Oleksandr Teliuk

Head of the Archive Department at Dovzhenko Center

Voted for

Meshes of the Afternoon1943Maya Deren, Alexander Hackenschmied
A Man Escaped1956Robert Bresson
Psycho1960Alfred Hitchcock
Diaries, Notes & Sketches: Walden1969Jonas Mekas
Aguirre, Wrath of God1972Werner Herzog
News from Home1976Chantal Akerman
Too Early, Too Late1982Jean-Marie Straub, Danièle Huillet
KRÓTKI FILM O ZABIJANIU1987Krzysztof Kieslowski
La COMMUNE2000Peter Watkins


Ten films are hardly enough to express at least a small part of the waves, trajectories, tints, testimonies and treasures of film history.

Moreover, this big history has been changing its narratives and doesn't look as solid and linear as it used to be seen. Social and academic discussions have now turned to hidden cinema, which was forgotten and underestimated because of some of the stereotypes of the past.

While I believe it is crucial to rethink film history as more emancipatory, democratic and fair, it is very valuable to keep open the fundamental questions "what is cinema?" and "where is cinema?". Therefore, in my list of film titles, I wanted to combine this enthusiastic approach to historical revision with the appreciation of the essential properties of the film medium.

Nowadays we frequently regard cinema as a historical art form, as the previous century's medium. Nevertheless, the fact that we reconsider film history, again and again, proves that we may have a lot of film discoveries both from the past and from the future, discoveries that will greatly influence our reality.