Cyrus Frisch

Dazzle; Forgive Me

Netherlands

Voted in the directors’ poll

Voted for

Avatar

2009

James Cameron

Dancer in the Dark

2000

Lars von Trier

E.T.

1982

Steven Spielberg

Harold and Maude

1971

Hal Ashby

Inconvenient Truth, An

2006

Davis Guggenheim

Inglourious Basterds

2009

Quentin Tarantino

Network

1976

Sidney Lumet

Rang De Basanti

2005

Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra

Rosetta

1999

Jean-Pierre Dardenne/Luc Dardenne

Short Film About Killing, A

1987

Krzysztof Kieslowski

Comments

Rang De Basanti: Corruption became the subject of fierce debate in India after the major success of this film among youngsters.

Dancer in the Dark: A superbly imaginative film that leaves conformity in shambles.

Network: Even Berlusconi might have learned a few things about the power of the media watching this film.

An Inconvenient Truth: A few years after this film was made, global industry has become more aware of its impact on nature.

Avatar: This film shows humanity what we have to lose if we keep acting like bad guys. (But please, James Cameron, try to make less expensive films. One percent of the budget of your next film could give a boost to the economy of a country like Malawi, or save Tuvalu from drowning.)

E.T.: After seeing this film, the unknown does not have to be a frightening experience anymore.

Harold and Maude: An encouragement to think beyond the obvious!

Inglourious Basterds: After changing history, the next logical thing to do for Tarantino is to change the future.

A Short Film About Killing: In Poland, this film was instrumental in the abolition of the death penalty.

Rosetta: In Belgium, the film inspired a new law prohibiting employers from paying teen workers less than the minimum wage.

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