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The Souvenir: Part II directed by Joanna Hogg
The Souvenir: Part II directed by Joanna Hogg

Sight and Sound, the BFI’s international film magazine, named Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir Part II the Best Film of the Year. Hogg’s glorious follow up to The Souvenir (2019) stars Honor Swinton Byrne, alongside Richard Ayoade, Tilda Swinton, Jaygann Ayeh and Harris Dickinson in this semi-autobiographical portrait of the birth of a filmmaker. This is the second time Joanna Hogg has topped the Sight and Sound annual poll, following The Souvenir coming in first place in 2019 and the first time a woman has topped the Sight and Sound poll twice. This is the third year in a row where the poll has been topped by a British film.

Sight and Sound Editor in Chief Mike Williams said: “Congratulations to Joanna Hogg for topping our poll for a second time, becoming the first female director to do that. The list that she heads is wide-ranging and colorfully international, and it’s exciting to see such a plurality of voices being represented – proof if it were needed that while the pandemic may have impacted on the way we watch films, it’s not dimmed the brilliance of the people that make them. The Souvenir Part II is a powerful and personal film about the art, love and struggle of filmmaking as much as a story about grief and identity, and in a year where so much talk has been about the struggles and recoveries of the industry, its victory feels particularly apt.”

Sight and Sound’s Top 10 films of 2021

  1. THE SOUVENIR PART II (Dir. Joanna Hogg)
  2. PETITE MAMAN (Dir. Céline Sciamma)
  3. DRIVE MY CAR (Dir. Ryûsuke Hamaguchi)
  4. MEMORIA (Dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
  5. TITANE (Dir. Julia Ducournau)
  6. THE POWER OF THE DOG (Dir. Jane Campion)
  7. WHAT DO WE SEE WHEN WE LOOK AT THE SKY? (Dir. Aleksandre Koberidze)
  8. SUMMER OF SOUL (…OR, WHEN THE REVOLUTION COULD NOT BE TELEVISED) (Dir. Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson)
  9. ANNETTE (Dir. Leos Carax)
  10. WHEEL OF FORTUNE AND FANTASY (Dir. Ryûsuke Hamaguchi)
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