I have not seen:
Color Me Kubrick
The Death of Mr. Lazarescu
Tristram Shandy: A **** and Bull Story
Vers Le Sud
The World's Fastest Indian
Lawrence, I've seen the above from your list. i didn't really care for Deepa Mehta's Water, a Canadian-Indian co-production.
Colour Me Kubrick, A True---ish Story by Stanley's longtime assistant director Brian W. Cook and penned by his assistant Anthony Frewin is based on the true case of Alan Conway who impersonated Kubrick to elicit favours, gay sex and money from people. The twist is that Conway, played by John Malkovich looks and sounds nothing like the real Stanley Kubrick. In fact, Malkovich's accent keeps changing from scene to scene. It's a brave performance that you may either love or hate. Sort of like some of the broad performances by Nicolas Cage. Conway may have been better suited impersonating John Waters!
Pictured above with Malkovich is Jim Davidson who was one of my supporting actor choices. He is a vain British variety show singer who plays holiday seaside spots. Alan Conway latches on to him as he does others with promises of managing his career convincing him that he belongs in Las Vegas. The amazing thing is that Davidson is such a performer in Britain and was an actual victim of the real Alan Conway. That they would believe for a second that Conway was Kubrick, or even if he was that he would then be interested in them is one of the many fun things about this film. It's really about everyday untalented people with big dreams.
Naomie Watts made my top ten list of actresses with her portrayal of an aspiring Australian actress, Ellie Parker in Los Angeles. It's a cheaply shot reality based film following Watts through auditions and a rather hectic life in the city of lights. She is very funny.
Chiwetel Ejifor plays Lola a drag queen in Kinky Boots. He was one of my Best Actor runner-ups. The film is a feel good cross between The Full Monty and Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Joel Edgerton inherits a failing shoe factory and somehow connects with Ejiofor who inspires him to make specialty female footwear for men. Ejifor camps it up just right.
Shooting Dogs is another look at the genocide in Rwanda. John Hurt plays a Priest who does his very best to shelter victims of the tragedy. Hurt was in my top ten list of best actors.
Charlotte Rampling was on my list of Best Actresses for Vers Le Sud. She plays a middle-aged woman who travels to the Caribbean once a year to have relations with younger black men. But what is she offering in return and how involved is she emotionally with these men? i think it's one of Rampling's best performances.
Anthony Hopkins as Kiwi motorcycle enthusiast in The World's Fastest Indian was my number two choice of Best Actors. This is really a road movie following the elderly Munro as he journeys from New Zealand to the Salt Flats in America to challenge for the world speed record for motorcycles. His machine is purely homemade and Munro has a heart condition. The thing I liked about Hopkins' performance is his good-natured determination. Yes, he has ambitious dreams but he is well grounded and spends much time in the film with ordinary people he meets along the way. He is both tortoise and hare.