Barry Jenkins, Richard Linklater, Steve McQueen, and More Pick the Best Film of the 21st Century

IndieWire | 9/13/2019 | Staff
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IndieWire recently named Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” the best movie of the decade, but what film would the writer-director name as the standout of the 21st Century? The answer can be found in a filmmaker survey published by The Guardian in which several of the world’s best working directors make their pick for the best movie of the 21st Century. For Jenkins, it’s Carlos Reygadas’ 2007 Cannes-winner “Silent Night.”

“The purest cinema,” Jenkins said of the film. “Thinking of it gives me the same feeling I had when the credits rolled on my first viewing of it over a decade ago. I wonder how many other films on this list were in competition at the 2007 Cannes? What an astounding year for cinema.”

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Reygadas’ drama won the Jury Prize at Cannes and is indeed far from the only Cannes winner on the list. Terrence Malick’s Palme d’Or winner “The Tree of Life” is Richard Linklater’s pick for the best movie of the 21st Century because of its “vast ambition and meditative grace. It somehow manages to be both an intimate memory film while taking on the notion of all of existence. And I love the way it confounds and challenges perception itself.”

Joanna Hogg, director of this year’s critically-acclaimed Sundance drama “The Souvenir,” picks Kenneth Lonergan’s “Margaret” (“It’s told in a multi-faceted way that refuses to simplify or obey an overarching story, which only enhances the emotional veracity”),...
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