2015

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

45 Years

UK
Andrew Haigh

Lists: Sight & Sound (7, 2015)

Festivals: Berlin (Competition, 2015) | Toronto (Special Presentations, 2015)

88:88

Canada
Isiah Medina

Lists: Cinema Scope (Special Mention, 2015) | Film Comment (15 - Undistributed, 2015)

Festivals: Locarno (Signs of Life, 2015) | New York (Projections, 2015) | Toronto (Wavelengths, 2015)

The Academy of Muses

La academia de las musas
Spain
José Luis Guerin

Lists: Film Comment (4 - Undistributed, 2015)

Festivals: Locarno (Signs of Life, 2015)

Afternoon

Na ri xia wu
Taiwan
Tsai Ming-liang

Lists: Film Comment (18 - Undistributed, 2015)

Festivals: Toronto (Wavelengths, 2015)

Amy

UK, USA
Asif Kapadia

Lists: Sight & Sound (9, 2015)

Festivals: Cannes (Midnight Projections, 2015)

Anomalisa

USA
Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson

Lists: Film Comment (12, 2015) | New York Times (5 - Scott, 2015) | Sight & Sound (11, 2015)

Festivals: Toronto (Special Presentations, 2015)

Arabian Nights

As 1001 Noites
Portugal, France, Germany, Switzerland
Miguel Gomes

Lists: Cinema Scope (2, 2015) | Film Comment (5, 2015) | Sight & Sound (4, 2015)

Festivals: Cannes (Directors' Fortnight, 2015) | New York (Main Slate, 2015) | Toronto (Wavelengths, 2015)

The Assassin

Nie Yinniang
Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, France
Hou Hsiao-hsien

Lists: Cinema Scope (3, 2015) | Film Comment (2, 2015) | New York Times (1 - Dargis, 2015) | Sight & Sound (1, 2015)

Festivals: Cannes (Competition, 2015) | New York (Main Slate, 2015) | Toronto (Masters, 2015)

The Big Short

USA
Adam McKay

Lists: New York Times (9 - Dargis / 3 - Scott, 2015)

Bridge of Spies

USA
Steven Spielberg

Lists: Film Comment (20, 2015) | New York Times (3 - Dargis, 2015)

Festivals: New York (Main Slate, 2015)

Bring Me the Head of Tim Horton

Canada
Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson

Lists: Cinema Scope (Special Mention, 2015)

Festivals: Berlin (Forum Expanded, 2016) | New York (Special Events, 2015) | Toronto (Wavelengths, 2015)

Brooklyn

UK, Ireland, Canada
John Crowley

Lists: Film Comment (18, 2015)

Festivals: New York (Main Slate, 2015) | Sundance (Premieres, 2015) | Toronto (Special Presentations, 2015)

Carol

UK, USA
Todd Haynes

Lists: Cinema Scope (Special Mention, 2015) | Film Comment (1, 2015) | New York Times (4 - Dargis / 5 - Scott, 2015) | Sight & Sound (2, 2015)

Festivals: Cannes (Competition, 2015) | New York (Main Slate, 2015)

Cemetery of Splendor

Rak Ti Khon Kaen
Thailand, UK, France, Germany, Malaysia
Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Lists: Cinema Scope (1, 2015) | Sight & Sound (5, 2015)

Festivals: Cannes (Un Certain Regard, 2015) | New York (Main Slate, 2015) | Sundance (Spotlight, 2016) | Toronto (Masters, 2015)

Chevalier

Greece
Athina Rachel Tsangari

Lists: Cinema Scope (Special Mention, 2015) | Film Comment (2 - Undistributed, 2015)

Festivals: Locarno (International Competition, 2015) | New York (Special Events, 2015) | Toronto (Contemporary World Cinema, 2015)

Clouds of Sils Maria

Sils Maria
France, Germany, Switzerland
Olivier Assayas

Lists: Film Comment (4, 2015)

Festivals: Cannes (Competition, 2014) | Locarno (Piazza Grande, 2014) | New York (Main Slate, 2014) | Toronto (Special Presentations, 2014)

Cosmos

Portugal, France
Andrzej Żuławski

Lists: Film Comment (6 - Undistributed, 2015)

Festivals: Locarno (International Competition, 2015)

Creed

USA
Ryan Coogler

Lists: New York Times (9 - Scott, 2015)

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

USA
Marielle Heller

Lists: Film Comment (19, 2015) | New York Times (8 - Dargis, 2015)

Festivals: Berlin (Generation, 2015) | Sundance (US Dramatic Competition, 2015)

Don't Blink - Robert Frank

USA
Laura Israel

Lists: Film Comment (5 - Undistributed, 2015)

Festivals: Berlin (Panorama, 2016) | New York (Main Slate, 2015)

The End of the Tour

USA
James Ponsoldt

Festivals: Sundance (Premieres, 2015)

The Forbidden Room

Canada
Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson

Lists: Cinema Scope (4, 2015)

Festivals: Berlin (Forum, 2015) | New York (Main Slate, 2015) | Sundance (New Frontier, 2015) | Toronto (Wavelengths, 2015)

Girlhood

Bande de filles
France
Céline Sciamma

Lists: Sight & Sound (14, 2015)

Festivals: Cannes (Directors' Fortnight, 2014) | Sundance (Spotlight, 2015) | Toronto (Contemporary World Cinema, 2014)

Happy Hour

Happî awâ
Japan
Ryusuke Hamaguchi

Lists: Film Comment (8 - Undistributed, 2015)

Festivals: Locarno (International Competition, 2015)

Hard to Be a God

Trudno byt' bogom
Russia
Aleksei German

Lists: Film Comment (11, 2015) | Sight & Sound (14, 2015)

Heart of a Dog

USA
Laurie Anderson

Lists: New York Times (4 - Scott, 2015)

Festivals: New York (Special Events, 2015) | Toronto (Docs, 2015)

Horse Money

Cavalo dinheiro
Portugal
Pedro Costa

Lists: Cinema Scope (1, 2014) | Film Comment (15, 2015) | Sight & Sound (3, 2014 / 19, 2015)

Festivals: Locarno (International Competition, 2014) | New York (Main Slate, 2014) | Toronto (Wavelengths, 2014)

In Jackson Heights

USA
Frederick Wiseman

Lists: Film Comment (13, 2015) | New York Times (5 - Dargis, 2015)

Festivals: New York (Spotlight on Documentary, 2015) | Toronto (Docs, 2015)

In the Shadow of Women

L'Ombre des femmes
France
Philippe Garrel

Lists: Cinema Scope (Special Mention, 2015)

Festivals: Cannes (Directors' Fortnight, 2015) | New York (Main Slate, 2015) | Toronto (Masters, 2015)

Inside Out

USA
Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen

Lists: Film Comment (9, 2015) | New York Times (2 - Scott, 2015) | Sight & Sound (14, 2015)

Festivals: Cannes (Out of Competition, 2015)

It Follows

USA
David Mitchell

Lists: Sight & Sound (11, 2015)

Festivals: Cannes (Critics' Week, 2014) | Sundance (Park City at Midnight, 2015) | Toronto (Midnight, 2014)

Jauja

Argentina, USA, Netherlands, France, Mexico
Lisandro Alonso

Lists: Cinema Scope (4, 2014) | Film Comment (16, 2015) | Sight & Sound (9, 2014)

Festivals: Cannes (Un Certain Regard, 2014) | New York (Main Slate, 2014) | Toronto (Wavelengths, 2014)

Journey to the Shore

Kishibe no tabi
Japan, France
Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Lists: Film Comment (7 - Undistributed, 2015)

Festivals: Cannes (Un Certain Regard, 2015) | New York (Main Slate, 2015) | Toronto (Contemporary World Cinema, 2015)

Kaili Blues

Lu bian ye can
China
Bi Gan

Lists: Cinema Scope (10, 2015) | Film Comment (11 - Undistributed, 2015)

Festivals: Locarno (Filmmakers of the Present, 2015)

The Look of Silence

Senyap
Denmark, Indonesia, Norway, Finland, UK
Joshua Oppenheimer

Lists: Film Comment (10, 2015) | Sight & Sound (18, 2014 / 19, 2015)

Festivals: Berlin (Berlinale Special, 2015) | New York (Spotlight on Documentary, 2014) | Toronto (Docs, 2014)

Lost and Beautiful

Bella e perduta
Italy
Pietro Marcello

Lists: Cinema Scope (7, 2015) | Film Comment (9 - Undistributed, 2015)

Festivals: Locarno (International Competition, 2015) | Toronto (Wavelengths, 2015)

Mad Max: Fury Road

Australia, USA
George Miller

Lists: Film Comment (3, 2015) | New York Times (1 - Dargis / 8 - Scott, 2015) | Sight & Sound (3, 2015)

Festivals: Cannes (Out of Competition, 2015)

The Martian

USA
Ridley Scott

Lists: New York Times (6 - Dargis, 2015)

Festivals: New York (Special Events, 2015) | Toronto (Gala Presentations, 2015)

Microbe & Gasoline

Microbe et gasoil
France
Michel Gondry

Lists: Film Comment (16 - Undistributed, 2015)

Festivals: New York (Main Slate, 2015)

Minotaur

Minotauro
Mexico, Canada
Nicolás Pereda

Lists: Film Comment (10 - Undistributed, 2015)

Festivals: New York (Projections, 2015) | Toronto (Wavelengths, 2015)

El Movimiento

Argentina, South Korea
Benjamin Naishtat

Lists: Film Comment (14 - Undistributed, 2015)

Festivals: Locarno (Filmmakers of the Present, 2015)

No Home Movie

Belgium, France
Chantal Akerman

Lists: Cinema Scope (8, 2015) | Sight & Sound (6, 2015)

Festivals: Locarno (International Competition, 2015) | New York (Main Slate, 2015) | Toronto (Wavelengths, 2015)

Of the North

Canada
Dominic Gagnon

Lists: Film Comment (19 - Undistributed, 2015)

Pervert Park

Sweden, Denmark
Frida Barkfors, Lasse Barkfors

Lists: Film Comment (17 - Undistributed, 2015)

Festivals: Sundance (World Cinema Documentary Competition, 2015)

Phoenix

Germany
Christian Petzold

Lists: Cinema Scope (5, 2014) | Film Comment (8, 2015) | Sight & Sound (13, 2015)

Festivals: Toronto (Special Presentations, 2014)

Results

USA
Andrew Bujalski

Lists: New York Times (10 - Scott, 2015)

Festivals: Sundance (US Dramatic Competition, 2015)

Right Now, Wrong Then

Jigeumeun matgo geuttaeneun tteullida
South Korea
Hong Sang-soo

Lists: Cinema Scope (5, 2015) | Film Comment (1 - Undistributed, 2015)

Festivals: Locarno (International Competition, 2015) | New York (Main Slate, 2015) | Toronto (Masters, 2015)

Sixty Six

USA
Lewis Klahr

Lists: Film Comment (12 - Undistributed, 2015) | New York Times (10 - Dargis, 2015)

The Sky Trembles and the Earth Is Afraid and the Two Eyes Are Not Brothers

UK
Ben Rivers

Lists: Film Comment (3 - Undistributed, 2015)

Festivals: Locarno (International Competition, 2015) | New York (Projections, 2015) | Toronto (Wavelengths, 2015)

The Smell of Us

France
Larry Clark

Lists: Film Comment (20 - Undistributed, 2015)

Son of Saul

Saul fia
Hungary
László Nemes

Lists: Film Comment (14, 2015) | Sight & Sound (8, 2015)

Festivals: Cannes (Competition, 2015) | New York (Film Comment Presents, 2015) | Toronto (Special Presentations, 2015)

Spotlight

USA
Tom McCarthy

Lists: Film Comment (7, 2015) | New York Times (3 - Scott, 2015)

Festivals: Toronto (Special Presentations, 2015)

Tangerine

USA
Sean Baker

Lists: Film Comment (17, 2015) | Sight & Sound (14, 2015)

Festivals: Sundance (Next, 2015)

Taxi

Iran
Jafar Panahi

Lists: New York Times (6 - Scott, 2015) | Sight & Sound (14, 2015)

Festivals: Berlin (Competition, 2015) | Toronto (Masters, 2015)

Timbuktu

France, Mauritania
Abderrahmane Sissako

Lists: Film Comment (6, 2015) | New York Times (1 - Scott, 2015)

Festivals: Cannes (Competition, 2014) | New York (Main Slate, 2014) | Toronto (Masters, 2014)

The Treasure

Comoara
Romania, France
Corneliu Porumboiu

Lists: Cinema Scope (9, 2015)

Festivals: Cannes (Un Certain Regard, 2015) | New York (Main Slate, 2015) | Toronto (Contemporary World Cinema, 2015)

Visit, or Memories and Confessions [1982]

Visita ou Memórias e Confissões
Portugal
Manoel de Oliveira

Lists: Cinema Scope (6, 2015) | Film Comment (13 - Undistributed, 2015)

Festivals: Cannes (Special screening, 2015) | New York (Revivals, 2015)

Welcome to Me

USA
Shira Piven

Lists: New York Times (10 - Scott, 2015)

Festivals: Toronto (Special Presentations, 2014)