5. Love is Strange – Ira Sachs, Mauricio Zacharias
For working, for me, as an antidote to so many homosexual characters in cinema that wallow in self-pity in order to stroke ignorant audiences. Love is Strange simply presumes.
4. The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson
For an obituary in serial form with the last installment missing; snowballing for 100 minutes to a sad and beautiful apogee.
3. Starred Up – Jonathan Asser
For impeccably weaving the grand illusion of virtue in an environment that deconstructs men to their core depravity.
2. Listen Up Philip – Alex Ross Perry
For burrowing into the subconscious like transient memories.
1. The Immigrant – James Gray, Richard Menello
For a staggeringly bleak story of humanity's aborted commitments and the fruitless ambition to make things right.
Runner Up: Two Days, One Night – Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
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