Documentary about music therapy and dementia that was a big hit at the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Film Festival.
Critically acclaimed documentary about Amy Winehouse was also a roaring success at the box office (as far as documentaries go).
Ruben Ostlund's drama-slash-pitch-black-comedy about a Swedish family staying at a resort in the French Alps drew several comparisons to art-house superstar Michael Haneke among its heaps of critical praise and industry awards, which itself is pretty high praise.
Andrey Zvyagintsev's latest masterpiece, a treatise on power and its abuses, drew raves from numerous critics and scored a Best Foreign Language Picture Golden Globe as well as a nomination for the same at the Oscars.
I'll let the New York Times' Manohla Dargis speak for Frederick Wiseman's latest documentary masterpiece, "Magnificent... The movie is at once specific and general, fascinating in its pinpoint detail and transporting in its cosmic reach. It's about art and process, money and mystery. . . (a) privileged three-hour virtual tour of the museum."
Zaza Urushadze's Estonian/Georgian life-during-wartime drama secured him Best Foreign Language Feature nominations at both the Oscars and the Golden Globes. He could also paper the walls of his home with all the little laurel icons he won for special film festival awards.