Babak Jalali

Heydar: An Afghan in Tehran; Frontier Blues

Iran

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400 Blows, The

1959

François Truffaut

71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance

1994

Michael Haneke

Au Hasard Balthazar

1966

Robert Bresson

Sátántangó

1994

Béla Tarr

Songs from the Second Floor

2000

Roy Andersson

Spirit of the Beehive, The

1973

Víctor Erice

Still Life

2006

Jia Zhang Ke

Stranger than Paradise

1982

Jim Jarmusch

Take Care of Your Scarf, Tatjana

1993

Aki Kaurismäki

Tokyo Story

1953

Ozu Yasujirô

Comments

This list is in no particular order and consists of films that have had the biggest impact on my view of cinema. It could've easily been 25 films long. With a heavy heart, I left out quite a few favourites. Humble apologies to Herzog, Godard, Bergman, Cassavetes, Troch, Campos, Dos Santos, Ackerman, Antonioni, Fassbinder, Wenders, Tsai Ming-Liang, Tarkovsky and Fellini...

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