Mo Abdi


Voted for

La Règle du jeu1939Jean Renoir
Sansho the Bailiff1954Kenji Mizoguchi
Ordet1955Carl Th. Dreyer
Vertigo1958Alfred Hitchcock
Le Procès1962Orson Welles
1963Federico Fellini
Onibaba1964Kaneto Shindo
Persona1966Ingmar Bergman
BIN-JIP2004Kim Ki-deok
Enter the Void2010Gaspar Noé


La Règle du jeu

1939 France

A mirror in front of society.

Sansho the Bailiff

1954 Japan

The master of the long take with a magic brush to paint all frames.


1955 Denmark

Mesmerising spirituality and soul.


1958 USA

Pure poetry.

Le Procès

1962 France, Federal Republic of Germany, Italy

If Kafka was alive and wanted to make a film, this would be exactly the same; a film ahead of its time (even our time).

1963 Italy, France

The greatest film of all time.


1964 Japan

The brilliant image of human's inner desires.


1966 Sweden

The magic power of Bergman to take off our masks and go deep inside human beings (exactly what Picasso and Lucian Freud were doing in painting).


2004 Korea, Republic of, Japan

More magic, from the genius of the first years of the 21st century; the master of silence.

Enter the Void

2010 France, USA, Germany, Italy, Japan, Canada

The ultimate madness in the brilliant combination of form and concept.

Further remarks

And then: Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (Sergei Parajanov, 1965), Belle de Jour (Luis Bunuel, 1967), La Grande Bouffe (Marco Ferreri, 1973), L’eclisse (Antonioni, 1962), Tokyo Story (Ozu, 1953), Rio Bravo (Hawks- 1959), Throne of Blood (Kurosawa, 1957), The Big Red One (Sam Fuller, 1980), Satantango (Bela Tarr, 1994).

I still can add some other films of Mizoguchi, Kurosawa, Hitchcock, Antonioni, Buñuel and Bergman, but I limited myself to one film per filmmaker.