My Favourites from 2016 World Cinema



This year I had planned to give my faithful, comprehensive and well thought out films of the Year list as I had ever done. Beginning from last year this time, I made every effort to see all new releases, not only in mainstream theaters but also on the art house, festival circuits. I tracked down every title from the Indian/Hollywood Blockbuster to foreign and independent titles and even opened up my viewing habits to encompass the exciting new world of streaming and on demand interest viewing. By this time I had in mind a list that would shine as a beacon of good taste and judgement at the end of the year.

After watching so many movies the good bad and ugly, listing out and limiting them to 10 or 15 has been highly difficult. Bear with me for the length of the list and hope you would find some films that I am recommending here good too. (None in the list are placed in any particular order)


Let me start off with Indian Cinema.

Hindi Cinema:

  • Kapoor & Sons | Shakun Batra
  • Aligarh | Hansal Mehta
  • Pink | Aniruddha Roy Chowdury

Telugu Cinema: Kshanam| Ravikanth Perepu

Tamil Cinema: Visaranai| Vetrimaaran

Malayalam Cinema: Jacobinte Swargarajyam | Vineeth Srinivasan

Kannada Cinema: Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu| Hemanth Rao

Marathi Cinema: Natsamrat| Mahesh Manjrekar

Punjabi Cinema: Chauthi Koot | Gurvinder Singh

Bengali Cinema: Cinemawala | Kaushik Ganguly


World Cinema: (Still Pending with 31 films from my most anticipated films list)

  • Ah-ga-ssi| 2016| Chaan-wook Park| South Korea
  • Bacalaureat | 2016| Cristian Mungiu | Romania
  • Beduino | 2016 | Julip Bressane | Switerland
  • Barakah yoqabil Barakah | 2016 | Mohmoud Sabbagh |Saudi Arabia
  • Closet Monster | 2015 | Stephen Dunn | Canada
  • Elle | 2016| Paul Verhoeven | France
  • Happî awâ | 2015 | Ryusuke Hamaguchi | Japan
  • Goksung | 2016 | Hong-jin Na | Korea
  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople | 2016| Taika Waititi| New Zealand
  • Kimi no na wa| Makoto Shinkai| 2016| Japan
  • La Ultima Tierra | 2016 | Pablo Lamar | Netherlands
  • La Langosta | 2015| Yorgos Lanthimos | Irish
  • La loi De La Jungle| 2016| ANtonin Peretjako|
  • L’avenir | 2016 |Mia Hansen Love| France
  • O Ornitólogo| 2016| Joao Pedro Rorigues| Portugal
  • Poesia Sin Fin | 2016| Alejandro Jodorowsky| French Chile
  • Toni Erdmann | 2016 | Maren Ade| Germany (Might win the best Foreign Film Oscar)
  • Tharlo| 2015| Pema Tseden| China
  • The Sky Trembles and the Earth Is Afraid and the Two Eyes Are Not Brothers| 2015| Ben Rivers| UK
  • The VVitch: A New-England Folktale | 2015| Robert Eggers| UK
  • Under the Shadow | 2016 | Babk Anvari | Persia


Here’s my final list of favourites from Hollywood: (Still Pending with 17 Films)

  • 13th| 2016| Ava Duvernay
  • Arrival | 2016| Denis Villeneuve
  • Carol| 2016| Todd Haynes
  • Dont Breathe| 2016| Fede Alvarez
  • Deadpool| 2016
  • Eye in the Sky| 2016| Gavin Hood
  • Everybody Wants Some| 2016| Richard Linklater
  • Green Room | 2015 | Jeremy Saulnier
  • Gleason| 2016| Clay Tweel
  • Hell or High Water| 2016| David Mackenzie
  • I Daniel Blake| 2016| Ken Loach
  • Krisha| 2015| Trey Edward Shults
  • La La Land | 2016| Damien Chazelle
  • O.J.: Made in America| 2016| Ezra Edelman (Best Documentary)
  • Sing Street | 2016| John Carney
  • Swiss Army man| 2016| Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert|
  • Zootopia| 2016| Nyron Howard, Rich Moore

After going through the list I believe you thought back to your favourites too, hoping to see your lists in the comments below. BTW, how many of these have you seen? do comment your counts.

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