Virginie Sélavy


Voted for

The Holy Mountain1973Alejandro Jodorowsky
Vampyr1932Carl Th. Dreyer
MOJU1969Yasuzo Masumura
The Devils1971Ken Russell
La Planète Sauvage1973René Laloux
Évolution2015Lucile Hadzihalilovic
Profondo rosso1975Dario Argento
Sweet Sweetback's Baad Asssss Song1971Melvin Van Peebles
Spalovac mrtvol1968Juraj Herz
Venus in Furs1969Jesús Franco


The Holy Mountain

1973 USA

In Alejandro Jodorowsky’s mind-expanding masterpiece, a psychedelic satirical-mystical journey to enlightenment leads to the joyful overthrow of all gurus.


1932 Germany, France

Based on the writings of Sheridan Le Fanu, Vampyr is extraordinarily otherworldly, bathed in mist and shadows and punctured by startling images of dreamlike horror.


1969 Japan

Yasuzo Masumura’s feverish chamber piece brings together creative and erotic desire into a supremely perverse tale of art and sado-masochism.

Original title: Mōjū

The Devils

1971 USA, United Kingdom

The tension between carnal excess and crazed lust vs the sterile beauty of the convent sets (designed by Derek Jarman) makes Russell’s frenzied ode to sexual freedom utterly compelling.

La Planète Sauvage

1973 France, Czechoslovakia

Made from drawings by Roland Topor (author of The Tenant), which were animated at a Czech studio under René Laloux’s supervision, Fantastic Planet creates an enchanting, oneiric world whose visual richness is matched by the complexity of its reflections on human civilisation.

Original title: La planète sauvage


2015 France, Spain, Belgium

A beguiling mix of art and horror, Evolution is a richly evocative, intensely physical experience, an eerie, darkly poetic meditation on the strangeness of organic existence.

Profondo rosso

1975 Italy

As in Blow-Up (1966) and The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970), the main character sees something that may be a vital clue to a murder, but does not understand it. An elegantly convoluted existential mystery rooted in aestheticism and artificiality.

Original title: Profondo rosso

Sweet Sweetback's Baad Asssss Song

1971 USA

Melvin Van Peebles’s raw, electrifying call for revolt against white rule remains as formally inventive and viscerally powerful as when it was made.

Spalovac mrtvol

1968 Czechoslovakia

In this grotesque Mitteleuropa nightmare, Herz brings to the surface the pustulous morality and predatory violence that lie under personal and historical evil with astonishing inventiveness and a ferocious sense of humour.

Original title: Spalovač mrtvol

Venus in Furs

1969 United Kingdom, Federal Republic of Germany, USA, Italy

One of Jess Franco’s best films, sumptuous, sensual, surreal and imbued with morbid languor, like a death dream.

Alternative director's name: Jesús Franco