ScreenAnarchy's Best Of 2013 - Best Director

Asian Editor; Hong Kong, China (@Marshy00)
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The year that was 2013 has run its course, so the time has come for Team ScreenAnarchy to pool its ever-growing troupe of contributors from the four corners of the planet, gather its collective thoughts and pay special tribute to those films that have made a particularly strong impact over the past twelve months. 

Behind every great film there is its director, the captain of the ship, guiding the project from page to screen. This years selection of championed auteurs runs the gamut from revered masters still performing at the top of their game decades into their career, to young up-and-coming filmmakers whose impact on the medium has been powerful and immediate, and whose influence may yet be felt for years to come. Here's our list:

Todd Brown, Peter Martin, Ryland Aldrich, Brian Clark, Ben Umstead, Jaime Grijalba Gomez, Shelagh Rowan-Legg, Ard Vijn, Patryk Czekaj, Joshua Chaplinsky, Eric Ortiz Garcia, Niels Matthijs, Patrick Holzapfel, Kurt Halfyard, Christopher O'Keeffe, Dustin Chang, J Hurtado, Jim Tudor, Ben Croll, Pierce Conran, Jason Gorber, Ernesto Zelaya Miñano and Kwenton Bellette contributed to this story.

Steve McQueen - 12 Years A Slave

Brian Clark - European Editor

Ben Croll - Contributing writer
I don't want to have another tie, so I'll say that both McQueen and Cuaron succeed in creating utterly immersive worlds, resulting in works that we don't just watch, but actually live. Only, McQueen is saddled with a fraction of the budget, a script of (though beautifully written) arch and unfamiliar dialogue and a subject matter that inspires revulsion rather than wonder.

Jason Gorber - Featured Critic
He's brusque, but incredibly on form in this film, a beautiful mix of art and tragedy. I cheekily exclaimed after first screening that I'd like to sit Spike Lee and Terence Mallick down to watch what McQueen does so they can learn what they've been doing wrong for the last decade and a half.

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  • CJ

    No-one this year innovated more and married phenomenal technique (and budget) to seemless storytelling than Alfonso Cuaron in GRAVITY.

    As for Steve McQueen, it seems that his subject matter always asks for the most raw, unobtrusive style to make it most effective on screen. But then he has to go and load his movies with artsy pretentious horseshit.

  • Lightning

    No animation movie director??
    Miyazaki & Makoto Shinkai deserve to be here.

    Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity is the best I've seen this year. I haven't seen Wolf of Wall Street. But it's supposed to be good.

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