Jenny Horwell


Voted for

Man with a Movie Camera1929Dziga Vertov
Salesman1969Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin
Close-up1989Abbas Kiarostami
The Gleaners and I2000Agnès Varda
Nostalgia for the Light2010Patricio Guzmán
The Act of Killing2012Joshua Oppenheimer
Ida2014Pawel Pawlikowski
Boyhood2014Richard Linklater
Colectiv2019Alexander Nanau
A Night of Knowing Nothing2021Payal Kapadia


A Night of Knowing Nothing


This excellent, woozy, clever, beautiful, challenging, radiantly political film by Payal Kapadia hasn't made the hugest waves yet (or has, but only in a small-ish pond), but I hope in ten years we'll still be re-watching and discussing it.

Further remarks

My list is notably focussed on documentary, because you gotta go with what you know - but also because all the films on this list easily hold their own in the canon of great (fiction) filmmaking, in terms of the vision, skill, magic and ingenuity behind them, their power and their impact, and as cinematic touchstones that have gone on to influence and inspire (or, I suspect, will do). They're obviously not all 'nonfiction' and several blur or even play with those much-discussed lines, but there's a kind of internal logic within the list, and each of them works on their own terms.