London: BBC Culture polled 368 film experts from 84 countries in order to find the best films from female filmmakers and New Zealand’s Oscar winning director Jane Campion’s 1993 film “The Piano” topped the list. The result of the poll was released by BBC on November 26 today.
A total of 761 different films were voted for by the experts comprising critics, journalists, festival programmers and academics. In order to make the poll gender-balanced, equal number of women and men were asked to contribute to the poll; and ultimately 185 female voters, 181 male voters, one non-binary person, and one who preferred not to say, took part in it.
Each voter listed 10 favourite films directed by women and interestingly, the majority of films on the list were made since the 1990s. Although the US, France, UK, Germany, Italy, Belgium and Canada were the most popular countries of production, films from Argentina, Iran, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, India, Tunisia and the Czech Republic all appear in the top 100.
The French New Wave pioneer, late Agnes Varda was the most popular director overall, with six films in the top 100, followed by Kathryn Bigelow, Claire Denis, Lynne Ramsay and Sofia Coppola, while Jane Campion’s masterpiece “The Piano” was a worthy winner, with nearly 10 percent of critics placing it as the top film on their ballot. “Cléo from 5 to 7” by Agnès Varda came second followed by films made by Chantal Akerman, Jeanne Dielman, Claire Denis, Sofia Coppola, in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th place respectively.