The results ended with a tie for the number one spot between Sarah Polley's Away From Her and Jean-Marc Vallée's C.R.A.Z.Y. They also made the unusual decision to extend the list to 12, so that there are a full 10 fiction films - as if the two documentaries (The Corporation and Manufactured Landscapes) that made the list somehow might not count.
Four Quebec films made the list. In addition to C.R.A.Z.Y. were Les Invasions Barbares (The Barbarian Invasions), J’ai tué ma mère (I Killed My Mother) and Polytechnique. Two of the films were made in India - Deepa Mehta's Water and Amal by Richie Mehta (unrelated).
All of the films are excellent, worthy choices. I myself selected Atanarjuat The Fast Runner and Les Invasions Barbares for my best-of-the-decade list (2000-2009).
On December 14, 2010, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) will reveal the top 10 best features and top 10 best short films of 2010 for the 10th annual Canada’s Top Ten.
Playback Magazine's top Canadian films of the decade 2001-2010
1. Away From Her (2006)
Sarah Polley (writer/director), Daniel Iron, Simone Urdl and Jennifer Weiss (producers)
Jean-Marc Vallée (writer/director), François Boulay (writer), Pierre Even (producer)
3. Water (2005)
Deepa Mehta (writer/director), David Hamilton (producer)
4. Les Invasions Barbares (The Barbarian Invasions) (2003)
Denys Arcand (writer/director), Daniel Louis and Denise Robert (producers)
5. Atanarjuat The Fast Runner (2001)
Zacharias Kunuk (director/producer), Paul Apak Angilirq (writer/producer), Norman Cohn, Zacharias Kunuk and Germaine Wong (producers)
6. Eastern Promises (2007)
David Cronenberg (director), Steve Knight (writer), Robert Lantos, Tracy Seaward, Paul Webster (producers)
7. The Corporation (2003)
Jennifer Abbott (director), Mark Achbar (writer/director/producer), Bart Simpson (producer), Joel Bakan, Harold Crooks (writers)
8. It’s All Gone Pete Tong (2004)
Michael Dowse (writer/director), Allan Niblo and James Richardson (producers)
9. Amal (2007)
Richie Mehta (writer/director), Shaun Mehta (writer), Steven Bray (producer)
10. J’ai tué ma mère (I Killed My Mother) (2009)
Xavier Dolan (writer/director/producer)
11. Manufactured Landscapes (2006)
Jennifer Baichwal (director/producer), Daniel Iron and Nick de Pencier (producers)
12. Polytechnique (2009)
Denis Villeneuve (writer/director), Jacques Davidts (writer), Don Carmody and Maxime Rémillard (producers)