127 Hours, Dir. Danny Boyle: gripping, adventurous film-making and headline grabbing drama from Oscar-winning Danny Boyle.
Another Year, Dir. Mike Leigh: a virtuoso, London-set exploration of family and friendship from Mike Leigh.
Archipelago, Dir. Joanna Hogg: Joanna Hogg’s follow up to ‘Unrelated’ serves as a worthy companion piece to her brilliant and acclaimed debut.
Black Swan, Dir. Darren Aronofsky: a sophisticated psychological thriller set in the milieu of the New York Ballet.
How I Ended This Summer, Dir. Alexei Popogrebsky: a taut psychological drama set against a striking polar landscape.
The King’s Speech, Dir. Tom Hooper: the fascinating story of the relationship between King George VI and an unconventional Australian speech therapist.
Meek’s Cutoff, Dir. Kelly Reichardt: an absorbing and beautifully composed western, set on the Oregon trail in the 1840s.
Never Let Me Go, Dir. Mark Romanek: a haunting story of love and loss based on Kazuo Ishiguro’s best-selling novel.
The Sleeping Beauty, Dir. Catherine Breillat: Catherine Breillat offers a dazzling, subversive exploration of fairy tales, dream and the mysteries of the female imagination.
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, Dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul: Apichatpong’s fabulous Palme d’Or winner uses a gathering of humans and ghosts around a dying man as the springboard for amazing memories and fantasies.
Of Gods and Men, Dir. Xavier Beauvois: Lambert Wilson and Michel Lonsdale head a superb cast in Xavier Beauvois’ gripping and provocative drama set in a monastery in North Africa.
Guess which movie I would like to win this year? No it is definitely not our beloved “Uncle Boonmee”. After seeing the list of the competing films, I could not help rooting for “Never Let Me Go”. I love the novel and especially the movie version directed by one of my favorite film makers. It is, to me, just like a match made in heaven.