Allan has worked for Screen International since 1990 as a film critic and features writer. He is based in Edinburgh and is also co-director of Glasgow Film Festival.

Allan Hunter

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Top Five

  1. Son Of Saul
    Laszlo Nemes

    You may feel the world really doesn’t need another film about the horrors of the concentration camps, but Nemes’ Son Of Saul silences any reservations. It is an immersive, unsettling and relentlessly visceral experience. Your heart races, your breath stops and all your senses feel under assault. You are Saul and you are a Sonderkommando in Auschwitz in 1944, not quite sure which way to turn, what you are hearing or what you are glimpsing out of the corner of your eye. Saul’s obsessive quest to provide a child with a proper burial provides the last vestige of humanity in this nightmare. The nimble, muscular cinematography from Matyas Erdely plays a key role in establishing that sense of complete chaos. His work on Son Of Saul and James White has made him one of the talking points of 2015. An extraordinary debut from Nemes that stands as the most haunting, harrowing film of the year.

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  2. The Assassin
    Dir Hou Hsiao-hsien
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  3. 45 Years
    Dir Andrew Haigh
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  4. Slow West
    John Maclean
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  5. Mountains May Depart
    Dir Jia Zhangke
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Best Documentary

the fear of 13

The Fear Of 13
David Sington

The Fear Of 13 underlines the notion that all you need for a compelling documentary is a great story. Stark simplicity is the strength of a film in which a convicted felon sits down calmly and tells us the story of his extraordinary life. Part confessional, part one-man show and completely spellbinding.


Best UK Film

45 years

45 Years
Andrew Haigh

Haigh is maturing into one of the UK’s finest directors, and 45 Years shows him to be a master of subtle understatement and acute observation, as we witness the flaws in a lifelong relationship crack open. Charlotte Rampling’s study of devastation and horror deserves some Oscar attention.

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Undiscovered Gem

Paths Of The Soul

Paths Of The Soul
Zhang Yang

Paths Of The Soul (Kang Rinpoche) may have screened at Toronto but this breathtaking film still seems to have slipped under the radar. The story of Tibetan villagers on a 1,200-mile “bowingpilgrimage” to Lhasa transforms a remarkable act of devotion into a truly epic tale of faith and endurance.

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