Best Films of the Year 2019

The order and the categorization of the movies are very arbitrary. I don't believe there are any linear value systems to judge what's most beautiful so putting all these different movies in one hierarchical order is very much an injustice to them all. Moreover, I saw most of the movies only once and in many cases it's the first time I see that specific director's work so I might be making a lot of hasty judgements. This isn't meant to be a list of the best movies made in 2019, but a list of the new films that are still in the festival circuit or in theatres that I've seen in 2019. I'd like to think of it as a diary of sorts, which is partly why I rarely go back and change my lists for previous years, even if I feel I was completely wrong about it at the time, nor do I add movies to my previous lists. I keep the movies I was involved with out of the list. So, here it is, the new movies I liked in 2019:


Very Good
  • I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians / Radu Jude
  • Ne Croyez Surtout Pas Que Je Hurle (Just Don't Think I'll Scream) / Frank Beauvais
Good
  • Chained for Life / Aaron Schimberg
  • Une rose ouverte / Warda (An Open Rose) / Ghassan Salhab
  • Gulyabani / Gürcan Keltek 
  • Ash Is Purest White / Jia Zhang Ke

Memorable Screenings of Older Films (in a very arbitrary order of preference)
  • Fuji (1973) / Robert Breer (if my memory serves well, it's a pale 16mm print at the Light Cone screening at Studio des Ursulines)
  • Water Sark (1965) / Joyce Wieland (beautiful 16mm at the Light Cone screening at Studio des Ursulines)
  • Chronographies (1982) / Jean-Michel Bouhours (16mm at the Light Cone screening at Luminor Hôtel de Ville)
  • La mujer sin cabeza (Headless Woman) (2008) / Lucrecia Martel (gorgeous 35mm print at Cinéma Les 3 Luxembourg)
  • Rat Life and Diet in North America (1969) / Joyce Wieland (beautiful 16mm at the Light Cone screening at Studio des Ursulines)
  • Perceval le Gallois (1978) / Eric Rohmer (nice DCP restoration at Cinémathèque Française)
  • Une simple histoire (1958) / Marcel Hanoun (beautiful 35mm print at Cinéma L'Archipel)
  • La Marquise d'O... (1975) / Eric Rohmer (nice DCP restoration at Cinémathèque Française) 
  • Peggy's Blue Skylight (1964) / Joyce Wieland (beautiful 16mm at the Light Cone screening at Studio des Ursulines)
  • Les Amours d'Astrée et de Céladon (2006) / Eric Rohmer (beautiful 35mm print at Cinémathèque Française)

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