Lone Scherfig


Voted for

Das weisse Band Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte2009Michael Haneke
SE, JIE2007Ang Lee
Ida2014Pawel Pawlikowski
The Deer Hunter1978Michael Cimino
East of Eden1955Elia Kazan
À bout de souffle1960Jean-Luc Godard
Doctor Zhivago1965David Lean
Mulholland Dr.2001David Lynch
Taxi Driver1976Martin Scorsese
Some Like It Hot1959Billy Wilder


Das weisse Band Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte

2009 Germany, Austria, France, Italy

This film, full of unfilmed imagery, has haunted me more intensely than any other. Such depth, such artistic bravery. I am in awe of how Haneke grows poetry in intellectual soil.


2007 Taiwan, USA, Hong Kong, People's Republic of China

So incredibly beautiful, touching and frightening. The dramatic construction is exquisite and the film is the most atmospheric I have ever seen. A sublime, grand adaptation of a perfect, dense short story.


2014 Poland, Denmark, France, United Kingdom

The most precise, minimalist cinematic language used to tell a hugely complex story.

The Deer Hunter

1978 USA

For its outstanding performances, the artistic confidence, for its sublime wedding sequence and for its underplayed, modest ending.

East of Eden

1955 USA

I saw this film the Sunday afternoon I first experienced an explosion of love. Maybe I was 14. When I walked out, my first real boyfriend to be was waiting on the street. I don’t know how he knew I had gone to the cinema.

So, just like the unforgettable scene in the ferris wheel, I got a long, secret kiss and my life took at different direction. James Dean paled in comparison.

À bout de souffle

1960 France

One of the reasons I love cinema so much. One of the first art house films I ever saw. It’s so complete in its seemingly effortless style, form and content totally unified.

Doctor Zhivago

1965 USA, Italy, Liechtenstein

So visionary, so perfectionist, so grand.

Mulholland Dr.

2001 France, USA

My favourite film about film, cinema’s relation to time and dreams, and Hollywood.

Some Like It Hot

1959 USA

It was this or Billy Wilder’s The Apartment. They are both quoted in the new film I’ve directed:

La Contadora de Películas. Both scripts are incredibly witty and full of elegance and everybody’s timing is impeccable.