Kong Rithdee

Critic, Deputy Director of Thai Film Archive

Voted for

Pather Panchali1955Satyajit Ray
Close-up1989Abbas Kiarostami
Tokyo Story1953Yasujirō Ozu
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles1975Chantal Akerman
Man with a Movie Camera1929Dziga Vertov
A Brighter Summer Day1991Edward Yang
Un chien andalou1928Luis Buñuel
Beau travail1998Claire Denis
Tropical Malady2004Apichatpong Weerasethakul
La notte1961Michelangelo Antonioni


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.