Sophy Romvari


Voted for

A Woman under the Influence1974John Cassavetes
Céline and Julie Go Boating1974Jacques Rivette
Close-up1989Abbas Kiarostami
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles1975Chantal Akerman
Le Bonheur1965Agnès Varda
Meet Me in St. Louis1944Vincente Minnelli
Signs2002M. Night Shyamalan
Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One1967William Greaves
There's Something about Mary1998Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Yi Yi1999Edward Yang


Thematically, I decided to go with the ten films that have helped me the most. The definition of "help" varies, which may be evident with just a quick glance. Many completely redefined what a film could be. They highlight the importance of having a specific point of view, which opened me up as a filmmaker profoundly. All seem to carry a certain level of sincerity and earnestness that I am drawn towards. A number of them foreground elements of artifice and construction while uncovering a much deeper sense of reality. These films inspire me in all kinds of indirect ways as a filmmaker: visually, conceptually and emotionally. They excite me. The majority on this list are unsurprisingly beloved to many, except perhaps a couple I included for reasons closer to my heart, but that are no less Great.

I feel exceptionally lucky to have filmmaking as a medium to cope with my own life, both as a maker and a viewer. Thank you for the opportunity to reflect on that. There are *so* many films I wanted to and could have included instead of these, but if this list doesn't change drastically in ten years time, something went wrong.

*Films are listed alphabetically, not ranked. Picking 10 was hard enough.