We recommend: The 29 best series and films of 2020 according to critics of the BBC, Latin America and Spain

The confinement in 2020 led more than one to replace a cinema seat for the armchair in the room.

For others, interest (and perhaps time too) in series increased.

This group of critics and specialized journalists consulted by BBC Mundo give their verdict on the best of the year.

Here the list. Enjoy it!

Selection by Hugh Montgomery, television journalist for BBC Culture

The anthology directed by Briton Steve McQueen includes five made-for-television films that tell different stories of West Indian immigrants living in London from the 1960s to 1980s. Their lives “have been shaped by their own strength of will despite the racism and discrimination ”, indicates a review by the BBC. “It’s an incredibly important show because it puts the spotlight on a part of the British experience that has somehow been cut off from our education,” Montgomery describes.

Normal People (serie)

It’s a torturous love story in the form of one of the most moving shows of the year. It is an adaptation of a great novel of the same name by the writer Sally Rooney and tells the story of two young lovers as they become adults on an epic scale because each episode lasts 30 minutes and there are 12. It has a beautiful aesthetic style and the interpretations are fantastic, in particular that of Paul Mescal in his role as the protagonist.

Mrs America (serie)

This series is about a key conservative woman in American history, Phyllis Schlafly, who managed to keep the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) from passing in the 1970s in America. . It was obvious that the cast would be fantastic with Cate Blanchett starring and other actresses playing members of the feminist movement like Rose Byrne and Tracey Ullman. But the story, which may have been a bit dry, is very well told by focusing on the clash of values ​​in America from what we now call the culture war.

Schitt’s Creek (Series)

This comedy was the big winner in the past Emmys thanks to its last season, the most successful too. It’s fantastic how a show can be filled with so much joy, warmth, and love and so absent from cynicism. It tells the story of a wealthy family that loses almost everything and is forced to move to a rural town. With that premise, he could have caricatured the interaction between metropolitan people and small town people. But the brilliance of the series is that it is never condescending, it is not cruel, and it manages to laugh at the characters themselves without malicious intent.

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May Destroy You (serie)

This show is unlike any you’ve seen before, it defies categorization. A work by Michaela Coel based on a dark chapter in her life, when she suffered sexual abuse. The series presents the aftermath of the event and we see the character, Coel herself, dealing with her trauma. The interesting thing is that it is not a series of a single theme but of many, it has many layers. It’s also about gender, race, and it’s made with impressive energy. Sometimes it feels like we are in the character’s mind. Coel is also brilliant as an actress and screenwriter.

Selection by Nicholas Barber, film critic and arts journalist for BBC Culture

“Wolfwalkers: Wolf Spirit” (film)

Anyone who has seen The Secret of Kells or Song of the Sea will recognize the Celtic mysticism and ornamental animation of its director, Tomm Moore. But Wolfwalkers is his most charming cartoon. The brave heroine is Robyn, the daughter of an English hunter living in Ireland in the mid 1600s. He has a job to get rid of wolves in a forest near Kilkenny, but when Robyn goes out to explore, he discovers that one of the wolves can transform into a girl. This is a cartoon about magic that actually feels magical. The girls’ battles against the destroying adults are great fun and each frame is a work of art.

I’m Thinking of Ending Things (“I think in the end”) (film)

This mind-blowing Charlie Kaufman drama is unlike any other film of the year or any year, really. Based on an adaptation of a novel by Iain Reid, it stars Jessie Buckley, who plays a young woman who meets her boyfriend’s eccentric parents. Nothing bad happens, but things are not good either: the clothes and ages of the characters change constantly and the protagonist is never sure of her name. The film is ultimately a powerfully melancholic treatise on the brevity of life and love. It can be confusing, but it is undoubtedly moving.

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The Personal History of David Copperfield (película)

This incredibly creative and lighthearted film from writer-director Armando Iannucci is a remarkable achievement that raises the bar for Charles Dickens adaptations. The most ingenious thing is that it is a celebration of the author’s prose, but it is also wonderfully cinematic, with the use of vibrant color, split screens, voiceovers and fantasy sequences.

Da Five Bloods (“5 bloods”) (film)

In this Spike Lee epic, four retired US Army soldiers return to Vietnam, 50 years after the war, to search for the remains of their beloved squad leader, and to collect some gold bars that they buried alongside him in Jungle. Da Five Bloods stands out as an action-packed war movie, a poignant analysis of the aftermath of the conflict, and a sharp treatise on America’s institutional racism. It also gained notoriety due to the performance of Chadwick Boseman, who passed away from cancer in August.

Selection of Mariana Linares Cruz, Mexican film and television journalist

“I’m not here anymore” (film)

Directed by Fernando Frías, it tells the story of Ulises, a 17-year-old boy who lives in Monterrey, Nuevo León, in a neighborhood of extreme poverty and who is also gradually immersed in the dynamics of organized crime. I recommend this fiction film because in addition to reflecting a Mexican context of youth and adolescence, it uses music, in particular this urban expression called “kolombia”, which unites Colombian cumbia with the rhythm of the north, to accompany the Ulysses’ journey through history. The film will represent Mexico in the next installment of the Oscars if it is selected for the non-English speaking category.

“The three deaths of Marisela Escobedo” (documentary)

Directed by Carlos Pérez Osorio and produced by journalist Laura Woldenberg, it is a journey and tribute to the last years of Mexican activist Marisela Escobedo, who sought to do justice after the femicide of her daughter. I think this documentary is very important for the year we live in, in which gender violence, especially in Mexico and Latin America, increased in quantity and severity. In a certain way it is, on the one hand, not to forget the path to justice, and on the other hand it is also a way of making documentaries from respect, from non-apology and from the accompaniment of the families themselves.

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“Rapper at 40” (film)

It’s kind of a weird hybrid of autobiography with fiction, with documentary self-fiction, by artist Radha Blank. I loved it because this film is love and humor but also self-criticism and criticism, a kind of archeology of the rap and hip hop scene in New York and a bit of what it means to be a black woman at 40 in 2020 in the United States. Her relationship with the younger generations is very important because she is a teacher and through art she tries to convey to teenagers in a Brooklyn neighborhood how to fall in love with life.

The Midnight Gospel(serie)

It is a podcast made series of animation by two greats, Duncan Trussell, who makes the podcast, and Pendleton Ward, in charge of animation. It’s a very crazy intergalactic cosmic journey of a character who interviews or has conversations with different celebrities on very deep topics. They talk about death, reincarnation, addictions, grief. It is a series that does demand a lot from the viewer because the audio happens at the same time while the image happens in another galaxy. I recommend seeing her alone and with headphones.

“Nobody knows I’m here” (film)

This Chilean film directed by Gaspar Antillo tells the story of a singing boy whose talent is used by another boy, who is conventionally beautiful and a star. Over the years and into adulthood, that child who gave up his identity now decides to change things. It is a drama set in very Chilean landscapes with lagoons and immense skies, which makes nature also an important character. The story is one of redemption, justice, and hope.

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