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Best Undistributed Films of 2023

Our Best Undistributed Films list, voted on by Film Comment contributors worldwide, recognizes the new films that were viewed—at festivals, or elsewhere—in 2023 but did not have U.S. distribution at press time. (Of course, that could change at any moment; keep an eye on FC for future coverage!)

For the best films that received a theatrical or streaming release in the U.S. this year, here’s the Best Films of 2023 list.

Curious to see who voted and for which films? Check out our voters’ individual ballots.

Also online: critic Leo Goldsmith’s list of the Best Short Films of 2023, and filmmaker and programmer Gina Telaroli’s list of the Best Restorations of 2023.

And finally, don’t miss our Best of 2023 Countdown Podcast, featuring guest critics Amy Taubin and Bilge Ebiri.


The Human Surge 3

Eduardo Williams, Argentina/Portugal/Netherlands/Taiwan/Brazil/Hong Kong/Sri Lanka/Peru