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Everyone gets 20 choices, to be presented as always in one of three ways: RANKED numerically, alphabetically or chronologically. All films released or made in any Latin American country are eligible, and of course there is no restriction on the number of films you may choose from one particular country. As always, Bill Kamberger will make all decisions involving eligibility, and the voting will run until Monday, December 6th. My own Top 20, as usual, is presented ALPHABETICALLY. I deeply regret leaving off “Pixote,” “Amores Perros,” “Strawberry and Chocolate,” “The Secret in Their Eyes,” “Zama,” “Bacurau,” “The Official Story,” “Central Station,” “End of the Century,” “Embrace of the Serpent,” and several others including a few more by Jodorowsky, , and though I never connected with Reygades’ “Silent Light” like many respected friends did, I hereby acknowledge it. My list:
Ahi, esta el detalle (Oro; 1940; Mexico)
The Battle of Chile (Guzman; 1975-79; Chile)
Black Orpheus (Camus; 1959; Brazil)
La Casa del Angel (Nilsson; 1957; Argentina)
City of God (Meirelles; 2002; Brazil)
El – This Strange Passion (Bunuel; 1953; Mexico)
The Exterminating Angel (Bunuel; 1962; Mexico)
Los Olvidados (Bunuel; 1962; Mexico)
Macario (Gavaldon; 1960; Mexico)
Maria Candelaria (Fernandez; 1943; Mexico)
Memories of Underdevelopment (Alea; 1968; Cuba)
The Pearl (Fernandez; 1947; Mexico)
Roma (Cuaron; 2018; Mexico)
Santa Sangre (Jodorowky; 1989; Mexico)
Simon of the Desert (Bunuel; 1965; Mexico)
To the Left of the Father Carvalho; 2001; Brazil)
Undertow (Fuentes-Leon; 2019; Peru/Columbia)
Vidas Secas (Dos Santos; 1963; Brazil)
The Way He Looks (Ribeiro; 2014; Brazil)
Y Tu Mama Tambien (Cuaron; 2001; Mexico)

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1. Mon Oncle Antoine (Claude Jutra, 1971) – 233
2. The Sweet Hereafter (Atom Egoyan, 1997) – 225
3. Jesus of Montreal (Denys Arcand, 1989) – 140
4. Exotica (Atom Egoyan, 1994) – 139
5. Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (Zacharias Kunuk, 2001) – 137.5
6. My Winnipeg (Guy Maddin, 2007) – 124
7. Stories We Tell (Sarah Polley, 2012) – 123.5
8. Mommy (Xavier Dolan, 2014) – 114.5
9. Incendies (Denis Villeneuve, 2010) – 108
10. C.R.A.Z.Y. (Jean-Marc Valée, 2005) – 99.5
11. Black Robe (Bruce Beresford, 1991) – 95
12. The Man Who Planted Trees (Frédéric Back, 1987) – 93.5
13. Dead Ringers (David Cronenberg, 1988) – 92.5
14. Goin’ Down the Road (Donald Shebib, 1970) – 92
15. The Lighthouse (Robert Eggers, 2019) – 84
16. The Witch (Robert Eggers, 2015) – 82
17. Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (François Girard, 1993) – 81.5
18. Neighbours (Norman McLaren, 1952) – 74
19. Away from Her (Sarah Polley, 2006) – 71
20. Crash (David Cronenberg, 1996) – 70
21. Léolo (Jean-Claude Lauzon, 1992) – 70
22. The Red Violin (François Girard, 1998) – 69.5
23. The Heart of the World (Guy Maddin, 2000) – 67.5
24. The Barbarian Invasions (Denys Arcand, 2003) – 64
25. Videodrome (David Cronenberg, 1983) – 61.5
26. The Daytrippers (Greg Mottola, 1996) – 61
27. The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (Ted Kotcheff, 1974) – 57
28. The Brood (David Cronenberg, 1979) – 54.5
29. The Big Snit (Richard Condie, 1985) – 54
30. Laurence Anyways (Xavier Dolan, 2012) – 53.5
31. Warrendale (Allan King, 1967) – 53
32. Last Night (Don McKellar, 1998) – 51
33. Black Soul (Martine Chartrand, 2001) – 50.5
34. Spider (David Cronenberg, 2002) – 50.5
35. Les Ordres (Michel Brault, 1974) – 50
36. A Dangerous Method (David Cronenberg, 2011) – 49
37. Begone Dull Care (Norman McLaren & Evelyn Lambart, 1949) – 47.5
38. The Saddest Music in the World (Guy Maddin, 2003) – 47
39. The Grey Fox (Phillip Borsos, 1982) – 46.5
40. The Cat Came Back (Cordell Barker, 1988) – 44
41. Room (Lenny Abrahamson, 2015) – 42.5
42. Back to God’s Country (David Hartford, 1919) – 40
43. Les bons débarras / Good Riddance (Francis Mankiewicz, 1980) – 40
44. Water (Deepa Mehta, 2005) – 39.5
45. Wavelength (Michael Snow, 1967) – 38
46. A History of Violence (David Cronenberg, 2005) – 36
47. Cave of Forgotten Dreams (Werner Herzog, 2010) – 35
48. Enemy (Denis Villeneuve, 2013) – 34
49. Strange Brew (Rick Moranis & Dave Thomas, 1983) – 34
50. Crac (Frédéric Back, 1980) – 31.5
51. The Adjuster (Atom Egoyan, 1991) – 31
52. New Waterford Girl (Allan Moyle, 1999) – 30
53. No Skin Off My Ass (Bruce La Bruce, 1991) – 29

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