Esin Kucuktepepinar

Film critic; festival programmer

Turkey

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Andrei Rublev

1966

Andrei Tarkovsky

Barry Lyndon

1975

Stanley Kubrick

Black Narcissus

1947

Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger

Ciénaga, La

2001

Lucrecia Martel

Dekalog

Krzysztof Kieslowski

Distant Voices, Still Lives

1988

Terence Davies

Hope

1970

Yilmaz Güney

One and a Two, A

1999

Edward Yang

Sátántangó

1994

Béla Tarr

Singin' in the Rain

1951

Stanley Donen/Gene Kelly

Comments

I was on my way to a top 100 instead of ten when I started to list films like Goodbye Dragon Inn, Spirited Away, The Wind Will Carry Us… I was obviously struggling! Then I recalled my beloved mother saying “Cinema offers a bodily experience, loosen up and lose yourself like in the playground.” That was said to a six-year-old me whose basic aim was to enjoy a bottle of soda during the interval (Yes, we still have it in Turkey, except at festival screenings!). So I tried to loosen up, but still regret that I had to leave out La règle du jeu, Metropolis, Belle de Jour, L’Atalante and Turkish contemporaries such as Times and Winds, Clouds of May, Innocence, Somersault in a Coffin or cult clasic Time to Love, and countless more. Still, making this list was a great ride… recalling all those emotions.

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