Best films I saw in 2012: 2 lists

These are the most interesting, or beautiful, or moving (mostly all three) films I saw in 2012. The first list includes a few more than ten (it was a good year). The second list picks out the best Chinese language films I saw this year.

Continuous Coverage, Omer Fast (video installation, Germany)

Defining Love: A Failed Attempt, Hakim Belabbes (feature, Morocco)

Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino (feature, USA, another late addition)

Four Ways to Die in My Hometown (我故乡的四种死亡方式), Chai Chunya (feature, China)

Holy Motors, Leos Carax (feature, France)

Finding Refuge in Ishinomaki, Keizo Fujikawa (doc, Japan)

In Another Country, Hong Sang-soo (feature, South Korea)

Leviathan, Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Verena Paravel (doc, USA)

Memories Look at Me (记忆望着我), Song Fang (feature, China)

Perret in France and Algeria, Heinz Emigholz (documentary, Germany)

Postcards from the Zoo, Edwin (feature, Indonesia)

Three Sisters (三姊妹), Wang Bing (documentary, China)

Small Roads, James Benning (documentary, USA)

Walker & No Form (行者, 無色), Tsai Ming-liang (shorts, Taiwan)

Margaret, Kenneth Lonergan (feature, USA, a late addition, after viewing the extended cut)

Chinese language films*:

[in addition to Three Sisters, Four Ways to Die, and Memories Look at Me, from above]

Egg and Stone (鸡蛋和石头), Huang Ji (feature)

Emperor Visits the Hell (唐皇游地府), Li Luo (experimental feature)

The Hunter and the Skeleton (猎人与骷髅怪), Gentsu Gyatso (short, *in Tibetan)

Judge Archer (箭士柳白猿), Xu Haofeng (feature)

McDull Pork of Music (麥兜噹噹伴我心), Brian Tse, Alice Mak (animated feature, HK, Cantonese)

People’s Park (人民公园), JP Sniadecki & Libbie D. Cohn (documentary)

When Night Falls (我还有话要说), Ying Liang (feature)

Women Directors (女导演), Yang Mingming (short)

– Shelly Kraicer, 23 December 2012