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The Films of 2016. The 17th annual FiLM BiTCH Awards




Best Picture
20th Century Women
Mike Mills
December 25th
The Handmaiden
Park Chan-Wook
(Amazon Studios)
October 21st

La La Land
Damien Chazelle
December 9th

Barry Jenkins
October 21st
The Witch
Robert Eggers
February 19th
a feminist awakening in a teenage male coming of age movie? That's one of a kind. Another memoir driven winner from Mike Mills (see also Beginners) A  con-job perspective puzzle where the interlocking pieces have arm, legs, tentacles, suspension ropes, and errogenous zones This musical leaps off from the mundanity of a traffic jam and keeps on wowing. A joyous present-tense celebration of past-tense art forms Another rarity in a shortlist full of them: a black gay drama about surviving long enough to find yourself. "Who is you Chiron?" A terrifyingly isolated horror film straight from the 17th century. They have movie cameras back then?! Wouldst thou like to live deliciously?



Arrival, Jackie, Love & Friendship and more...
(read the full top 20 list)


Best Director

Park Chan-Wook

Damien Chazelle
Barry Jenkins
Pablo Larraín
Denis Villeneuve
 For his provocative glee, formal control, and the lush abandon of this decorous erotic con-artist thriller

For his traffic stopping commitment, and for understanding the blinding charisma of movie stars
 For treating another person's memoir as if its hiw own. Deeply felt and unerringly precise work. 
For his fury behind the camera and sideways attacks at material. An inspiringly fresh take on a monumental moment.
 For understanding that the scifi genre isn't just action setpieces and CGI. His intuitive, awestruck film is an optimistic wonder.

Finalists: Mike Mills for 20th Century Women; Robert Eggers for The Witch

Semi Finalists: Ciro Guerra for Embrace of the Serpent; Yorgos Lanthimos for The LobsterPaul Verhoeven for Elle; Kleber Mendonça Filho for Aquarius, and...? 



Best Original Screenplay
20th Century Women
Little Men
The Lobster
 As with BeginnersMike Mills has transformed personal memoirs into transcendent fiction
 This deceptively small study of family, friendship and real estate by Ira Sachs & Mauricio Zacharias is richly perceptive
 The year's most successful high-wire act, Efthymis Filippou & Yorgos Lanthimos give genius dystopian satire
 Guillermo Calderón's literary yarn about Pablo Neruda on the run in Chile is playful, surprising and layered Jared Bush & Phil Johnston's and a huge "story by" team have crafted a timely allegory that's also a smart family-friendly adventure comedy

Finalists Captain Fantastic - Matt Ross, Toni Erdmann - Maren Ade, Manchester by the Sea - Kenneth Lonergan, Jackie - Noah Oppenheim, Aquarius-Kleber Mendonça Filho
Semi-Finalists: The Edge of Seventeen -Kelly Fremon Craig and Hell or High Water -Taylor Sheridan


Best Adapted Screenplay
Arrival Elle The Handmaiden Love & Friendship Moonlight
 Eric Heisserer
 orbits the acclaimed circular Ted Chiang short story "Story of Your Life" carefully extracting a grand movie from it
David Birke's bitterly funny screenplay adapted the novel "Oh..." by Philippe Djian that was probably on no one's list of "Most Filmable" Jeong Seo-Kyeong and Park Chan Wook take an imaginatively and outrageous leap from Sarah Water's novel "Fingersmith"
 Much was made of Whit Stillman's affinity for Jane Austen when this movie, based on "Lady Susan" premiered. Funniest Austen adaptation yet.
 Barry Jenkins
 crafts a stellar three act drama from Tarell Alvin's McCraney's unproduced play "In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue" 

Finalists Fences, Embrace of Serpent
Semi-Finalists: Hidden Figures, Lion, A Bigger Splash, and Hunt for the Wilderpeople 


Best Animated Feature
  Moana The Red Turtle Zootopia  
 Bless Disney for their commitment to the animated musical. Rousing, funny... and that exquisite finale!
 Every still is frameable. A glorious reminder of the power of moving images with or without sound
 A great time at the movies and also a tribute to multiple film genres while it entertains and edifies

Finalist My Life as a Courgette and Phantom Boy
Semi-Finalists: Kubo and the Two Strings and April and the Extraordinary World