Jenny Nulf's Top 10 Films in 2020
"2020 didn't take away my love for cinema"
At the beginning of 2020 I went to a Hyperreal Film Club event for Wong Kar-wai's Fallen Angels. I hadn't seen it yet and I wanted to before the restorations hit theatres later that year (spoiler: They are online now). Sitting in a room crammed with cinephiles was one of my favorite ways to pass the time, and not even a month later, that privilege was taken away from me when COVID-19 made its way to America.
The pandemic hit me hard. I was an unemployed film distributor, programmer, and critic. My whole world revolved around theatrical screenings. But I tried not to see my outlook as bleak. I shoveled in older cinema, discovering directors I fell in love with (thank you, Criterion Channel, for bringing Maurice Pialat to my attention) and diving into filmographies of directors I already adored (Nobuhiko Obayashi's His Motorbike, Her Island has been on my mind since August). I pushed myself to watch more diverse films like The Watermelon Woman (1996), and classics like The Goddess (1934) for the first time, and I am a better critic for it. In the end, 2020 didn't take away my love for cinema: It expanded it.
1) Fallen Angels (2020 restoration)
3) First Cow
4) I'm Thinking of Ending Things
7) Lovers Rock ("Small Axe" anthology)
9) Another Round
10) The Woman Who Ran