Emily Atef


Voted for

A Woman under the Influence1974John Cassavetes
The Decalogue 1989Krzysztof Kieslowski
La ciénaga2001Lucrecia Martel
Melancholia2011Lars von Trier
Örökbefogadas1975Márta Mészáros
TALAYE SORGH2003Jafar Panahi
Sátántangó1994Béla Tarr
Elena2011Andrey Zvyagintsev
Timbuktu2014Abderrahmane Sissako
Suna no onna1964Hiroshi Teshigahara


I am saddened that in my list of the ten films that moved me most there are only two made by women. Since the Lumière Brothers so few chances have been given to women to be part of that club... I could have politically chosen ten female-made films I adored of course, just to make a statement, but I wanted to honestly name the films that moved me and made a real difference in my life...

Of course, just as the masters we learn about in film school are only male, the outcome of this poll will also be 80% male... Maybe in a few hundred years this will be different.