Simon Popek

Artistic director, Ljubljana Intl. Film Festival

Voted for

Suspense1913Lois Weber, Phillips Smalley
Vampyr1932Carl Th. Dreyer
The Miracle of Morgan's Creek1943Preston Sturges
Force of Evil1948Abraham Polonsky
Late Spring1949Yasujirō Ozu
The Sorrow and the Pity1969Marcel Ophüls
Army of Shadows1969Jean-Pierre Melville
Gimme Shelter1970David Maysles, Albert Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin
Close-up1989Abbas Kiarostami


I don’t want to repeat myself, therefore my 2022 list is completely different from the 2012 list. Too many choices. I had to keep some of my fixations though. Therefore Polonsky replaces Tourneur (in noir category), Ophüls replaces Lanzmann (in game-changing documentaries category), L'armee des ombres replaces Le cercle rouge (in Melville category) and Kiarostami replaces Makhmalbaf (in meta-Iranians category). No more Orson, sorry. We should “retire“ Kane anyway, like sport clubs are retiring great players shirt numbers; I mean we all know that Kane is the greatest movie of all time but since we don’t want to appear square, half of us are keeping it off our ballots. Silly us.

(Films are listed in release date order)