Céline Ruivo

Film programmer and researcher

Voted for

India Song1975Marguerite Duras
The Searchers1956John Ford
MEDITERRANEE1963Jean-Daniel Pollet
Tokyo Story1953Yasujirō Ozu
Brief Encounters1987Kira Muratova
Asparagus1979Suzan Pitt
Mudar de vida1966Paulo Rocha
Shatranj-e Baad1976Mohammad-Reza Aslani
Le Jour se lève1939Marcel Carné


India Song

1975 France

A strange mise en scène in a huge villa supposedly located in India, during an epidemic of plague, where the characters don't have a direct dialogue with each other. We can just hear their voices, while they move in silence into the tournament of their feelings. Among my favourite actors, Delphine Seyrig and Michael Lonsdale.

The Searchers

1956 USA

This is a film that just takes you into an unspeakable journey, an odyssey.


1963 France

A very poetic essay on ruins surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, with a magnificent text written by Philippe Sollers.

Tokyo Story

1953 Japan

Probably the most beautiful film on loss: the death of the loved ones, but also the loss of love in human relationship. Incredible shots of Tokyo, a constant changing city. With the incredible actress Setsuko Hara.

Brief Encounters

1987 USSR, Ukrainian SSR

Probably among the best dialogues ever filmed between a man and woman ending their relationship. Kira Muratova (main role) and Vysotskiy's encounters are very strong.


1979 USA

A fascinating animated film, speechless, erotic and strange, with a magnificent score by Richard Teitelbaum.

Mudar de vida


Probably one of the most beautiful dramas that takes place in front of the ocean, for the whole film.

Shatranj-e Baad

1976 Iran

A noir and poetic movie that builds up gradually into a story of crime, within an aristocratic family house in Iran. The work on the mise en scène and aesthetics is completely stunning. A major rediscovery of the past two years.

Le Jour se lève

1939 France

A pre-noir film that takes place in the popular districts of Paris, structured in three main flashbacks. One of my favourite films featuring Jean Gabin and Arletty, in which the dialogue – written by the French poet Jacques Prévert – is a real delicacy. Poetic and funny sentences using the Parisian slang of that time (very difficult to translate).


1904 France

This is an amazing odyssey, I love the sun that eats the train. The title itself, from a Jules Verne novel, just makes us dream already.

Further remarks

A very hard choice to make. I think one of the greatest rediscoveries of the past two years is Chess of the Wind by Mohammad Reza Aslani.