Top 2020: “The absolute rating” of the best foreign films of the year has been published

The Cinema channel has published the “Absolute Winners Rating” – compiled according to the unique Top Tops method of the best foreign films of 2020. The rating is based on data from 19 different resources with a total coverage of about 800 million people per month.

In the process of working on it, the program management of the Cinema channel took into account viewers’ ratings, box office receipts, sales in digital stores and the opinions of critics of the world’s major publications that have a great influence on the market. The absolute rating of the winners gives the most objective picture of the preferences of viewers and critics.

1. First Cow – First Cow
2. Gentlemen – The Gentlemen
3. Land of nomads – Namaland
4. Never, rarely, sometimes, always – Never Rarely Sometimes Always
5. Argument – Tenet
6. Rock of lovers – Small Ax: Lovers Rock

After careful scrutiny, the following 19 sources were selected as the basis for the Top 2020 Tops: Time, Empire, Rotten Tomatoes, Indi wire, Vanity Fair, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, Metacritic.com, Allicin, Boxofficemojo.com, Google Play. Kinopoisk, The Hollywood Reporter, Kino.Mail.ru, The Networker, Variety, UAIS, Vesture, as well as the opinion of the Cinema program directorate.

1. First Cow – First Cow

The leader of the Absolute Top at the end of 2020 was the drama “The First Cow” directed by Kelly Reichardt, who took part in the main competition of the Berlin Film Festival. The First Cow is an adaptation of the novel Half Life by Jonathan Raymond, with whom Reichardt has worked before: their previous film together, Wendy and Lucy, was released in 2008. On December 18, New York Film Critics (NYFCC) named The First Cow as Best Film of 2020. The plot of this drama tells the story of an unexpected alliance between a chef and a Chinese immigrant to the United States, who together decided to open a bakery.

2. Gentlemen – The Gentlemen

The second position went to “Gentlemen” – the twelfth film by British director Guy Ritchie. After the Disney fairy tale “Aladdin” and the pseudo-historical action “The Sword of King Arthur”, Richie returned to “his” genre – the crime comedy. The Briton again managed to assemble a bright acting ensemble, led by the inimitable Matthew McConaughey. By the way, with a budget of $ 22 million, the Gentlemen grossed 115.2 million in the world box office. In Russia, even before the coronavirus pandemic, the film literally burst into the rating of the highest grossing films of the year: according to the UAIS Cinema Fund system, it confidently occupies the third line of the top with a result of 1.2 billion rubles.

3. Land of nomads – Namaland

The winner of the 2020 Venice Film Festival – the drama “The Land of the Nomads” – was on the third line in the absolute rating of the “Cinema” film channel. Starring Oscar-winning Frances McDormand, this drama is directed by Chloe Zhao. It was her head of the Marvel studio, Kevin Feigen, who then invited to direct the film comic strip “The Eternals.” COVID-19 has certainly hurt the movie business badly by forcing organizers of rival screenings to see things differently. The Land of Nomads, not only in its message, but in fact, has become a unifying film: it was shown at festivals in Venice, Telluride and Toronto (where exclusivity of the material is preferred).

4. Never, rarely, sometimes, always – Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Film director and screenwriter Eliza Hitman “Never, rarely, sometimes, always”, which took fourth place in the Top, won the jury prize at the Berlinale 2020. The painting focuses on one single question – is it easy to be a girl in the modern world? The example of two sisters, one of whom decided to have an abortion, tells about the problems that the female sex faces on a daily basis. According to film critics, there is nothing special in Hitman’s film from an artistic point of view – the director consistently and methodically covers history, which in the modern world does not a dozen happen every day. Why was the film noticed? Because he raises a burning topic concerning the rights of women to their own bodies.

5. Argument – Tenet

“Argument” is a new film by Christopher Nolan, one of the most extraordinary modern directors, who for some reason still does not have a single Oscar. Despite the fact that Nolan has been making public films for 20 years, the members of the American Film Academy try not to notice him (5 nominations, but there is no talk of any victories). The new work of the Briton is his most ambitious international project (budget – $ 205 million), filmed in several countries at once. And yet it was “Argument” that became the first theatrical release for many world markets after about six months of closing cinemas due to the pandemic.

6. Rock of lovers – Small Ax: Lovers Rock

The sixth line went to the film “Lovers’ Rock” by Steve McQueen, director of “12 Years a Slave.” The film is part of the Voice of Change anthology, which McQueen filmed specifically for the BBC. Most of the films included in this kind of almanac are based on real events, but McQueen invented the story told in Lovers’ Rock. The main characters are African American lovers who meet at a reggae-style party that took place in a London house in the 80s. Initially, “Rock of Lovers” and “Mangroves” (another film of McQueen’s almanac) were planned to be shown at the Cannes Film Festival, canceled due to coronavirus.

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