• Dan Koh

obligatory years-end film list (1 year late)

Updated: Feb 12

fortifying new/recent feature films seen since pandemic, amidst ongoing personal disillusionment with the filmic & other arts:


37 seconds – hikari a beautiful day in the neighbourhood – marielle heller a hidden life – terrence malick

a man and a camera – guido hendrikx a rifle and a bag – isabella rinaldi, cristina hanes & arya rothe all about my sisters – wang qiong all-in – volkan üce an unusual summer – kamal aljafari anatomy of time – jakrawal nilthamrong aswang – alyx ayn arumpac atlantics – mati diop bloody nose, empty pockets – turner ross & bill ross iv bottled songs 1–4 – kevin b. lee & chloé galibert-laîné brother’s keeper – ferit karahan collective – alexander nanau faces across the other side – zhang ximing faya dayi – jessica bashir fire will come – oliver laxe first cow – kelly reichardt fourteen – dan sallitt from victoria street to ang mo kio – eva tang great freedom – sebastian meise her socialist smile – john gianvito history of ha – lav diaz homeless – lim seung-hyeun inside the red brick wall – hong kong documentary filmmakers just don’t think i’ll scream – frank beauvais la civil – teodara ana mihai landscapes of resistance – marta popivoda looking for venera – norika sefa lovers rock – steve mcqueen mariam – sharipa urazbayeva moffie – oliver hermanus moving on – yoon dan-bi nan – peng zu-qiang nasir – arun karthick night of the kings – philippe lacôte nothing but the sun – aramí ullón overseas – sung-a yoon petit samedi – paloma sermon-daï portrait of a lady on fire – céline sciamma quo vadis, aida? – jasmila žbanić rain in 2020 – lee yong chao rewind – sasha joseph neulinger scarecrow – dmitry davydov school town king – wattanapume laisuwanchai self-portrait 2020 – lee dong-woo sexual drive – kōta yoshida silent voice – reka valerik soil without land – nontawat numbenchapol staying vertical – alain guiraudie suk suk – ray yeung sundown – michel franco that cloud never left – yashaswini raghunandan the cloud in her room – zheng lu xinyuan the broken ridge – jiang jin the father – florian zeller the girl and the spider – ramon zürcher & silvan zürcher the mole agent – maite alberdi the once and future – yeo siew hua the painter and the thief – benjamin ree the truth – hirokazu koreeda the velvet underground – todd haynes the witches of the orient – julien faraut the year of the discovery – luis lópez carrasco the year of the everlasting storm – apichatpong weerasethakul, jafar panahi, laura poitras, david lowery, dominga sotomayor, anthony chen & malik vitthal thomas the high jumper – leri matehha time – garrett bradley to the ends of the earth – kiyoshi kurosawa undine – christian petzold varda by agnès – agnès varda vengeance is mine, all others pay cash – edwin we are from there – wissam tanios welcome to chechnya – david france what do we see when we look at the sky? – alexandre oberidze wheel of fortune and fantasy – ryusuke hamaguchi whether the weather is fine – carlo francisco manatad wisdom tooth – liang ming you and i – fanny chotimah

(sorry if i left your film out or haven’t seen it yet, this arbitrary list does not matter at all)

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