|Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
|Three Colours Blue
|The Quince Tree Sun
I saw this film at the same age the director shot it, around 16 years old, and it completely changed the idea of cinema I had. I discovered for the first time that a transcendental film could be extracted from the closest reality with a simple handycam. That film also opened me up to other worlds, unknown until then, beyond the images of the news. And I began to understand the importance of cinema beyond entertainment.
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
Perhaps the film that influenced Natalia and me the most in the way we look and the way we feel cinematographic time. A unique and unrepeatable film like its author.
Three Colours Blue
I discovered Blue in my high school art history book. I spent class after class fascinated by the power and mystery that poster transmitted, and I was dying to see the film, but I grew up in a village and it was months before I found the film on VHS in a small store in Barcelona. I bought it and hid it as if it were a secret. When I finally got to see it I can't explain the impact it had on me. The film of my life.
Never before or since "There was a father" have I seen a film that manages to connect me so directly with the paternal-filial relationship I have with my father. It is incredible that a film shot in a time and culture so different from the one I have lived in manages to penetrate so deeply inside me. Surely it must be a masterpiece.
The Quince Tree Sun
With only a radio with news from abroad, a garden with a quince tree and an artist concerned with capturing the truth, Erice achieves one of the most beautiful films ever made.
The protagonist's story is heartbreaking, a great metaphor for the power and ambition of human nature. The fabulous scene of the seduction of Lady Lyndon or the burial of his beloved son to the rhythm of Haydn's sarabande, have not ceased to accompany me since I saw it for the first time. A perfect and timeless masterpiece that I watch regularly and that always surprises and touches me as if it were the first time.
The most complete work of the genius Tati. Perhaps still too modern for today's world, but will the secret of his genius be deciphered in the future? No, I don't think so.
A monumental piece.
We discovered it in film school in Cuba and I remember perfectly how it changed a whole generation of students. At the time it left us all speechless, but fifteen years later we still comment among ourselves about the impact that film had on many of us.
One of the most poetic documentaries ever made, with the permission of the masters Vardá, Peleshyan, Marker.... Each fragment of image and sound and each word contains a haunting beauty, pacifying and brutally heartbreaking at the same time.