Pablo Giorgelli

Las Acacias


Voted in the directors’ poll

Voted for

400 Blows, The


François Truffaut



Federico Fellini

Apocalypse Now


Francis Ford Coppola

Bicycle Thieves, The


Vittorio de Sica



Abbas Kiarostami

Hero: The Official Film of the 1986 FIFA World Cup


Tony Maylam

High Noon


Fred Zinemann

Modern Times


Charles Chaplin

Rear Window


Alfred Hitchcock



Jean-Pierre Dardenne/Luc Dardenne


Close-Up: The most beautiful and original declaration of love to the cinema. It is one of the movies that I love the most. Actually, I think that it would be in my top three, for sure.

The 400 Blows: Tremendous film. It moves me deeply. I never saw a kid like Jean-Pierre Léaud in the history of cinema, ever. The truth you can see inside him is infinite.

Bicycle Thieves: I love this movie and De Sica: he found a new, personal, way to make films. He was one of the first ones to believe in the power of small daily stories.

Rosetta: I admire the Dardenne brothers a lot. I like them. They inspire me. This film stayed in my head for several days after seeing it. I really hope that I could make a movie like this (or any other from them) some day.

Modern Times: absolute genius of cinema. Director, producer, screenwriter, Chaplin did everything! I choose Modern Times but several films from him could be in this list.

Apocalypse Now: I had never seen a film like this before. I saw it for first time in a small cine-club in Buenos Aires. When it finished, I must have stayed in the theater in silence for several minutes.

High Noon: This is a special film for me. I saw it for first time with my father, in our home, when I was 14, on an old black-and-white TV. My father was the one who told me about ‘film time’ and ‘real time’. I didn´t understand it immediately. At that time, watching movies with him, on television, I began to lose interest in football and, slowly, to fall in love with films.

Amarcord: I love Fellini and specially this film. I saw Amarcord many times, also with my father, who also loved this film. We had a copy on VHS in the sideboard of dishes, in the living room. I think that still it should be there, at my mother’s house.

Rear Window: I clearly remember the excitement I felt when I saw this film. It was the first one I saw from Hitch. After that, I saw almost all his films over a short period. I was around 15 or 16 and my parents gave me a book about him as a present. This was the first book about cinema I had in my life.

Hero: The Official Film of the 1986 FIFA World Cup: I never had an experience like this in a cinema theater watching a film. The audience were stood up and yelling throughout the film. Me too. Of course, the fact that Maradona was the best player and Argentina won this 1986 World Cup is not a small detail to choose this movie for my top 10 list. If Brazil had been the winner, I would not have chosen it, for sure.

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