Fionnuala is Screen International‘s chief film critic and reviews editor. She has more than 20 years’ experience as a film writer and critic.
- 45 Years
Dir Andrew Haigh
The performances, the story, the visualisation: they made it look easy, but 45 Years is a delicate chamber piece told with impressive skill. Haigh didn’t have to dig into the flashy cinematic toybox to tell us just how precarious — hollow, even — are the foundations on which we build our everyday lives. Charlotte Rampling delivers one of cinema’s great performances, ably supported by Tom Courtenay. In his own quiet, intimate way, Haigh has become one of the UK’s most exciting directorial prospects, transitioning easily from Weekend to a larger, yet still intimate canvas.
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- Son Of Saul
Dir Laszlo Nemes
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- Taxi Tehran
Dir Jafar Panahi
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Dir Sean Baker
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- The Big Short
Dir Adam McKay
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My Nazi Legacy
Dir David Evans
A fantastic year for documentaries. My Nazi Legacy is first among equals (Amy, Behemoth, Palio, Cartel Land) because the story itself is so exceptional. Visually, this is a no-frills affair but, as two sons of murdering Nazis tell their stories, we drill down into the core of what responsibility we should assume for the deeds of our parents and how blind we can be to our own past.
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Best UK Film
Dir Terence Davies
An epic, big-screen seducer from Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s cherished novel. Davies paints a large but incredibly detailed canvas, andSunset Song is classic, romantic storytelling with the tell-tale signature of a master film-maker. Each scene is pure perfection; Agyness Deyn holds the screen.
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Dir Tom Browne
This tiny, special UK drama — shot for $200,000 — about an elderly couple who live in a prison of their own clutter, and their relationship with their middle-aged son, was made in the director’s own home. Radiator bounces off the walls of guilt and duty, caught up in the mysteries of the past.
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