Tiina Lokk

Director, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival


Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for



Federico Fellini

Andrei Rublev


Andrei Tarkovsky

Battleship Potemkin


Sergei M Eisenstein

Citizen Kane


Orson Welles

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring…


Kim Ki-Duk

One and a Two, A


Edward Yang

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest


Milos Forman

Pulp Fiction


Quentin Tarantino

Taste of Cherry, The


Abbas Kiarostami

Zero de Conduite


Jean Vigo


Citizen Kane has a revolutionary good script and camera work – I am not speaking of its direction. Definitely the strongest debut of all the time. There isn’t nothing bigger and better than Battleship Potemkin when it comes to editing. The whole basic theory of editing is contained within this film. Potemkin is the beginning of the beginners. Andrei Rublev is a strongest story about the artist – the suffering of the creator and creation. Tarkovski made the individual story of Rubljov much bigger then it was in reality until finally it is like a symbol, an archetype of the artist and his relationships with power and absolutist authority. I also like the visual language of the film. The scene with bells is one of the greatest in history of the cinema. Zero de Conduite displays an amazing sensuousness of image. Amarcord is a hearty, dreamlike insight in flashback. Pulp Fiction is built from fantastic combinations of Godar and Hawks, and symbols of satirical violence. In The Taste of Cherry, Kirostami proves himself to be the master of the philosophy of the simple life, and I am bonded to his masterly humanism and bewitched by his visual world. Yi Yi is a sensitive movie, very beautifully shot, well acted, human and emotional, and with balanced humour. But sadness is absorbing... It’s useless to try to say something with two words about Four Seasons… but if so, it must be about it’s concentration of philosophy and poetry. Finally, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, which had a big personal impact on me when it came out. The film has a strong message to everyone who, after the events in Prague in 1968, should have to stayed on the other side of Iron Curtain. Well directed and well acted. Jack Nicholson is great!

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