Swarnavel Eswaran Pillai

Associate Professor

Voted for

Tokyo Story1953Yasujirō Ozu
Pather Panchali1955Satyajit Ray
Au hasard Balthazar1966Robert Bresson
Seven Samurai1954Akira Kurosawa
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles1975Chantal Akerman
Meghe Dhaka Tara1960Ritwik Ghatak
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans1927F.W. Murnau
Close-up1989Abbas Kiarostami
Get Out2017Jordan Peele
Mirror1975Andrei Tarkovsky


Tokyo Story

1953 Japan

Because of its humanity, the universality of loneliness and age, and Ozu's minimalism and the specificity of Japanese culture.

Pather Panchali

1955 India

Arguably, the most outstanding debut of a director since Ray's uniqueness in storytelling, pace, and aesthetics of realism is unparalleled in cinema history.

Au hasard Balthazar

1966 France, Sweden

Because of Bresson's austerity and minimalism and his authorial theme regarding inhumanity and violence at the core of existence.

Seven Samurai

1954 Japan

Arguably, the most referenced and influential film in the history of cinema across borders.

Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

1975 Belgium, France

It emblematizes the possibilities of art/slow cinema and the observational form.

Meghe Dhaka Tara

1960 India

Because of Ghatak's authorial theme of displacement and his engagement with the epic form, harnessing melodrama, myth, and music specific to Bengali/Indian culture while addressing the (universal) trauma surrounding homelessness and the simultaneous burden on women and nostalgia.

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

1927 USA

Arguably, the most excellent silent film and Murnau's best in his signature exploration of an ideal visual language/form for compelling storytelling.


1989 Iran

Because of Kiarostami's aesthetics of realism in narrating an unusual story revolving around impersonation and identity based on an actual event/character.

Get Out

2017 USA, Japan

Because of the extraordinary way Jordan Peele engages with the horror genre to interrogate race and invert its presumed hierarchy by illuminating the horror of darkness and violence, predicated on extreme prejudice and hatred and the schizoid and savage pull to posses and own.


1975 USSR

Because Mirror is a confluence of Tarkovsky's incomparable poetry and philosophy through his profound meditation on time to narrate slices from his life and culture.