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A Win-Win Situation: IFC & Criterion releasing Hunger, Still Walking and Abdellatif Kechiche’s The Secret of the Grain

Ask me what my top film of 2008 was. Simple. Abdellatif Kechiche’s The Secret of the Grain (see here). Ask me what my number 2 film of the year is. Simple. Steve McQueen’s Hunger (see here).

Ask me what my top film of 2008 was. Simple. Abdellatif Kechiche’s The Secret of the Grain (see here). Ask me what my number 2 film of the year is. Simple. Steve McQueen’s Hunger (see here). Climb up a couple of spots on my top 20 of the year, and Matteo Garrone’s Gomorrah is slotted at my number 6 spot.

After announcing that they would pact together on Arnaud Desplechin’s “A Christmas Tale,” Matteo Garrone’s “Gomorrah,” and Steven Soderbergh’s “Che,” it looks like Criterion and IFC Films have 7 more titles are in the oven. Apart from my number 1 and 2 picks, Criterion will make special editions for recently released Jan Troell’s Everlasting Moments, Olivier Assayas’ Summer Hours, Hirokazu Kore-Eda’s Still Walking, and will go back in the vault to launch special editions of Alfonso Cuaron’s Y Tu Mama Tambien and Christopher Nolan’s Following.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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