This was supposed to be an article, but since it never got written you’ll just get a very bared-bones best of lists, fashionably late of course.

Best films of the year:

  1. Toni Erdman (Maren Ade)
  2. I, Olga Hepnarova / Já, Olga Hepnarova (Petr Kazda & Tomás Weinreb)
  3. Tower (Keith Maitland)
  4. Fukushima, mon Amour / Grüse aus Fukushima (Doris Dörrie)
  5. Spotlight (Tom McCarthy)
  1. Kills on Wheels / Tiszta Szivvel  (Attila Till)
  2. The Teacher / Ucitelka (Jan Hrebejk)
  3. The Yard / Yarden (Måns Månsson)
  4. Being 17 / Quand on a 17 ans (André Téchiné)
  5. Paterson (Jim Jarmusch)
  1. The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki / Hymyilevä mies (Juho Kuosmanen)
  2. Death in Sarajevo / Smrt u Sarajevu (Danis Tanovic)
  3. American Honey (Andrea Arnold)
  4. Zootopia (Byron Howard & Rich Moore)
  5. Arrival (Denis Villeneuve)
  1. Creed (Ryan Coogler)
  2. Midnight Special (Jeff Nichols)
  3. A Serious Game / Den allvarsamma leken (Pernilla August)
  4. Captain Fantastic (Matt Ross)
  5. Miles Ahead (Don Cheadle)
  1. The Wave / Bolgen (Roar Uthaug)
  2. I Am Yours / Jeg er din (Iram Haq)
  3. Graduation / Bacalaureat (Cristian Mungiu)
  4. Deadpool (Tim Miller)
  5. Carol (Todd Haynes)
  1. Anomalisa (Charlie Kaufman)
  2. Doctor Strange (Scott Derrickson)
  3. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (David Yates)
  4. United States of Love / Zjednoczone stany milosci (Tom Wasilewski)
  5. The Lobster (Yorgos Lanthimos)

Worst films of the year:

  1. Suicide Squad (David Ayer)
  2. A Quiet Passion (Terence Davies)
  3. Genius (Michael Grandage)
  4. A Dragon Arrives! / Ejdeha Vared Mishavad! (Mani Haghighi)
  5. Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (Zack Snyder)
  1. Fire at Sea / Fuocoammare (Gianfranco Rosi)
  2. Sully (Clint Eastwood)
  3. From Afar / Desde allá (Lorenzo Vigas)
  4. A Good Wife / Dobra zena (Mirjana Karanovic)
  5. X-Men: Apocalypse (Bryan Singer)


Didn‘t manage to see films such as The BFG, The Nice Guys, A Bigger Splash, Eye in the Sky, Hacksaw Ridge, Nocturnal Animals, Louder than Bombs, Pete’s Dragon, Lion, Hell or High Water, Everybody Wants Some, Born to be Blue, High-Rise, Hunt for the Wilderspeople and Sing Street, that might belong on this list, not to mention all the Oscar frontrunners who don‘t arrive into European cinemas until this year …

Listmaker: Ásgeir H Ingólfsson