Top 10 Films of 2019

Taking a look back at 2019, a year where diverse independent films finally started to make it to the mainstream. But that progress is very small and has a long way to go. That being said, distributors and streaming platforms are stepping up and releasing titles from arthouse and foreign filmmakers — and people are showing up to see bold and original work!

Monos — Image courtesy of NEON

Alejandro Landes’s MONOS, Gabriel Abrantes’ & Daniel Schmidt’s DIAMANTINO and Jennifer Kent’s THE NIGHTINGALE are a few dynamite films that just missed Cinema 4 Culture’s top 10 but are definitely just as worthy, so watch them ASAP.

From the shores of Senegal to the streets of Vancouver, the exquisite range of films to discover this past year has been invigorating. See below for Cinema 4 Culture’s top 11 films of 2019…yes, I added a late-2019 stunner:

11. FAST COLOR

Fast Color — Image courtesy of Lionsgate Entertainment

10. PARASITE

Parasite — Image courtesy of NEON

9. I LOST MY BODY

I Lost My Body — Image courtesy of Netflix

8. IN FABRIC

In Fabric — Image courtesy of A24

7. ATLANTICS (ATLANTIQUE)

Atlantics (Atlantique) — Image courtesy of Netflix

6. PAIN AND GLORY

Pain and Glory — Image courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

5. HONEYLAND

Honeyland — Image courtesy of NEON

4. PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE

Portrait of a Lady on Fire — Image courtesy of NEON

3. Clemency

Clemency — Image courtesy of NEON

2. THE BODY REMEMBERS WHEN THE WORLD BROKE OPEN

The Body Remembers When The World Broke Open — Image courtesy of ARRAY

1. HIGH LIFE

High Life — Image courtesy of A24

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