Paolo Pellicano

Head of programme - Cinema Lumière, Bologna

Voted for

Sonatine1993Takeshi Kitano
Princess Mononoke1997Hayao Miyazaki
Vampyr1932Carl Th. Dreyer
Blade Runner1982Ridley Scott
Mon oncle1958Jacques Tati
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood2019Quentin Tarantino
La RAGAZZA CON LA VALIGIA1961Valerio Zurlini
UMBERTO D.1952Vittorio De Sica
The Lady from Shanghai1947Orson Welles
Synecdoche, New York2008Charlie Kaufman



1993 Japan

A poetic yet light-hearted reflection on the inevitability of the end and the transience of human life. Stunning.

Princess Mononoke

1997 Japan

Hayao Miyazaki throughout his career has ennobled animation, bringing it to be a cross-genre with respect to the viewer's age. One of his films could not be missing from this top 10. Mononoke Hime is my favourite film by the Japanese director, but his other titles, I am thinking above all of Spirited Away, could be included in this ranking.


1932 Germany, France

A masterpiece of the horror genre that takes its cue from Stoker's Dracula, the vampire par excellence, to make an apologue about evil and the fascination it exerts on humanity. Stylistically a distillation of wonder.

Blade Runner

1982 USA, Hong Kong

Derivative and profoundly innovative at the same time, a true milestone in the science fiction genre that enriches it with previously unseen substance.

Mon oncle

1958 France, Italy

The lesson of silent cinema applied to modernity, to consumer society. Pure, exhilarating poetry.

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

2019 USA, United Kingdom, People's Republic of China

Rewriting history in cinema to restore the magic of cinema.


1961 Italy, France

One of my all-time favourite melodramas, carrying two distant yet so tangential coming-of-age stories. The formal rendering is perfect, the actors marvellous; the Italy of the economic boom has exploded into an embrace on a windswept Rimini beach, as if it were a desert. Heartbreaking and delicate at the same time.


1952 Italy

Umberto D., along with several other titles by De Sica, an author of profound intelligence who knew how to portray post-World War II Italians like few others.

"Some trouble happens because you don't know the grammar". A film that is a lesson in life.

The Lady from Shanghai

1947 USA

I did my best to avoid including a Welles film, as a matter of course, but then I failed.

This film was a visual dazzler. Welles, in general, is one of the few examples in film history of a perfect balance between form and substance.

Synecdoche, New York

2008 USA

If Welles han been a visual dazzler, Synecdoche, New York was an emotional electrocution.

I cannot recall any other title that has been able to render the complexity of human feeling so well. And Philip Seymour Hoffman is immense.

Further remarks

The order in which the 10 titles are presented does not reflect an order of preference.