Dan Sallitt’s Favorite Films of the 2000s, by International Release Date

2009

  1. LE PÈRE DE MES ENFANTS (Mia Hansen-Løve, France)
  2. THE EXPLODING GIRL (Bradley Rust Gray, USA)
  3. EIGHTEEN (Jang Kun-jae, South Korea)
  4. BARBE BLEUE (Catherine Breillat, France)
  5. LA DONATION (Bernard Émond, Canada)
  6. THE KING OF ESCAPE (Alain Guiraudie, France)
  7. ELEMENTARY TRAINING FOR ACTORS (Martin Rejtman and Federico Léon, Argentina)
  8. LIKE YOU KNOW IT ALL (Hong Sang-soo, South Korea)
  9. SHE, A CHINESE (Guo Xiaolu, UK/France/Germany)
  10. BETWEEN TWO WORLDS (Vimukthi Jayasundara, Sri Lanka)
  11. KILL DADDY GOOD NIGHT (Michael Glawogger, Germany)
  12. MY DAUGHTER (Charlotte Lay Kuen Lim, Malaysia)
  13. LOST IN THE MOUNTAINS (Hong Sang-soo, South Korea)
  14. FACE (Tsai Ming-Liang, France/Taiwan)
  15. BROKEN EMBRACES (Pedro Almodovar, Spain)
  16. ALEXANDER THE LAST (Joe Swanberg, USA)
  17. THE SEARCH (Pema Tseden, China)
  18. LIFE DURING WARTIME (Todd Solondz, USA)
  19. HUACHO (Alejandro Fernández Almendras, Chile)
  20. THE TENANTS (Sergio Bianchi, Brazil)
  21. ACHING HEARTS (Nils Malmros, Denmark)
  22. TO DIE LIKE A MAN (João Pedro Rodrigues, Portugal)
  23. MULBERRY ST. (Abel Ferrara, USA)
  24. PARADISE (Michael Almereyda, USA)
  25. BARKING WATER (Sterlin Harjo, USA)
  26. LES DERNIERS JOURS DU MONDE (Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu, France/Spain)
  27. RESTLESS (Laurent Perreau, France)
  28. CRACKIE (Sherry White, Canada)
  29. BEESWAX (Andrew Bujalski, USA)
  30. ONCE UPON A TIME PROLETARIAN (Guo Xiaolu, China/UK)
  31. LA PIVELLINA (Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel, Italy/Austria)
  32. THE ZEN MASTER (Sky Hirschkron, USA)
  33. AT THE END OF DAYBREAK (Ho Yuhang, Malaysia)
  34. BENA (Niv Klainer, Israel)
  35. IMPOLEX (Alex Ross Perry, USA)
  36. LE NAUFRAGÉ (Guillaume Brac, France)
  37. VITAL SIGNS (Sophie Deraspe, Canada)
  38. LONDON RIVER (Rachid Bouchareb, UK/France/Algeria)
  39. CONTACT HIGH (Michael Glawogger, Austria)

THE CITY OF YOUR FINAL DESTINATION (James Ivory, USA)
PARAISO (Héctor Gálvez, Peru)

2008

  1. NIGHT AND DAY (Hong Sang-soo, South Korea)
  2. STELLA (Sylvia Verheyde, France)
  3. BALLAST (Lance Hammer, USA)
  4. A WEEK ALONE (Celina Murga, Argentina)
  5. ALL AROUND US (Ryosuke Hashiguchi, Japan)
  6. CLAUSTROPHOBIA (Ivy Ho, Hong Kong)
  7. NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS (Joe Swanberg and Greta Gerwig, USA)
  8. MID-AUGUST LUNCH (Gianni Di Gregorio, Italy)
  9. MORPHIA (Alexei Balabanov, Russia)
  10. INLAND (Tariq Teguia, Algeria)
  11. BOOGIE (Radu Muntean, Romania)
  12. FOUR NIGHTS WITH ANNA (Jerzy Skolimowski, Poland)
  13. GOMORRA (Matteo Garrone, Italy)
  14. ME AND ORSON WELLES (Richard Linklater, USA/UK)
  15. SITA SINGS THE BLUES (Nina Paley, USA)
  16. JE VEUX VOIR (Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Lebanon)
  17. THE WACKNESS (Jonathan Levine, USA)
  18. DE OFRIVILLIGA (INVOLUNTARY) (Ruben Östlund, Sweden)
  19. CHELSEA ON THE ROCKS (Abel Ferrara, USA)
  20. 40 DAYS (Juan Carlos Martín, Mexico)
  21. MEDICINE FOR MELANCHOLY (Barry Jenkins, USA)
  22. BUY A SUIT (Jun Ichikawa, Japan)
  23. LIVERPOOL (Lisandro Alonso, Argentina)
  24. LORNA’S SILENCE (Dardenne Bros., Belgium)
  25. AMOROSA SOLEDAD (Martin Carranza and Victoria Galardi, Argentina)
  26. LEATHERHEADS (George Clooney, USA)
  27. ENTRE LES MURS (Laurent Cantet, France)
  28. I’M GONNA EXPLODE (Gerardo Naranjo, Mexico)
  29. TWO LOVERS (James Gray, USA)
  30. ITINÉRAIRE DE JEAN BRICARD (Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet, France)
  31. THE NEW YORKIST (Dana O’Keefe, USA)
  32. ANICETO (Leonardo Favio, Argentina)
  33. ANECDOTE (Nathan Silver, USA)
  34. THE VANISHED EMPIRE (Karen Shakhnazarov, Russia)

2007

  1. MICHAEL CLAYTON (Tony Gilroy, USA)
  2. HANNAH TAKES THE STAIRS (Joe Swanberg, USA)
  3. THE TRACEY FRAGMENTS (Bruce McDonald, Canada)
  4. SILENT LIGHT (Carlos Reygadas, Mexico)
  5. UNE VIEILLE MAÎTRESSE (Catherine Breillat, France)
  6. HOW TO BECOME MYSELF (Jun Ichikawa, Japan)
  7. CRASHING (Gary Walkow, USA)
  8. TOUT EST PARDONNE (Mia Hansen-Løve, France)
  9. DARLING (Johan Kling, Sweden)
  10. HAPPINESS (Hur Jin-ho, South Korea)
  11. AVANT QUE J’OUBLIE (Jacques Nolot, France)
  12. THE SOPRANOS: “MADE IN AMERICA” (David Chase, USA)
  13. THE DARJEELING LIMITED (Wes Anderson, USA)
  14. WOLFSBERGEN (Nanouk Leopold, Netherlands)
  15. HOHOKAM (Frank V. Ross, USA)
  16. THE BANISHMENT (Andrei Zyvagintsev, Russia)
  17. MUTUM (Sandra Kogut, Brazil)
  18. DESERT DREAM (Zhang Lu, China/South Korea)
  19. LA SOLEDAD (SOLITARY FRAGMENTS) (Jaime Rosales, Spain)
  20. CHARLY (Isild Le Besco, France)
  21. CHARLIE WILSON’S WAR (Mike Nichols, USA)
  22. MADONNAS (Maria Speth, Germany)
  23. CORROBOREE (Ben Hackworth, Australia)
  24. MOSAIK MÉCHANIQUE (Norbert Pfaffenbichler, Austria)
  25. SHADOWS FORMLESS (Ashish Avikunthak, India)
  26. COCHOCHI (Israel Cárdenas and Laura Amelia Guzmán, Mexico)
  27. DEATH PROOF (Quentin Tarantino, USA)
  28. POOR BOY’S GAME (Clement Virgo, Canada)
  29. BEAUFORT (Joseph Cedar, Israel)
  30. IN THE CITY OF SYLVIA (José Luis Guerín, Spain)
  31. PLAYING (Eduardo Coutinho, Brazil)
  32. HOTEL CHEVALIER (Wes Anderson, USA)
  33. FOUR SHEETS TO THE WIND (Sterlin Harjo, USA)
  34. WE OWN THE NIGHT (James Gray, USA)
  35. THE WALKING MAN (Aurelia Georges, France)

TAJNOSTI (LITTLE GIRL BLUE) (Alice Nellis, Czech Republic/Slovakia)

2006

  1. STILL LIFE (Jia Zhang-Ke, China)
  2. BLED NUMBER ONE (Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche, Algeria/France)
  3. LADY CHATTERLEY (Pascale Ferran, France/Belgium)
  4. RAIN DOGS (Ho Yuhang, Malaysia)
  5. WOMAN ON THE BEACH (Hong Sang-soo, South Korea)
  6. FIREWORKS WEDNESDAY (Asghar Farhadi, Iran)
  7. THE PAPER WILL BE BLUE (Radu Muntean, Romania)
  8. VANAJA (Rajnesh Domalpalli, India/USA)
  9. SLUMMING (Michael Glawogger, Austria)
  10. FLANDRES (Bruno Dumont, France)
  11. EL CUSTODIO (Rodrigo Moreno, Argentina)
  12. CHILDREN OF MEN (Alfonso Cuaron, UK/USA)
  13. FAMILY TIES (Kim Tae-Yong, South Korea)
  14. STEPHANIE DALEY (Hilary Brougher, USA)
  15. YOU CALLED ME (Sky Hirschkron, USA)
  16. AS THE SHADOW (Marina Spada, Italy)
  17. TARACHIME (Naomi Kawase, Japan)
  18. DAY NIGHT DAY NIGHT (Julia Loktev, USA)
  19. SUMMER ’04 (Stefan Krohmer, Germany)
  20. QUINCEANERA (Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer, USA)
  21. TRACES OF LOVE (Kim Dae-Seung, South Korea)
  22. DESTRICTED: “IMPALED” (Larry Clark, USA)
  23. DON’T WORRY, I’M FINE (Philippe Lioret, France)
  24. FLANNEL PAJAMAS (Jeff Lipsky, USA)
  25. LE DERNIER DES FOUS (Laurent Achard, France)
  26. OPERA JAWA (Garin Negroho, Indonesia)
  27. DRAMA/MEX (Gerardo Naranjo, Mexico)
  28. SUELY IN THE SKY (Karim Ainouz, Brazil)
  29. ONE IN A MILLION (Nadine Khan, Egypt)
  30. TONNELAGE (Ivan Maximov, Russia)
  31. BUG (William Friedkin, USA)
  32. HAMACA PARAGUAYA (Paz Encina, Paraguay)
  33. SORRELE (Marco Bellocchio, Italy)
  34. OFFSIDE (Jafar Panahi, Iran)

IT DOESN’T HURT ME (Alexei Balabanov, Russia)
THE WATER DIARY (Jane Campion, Australia)

2005

  1. THE DEATH OF MR. LAZARESCU (Cristi Puiu, Romania)
  2. THE CHILD (Dardennes Bros., Belgium/France)
  3. THE FORSAKEN LAND (Vimukthi Jayasundara, Sri Lanka/France)
  4. SANGRE (Amat Escalante, Mexico)
  5. THE WAYWARD CLOUD (Tsai Ming-Liang, Taiwan)
  6. GRAIN IN EAR (Zhang Lu, China/South Korea)
  7. FORTY SHADES OF BLUE (Ira Sachs, USA)
  8. C.R.A.Z.Y. (Jean-Marc Vallee, Canada)
  9. JOHANNA (Kornel Mundruczo, Hungary)
  10. BRICK (Rian Johnson, USA)
  11. CINEMA, ASPIRIN AND VULTURES (Marcelo Gomes, Brazil)
  12. BABOOSKA (Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel, Italy/Austria)
  13. IT’S ONLY TALK (Ryuichi Hiroki, Japan)
  14. THE SILENT HOLY STONES (Pema Tseden, China)
  15. TICKETS (2nd episode) (Abbas Kiarostami, Italy/UK)
  16. SA-KWA (Yi-kwan Kang, South Korea)
  17. YOU BET YOUR LIFE (Antonin Svoboda, Austria)
  18. TURKEY GIRL (Cristian Mungiu, Romania)
  19. POLICE BEAT (Robinson Devor, USA)
  20. KISSING ON THE MOUTH (Joe Swanberg, USA)
  21. BACKSTAGE (Emmanuelle Bercot, France)
  22. FRATRICIDE (Yilmaz Arslan, Germany)
  23. TIME OFF (PARENTHESIS) (Francisca Schweitzer and Pablo Solis, Chile)
  24. A TRAVERS LA FORET (Jean-Paul Civeyrac, France)
  25. A TALE OF CINEMA (Hong Sang-soo, South Korea)
  26. LES MATINES (Annick Raoul, France)
  27. GRIZZLY MAN (Werner Herzog, USA)
  28. WHOLE NEW THING (Amnon Buchbinder, Canada)
  29. GUERNSEY (Nanouk Leopold, Belgium/Netherlands)
  30. WHAT IVA RECORDED ON OCTOBER 21st, 2003 (Tomislav Radic, Croatia)
  31. WASSUP ROCKERS (Larry Clark, USA)
  32. LA NEUVAINE (Bernard Emond, Canada)

JUNEBUG (Phil Morrison, USA)
OLIVER TWIST (Roman Polanski, UK)
GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK (George Clooney, USA)
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (Joe Wright, UK)
CAPOTE (Bennett Miller, USA)

2004

  1. VERA DRAKE (Mike Leigh, UK)
  2. TRIPLE AGENT (Eric Rohmer, France)
  3. PRIMER (Shane Carruth, USA)
  4. THE GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS (Lech Majewski, UK/Italy/Poland)
  5. OR (MON TRESOR) (Keren Yedaya, Israel)
  6. THE WORLD (Jia Zhang Ke, China)
  7. HEAD-ON (Fatih Akin, Germany/Turkey)
  8. THE TUNER (Kira Muratova, Russia)
  9. PALINDROMES (Todd Solondz, USA)
  10. WOMAN IS THE FUTURE OF MAN (Hong Sang-Soo, South Korea)
  11. WAITING (Sky Hirschkron, USA)
  12. TONY TAKITANI (Jun Ichikawa, Japan)
  13. KEANE (Lodge Kerrigan, USA)
  14. ENLIGHTENMENT (Tanon Sattarujawong, USA/Thailand)
  15. SIDEWAYS (Alexander Payne, USA)
  16. CAMPFIRE (Joseph Cedar, Israel)
  17. LE GRAND VOYAGE (Ismaël Ferroukhi, France/Morocco)
  18. BEAR CUB (Luis Miguel Albaladejo, Spain)
  19. BEFORE SUNSET (Richard Linklater, USA)
  20. THE LIFE AQUATIC WITH STEVE ZISSOU (Wes Anderson, USA)
  21. THE NIGHT OF TRUTH (Fanta Regina Nacro, Burkina Faso/France)
  22. HEAD IN THE CLOUDS (John Duigan, USA/UK/Spain/Canada)
  23. A HOLE IN ONE (Richard Ledes, USA)
  24. KINGS AND QUEEN (Arnaud Desplechin, France)

2003

  1. RAJA (Jacques Doillon, France/Morocco)
  2. LA FACE CACHEE DE LA LUNE (Robert Lepage, Canada)
  3. ANA AND THE OTHERS (Celina Murga, Argentina)
  4. VIBRATOR (Ryuichi Hiroki, Japan)
  5. ZERO DAY (Ben Coccio, USA)
  6. TOUTES CES BELLES PROMESSES (Jean-Paul Civeyrac, France)
  7. NO REST FOR THE BRAVE (Alain Guiraudie, France)
  8. SHARA (Naomi Kawase, Japan)
  9. JESUS, YOU KNOW (Ulrich Seidl, Austria)
  10. CRIMSON GOLD (Jafar Panahi, Iran)
  11. THE RETURN (Andrei Zvyagintsev, Russia)
  12. QUI A TUE BAMBI? (Gilles Marchand, France)
  13. THE LAST TRAIN (Alexei German Jr., Russia)
  14. THE HOURS OF THE DAY (Jaime Rosales, Spain)
  15. STORMY WEATHER (Solveig Anspach, Belgium/France/Iceland)
  16. CHOKHER BALI: A PASSION PLAY (Rituparno Ghosh, India)
  17. UN HOMME UN VRAI (Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu, France)
  18. DOWN WITH LOVE (Peyton Reed, USA)
  19. STRUGGLE (Ruth Mader, Austria)
  20. PAS SUR LA BOUCHE (Alain Resnais, France)
  21. THE HUNTED (William Friedkin, USA)
  22. AT FIVE IN THE AFTERNOON (Samira Makhmalbaf, Iran)
  23. MEMORIES OF MURDER (Bong Joon-ho, South Korea)
  24. THE COMPANY (Robert Altman, USA)
  25. GIFT FROM ABOVE (Dover Kosashvili, Israel)
  26. 20h17 RUE DARLING (Bernard Emond, Canada)
  27. THE MAGIC GLOVES (Martin Rejtman, Argentina)
  28. TWENTYNINE PALMS (Bruno Dumont, France)
  29. SALT (Bradley Rust Gray, Iceland/USA)
  30. TWENTIDENTITY: “SINK & RISE” (Bong Joon-ho, South Korea)
  31. NIKI ARDELEAN, RESERVE COLONEL (Lucian Pintilie, Romania)
  32. ASHES (Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joriege, Lebanon)
  33. LETTER FROM A YELLOW CHERRY BLOSSOM (Naomi Kawase, Japan)
  34. LES TRIPLETTES DE BELLEVILLE (Sylvain Chomet, France/Belgium/Canada/UK)
  35. GUEST ROOM (Skander Halim, Canada)
  36. SOLDIER’S GIRL (Frank Pierson, USA)

2002

  1. LE DOUX AMOUR DES HOMMES (Jean Paul Civeyrac, France)
  2. TEN (Abbas Kiarostami, Iran)
  3. THE SON (Dardenne Bros., Belgium)
  4. FAR FROM HEAVEN (Todd Haynes, USA)
  5. THE RIVER (Alexei Balabanov, Russia)
  6. JAPON (Carlos Reygadas, Mexico)
  7. KEN PARK (Larry Clark and Ed Lachman, USA)
  8. JEALOUSY IS MY MIDDLE NAME (Park Chan-Ok, South Korea)
  9. TURNING GATE (Hong Sang-Soo, South Korea)
  10. ALL OR NOTHING (Mike Leigh, UK)
  11. THE EMBALMER (Matteo Garrone, Italy)
  12. RUSSIAN ARK (Alexander Sokorov, Russia)
  13. 17 TIMES CECILE CASSARD (Christophe Honore, France)
  14. HUKKLE (Gyorgi Palfi, Hungary)
  15. OASIS (Lee Chang-Dong, South Korea)
  16. ABOUT SCHMIDT (Alexander Payne, USA)
  17. FIVE YEARS (Brett Wagner, USA)
  18. SLAVES OF THE LORD (Hadar Friedlich, Israel)
  19. TALK TO HER (Pedro Almodovar, Spain)
  20. PAPER ROUTE (Robert Frank, Canada/Switzerland)
  21. TERRA INCOGNITA (Ghassan Salhab, Lebanon/France)
  22. L’AUBERGE ESPAGNOLE (Cedric Klapisch, France/Spain)
  23. DES PLUMES DANS LA TETE (Thomas de Thier, Belgium/France)
  24. FACING THE TRUTH (Nils Malmros, Denmark)
  25. WAR (Alexei Balabanov, Russia)
  26. IGBY GOES DOWN (Burr Steers, USA)
  27. C’EST LE BOUQUET (Jeanne Labrune, France)
  28. ONE-HOUR PHOTO (Mark Romanek, USA)
  29. ANGEL ON THE RIGHT (Jamshed Usmonov, Tajikistan)
  30. ZHOU YU’S TRAIN (Sun Zhou, China)
  31. DOWN THE LABRADOR (Brian Sullivan, USA)
  32. TEENAGE CAVEMAN (Larry Clark, USA)

2001

  1. FAT GIRL (Catherine Breillat, France)
  2. LATE MARRIAGE (Dover Kosashvili, Israel/France)
  3. WAKING LIFE (Richard Linklater, USA)
  4. BULLY (Larry Clark, USA)
  5. CE VIEUX REVE QUI BOUGE (Alain Guiraudie, France)
  6. THE AFTERNOON OF A TORTURER (Lucian Pintilie, Romania)
  7. ROBERTO SUCCO (Cedric Kahn, France)
  8. ÎLES FLOTTANTES (Nanouk Leopold, Netherlands)
  9. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: “THE BODY” (Joss Whedon, USA)
  10. BE MY STAR (Valeska Grisebach, Germany)
  11. PARIS: XY (Zeka Laplaine, France)
  12. THE BELIEVER (Henry Bean, USA)
  13. THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS (Wes Anderson, USA)
  14. THE FLUFFER (Richard Glatzer and Wash West, USA)
  15. DOG DAYS (Ulrich Seidl, Austria)
  16. HARMFUL INSECT (Akihiko Shiota, Japan)
  17. THE DAYS BETWEEN (Maria Speth, Germany)
  18. EN CONSTRUCCIÓN (José Luis Guerín, Spain)
  19. BREVE TRAVERSEE (Catherine Breillat, France)
  20. NO SUCH THING (Hal Hartley, Iceland/USA)
  21. MILLENNIUM MAMBO (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Taiwan)
  22. HUSH! (Ryosuke Hashiguchi, Japan)
  23. GOSFORD PARK (Robert Altman, USA)
  24. MANIC (Jordan Melamed, USA)
  25. MARGARITA HAPPY HOUR (Ilya Chaiken, USA)
  26. DONNIE DARKO (Richard Kelly, USA)
  27. Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN (Alfonso Cuaron, Mexico)
  28. STUFF AND DOUGH (Cristi Puiu, Romania)
  29. WESH WESH, QU’EST-CE QUI SE PASSE? (Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche, France)
  30. COMMENT J’AI TUE MON PERE (Anne Fontaine, France)
  31. LA FEMME QUI BOIT (Bernard Emond, Canada)
  32. RESURRECTION (Taviani Bros., Italy)
  33. DU SOLEIL POUR LES GUEUX (Alain Guiraudie, France)
  34. SECRET BALLOT (Babek Payami, Iran)

THE SEAGULL’S LAUGHTER (Agust Gudmundsson, Iceland)

2000

  1. ESTHER KAHN (Arnaud Desplechin, France)
  2. THE HOUSE OF MIRTH (Terence Davies, UK/USA)
  3. CHOPPER (Andrew Dominic, Australia)
  4. PLATFORM (Jia Zhang Ke, China)
  5. CATASTROPHE (David Mamet, Ireland)
  6. BEAT (Gary Walkow, USA)
  7. DU POIL SOUS LES ROSES (Jean-Julien Chervier and Agnès Obadia, France)
  8. AMERICAN PSYCHO (Mary Harron, USA)
  9. THE VIRGIN STRIPPED BARE BY HER BACHELORS (Hong Sang-Soo, South Korea)
  10. PEPPERMINT CANDY (Lee Chang-Dong, South Korea)
  11. SCARLET DIVA (Asia Argento, Italy)
  12. THE GOLDEN BOWL (James Ivory, UK)
  13. LA CAPTIVE (Chantal Akerman, France)
  14. ivansxtc. (Bernard Rose, USA)
  15. ALMOST FAMOUS (Cameron Crowe, USA)
  16. HAMLET (Michael Almereyda, USA)
  17. SLIDING OFF THE EDGE OF THE WORLD (Mark Street, USA)
  18. ESTATE ROMANA (Matteo Garrone, Italy)
  19. WITH A FRIEND LIKE HARRY (Dominic Moll, France)
  20. WAYDOWNTOWN (Gary Burns, Canada)
  21. CAST AWAY (Robert Zemeckis, USA)
  22. RULES OF ENGAGEMENT (William Friedkin, USA)
  23. CAMERA (David Cronenberg, Canada)
  24. KAZA-HANA (Shinji Somai, Japan)
  25. ANGELUS (Lech Majewski, Poland)
  26. DJOMEH (Hassan Yektapanah, Iran)
  27. YI YI (Edward Yang, Taiwan)
  28. UNDER THE SKIN OF THE CITY (Rakhshan Bani Eternad, Iran)
  29. EUREKA (Shinji Aoyama, Japan)
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