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Paul Schrader Tops His List Of The Best Of 2021

The best time of year for moviegoers has arrived… as long as those moviegoers love the charts. In recent weeks the ban has been opened for all kinds of industry personalities to publish their summary of the 2021 harvest, while the media and Twitter users are preparing their own.

Throughout these types of calls there are long-awaited specific lists such as that of John Waters (who at the last minute replaced Parallel Mothers with the latest from the director of The Human Centipede, The Onania Club ), and also others that attract public attention for the most unexpected reasons.

This is what has happened with Paul Schrader , legendary director and screenwriter who has surprised locals and strangers as a result of the film that tops his list of the best of the year. Screen Slate has compiled the preferences of filmmakers such as Guy Maddin , the Safdie brothers, Jim Jarmusch and the writer of Taxi Driver , and the latter has had the renown to consider the best film of 2021 precisely the one he has directed. In other words, The Letter Counter , an acclaimed film that we will be able to see in Spain from December 31st , after a triumphant tour of festivals.

Schrader is convinced that he has done a great job with this drama starring Oscar Isaac , and he dispenses with empty modesty to place her at the top of the list. The rest of the titles are not so surprising, although they are varied: following The Card Counter is Memory , by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Then there is La isla de Bergman , by Mia Hansen-Løve , and the already mentioned Parallel Mothers by Pedro Almodóvar . Belfast of Kenneth Branagh is one of the major contenders for the next Oscar (in Spain we will see next January 28), and appears at the equator of Schrader’s list.

Close the selection A hero of Asghar Farhadi (scheduled for February 18 in our country), documentary Rescue in the depths of Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin and West Side Story by Steven Spielberg (premiering this December 22 ). Last on the list are a musical documentary, Velvet Underground by Todd Haynes , and Spencer by Pablo Larraín . It remains to be seen, now, whether Schrader’s pride in The Card Counter it spreads to upcoming lists and awards ceremonies.

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