The Best of VIFF 2010 10/17/2010
I saved one last film to cover, and it just so happens to be the best film to have played at the festival, so I can just combine it into this wrap-up...
The Top 5 Films
1. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand/Germany/Spain/France/UK)
I will not being going in depth here, as I plan to write on extensively on this film in the future, but the best film of the festival, to my mind, was Apichatpong's Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives. This doesn't necessarily come as a surprise as the Palme d'Or winning film is made by my second favourite filmmaker, but the film itself is still surprising. Nothing can quite prepare someone for the strange journey that Uncle Boonmee provides. Complete with monkey ghosts and talking catfish, the film goes to weirder places than Apichatpong's already atypical earlier films, yet feels just as quiet and personal. Audacious and in its absurdity and moving with its boundless spirituality, Uncle Boonmee is nothing short of the best film of the year.
2. The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu (Andrei Ujica, Romania)
3. Karamay (Xu Xin, China)
4. Carlos (Olivier Assayas, France/Germany)
5. Aurora (Cristi Puiu, Romania/Switzerland/Germany/France)
Honourable Mentions: HaHaHa, Certified Copy, I Wish I Knew, The Illusionist, The Strange Case of Angelica
& a special mention to the surprisingly affecting L.A. Zombie