SS Rajamouli’s film features in the global list of Top 50 films of 2022 curated by Sight and Sound magazine. The list also includes Shaunak Sen’s acclaimed documentary All that Breathes.
RRR seems to be on an unstoppable run in the international awards season. SS Rajamouli’s magnum opus has now secured a place in a global list of top 50 films of this year. RRR was placed in the 9th spot.
SS Rajamouli’s magnum opus follows a pre-Independence fictional story set in 1920s that revolves around two real-life Indian revolutionaries: Alluri Sitarama Raju (Ram Charan) and Komaram Bheem (Jr NTR). It also stars Alia Bhatt and Ajay Devgn in pivotal roles.
“As with Rajamouli’s two-film ancient-India saga Bahubali (2015/2017), RRR – ‘Rise! Roar! Revolt!’ – is a spectacle aimed at big rooms, a money-on-the-screen CGI-enabled action fantasy whose hyperreal violence is reminiscent of role-playing video games or the ‘heroic bloodshed’ mode of John Woo… In place of the grinding self-seriousness of the western superhero picture, RRR boasts a kind of Olympian exuberance running through both its action and its musical sequence,” cited the list curated by Sight and Sound Magazine.
And the winner is… AFTERSUN (dir. Charlotte Wells)
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— Sight and Sound magazine (@SightSoundmag) December 20, 2022
Another Indian film that made it to the same list was Shaunak Sen’s documentary All that Breathes. The film has been lauded internationally, winning awards at the Sundance Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival among others. The film secured the 32nd spot. The section cited, “In the dingy environs of a concrete workshop on a tumbledown street in north-east Delhi – in the smoggy skies above and the waste grounds below – Shaunak Sen’s deft, visionary documentary finds the modern city teeming with life, which is to say a crucible of struggle, ferment, resilience and reinvention. ‘Evolution favours experimentation,’ we’re told in this fraught fable of two brothers aiding Delhi’s black kites as they fall out of the sky. The film suggests a spiral dance between the possibility and the necessity of adaptation.”
Charlotte Well’s debut feature Aftersun was ranked first in the list. Aftersun tells the story of a young father-daughter duo Calum and Sophie (played by Paul Mescal and Frankie Corio respectively) who spend a summer at a Turkish resort on the eve of his 31st birthday.
See the top 10 from the list below.
1. AFTERSUN (Dir Charlotte Wells, UK/USA)
2. SAINT OMER (Dir. Alice Diop, France)
3. DECISION TO LEAVE (Dir. Park Chanwook, South Korea)
4. THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN (Dir. Martin McDonagh, Ireland/UK/USA)
5. ALL THE BEAUTY AND THE BLOODSHED (Dir. Laura Poitras, USA)
6. NOPE (Dir. Jordan Peele, USA)
7. ONE FINE MORNING) (Dir. Mia Hansen-Løve, France/Germany)
8. EO (Dir. Jerzy Skolimowski, Poland/Italy)
9. RRR (RISE ROAR REVOLT) (Dir. S.S. Rajamouli, India)
10. TÁR (Dir. Todd Field, USA)