Michel Lipkes

Head, Mexico City Cinematheque; former programmer, Guadalajara International Film Festival

Mexico

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

A nos Amours

1983

Maurice Pialat

argent, L'

1983

Robert Bresson

Barry Lyndon

1975

Stanley Kubrick

Colossal Youth

2006

Pedro Costa

Elephant

1989

Alan Clarke

Gertrud

1964

Carl Theodor Dreyer

Gummo

1997

Harmony Korine

Seventh Continent, The

1989

Michael Haneke

Stalker

1979

Andrei Tarkovsky

Sunrise

1927

F. W. Murnau

Comments

Sunrise is a pioneer’s pure and powerful gesture of cinematographic sorcery. Gertrud a stream of poetic hipnosis, and includes one of the best performances in the history of cinema by Nina Pens Rode. Barry Lyndon features Victorian aristocratic alienation at its maximum Kubrickian power. Stalker is a genius melancholy utopist’s filmic fever-dream come true. To Our Loves is a masterpiece of broken families and naturalist visceralism. L’argent employs Bressonean systematisation and rhythm to the most sublime results. Elephant is anti-narrative cinema at its best, absolut síntesis on humans’ alienation from violence. The Seventh Continent by Michael Haneke is a landmark gem of modern European life and tragedy. Gummo is a deeply surreal American apocalypse turned into an anarchic cinematographic poem. Colossal Youth – Ossos + In Vanda’s room = Juventude em marcha (digital narrative revolution).

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