I still haven’t seen some of the major 2016 releases (Moonlight, I Daniel Blake, La La Land etc.), but I hope this list nonetheless provides some good movie suggestions. Anyhow, before you continue to the link where you will find a full list of my cinematic winners, here are some special mentions:
Most memorable animal performance: Marvin the dog in Paterson.
Scene most likely to make you cry from laughter: birthday party in Toni Erdmann.
Best coming-of-age scene: Estela trying to figure out how to use a tampon in California.
The most heartbreaking scene: Mina putting on a burka before going to beg on streets of Kabul in Mina Walking (special mention: dog trying to survive on a deserted island in Family Film).
Most emotional music scene: Ines performing Whitney Houston’s »The Greatest Love of All« in Toni Erdmann (special mention: music scenes in As I Open My Eyes).
Best film about Yugoslavia’s space program: Houston, we have a problem!
Most brilliantly bizzare scene of the year: Daniel Radcliffe’s farting corpse in Swiss Army Man.
Best LGBT film: The Handmaiden (special mentions: Don’t Call Me Son, Being 17, Closet Monster).
Film that proved Kevin Smith smokes way too much pot: Yoga Hosers.
Film that made me wish Seth Rogen will never make another animated film: Sausage Party.
Film that takes eroticism to a whole new level: The Handmaiden.
Film that dares to call Slavoj Žižek a »fishy philosopher«: Things to Come.
Best funeral scene: Captain Fantastic.
Best sweaters: Chevalier.
Film that everyone should see but probably almost no one will: Certain Women.