Screen Slate Best Movies of 2023: First Viewings & Discoveries and Individual Ballots – Andrea Torres / Carolee, Barbara & Gunvor

Each year Screen Slate invites our dozens of contributors—along with filmmakers, critics, performers, programmers, cinema workers, community organizers, and other friends—to submit their lists of favorite “First Viewings and Discoveries.”

Some of the many special guests this year include Isabelle Huppert, Wim Wenders, Illeana Douglas, Paul Schrader, Isabel Sandoval, John Wilson, Mets director John DeMarsico, Elsie Fisher, Michael Almereyda, Lila Avilés, Radu Jude, and several filmmakers whose work appears in our top 20, such as Frederick Wiseman (Menus-Plaisirs – Les Troisgros), Ira Sachs (Passages), Claire Simon (Our Body), Daniel Goldhaber (How to Blow Up a Pipeline), and Samy Burch (screenwriter, May December).
Responses appear below in the format they were submitted, along with individual “Best of 2023” ballots if submitted.

For the aggregated Best of 2023 list tabulated from these responses, visit here, and see also Amy Taubin’s Top Ten, pulled from the December issue of Artforum.
Our annual end-of-year poll is guest edited by Nicolas Rapold. Art: Steak Mtn. Editorial assistance: Lauren Lee.

Much gratitude to our community for the responses, and look forward to seeing you at the movies in 2024!


  • Mädchen in Uniform (Leontine Sagan, 1931)
  • With Beauty and Sorrow (Masahiro Shinoda, 1965)
  • Vampyres (José Ramón Larraz, 1974)
  • Caged Heat (Jonathan Demme, 1974)
  • A Question of Love (Jerry Thorpe, 1978)
  • A Woman Like Eve (Nouchka van Brakel, 1979)
  • Simone Barbes or Virtue (Marie-Claude Treilhou, 1980)
  • The Mark of Lilith (Bruna Fionda, Polly Gladwin, Zach Mack-Nataf, 1986)
  • The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love (Maria Maggenti, 1995)
  • MURDER and murder (Yvonne Rainer, 1996)
  • Carolee, Barbara & Gunvor (Lynne Sachs, 2018)

A selection of these films and more will screen at Film Forum in February 2024 as part of the two-week series, Sapph-O-Rama!, a celebration of the lesbian film canon and a survey of sapphic cinema through the last century. Programmed by Emily Greenberg and myself.