‘The Master’ tops British Film Institute’s ‘Sight & Sound’ rankings

Still from 'The Master' with Philip Seymour Hoffman. – AFP picStill from 'The Master' with Philip Seymour Hoffman. – AFP picLONDON, Dec 4 – Critics from the British Film Institute hailed Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master” as the best film of the year in their annual Sight & Sound rankings.

The nearly one hundred cinema industry professionals gathered at the event ranked Paul Thomas Anderson’s movie, which was screened at the Venice film festival in September, as the cream of this year’s crop, ahead of Portuguese filmmaker Michel Gomes’s “Tabu”, a black and white period drama set in colonial times.

The next three slots are held by favorites of the Cannes crowd: “Amour”, which earned the Palme d’Or in 2012, comes in third, ahead of Leos Carax’s “Holy Motors” and “Beasts of the Southern Wild”, which earned a Golden Camera for its director Benh Zeitlin.

Small budget indie horror flick “Berberian Sound Studio” finished sixth, followed by Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom”.

Cristian Mungiu’s “Beyond the Hills”, David Cronenberg’s “Cosmopolis” and Turkish/Bosnian production “Once Upon a Time in Anatolia”, directed by Niru Bilge Ceylan, round out the top ten.

Eleventh place went to “This Is Not a Film”, a documentary codirected by Mojtaba Mirtahmaseb and Jafar Pahani, considered enemies of the State and under arrest in their Iranian homeland.

In years past, the Sight & Sound ranking has bestowed its highest honors on such films as “Brokeback Mountain” (2005), “Hunger” (2008), “A Prophet” (2009), “The Social Network” (2010) and “The Tree of Life” (2011). – AFP-Relaxnews

Still from ‘The Master’ with Philip Seymour Hoffman. – Picture courtesy of ©The Weisntein Company