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“Carol” voted as the best queer film in BFI’s poll

To honor the 30th anniversary of the British Film Institute’s LGBT film festival, the BFI polled over 100 filmmakers, critics, and programmers on their favorite queer films. On top was found the most recent movie of all, Todd Haynes’ “Carol.”

The poll’s methodology did not require voters to rank their choices, so “Carol” won by being on the dint of the most total ballots, 28 in all.

Andrew Haigh’s “Weekend,” which was recently banned from from being exhibited in over a thousand Italian cinemas, finished in second, with Wong Kar-Wai’s “Happy Together,” Ang Lee’s “Brokeback Mountain,” and Jennie Livingston’s “Paris Burning” rounding out the Top 5. “Paris” was one of only two documentaries to make the list, the other being Shirley Clarke’s still-controversial “Portrait of Jason,” part of a seven-way tie for 27th place.

The majority of films were made by LGBT directors, and about a third focus on female protagonists, which is also the rough proportion of movies dating before 1985. Nine of the top 33, or about a quarter, feature people of color in leading roles, and 14 of them are in languages other than English.

Notable by their absence, although most finished further down the list: “Boys Don’t Cry,” “Born in Flames, “Heavenly Creatures,” “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,” and “But I’m a Cheerleader,” as well anything by Marlon Riggs, Derek Jarman, Kenneth Anger, François Ozon, Xavier Dolan, Tsai Ming-Liang, Terence Davies, John Waters, Andy Warhol, Gregg Araki, Barbara Hammer or Sadie Benning.

The presence of recent films at the top of the list makes for a striking contrast with Sight & Sound’s poll of the greatest films of all time, which features only three movies from 1980 or later in its top 30.

The Top 33 LGBT FIlms of All Time
1. “Carol”
2. “Weekend”
3. “Happy Together”
4. “Brokeback Mountain”
5. “Paris Is Burning”
6. “Tropical Malady”
7. My Beautiful Laundrette”
8. “All About My Mother”
9. “Un chant d’amour”
10. “My Own Private Idaho”
11. “Tangerine”
“The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant”
“Blue Is the Warmest Color”
14. “Mädchen in Uniform”
“Show Me Love”
“Orlando”
17. “Victim”
18. “Je, tu, il, elle”
19. “Looking for Langston”
20. “Beau Travail”
“Beautiful Thing”
22. “Stranger by the Lake”
“Theorem”
“The Watermelon Woman”
“Pariah”
“Mulholland Drive”
27. “Portrait of Jason”
“Dog Day Afternoon”
“Death in Venice”
“Pink Narcissus”
“Sunday Bloody Sunday”
“Tomboy”
“Funeral Parade of Roses”

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