Every ten years, the British Film Institute (BFI) brings together film critics, journalists, programmers and academics to ask them to nominate the best film of all time. The resulting list, which is published in Sight & Sound magazine , is considered one of the most prestigious in the world. Like the passing of a comet near Earth, the launch of this ranking brings together, decade after decade, moviegoers of all stripes, expecting to know where The Godfather has been ranked , how many Studio Ghibli films have made the cut and, of course, which film has taken the highest position in the top and will enjoy the title of best film in history for the next ten years.

This year, the BFI has organized its largest survey to date, asking more than 1,600 participants for their top 10 film buffs. Adding up the votes, this ranking is left, from which Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles , has emerged as the winner , officially the best film in history (at least for the next ten years). The experimental drama directed by the Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman has ousted Vertigo , by Alfred Hitchcock, which triumphed in the last poll, conducted in 2012. It is the first time that a woman has entered the top ten of the list and, therefore, also the first time that a female director takes first place.

This year’s winning film boasts a style that is closer to the avant-garde than to mainstream tradition , and its almost three and a half hours long are demanding on the viewer. As academic Laura Mulvey puts it in an article published by the BFI to celebrate the appointment, “the experimental tradition, to which Jeanne Dielman belongs , is absent from this list — except, perhaps, for the recent appearance of The Man with the Camera (1929), by Dziga Vertov. Despite having brought this tradition to the top of the list, Jeanne Dielmanit is above all a one-woman film, consciously feminist in its turn towards the avant-garde. In its content, the film shows the collapse of a Belgian bourgeois housewife, mother and part-time prostitute, over the course of three days. In its form, it captures the domestic routine of the woman in an extended time and from a fixed camera position. With a film that agonizingly portrays the oppression of women, Akerman transforms cinema, so often an instrument of that very oppression, into a liberating force.

Where to see the best movie ever

After discovering Jeanne Dielman (or, if you already knew her, after finding out that she has been awarded such recognition), surely you have wanted to see what from yesterday and ten years from now is considered the best film in history . Well, we’re sorry to tell you that, for the moment, Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles cannot be seen on any platform in Spain. In the UK, the winner is available on the BFI Player, but unless you live there or have a VPN, you won’t be able to watch it from our country. However, the BFI platform does have around 40 other titles on the list available for playback outside the British region.

By the way: every decade, the British Film Institute also asks film directors for their opinion, who make their list separately. This year, the filmmakers have chosen Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey as the best film of all time according to the professionals. You can watch this streaming with a subscription on HBO Max and Movistar+, and rent or buy it on many other platforms.