The strangest and most problematic year in several decades turned out to be, in spite of everything, quite decent for the cinema.
Though, Hollywood hastened to move almost all blockbusters planned for 2020 into an uncertain future., many prestigious festivals either went online or did not take place at all. Film distribution around the world almost collapsed. But the original, unusual, thoughtfully, and aptly expressed, both on the topic of the day and on the eternal themes of cinema, even in these difficult circumstances, managed to find a way to the viewer.
Chlorine has compiled a list of 25 movies of 2020 that impressed us the most. Let’s explore the list together.
There is no apocalypse more terrifying than the confusion of feelings. Especially when it is also contagious.
Amy Simetz's overwrought, hallucinogenic, captivatingly hysterical in tone "She dies tomorrow," tells about a mysterious deadly virus, the first symptom of which is the unexpected and inexplicable knowledge of imminent, too-soon death.
Epic, almost four hours in time and dizzying in the density of dialogues. Disclosure of philosophical, historical, and theological conflicts that have been tearing the Russian world apart.
The conflicts of more than a century and a half is masterfully depicted in the Romanian Cristi Puiu's ''Malmcrog''. Based on the works of Vladimir Solovyov.
Every really big American director is obliged to make a film about Vietnam sooner or later. Well, Spike Lee's approach to this topic is unlike any previous film.
Lee not only reinterprets the experience of African American soldiers in the Vietnam War but also brings to the surface the entire murky tradition of war cinema in principle.
Merawi Gerima's debut film ''Residue'' is definitely a worth-watch.
After graduation, a black filmmaker returns to the historically black streets of Washington where he grew up. He wants to write a script about his childhood. But to his surprise, he returns to an unrecognizable neighborhood.
In the context of the gender wars that are shaking the modern world and the media industry, Eliza Hittman's opportunistic drama ''Never Rarely Sometimes Always'' tells the story of a schoolgirl who got an unexpected pregnancy.
The girl sets on a long and difficult trip from Pennsylvania to a New York abortion clinic, where, unlike her home state, she does not need parental permission for the operation.
In the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic, that's the first half of 2020, there was no film more topical than the epidemic disaster film Contagion directed by Steven Soderbergh more than ten years ago.
In the second half of the year, there was no picture that more accurately captured the bizarre moods that swept the planet for the second wave of coronavirus than Soderbergh's new painting "Let Them All Talk."
RZA's ''Cut Throat City'' takes the structure of a typical crime drama.
The movie tells the story of four friends who, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina that has left widescale devastation, band together and plan a major heist in the heart of the city.
The film beautifully infuses so many local, historical, and social details into the picture that the low genre turns into a powerful statement about the extent of American corruption.
The Ross brothers' film by the brilliant American indie documentary filmmakers captures the last day in the history of a small Las Vegas bar.
'''Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets'' paints the closure of the bar that both employees and mostly marginalized patrons perceive as a tragedy of almost astronomical proportions.
Death could also hang in a thick shadow over the new film of the wonderful American documentary filmmaker Kirsten Johnson. Especially since it is she, her expectations that are both the impulse to create the picture and the theme.
Johnson's father Dick was diagnosed with dementia, he is rapidly fading away and is forced to move to her.