Critic, Deputy Director of Thai Film Archive
|Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
|Man with a Movie Camera
|A Brighter Summer Day
|Un chien andalou
I tried as much I could to avoid repeating the titles I voted for in 2012. I approached 2022’s list-making (at once a vexing, impossible cinephilic exercise and a shrewd bait at psychoanalysis) as an opportunity for self-introspection: how I react to certain films differently at different stages in my life, how certain films are holding up against time – the universal, forward-moving, socio-temporal construct as well as the time that constitutes an individual’s experience. An awareness of film history as something that is alive, that demands constant reevaluation, as something that is not finished and not confined to the Euro- or US-centric, mid-century enshrinement, also informs my choice.