Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir Is Sight & Sound’s Best Film of the Year

Sight & Sound, the BFI’s international film magazine, has unveiled it’s Top Ten films of the year.

Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir (2019) has been named the Best Film of the Year. Hogg’s film is the first British film to win the top spot since Steve McQueen‘s Hunger in 2008.

The bets films results are taken from a poll the magazine has with 100 international critics, programmers and academics who contribute to the magazine. This includes UK and American releases from 2019.

In the second spot is Bong Joon-Ho‘s darkly comic thriller Parasite (out in the UK February 2020). Third place is Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman (available now on Netflix)

Related:Film Review – The Souvenir (2019)

An autobiographically inspired drama, The Souvenir is a deeply personal examination of Hogg’s own youthful experiences and the result is a beautifully crafted portrait of self-discovery. The film, which is executive produced by Martin Scorsese, won the World Cinema Dramatic Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival where it received its World Premiere, and is nominated for eight awards at the British Independent Film Awards including Best British Independent Film and Best Director.

Sight & Sound’s January issue will include an in-depth interview with Joanna Hogg.

Director of THE SOUVENIR Joanna Hogg says: “It’s an honour and pleasure for the film to be recognised by the critics, programmers and academics who have contributed to this year’s poll. The success of THE SOUVENIR has been in no small part due to the passionate support of its many champions within the industry and for that I and my collaborators are immensely grateful.”

The top 10 films are as follows:
1 THE SOUVENIR Joanna Hogg
2 PARASITE Bong Joon-ho
3 THE IRISHMAN Martin Scorsese
4 ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD Quentin Tarantino [review]
6 PAIN AND GLORY Pedro Almodóvar
8 BAIT Mark Jenkin [review]
9 US Jordan Peele [review]

The list shows off the strength of World Cinema with Parasite, Portrait Of A Lady On Fire, Pain And Glory, Atlantics, Vitalina Varela all in the Top Ten. This trend continues into the Top 20 which includes Happy As Lazaro, Martin Eden ,Monos  and For Sama .

The Top 20  also consists of a significant number of films selected for 2019’s BFI London Film Festival including The Irishman, and outside the Top 20  include Uncut Gems, The Lighthouse, Marriage Story.

Editor in Chief Mike Williams says: “Nothing starts an argument like a roundup of the year’s best films, and I expect Sight & Sound’s 2019 Best Film of the Year list to spark as much passionate debate as ever this time around. That said, this year’s winner – Joanna Hogg’s remarkable THE SOUVENIR – was the overwhelming choice of our 100 voting critics. No squabbles there then. The year’s big film stories have been dominated by the works and opinions of established male industry titans, so it’s encouraging and exciting that a British female director has triumphed so emphatically with such an uncompromised, autobiographical story.”

The full results are available online today at and the full Top 50 is published in Sight & Sound’s January 2020 issue available digitally from today, Friday 29 November and on newsstands by Thursday 5 December.

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