Top 20 Discoveries: 2008

The Leopard (Luchino Visconti, 1963)

Paris, Texas (Wim Wenders, 1984) – The movie, the music and Nastassja Kinski are all really moving in this film.

Playtime (Jacques Tati, 1967) – My most joyous big screen experience from this year.

Trust (Hal Hartley, 1990)

Beau Travail (Claire Denis, 1999) – The film that led to my discovery of Claire Denis and Agnes Godard after which I enjoyed every subsequent Denis film I watched.

Whisper of the Heart (Yoshifumi Kondo, 1995) / Only Yesterday (Isao Takahata, 1991)

Syndromes and a Century (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2006)  – Poetic and beautiful.

L’Eclisse (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962) – Monica Vitti and Alain Delon being really young and beautiful and tragic.

What Time Is It There (Ming-liang Tsai, 2001) – Haunting and Unforgettable.

Rois et Reine (Arnaud Desplechin, 2004) – My kind of holiday movies that feature a cast that I can watch for hours even if they’re just sitting around doing nothing.

Wild Reeds (André Téchiné, 1994) – I still find myself wondering if these kids are doing okay!

Millennium Mambo (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 2001) – Hypnotic and beautiful. Watched it twice this year and loved it both times.

Jules et Jim (Francois Truffaut, 1962)

La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1928)

La Jetee (Chris Marker, 1962)

Morvern Callar (Lynne Ramsay, 2002)

Hiroshima mon amour (Alain Resnais, 1959)

Les Amants du Pont-Neuf (Leos Carax, 1991)

Le Fils (Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne, 2002)

A Brighter Summer Day (Edward Yang, 1991) – Probably the most incredible 4 hours I’ve spent at the movie theater ever.


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