Lalitha Gopalan

Associate Professor, The University of Texas at Austin

Voted for

Man with a Movie Camera1929Dziga Vertov
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles1975Chantal Akerman
Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom1975Pier Paolo Pasolini
Killer of Sheep1977Charles Burnett
Born in Flames 1983Lizzie Borden
Kaal Abhirati/Time Addiction1989Amitabh Chakraborty
JIAO ZI2004Fruit Chan
Between the Waves2012Tejal Shah
Ghode Ko Jalebi Khilane Le Ja Riya Hoon2018Anamika Haksar
Diqiu zuihou de yewan2018Bi Gan


Man with a Movie Camera

1929 Ukrainian SSR, USSR

Please note that I have arranged my list in a chronological order, and not on a preferential hierarchy.

Reason to choose this film: For being the oldest film in my list that remains the youngest in spirit.

Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

1975 Belgium, France

For never disappointing me decade after decade, long take after long take.

Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom

1975 Italy, France

For serving as a primer for where I live: Austin, Texas, United States.

Killer of Sheep

1977 USA

For surviving many a kill. For the LA Rebellion that guides us to live outside mainstream cinemas.

Born in Flames


For tearing through patriarchy, for not giving up.

Kaal Abhirati/Time Addiction


For staging the slow burn of duration.


2004 Hong Kong

For knowing that cinephilia is also necrophilia.

Between the Waves


For queering moving image practices through a five-channel video installation.

Ghode Ko Jalebi Khilane Le Ja Riya Hoon

2018 India

For dusting magic on digital cinema in our times of precarity

Diqiu zuihou de yewan

2018 People's Republic of China, France, Germany, Qatar

For distending the noir.

Further remarks

Vive Le Cinema!