Faouzi Bensaïdi


Voted for

Citizen Kane1941Orson Welles
1963Federico Fellini
North by Northwest1959Alfred Hitchcock
Modern Times1936Charles Chaplin
Ran1985Akira Kurosawa
Playtime1967Jacques Tati
Raging Bull1980Martin Scorsese
The Godfather1972Francis Ford Coppola
Le Samouraï1967Jean-Pierre Melville
À bout de souffle1960Jean-Luc Godard


I wonder why, ten years later, my list is the same. And yet during that time I discovered the work of directors that I didn't know well – Pasolini for example, whose The Gospel According to St. Matthew I now love. There are also directors that I liked less before, but now, maybe because of age, life and its hardships, I have become a fan of their work. I have seen some films that will stay with me since 2012!

Why, from an initial longlist, are these the ten films that remain?

These are films that I saw between the ages of 14 and 25, which were, each in their own way, an aesthetic shock, a window opening, an answer to something at a precise moment in my life and in my quest to become a director. They are therefore the pillars of my temple of cinema. I can talk about each one at length, but the only reason that I chose them is that they helped me to live and become the director that I am.