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The Best Films of 2015 according to Sight & Sound

Sight & Sound magazine of the British Film Institute (BFI) conducted a survey of 168 international film critics to make up the list of the 20 best films of 2015. Five films that were presented at the 13th FICM and one that was shown at the 12th FICM were among the titles.


Saul fia / Son of Saul, de László Nemes; Amy, de Asif Kapadia; y Nie Yinniang/ The Assassin, de Hou Hsiao-Hsien.

Here are the 20 best films of 2015, according to Sight & Sound:

1. Nie Yinniang/ The Assassin, by Hou Hsiao-Hsien – France, Hong Kong and Taiwan (International Premiere at the 13th FICM)
2. Carol, by Todd Haynes – United Kingdom and United States
3. Mad Max Fury Road, by George Miller – Australia and United States
4. As mil e uma noites / Arabian Nights, by Miguel Gomes – France, Switzerland, Germany and Portugal
5. Rak ti Khon Kaen/ Cemetery of Splendour, by Apichatpong Weerasethakul – France, United Kingdom, Germany, Malaysia and Thailand (International Premiere at the 13th FICM)
6. No Home Movie, by Chantal Akerman – Belgium and France
7. 45 Years, by Andrew Haigh – United Kingdom
8. Saul fia / Son of Saul, by László Nemes – Hungry (International Premiere at the 13th FICM)
=9. Amy, by Asif Kapadia – United Kingdom (UK-MX Special Program at the 13th FICM)
=9. Inherent Vice, by Paul Thomas Anderson – United States
=11. Anomalisa, by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson – United States (International Premiere at the 13th FICM)
=11. It Follows, by David Robert Mitchell – United States (Cannes Critics’ Week program at the 12th FICM)
13. Phoenix, by Christian Petzold – Germany and Poland
=14. Girlhood, by Céline Sciamma – France
=14. Hard to Be a God, by Aleksei German – Russia
=14. Inside Out, by Pete Docter – United States
=14. Tangerine, by Sean Baker – United States
=14. Taxi Tehran, by Jafar Panahi – Iran
=19. Horse Money, by Pedro Costa – Portugal
=19. The Look of Silence, by Joshua Oppenheimer – Denmark, Finland, United Kingdom, Indonesia and Norway

In addition, Mexican talent also received significant recognition, as six films by Mexican directors are among the 120 of the critics’ favorites.

47. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), by Alejandro González Iñárritu – United States (Opening film at the 12th FICM)
=58. Crimson Peak, by Guillermo del Toro – United States and Canada (Opening film at the 13th FICM)
=58. Los reyes del pueblo que no existe, by Betzabé García (Best Mexican Feature Length Documentary 13th FICM) – Mexico
81. Güeros, by Alonso Ruizpalacios (Best Actor in Mexican Feature Film for Tenoch Huerta, Sebastián Aguirre and Leonardo Ortizgris; Best First or Second Mexican Feature Film; Audience Award; 12th FICM)
=118. La calle de la amargura, by Arturo Ripstein – Mexico and Spain (Mexican Gala 13th FICM)
=118. Las elegidas, by David Pablos – Mexico (Mexican Gala 13th FICM)

For more information, check the oficial site of Sight & Sound: here.