

Lists: Film Comment (15 - Undistributed, 2011) | New York Times (8 - Scott, 2012)

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

Greatest Hits

Los mejores temas
Mexico, Canada, Netherlands
Nicolás Pereda

Lists: Film Comment (14 - Undistributed, 2012)

Festivals: Locarno (International Competition, 2012)

The Grey

USA
Joe Carnahan

Lists: New York Times (10 - Scott, 2012)

Hannah Arendt

Germany
Margarethe von Trotta

Lists: Film Comment (18 - Undistributed, 2012) | New York Times (8 - Scott, 2013)

Festivals: Toronto (Special Presentations, 2012)

Holy Motors

France, Germany
Leos Carax

Lists: Cinema Scope (3, 2012) | Film Comment (1, 2012) | New York Times (Dargis, 2012) | Sight & Sound (4, 2012)

Festivals: Cannes (Competition, 2012) | Locarno (Leos Carax Tribute, 2012) | New York (Main Slate, 2012)

How to Survive a Plague

USA
David France

Lists: New York Times (3 [Documentary] - Scott, 2012)

Festivals: Sundance (US Documentary Competition, 2012)

In Another Country

Da-reun na-ra-e-suh
South Korea
Hong Sang-soo

Lists: Cinema Scope (Special Mention, 2012)

Festivals: Cannes (Competition, 2012) | Toronto (Masters, 2012)

The Kid with a Bike

Le gamin au vélo
Belgium, France, Italy
Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne

Lists: Cinema Scope (10, 2011) | Film Comment (7, 2012 / 4 - Undistributed, 2011) | Sight & Sound (3, 2011)

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

The Last Time I Saw Macao

A última vez que vi Macau
Portugal, France
João Pedro Rodrigues, João Rui Guerra da Mata

Lists: Cinema Scope (7, 2012)

Festivals: Locarno (International Competition, 2012) | New York (Main Slate, 2012) | Toronto (Wavelengths, 2012)

Leviathan

UK, USA, France
Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Véréna Paravel

Lists: Cinema Scope (1, 2012) | Film Comment (6, 2013)

Festivals: Berlin (Forum Expanded, 2013) | Locarno (International Competition, 2012) | New York (Main Slate, 2012) | Toronto (Wavelengths, 2012)

Lincoln

USA
Steven Spielberg

Lists: Film Comment (9, 2012) | New York Times (2 - Scott, 2012)

The Loneliest Planet

USA, Germany
Julia Loktev

Lists: Film Comment (17, 2012 / 5 - Undistributed, 2011)

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

The Master

USA
Paul Thomas Anderson

Lists: Cinema Scope (4, 2012) | Film Comment (2, 2012) | New York Times (Dargis / 5 - Scott, 2012) | Sight & Sound (1, 2012)

Festivals: Toronto (Special Presentations, 2012)

Memories Look at Me

Ji yi wang zhe wo
China
Song Fang

Lists: Film Comment (2 - Undistributed, 2012)

Festivals: Locarno (Filmmakers of the Present, 2012) | New York (Main Slate, 2012)

Moonrise Kingdom

USA
Wes Anderson

Lists: Cinema Scope (10, 2012) | Film Comment (3, 2012) | New York Times (Dargis, 2012) | Sight & Sound (7, 2012)

Festivals: Cannes (Competition - Opening Film, 2012)

Neighboring Sounds

O som ao redor
Brazil
Kleber Mendonça Filho

Lists: Cinema Scope (9, 2012) | Film Comment (20, 2012) | New York Times (9 - Scott, 2012)

Festivals: Locarno (Jury Films, 2012)

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

Bir zamanlar Anadolu'da
Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Lists: Cinema Scope (5, 2011) | Film Comment (8, 2012 / 3 - Undistributed, 2011) | New York Times (Dargis, 2012) | Sight & Sound (8, 2012 / 6, 2011)

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

Oslo, August 31st

Oslo, 31. august
Norway
Joachim Trier

Lists: Film Comment (19, 2012)

Festivals: Cannes (Un Certain Regard, 2011) | Sundance (Spotlight, 2012) | Toronto (Vanguard, 2011)

Our Children

À perdre la raison
Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland
Joachim Lafosse

Lists: Film Comment (1 - Undistributed, 2012)

Festivals: Cannes (Un Certain Regard, 2012) | New York (Main Slate, 2012)

Perret in France and Algeria

Perret in Frankreich und Algerien
Germany
Heinz Emigholz

Lists: Film Comment (8 - Undistributed, 2012)

Festivals: Locarno (Out of Competition, 2012) | Toronto (Wavelengths, 2012)

The Queen of Versailles

USA
Lauren Greenfield

Lists: New York Times (2 [Documentary] - Scott, 2012)

Festivals: Sundance (US Documentary Competition, 2012)

Room 237

USA
Rodney Ascher

Lists: Cinema Scope (Special Mention, 2012)

Festivals: Cannes (Directors' Fortnight, 2012) | Locarno (Histoire(s) du Cinema, 2012) | New York (Cinema Reflected, 2012) | Sundance (New Frontier, 2012) | Toronto (Vanguard, 2012)

Searching for Sugar Man

Sweden, UK
Malik Bendjelloul

Lists: New York Times (Dargis, 2012)

Festivals: Sundance (World Cinema Documentary Competition, 2012)

Shepard & Dark

USA
Treva Wurmfeld

Lists: Film Comment (17 - Undistributed, 2012)

Festivals: Toronto (Docs, 2012)

Silver Linings Playbook

USA
David O. Russell

Lists: Film Comment (18, 2012) | New York Times (Dargis, 2012)

Festivals: Toronto (Gala Presentations, 2012)

small roads

USA
James Benning

Lists: Film Comment (15 - Undistributed, 2012)

Festivals: New York (Views From the Avant-Garde, 2012)

Tabu

Portugal, Germany, Brazil, France
Miguel Gomes

Lists: Cinema Scope (2, 2012) | Film Comment (11, 2012) | Sight & Sound (2, 2012)

Festivals: Berlin (Competition, 2012) | New York (Main Slate, 2012) | Toronto (Wavelengths, 2012)

This Is Not a Film

In film nist
Iran
Jafar Panahi, Mojtaba Mirtahmasb

Lists: Cinema Scope (1, 2011) | Film Comment (4, 2012 / 1 - Undistributed, 2011) | New York Times (4 [Documentary] - Scott, 2012) | Sight & Sound (8, 2012 / 10, 2011)

Festivals: Cannes (Special Screenings, 2011) | New York (Main Slate, 2011) | Toronto (Masters, 2011)

Three Sisters

San zimei
Hong Kong, France
Wang Bing

Lists: Film Comment (10 - Undistributed, 2012)

Festivals: Toronto (Wavelengths, 2012)

Thursday Till Sunday

De jueves a domingo
Chile, Netherlands
Dominga Sotomayor

Lists: Film Comment (20 - Undistributed, 2012)

The Turin Horse

A torinói ló
Hungary, France, Germany, Switzerland
Béla Tarr, Ágnes Hranitzky

Lists: Cinema Scope (2, 2011) | Film Comment (6, 2012 / 2 - Undistributed, 2011) | Sight & Sound (6, 2011)

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

Viola

Argentina
Matías Piñeiro

Lists: Cinema Scope (6, 2012)

Festivals: Berlin (Forum, 2013) | Toronto (Wavelengths, 2012)

When Night Falls

Wo hai you hua yao shou
South Korea, China
Ying Liang

Lists: Film Comment (4 - Undistributed, 2012)

Festivals: Locarno (International Competition, 2012) | Toronto (Wavelengths, 2012)

Zero Dark Thirty

USA
Kathryn Bigelow

Lists: Film Comment (10, 2012) | New York Times (Dargis / 6 - Scott, 2012)