Simon Ward

Deputy director, Independent Cinema Office

UK

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Aguirre, Wrath of God

1972

Werner Herzog

Avventura, L'

1960

Michelangelo Antonioni

Blue Velvet

1986

David Lynch

Fear Eats the Soul

1974

Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Headless Woman, The

2008

Lucrecia Martel

Hidden

2004

Michael Haneke

Passion of Joan of Arc

1927

Carl Theodor Dreyer

Stalker

1979

Andrei Tarkovsky

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

2010

Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Vertigo

1958

Alfred Hitchcock

Comments

I’ve gone for films that I personally love, but that have also arguably pushed the form of cinema forward in some fashion. Now, I have the next decade to deal with my guilt for all the great films I was forced to leave out. This canon business has a lot to answer for…

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