Like every year, the American Film Institute has unveiled a list of its favorite films, listed in alphabetical order. And the 2021 vintage includes as many feature films released in theaters as on platforms, and brings together some great directors.
1. The best films of 2021 according to AFI
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December isn’t just about advent calendars and other gift searches. This is also the time to take stock, calmly. And to look back on a cinema year a little richer than the previous one, marked by the pandemic and the closings of theaters around the world.
Among the most anticipated tops, that of the very serious American Film Institute, author of the list of the 100 best films of all time to which many refer regularly. As every year, AFI has only selected “than” ten feature films, listed in alphabetical order, while special prizes were awarded to Belfast of Kenneth branagh and the documentary Summer of soul of Questlove.
In the list of the ten best films of 2021, we will note the presence of CODA, American remake of La Famille Bélier. Which is only half a surprise, given its success at the Sundance Film Festival and the auction won by Apple TV + to purchase the rights to the feature film from Siân Heder, the only top director with Jane campion, for The Power of the Dog.
The first winner of a Palme d’Or, the director is one of those great authors such as Steven spielberg, Paul thomas anderson, Joel coen Where Guillermo del Toro, whose presence was expected, and which we could find at the Oscars on March 27, 2022.
Note also that there is only one first feature film (the Tick, Tick… Boom! of Lin-Manuel Miranda) and that the list includes as many films passed through theaters as through streaming platforms. With Dune and The Williams Method to make the link, since released in the cinema and HBO Max simultaneously.
Present in the AFI Top, “West Side Story” has been on view in theaters since December 8: