Steven Markovitz

Co-founder, Encounters Festival

South Africa

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

1963

Federico Fellini

Apocalypse Now

1979

Francis Ford Coppola

Blue Velvet

1986

David Lynch

City of God

2002

Fernando Meirelles

Piano, The

1992

Jane Campion

Raging Bull

1980

Martin Scorsese

Seven Samurai

1954

Akira Kurosawa

Vertigo

1958

Alfred Hitchcock

White Ribbon, The

2009

Michael Haneke

Xala

1974

Ousmane Sembene

Comments

There are many films I would have liked to have on this list but being forced to narrow it down to ten meant saying goodbye to many brilliant films. My top ten list represents films that have had a big impact on my view of cinema and reflect world views of great importance. All these filmmakers are masters. I really wanted to include Exit Through the Gift Shop (Banksy) to take a provocative bet on the future, but it is very hard to choose a recent film when you are up against these masters.

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