Iván Zgaib

Film critic

Voted for

The Man I Killed1932Ernst Lubitsch
Cléo from 5 to 71962Agnès Varda
The Clock1945Vincente Minnelli
Close-up1989Abbas Kiarostami
The House Is Black1962Forough Farokhzad
A MARGEM1967Ozualdo R. Candeias
I Walked with a Zombie1943Jacques Tourneur
Playtime1967Jacques Tati
La Règle du jeu1939Jean Renoir
SAN XIA HAO REN2006Jia Zhangke


I tried to come up with ten titles that express a diverse range of explorations, as if each film were to offer an alternative path to the question of cinema: not of what it is, but of what it can be. Among these ten films, the popular dwells in the radical, and the radical rests in the popular. Cinema as a medium that allows us to touch the unknown confines of our material world, which are never separated from the sphere of dreams. And cinema as a means to push our borders into an imaginary space, which is never completely detached from the material world. Cinema — constantly impure. As Epstein once said: a work of the devil. And these ten films invoke a hell in which I would always want to burn.