Khalil Joreige

A Perfect Day; Around the Pink House

Lebanon

Voted in the directors’ poll

Voted for

Be With Me

2005

Eric Koo

Great Dictator, The

1940

Charles Chaplin

Gerry

2001

Gus van Sant

Histoire(s) du cinéma

Jean-Luc Godard

Lost Highway

1996

David Lynch

Maman et la putain, La

1973

Jean Eustache

Playtime

1967

Jacques Tati

Raging Bull

1980

Martin Scorsese

Regular Lovers

2004

Philippe Garrel

Through the Olive Trees

1994

Abbas Kiarostami

Comments

  The list is never final. It reflects a state of mind, or simply a mood at a given time. It reveals the worries or the stakes of the moment. My selection groups films which, every time, surprise me and carry me away; films I do not always understand, or do not grasp how they affect me, because they give rise to an unsuspected and rare emotion, as in Be With Me or the films of Garrel or in the fabulous last shot of Abbas Kiarostami’s Through the Olive Trees; films about an epoch when heroism no longer results from great acts or great causes but from the fights of day to day life. These are intense moments, poetic promises and cinematic encounters. It is also in this space of encounter, research and passion that Joana Hadjithomas and I do our films.

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