Lenny Abrahamson

Garage; Adam and Paul

Ireland

Voted in the directors’ poll

Voted for

Barry Lyndon

1975

Stanley Kubrick

Death of Mr Lazarescu, The

2005

Cristi Puiu

Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, The

1974

Werner Herzog

Hidden

2004

Michael Haneke

Killing of a Chinese Bookie, The

1976

John Cassavetes

Man Escaped, A

1956

Robert Bresson

Match Factory Girl, The

1990

Aki Kaurismaki

Mirror

1974

Andrei Tarkovsky

My Childhood

1972

Bill Douglas

Silence, The

1963

Ingmar Bergman

Comments

I found this a very tough exercise and there was much soul-searching. I could easily have put in another two each for Bresson and Tarkovsky, it felt like betrayal to leave out several of Kieslowski's and a couple of Fellini's (La Strada in particular which had a big effect on my development as a filmmaker), and there are some more recent films which perhaps would be on the list if I'd had more time to live with them.

I'm glad to be able to include a title from Bill Douglas’s autobiographical trilogy which I've discovered only in the last few years but which I keep going back to. Taken together, these three films are an immense aesthetic and moral achievement and deserve to be much better known.

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