feature: Dublin Film Critics Circle announce their Best Films of 2013

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feature: Dublin Film Critics Circle announce their Best Films of 2013

As you may or may not know, I’m a member of the Dublin Film Critic Circle (DFCC), a motley collection of film critics based in Dublin who probably spend even more time talking about film than you might think.

Every year, around this time, we gather together in a forest around a barrel fire and take turns duking it out to crown one critic The Champion, one woman (or man) to rule them all and decide… which films will be our films of the year.

Or not.

2013 was actually a pretty good year to be reviewing movies. There was a wealth of good films this year and some great performances. To give you an idea, in this year’s poll there were votes for 38 different actors in the Best Actor category. Also, there’s only one category with no ties.

By the way, we only go with films that were on general release in cinemas in Ireland – so no 12 Years a Slave on our list. That doesn’t hit our shores till 10th January 2014. Maybe next year Steve McQueen.

Anyway, without further ado. Here are the films you SHOULD have seen this year.


1.   Gravity
2.   The Great Beauty
3.   Act of Killing
4.   Blue is the Warmest Colour
5.   Before Midnight
6.   Behind the Candelabra
7.   Django Unchained
8.   Beyond the Hills
9.   Selfish Giant
      Blue Jasmine
      Zero Dark Thirty
10. What Maisie Knew


1.   Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity)
2.   Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty)
3.   Clio Barnard (The Selfish Giant)
4.   Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty)
      Abdellatif Kechiche (Blue is the Warmest Colour)
      Steven Soderbergh (Behind the Candelabra)
      Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained)
5.   Ben Wheatley (A Field in England)
6.   Richard Linklater (Before Midnight)
7.   Derek Cianfrance (The Place Beyond the Pines)
8.   Shane Carruth (Upstream Colour)
9.   Cristian Mungiu (Beyond the Hills)
10.  Joshua Oppenheimer (Act of Killing)
      Woody Allen (Blue Jasmine)


1.   Before Midnight
2.   The Great Beauty
3.   Nebraska
      Django Unchained
4.   Blue Jasmine
5.   Blue is the Warmest Colour
6.   The Place Beyond the Pines
7.   Prisoners
8.   Compliance
9.   Mud
10.  Selfish Giant
      Behind the Candelabra


1.   Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
2.   Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips)
3.   Michael Douglas (Behind the Candelabra)
4.   Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
5.   Tom Servillo (The Great Beauty)
6.   Matthew McConaughey (Mud)
7.   Hugh Jackman (Prisoners)
8.   Leonardo DiCaprio (Django Unchained)
      Brady Corbet (Simon Killer)
9.   Ethan Hawke (Before Midnight)
      Daniel Bruhl (Rush)
10.  Gael Garcia Bernal (No)


1.   Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
2.   Adéle Exarchopoulos (Blue is the Warmest Colour)
3.   Judi Dench (Philomena)
4.   Emma Thompson (Saving Mr Banks)
      Julie Delpy (Before Midnight)
5.   Paulina Garcia (Gloria)
6.   Rooney Mara (Side Effects)
      Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
7.   Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha)
8.   Julianne Moore (What Maisie Saw)
      Emilie Dequeene (Our Children)
9.   Lake Bell (In a World…)
10.  Onata Aprile (What Maisie Said)


1.   Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity, To the Wonder)
2.   Luca Bigazzi (The Great Beauty)
3.   Roger Deakins (Prisoners)
4.   Sean Bobbit (The Place Beyond the Pines)
5.   Bradford Young (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints)
6.   Larry Smith (Only God Forgives)
7.   Phedon Papamichael (Nebraska)
      Simon Duggan (The Great Gatsby)
8.   Benoit Debie (Spring Breakers)
9.   Mike Eley (The Selfish Giant)
      Barry Ackroyd (Captain Phillips)
10.  Sergio Armstrong (No)
      Oleg Mutu (Beyond the Hills)


1.   Act of Killing
2.   Blackfish
3.   West of Memphis
4.   Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story
5.   The Summit
6.   We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks
7.   McCullin
8.   Beware of Mr Baker
9.   The Gatekeepers
10.  Michael H – Profession: Director


1.   Good Vibrations
2.   Pilgrim Hill
3.   Broken Song
4.   The Irish Pub
5.   The Summit
6.   Life’s a Breeze
7.   The Hardy Bucks Movie
8.   Very Extremely Dangerous
9.   Jump
      Black Ice
10.  Kelly & Victor


Adele Exarchopoulos


Lake Bell
Joshua Oppenheimer

Many thanks to Tara Brady, DFCC President, for whipping us all into shape over the last year!

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