Michel Lipkes

Filmmaker and programmer

Voted for

Barry Lyndon1975Stanley Kubrick
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles1975Chantal Akerman
Los olvidados1950Luis Buñuel
Mouchette1966Robert Bresson
Journey to Italy1954Roberto Rossellini
Beau travail1998Claire Denis
The Gospel According to St. Matthew1964Pier Paolo Pasolini
Videodrome1983David Cronenberg
Sátántangó1994Béla Tarr
The Ascent1976Larissa Shepitko


Barry Lyndon

1975 USA, United Kingdom

To my eyes, the most beautiful film about the triumph of human ambition and then it's decadence, made by cinema's mightiest hermit.

Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

1975 Belgium, France

The angst and alienation of Jeanne Dielman’s daily life turned into one of the most beautiful acts of cinematographic rebellion.

Los olvidados

1950 Mexico

The deepest and most beautiful nightmare about a wounded country existing within a wounded world.


1966 France

The existencial wonderings of Mouchette across a cruel, cruel world by cinema's most precious formal utopists.

Journey to Italy

1954 Italy, France

The intimacy of love and hate transformed into a tale of subtle visceral epicness.

Beau travail

1998 France

War-making transformed into love-making through film-making.

The Gospel According to St. Matthew

1964 Italy, France

The deep essence of a certain spiritual passion seen through the optic of thorough lyric realism.


1983 Canada

The creative eruption by one of cinema's most daring and provocative visionaries.


1994 Hungary, Germany, Switzerland

The passage of time as the main character of a film, it haunts and hypnotises us across a cathartic wasteland of human melancholy.

The Ascent

1976 USSR

One of cinema's greatest war films as it transforms a gruesome tragedy into a poetic and spiritual quest of human integrity.