Eran Kolirin

The Exchange; The Band's Visit

Israel

Voted in the directors’ poll

Voted for

1963

Federico Fellini

American Friend, The

1978

Wim Wenders

Sound and Fury

1988

Jean-Claude Brisseau

Clouds of May

2000

Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Crimson Gold

2003

Jafar Panahi

eclisse, L'

1962

Michelangelo Antonioni

Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The

1966

Sergio Leone

Modern Times

1936

Charles Chaplin

North by Northwest

1959

Alfred Hitchcock

Playtime

1967

Jacques Tati

Comments

I guess my list is a strange mixture of personal nostalgia and general consensus.

North by Northwest: As far as I am concerned, the best Hitchcock film. The crop-duster scene is the visual equivalent of a Bach prelude: a man, a road and a plane; everything you need to know about life and about films.

Modern Times: I am always in tears when he starts to sing the song near the end. It’s just fucking perfect.

Pay Time: some films are like fire, some like mud and water. This film is air.

L’Eclisse: All things must come to an end. Films also. What an ending.

Clouds of May: Nuri Bilge Ceylan is maybe the greatest master of our time. I was hesitating which of his films to choose; it was the egg in the pocket that made the decision.

Crimson Gold: I have never watched a film that articulated so profoundly what it’s like to be a stain on someone else’s carpet. A voyage into the hollow.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: The answer to the question, ‘why did we start to make films?’ 8½: I was watching this again not long ago in the Tel Aviv cinematheque and on the way out it rained. It was like feeling the rain on the skin for the first time.

The American Friend: I grew up in the ’80s and I miss this. I miss the cars and the colours. It might be the most beautiful camerawork I know.

De bruit et de fureur: I watched it when I was 16. I couldn’t breathe.

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