Benjamin Naishtat


Voted for

Deep End1970Jerzy Skolimowski
TURKS FRUIT1973Paul Verhoeven
Do the Right Thing1989Spike Lee
They Live1988John Carpenter
La ciénaga2001Lucrecia Martel
The 400 Blows1959François Truffaut
Rumble Fish1983Francis Ford Coppola
A Woman under the Influence1974John Cassavetes
Mamma Roma1962Pier Paolo Pasolini
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie1976John Cassavetes


I know some other films, namely classics, are probably a must on a 'Greatest of All Time' poll. But these are a handful of the films that have had a transformational effect on my life and my vision of cinema. These films, I could watch a thousand times. Some of them I've watched many, many times. Take Cassavetes, for instance. I was 18 when I started film school back in 2004. I heard his name for the first time back then. A friend lent me a DVD case containing all of Cassavetes's films. On Sunday at noon I started watching A Woman Under the Influence, and nothing has been the same ever since. These films matter to me now, in this precise moment of personal and world history. These are films that deal with the mysteries of the human condition, and as different as they are, they were all created in the utmost creative freedom. They are daring, they are harsh, they are fun. And they help me to cope with the insane difficulty of trying to put film projects together.