Manuel Yáñez-Murillo

Film critic (Fotogramas, Film Comment, Otros Cines Europa)

Voted for

The Quince Tree Sun1992Víctor Erice
The Gospel According to St. Matthew1964Pier Paolo Pasolini
La ciénaga2001Lucrecia Martel
Late Spring1949Yasujirō Ozu
The Long Day Closes1992Terence Davies
Love Streams1984John Cassavetes
Slacker1990Richard Linklater
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans1927F.W. Murnau
Tropical Malady2004Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Trouble in Paradise1932Ernst Lubitsch


For this self-portrait in movies, I’ve decided to compose a full-body x-ray of my love for cinema —in a way, a compartmentalized version of my cinephilia, or a cardiogram of epiphanies. This is the result: for my eyes, Yasujirō Ozu (essential to have a clear view of things); for my voice, Lubitsch and comedy, my most beloved genre (all those lies which tell the best truths); for my ears, Lucrecia Martel’s aural system of (subversive) thought; for my sense of memory, Terence Davies' alchemy of nostalgia and poetry; for my heart, John Cassavetes; for my guts, the rebelliousness of Pier Paolo Pasolini; for my hands, the tactile and conceptual dialogue between Víctor Erice and painter Antonio López in "El sol del membrillo"; and for my legs, Linklater’s walking-and-talking ode to non-conformism. And then, finally, Murnau to keep one foot on the ground (a foundation) and Apichatpong Weerasethakul to set the other foot on the great cinematic beyond (a blissful future).