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The Class is the Best Film According to 700 Journalists

700 French journalists and film critics agree, Laurent Cantet’s The Class is the best film of the year. The 10th edition of the Étoiles d’or group places the film in the best position for a (the French equivalent of the Oscars) César win for Best Picture. Curiously, the same group of journalists and critics thought Arnaud Desplechin merited the Best Director prize for Un conte de Noël

700 French journalists and film critics agree, Laurent Cantet‘s The Class is the best film of the year. The 10th edition of the Étoiles d’or group places the film in the best position for a (the French equivalent of the Oscars) César win for Best Picture. Curiously, the same group of journalists and critics thought Arnaud Desplechin merited the Best Director prize for Un conte de Noël. For a look back at a decade’s worth of winners I pulled up a wikipedia list here and in two sundays from now I’ll be pulling a little towards Cantet’s side for the Best Foreign Picture Oscar. We can expect some stiff compo from Ari Folman‘s just as deserving Waltz with Bashir.

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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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