Jan 3, 2020

Cinematic Favorites of December

Given that I have already published the lists of both favorite features and shorts I watched last year, citing December darlings may feel a bit redundant, but I'm doing it anyway in order not to break the chain of monthly reviews. This top 10 encompasses, inter alia, a couple of oldies which I haven't been familiar with prior to 2019 - the directorial debut, Holy Sand, from Serbian poet Miroslav 'Mika' Antić, and a blast from the Estonian past, Madness (originally, Hullumeelsus) - a visually eloquent, Nouvelle Vague-esque satire of the Soviet regime packed as a darkly humorous mystery set in a remote asylum of an unspecified country under the Nazi-occupation during the WWII.

Still from Kino Clinic (2019)

1. Kino Clinic (Jann Clavadetscher, 2019)
2. The Lighthouse (Robert Eggers, 2019)
3. Pig (Mani Haghighi, 2018)
4. Little Joe (Jessica Hausner, 2019)
5. Madness (Kaljo Kiisk, 1968)
6. Holy Sand (Miroslav Antić, 1968) 
7. Beanpole (Kantemir Balagov, 2019)
8. I Lost My Body (Jérémy Clapin, 2019)
9. Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Céline Sciamma, 2019)
10. The Forest of Love (Sion Sono, 2019)

Still from Madness (1968)

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