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These are the 10 best films of 2015, according to Knack Focus

Cinema is dead? Long live the cinema! The best of what the year in cinema 2015 had to offer, of furious joyrides to Hungarian Holocaustdreunen.

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The Duke of Burgundy (Peter Strickland), It Follows (David Robert Mitchell), Whiplash (Damien Chazelle), Adieu au langage (Jean-Luc Godard), Arabian Nights (Miguel Gomes), Sicario (Denis Villeneuve), The Lobster (Yorgos Lanthimos), Inside Out (Pete Docter), Amy (Asif Kapadia), La loi du marché (Stéphane Brizé), Phoenix (Christian Petzold), Citizenfour (Laura Poitras), Turist (Ruben Ostlund), Ixcanul (Jayro Bustamante), Bridge of Spies (Steven Spielberg), plus our below mentioned top 10 of 2015.

The list of hit movies also seems to be this year as long as Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975), the thick, three-hour masterpiece of the late Chantal Akerman, our Woman of the Year. These are all movies that proved that cinema is still art direction ” may be more embracing than stories told by talking heads in close-up.

There was no use in complaining about diversity. Action, comedy, crime, American films, French and Guatemalan in all genres and in all directions there was quality to spot, but if I still have one title on the highest spot, then let the Holocaustdrama Son of Saul .

What is the Hungarian debutant László Nemes therein would manage, is never or rarely screened: the horror of the gas chambers in memory without the facts to trivialiseren, and with a strong film language – long, in 4/3 geknelde takes – that the oppression and despair almost physically experienced.

What Hollywood is concerned, the harvest was meager, and most of the blockbusters proved hollow spectacles that especially if the goal had hardhorige teenagers with too much energy and too little imagination for a few hours. That, and popcorn sales.

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Luckily there was George Miller, who are Mad Max franchise reanimeerde and with Fury Road, a high-energy joyride through a wasteland delivered. That seems to go on heavymetalgitaristen that bonnets were tied and furious babes in the revamped monster trucks, but hell! The action was well directed and you could be the gasoline, the sand and the sweat, almost taste it.

Good old James Bond did his best in Spectre, with Sam Mendes as a driver, and if I should have a mainstreamfilm forgotten, it is because I this year to send or download nasty stuff if The Avengers 2 was exposed, such as the poor Dakota Johnson whips and nipple clamps in painful onerotische Fifty Shades of Grey.

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About send or download nasty stuff spoken. FC De Kampioenen 2: Jubilee general, this year is the biggest hit on our own soil. For a long time, the Flemish cinema an annus horribilis, with Peter Krugers poetic docu N: The Madness of Reason as a pain reliever.

Fortunately, brought the autumn solace with Black of Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, and especially with Robin Pronts D’Ardennes, a flair made crime drama that also abroad scored. No reason to paniekvoetbal so, even though Jan Verheyen with a third Kampioenenfilm. A dish of the day, Pascalleke!

The 10 best films of 2015, according to Knack Focus

1. SON of SAUL – László Nemes

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2. A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE – Roy Andersson

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3. CEMETERY OR SPLENDOUR – Apichatpong Weerasethakul

4. INHERENT VICE – Paul Thomas Anderson

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5. FOXCATCHER – Bennett Miller

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6. A MOST VIOLENT YEAR – J. C. Chandor

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7. NO HOME MOVIE – Chantal Akerman

8. BIRDMAN – Alejandro González Iñárritu

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9. THE LOOK of SILENCE – Joshua Oppenheimer

10. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD – George Miller

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