2012

Published on: December 27th, 2014

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2012 Top Ten
(UK releases and world-premieres)
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1. > Frances Ha (Baumbach, USA 2012) : 10/10 [27/28]
2. #  Elena (Zvyagintsev, Russia 2011) : 9/10 [25]
3.  Me Too (Balabanov, Russia 2012) : 9/10 [25]
4. > The Act of Killing (Oppenheimer, Cynn & anonymous
… Den/Nor/UK 2012) : 9/10 [25]
5. #  Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Ceylan, Turkey 2011) : 8/10 [22]
6. Once Upon a Time Was I, Veronica (Gomes, Brazil 2012) : 8/10 [22]
7. Never Die (Rivero, Mexico 2012) : 8/10 [22]
8. #  Project X (Nourizadeh, USA 2012) : 8/10 [21]
9. An Anthropological Television Myth
…. (Gagliardo, Bertino & Castelli, Italy 2012) midlength. 8/10 [21]
10. > Leviathan (Paravel & Castaing-Taylor, USA/UK/Fr 2012) : 8/10 [21]
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[Comprising feature-length films which either had their world premiere in 2012, or else were released in the UK during 2012 (latter = #; 2012 premieres with 2013  UK release = >)]
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2012 roundup and UK-release top 10 (for Tribune magazine)
the top 50 world-premieres of 2012 (work-in-progress)
performances of 2012 (UK releases)

then
8/10
[21/28]
Reconversão (Andersen, USA 2012)
Sightseers (Wheatley, UK 2012)
#  Ted (MacFarlane, USA 2012)
7/10 [20/28]
Augustine (Winocour, France 2012)
Barbara (Petzold, Germany 2012)
Cosmopolis (Cronenberg, Canada/France 2012)
Damsels In Distress (Stillman, USA 2011)
A Dream’s Merchant (Ilie-Micu, Romania 2012)
Here I Am, Here I’m Not (Eliash, Chile 2012)
Le Havre (Kaurismäki, France 2011)
Little World (Barrena, Spain)
Nor’easter (Brotzman, USA 2012)
One Way Boogie Woogie (Benning, USA 2012)
> Zero Dark Thirty (Bigelow, USA 2012) [UK 2013]
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7/10
 [19/28]
All Divided Selves (Fowler, UK 2012)
# Argo (Affleck, US 2012)
. # Avengers Assemble (Whedon, USA 2012, aka The Avengers)
. Babylon (Slim, ‘Ismael’ & Chebbi, Tunisia 2012)
The Bay (Levinson, USA 2012) > UK 2013
Bellas Mariposas (Mereu, Italy 2012)
Captivity (Gil Mata, Portugal 2012) midlength
Children of Sarajevo (Begić, Bosnia etc 2012)
. # Corman’s World – Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (Stapleton, USA 2011)
Fortress (Kokeš & Tasovská, Czech Rep 2012)
Futures Past (Melamed, USA 2012)
> A Hijacking (Lindholm, Denmark 2012) UK 2013
. Hold Back
 aka Refrain (Djaïdani, France 2012)
Lincoln (Spielberg, USA 2012) > UK 2013
. # Looper (Johnson, USA 2012)
. # Moonrise Kingdom (Anderson, USA 2012)
Parabeton – Pier Luigi Nervi and Roman Concrete (Emigholz, Germany 2012)
Pincus (Fenster, USA 2012)
. # Prometheus (Scott, USA 2012)
La Ruta de la luna (Jácome, Pan/Ecu 2012)
. # Sinister (Derrickson, USA 2012)
Somebody Up There Likes Me (Byington, USA 2012)
. # 21 Jump Street (Lord & Miller, USA 2012)
. # Tabu (Gomes, Portugal etc 2012)
Tomorrow (Gryazev, Russia 2012)
Universal Soldier – Day of Reckoning (Hyams, USA 2012)
. Wrong (Dupieux, USA 2012)
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7/10 [18/28]
. Blancanieves (Berger, Spain 2012)
. # The Cabin in the Woods (Goddard, USA 2012)
. Cursed Be the Phosphate
 (Tlili, Tunisia/etc 2012)
. # The Dark Knight Rises (Nolan, USA 2012)
. Gone Wild
 (Curean, Romania 2012)
. I Am Breathing
 (Davie & McKinnon, UK 2012)
. # The Kid with a Bike (Dardenne & Dardenne, Belgium 2011)
. # Life of Pi (Ang Lee, USA 2012)
. The Love Songs of Tiedan
 (Hao, China 2012)
. # Magic Mike (Soderbergh, USA 2012)
. # Planet of Snail (Yi, S.Korea 2011)
. La Playa DC 
(Arango, Colombia 2012)
. # Premium Rush (Koepp, USA 2012)
. A World Not Ours (Fleifel, Palestine/UK/UAE 2012)

7?/10 [18?/28]
Clone (Fliegauf, Ger/Hun/Fr 2010, aka Womb)
……
6+/10
 [17+/28]
FaustNightfall


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also 2012 UK-release
6/10 
[17/28]
Beasts of the Southern WildChronicleDark HorseThe GreyHadewijch; Headhunters; The Imposter; Into the Abyss – A Tale of Death, a Tale of LifeKhodorkovskyKiller JoeThe Myth of the American SleepoverSafe HouseSilent SoulsThis Is Not a FilmWild Bill

6/10 [16/28]
Amour aka LoveBerberian Sound Studio; The BirdBombay BeachCoriolanusThe DescendantsThe Forgiveness of Blood; The HunterKilling Them SoftlyMartha Marcy May MarleneMichaelNostalgia for the LightOliver ShermanOn the Road; The RaidRampartRust and Bone; Silver Linings Playbook; The Sweeney; The Turin HorseTwo Years At SeaWrath of the Titans

6/10 : Blank City [15]; The Bourne Legacy [15]; Dreams of a Life [15]; Dredd [15]; John Carter [15]; My Father’s Bike [15]; Patience (After Sebald) [15]; Shame [15]; Sing Your Song [15]; This Must Be the Place [15]; Untouchable [15]
5/10 : Blackthorn [14]; Carnage [14]; A Dangerous Method [14]; Goodbye, First Love [14]; Grabbers [14]; Room 237 [14]; The Master [14]; Pitch Perfect [14]; The Snows of Kilimanjaro [14]; A Useful Life [14]
5/10 : Carancho [13]; End of Watch [13]; Himizu [13]; The Iron Lady [13]; Lawless [13]; A Simple Life [13]
5/10 : Contraband [12]; Holy Motors [12]; Swandown [12]; War Horse [12]
4/10 : Act of Valor [11]; The Amazing Spider-Man [11]; Haywire [11]; Safe [11]; Take This Waltz [11]; Trishna [11]; You Are God [11]
4/10 : Goon [10]; The Hunt [10]; The Soul of Flies [10]
4/10 : Sister [9]; Jack Reacher [9]
3/10 : Tezz [8]
3/10 : Café de Flore [7]; Life Just Is [7]
3?/10 : Alps [6?]
2/10 : W.E. [5]


Performances 
(in confirmed UK releases)

LM :
1. Muhammet Uzuner (Once Upon a Time in Anatolia)
2. Marcin Kowalczyk (You Are God)
3. Steve Oram (Sightseers)

4. Channing Tatum (Magic Mike)
5. Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master)
also : Michael Fassbender (Shame and Prometheus); Woody Harrelson (Rampart); Toby Jones (Berberian Sound Studio); Matthew McConaughey (Killer Joe); Viggo Mortensen (A Dangerous Method); Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust and Bone); Mark Wahlberg (Ted); André Wilms (Le Havre).

LF :
1. Nadezhda Markina (Elena)
2. Alice Lowe (Sightseers)
3. Greta Gerwig (Damsels In Distress)
4. Nina Hoss (Barbara)
5. Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)
also: Ariane Ascaride (Snows of Kilimanjaro); Selma Blair (Dark Horse); Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook); Emmanuelle Riva (Love aka Amour); Julie Sokolowski (Hadewijch); Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild).

SM :
1. James Gandolfini (Killing Them Softly)
2. Pierce Gagnon (Looper)
2. Bob Balaban (Moonrise Kingdom)
4. Vincent Cassel (A Dangerous Method)
5. Heinz Lieven (This Must Be the Place)
also: Taner Birsel (Once Upon a Time in Anatolia); Yılmaz Erdoğan (Once Upon a Time in Anatolia); Werner Herzog (Jack Reacher); Fran Kranz (The Cabin in the Woods); Matthew McConaughey (Magic Mike); Ryan Metcalf (Damsels in Distress); Viggo Mortensen (A Dangerous Method); Guy Pearce (Lawless); Andrei Smirnov (Elena); Christoph Waltz (Carnage).

SF :
1. Teresa Madruga (Tabu)
2. Elena Liodova (Elena)
3. Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises)
4. Molly Parker (Oliver Sherman)
5. Vanessa Redgrave (Coriolanus)
also: Nicole Beharie (Shame); Eileen Davies (Sightseers); Gina Gershon (Killer Joe); Lena Headey (Dredd); Annika Wedderkopp (The Hunt)