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April 2021

10/10: Sky Hopinka
04/09

The director of Małni — Towards the Ocean, Towards the Shore, now playing in Virtual Cinemas, shares his ten favorite films from the last ten years.

March 2021

10/10: Isabel Sandoval
03/26

The director of Lingua Franca shares her ten favorite films from the last ten years and what they've meant to her.

10/10: Kate Novack
03/05

The director of Hysterical Girl, shortlisted for the 93rd Academy Awards for Best Documentary Short, shares ten favorite films.

February 2021

10/10: Pere Portabella
02/26

The legendary Spanish filmmaker lists his ten favorite movies, or rather "a list of recommended films."

10/10: U.S. Girls
02/19

Meghan Remy, the musician behind U.S. Girls, shares her ten (or eleven) favorite films of the last ten years.

January 2021

10/10: Valentyn Vasyanovych
01/22

Working primarily as a director of photography early in his career, Vasyanovych, who both directed and shot Atlantis, shares ten favorite films from the last ten years that “appreciate the visual solution.”

November 2020

10/10: Manfred Kirchheimer
11/06

The director of Free Time, a meticulously restored and constructed 16mm documentary shot in New York between 1958 and 1960 shares his favorite films of all-time.

October 2020

Three Films That Influenced: Oliver Laxe’s “Fire Will Come”
10/28

Oliver Laxe discusses three films that played a role in shaping his latest feature, the acclaimed Fire Will Come

10/10: Yung Chang
10/16

The director of This is Not a Movie, a documentary on journalist Robert Fisk, and the upcoming Wuhan Wuhan, shares his ten favorite films of the past ten years.

July 2020

10/10: Dan Sallitt
07/17

The director of Fourteen, now playing in our Virtual Cinema, shares his ten favorite films from the last ten years.

April 2020

Single Take: David Cale on “Paris, Texas”
04/10

The playwright and Light From Light actor looks back at the pleasure and surprise of going to the movies; in particular, one revelatory showing of Wim Wender's classic at the Paris Theatre in New York City.

February 2020

Three Films That Influenced: Grant Gee’s Radiohead documentary “Meeting People Is Easy”
02/05

Filmmaker Grant Gee looks back on three films that influenced his 1998 Radiohead documentary Meeting People Is Easy, recently released on the band's new online archive.

January 2020

Single Take: Lynne Sachs on Jean-Luc Godard
01/23

Having just completed her new film, the director reflects on the decades-long impact Godard has had on her creative process, recalling first-time viewings of Vivre Sa Vie, Notre Musique, and others.

November 2019

10/10: Brett Story
11/08

The filmmaker behind critically-acclaimed documentaries The Hottest August and The Prison in Twelve Landscapes shares her ten favorite films from the last ten years.

October 2019

10/10: Paul Harrill
10/31

The writer-director of Light From Light lists ten films (and one television show) with his favorite performances from the last ten years.

10/10: Ulrich Köhler
10/10

The filmmaker behind In My Room shares ten favorite films from the last ten years — in his own words, "Difficult, tough choices."

September 2019

Single Take: Patrick Wang on “A Borrowed Life”
09/19

The director of A Bread Factory describes watching what would become his favorite film, Wu Nien-jen’s A Borrowed Life, at the Musuem of the Moving Image in Queens, and the conversation it inspired with fellow filmgoers on the subway ride home.

August 2019

10/10: Ognjen Glavonić
08/27

The director of The Load, which premiered in Director's Fortnight at Cannes, shares his ten favorite films from the last ten years.

10/10: Bettina Perut and Iván Osnovikoff
08/13

The directors of Los Reyes share their ten favorite films from the last ten years.

10/10: Roberto Minervini
08/09

The director of What You Gonna Do When the World's On Fire? and The Other Side shares his ten favorite films from the last ten years.

10/10: Mariano Llinás
08/02

The director of the 14-hour feature film La Flor, an epic globe-spanning ode to storytelling and the movies, shares with us his ten favorite films.

June 2019

10/10: Peter Parlow
06/27

The director of The Plagiarists, an American filmmaker, writer, musician, and stock photographer, shares his ten favorite films from the last ten years.

May 2019

10/10: Ryūsuke Hamaguchi
05/10

The director of Happy Hour and Asako I & II shares his ten favorite films from the last ten years.

January 2019

Single Take: Dane Komljen on “My Own Private Idaho”
01/08

The director of All the Cities of the North recalls watching Gus Van Sant's beguiling drama as a young boy, on a borrowed VHS tape, while his country was descending into war.

December 2018

10/10: Jonathan Franzen
12/19

For our final post of the year, the award-winning author of Freedom and The Corrections shares his ten favorite films from the last ten years, along with a brief introduction.

November 2018

10/10: Christian Petzold
11/28

The acclaimed director of Phoenix, Barbara, and the forthcoming Transit lists ten favorite films from the last ten years.

10/10: Rachel Kushner
11/20

The author of The Mars Room and The Flamethrowers shares her 10 favorite films from the last 10 years.

October 2018

Single Take: Antonio Mendez Esparza on “The Earrings of Madame De…”
10/23

The award-winning director of Life and Nothing More remembers watching Max Ophul's haunting masterwork in Andrew Sarris' film class.

10/10: Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor
10/18

The directors of Leviathan and Caniba share the ten best films they saw in the last ten years.

September 2018

10/10: Kevin Jerome Everson
09/27

The multi-disciplinary artist and director whose work includes numerous acclaimed shorts and features, like Tonsler Park, Erie, and Fe26, shares the ten best films he saw in the last ten years.

August 2018

10/10: Andrew Bujalski
08/22

The Support the Girls helmer shares ten favorites from the last ten years.

10/10: Ricky D’Ambrose
08/10

The writer-director of Notes on an Appearance shares his ten favorite films from the last ten (or so) years.

10/10: Agnès Godard
08/02

We asked cinematographer Agnès Godard, best-known for her work with Claire Denis, to share her ten favorite films from the last ten years. She met us halfway.

July 2018

10/10: Nelson Carlo De Los Santos Arias
07/27

The director of Cocote shares his ten favorite films from the last ten years.

10/10: Mark Cousins
07/19

The writer and filmmaker behind the epic 15-hour documentary The Story of Film: An Odyssey and the upcoming The Eyes of Orson Welles shares his ten favorite films from the last ten years.

June 2018

Single Take: João Dumans on the short films of Jem Cohen
06/05

The co-director of Araby recounts the magic atmosphere that surrounded the screening of Jem Cohen's short films at the Belo Horizonte Short Film Festival in Brazil.

Single Take: Affonso Uchôa on “Yaaba”
06/05

The co-director of Araby recalls a particularly transformative moment for him and his non-professional cast while watching Idriss Ouédraogo's Yaaba at a theater in Belo Horizonte.

May 2018

10/10: Bruce LaBruce
05/24

The director of L.A. Zombie and the upcoming The Misandrists discusses his ten favorite films from the last ten years.

10/10: Vivian Qu
05/03

The director of Angels Wear White shares her ten eight favorite films from the last ten years. 

April 2018

10/10: Peter Tscherkassky
04/20

The director of The Exquisite Corpus and Outer Space shares his ten favorite films from the last ten years.

Essays: Joseph O’Neill on “Escapes”
04/13

The PEN/Faulkner Award-winning author of Netherland extols the virtues of Michael Almereyda's essay-biopic.

March 2018

Single Take: Sadaf Foroughi on “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
03/31

The writer-director of the upcoming Ava recalls watching a banned copy of the Mike Nichols drama as a young girl during the Iran-Iraq war.

Essays: Dennis Lim on “Nocturama”
03/20

The critic, programmer and author of David Lynch: The Man From Another Place considers Bertrand Bonello's terrorism thriller.

February 2018

10/10: Travis Wilkerson
02/27

The director of Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? shares his ten favorite films from the last ten years, sort of.

10/10: Stephen Cone
02/20

The director of Princess Cyd and Henry Gamble's Birthday Party shares his ten favorite films from the last ten years.

January 2018

10/10: Blake Williams
01/18

The director of the upcoming PROTOTYPE shares his ten favorite films from the last ten years.

10/10: Radu Jude
01/08

The director of Aferim! and the upcoming Sacred Hearts shares his ten favorite films from the last ten years.

December 2017

Essays: Jonathan Rosenbaum on “Casa de Lava”
12/02

The esteemed film critic and author looks at Pedro Costa's "strongest film" and its place in the director's body of work as well as the wider cinematic landscape.

November 2017

10/10: Bertrand Bonello
11/21

The director of Nocturama and Saint Laurent shares his ten favorite films from the last ten years.

Essays: Ted Fendt on “Moses and Aaron”
11/16

The author of "Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet" discusses the contemporary and political references hidden in the filmmaking duo's masterful biblical tale.

October 2017

Single Take: Kleber Mendonça Filho on “Prince of Darkness”
10/13

The director of Neighboring Sounds and Aquarius on discovering a John Carpenter classic at the Art-Palacio cinema, an old movie palace in Recife.

10/10: Bill Morrison
10/05

The director of Dawson City: Frozen Time, one of 2017's most-acclaimed works, shares his ten favorite films from the last ten years.

September 2017

10/10: Jeff Malmberg
09/27

The director of Marwencol and co-director of Spettacolo jots down his ten favorite films from the last ten years.

Single Take: Wheeler Winston Dixon on “Four Nights of a Dreamer”
09/25

The author of "A Short History of Film" shares his love of a lesser-seen Bresson masterpiece he first watched at the Vivian Beaumont Theater in New York.

10/10: Sean Price Williams
09/15

The director of photography behind Good Time, Kate Plays Christine, and Marjorie Prime, among numerous others, shares his ten favorite films from the last ten years.

August 2017

10/10: Kogonada
08/10

The director of Columbus shares his ten favorite films from the last ten years, along with five filmmakers that dominated this era.

July 2017

10/10: Sean Baker
07/31

The director of Tangerine and the upcoming The Florida Project shares his ten favorite films from the last ten years.

June 2017

10/10: Andrew Rossi
06/29

The director of Bronx Gothic and Page One: Inside the New York Times shares his favorite films from the last ten years.

May 2017

10/10: Benjamin Crotty
05/08

The director of Fort Buchanan shares ten films released in the last ten years that left a strong impression.

April 2017

10/10: Feras Fayyad
04/10

The director of the Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature, Last Men in Aleppo, shares ten films that influenced his work.

January 2017

10/10: Eduardo Williams
01/23

The director of The Human Surge shares his ten favorite films from the last ten years (with some exceptions).

December 2016

10/10: Oliver Laxe
12/22

The director of Mimosas shares his ten eleven favorite films from the last ten years.

Essays: Joaquim Pinto on working with Raul Ruiz (pt.2)
12/14

In this second installment of on set recollections, Joaquim Pinto discusses adapting his methods to Ruiz's working style.

Essays: Joaquim Pinto on working with Manoel de Oliveira (pt.1)
12/11

The director of What Now? Remind Me reflects on his time as a sound engineer with the filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira.

November 2016

10/10: Pietro Marcello
11/30

A great admirer of Russian and Eastern European cinema, the director of Lost and Beautiful shares his all time favorites.

10/10: Jean-Marie Straub
11/01

Together with his late wife and partner Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub created a rigorous, singular and indelible cinema. These are some of his favorite films.

October 2016

Single Take: Charlie Lyne on “Love and Other Drugs”
10/27

The director of Fear Itself on how the Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway starrer he saw one rainy afternoon at the Ritzy Theatre in Brixton changed his relationship to cinema.

10/10: Zhao Liang
10/05

The director of Behemoth and Petition, the 2009 Cannes documentary banned by the Chinese government, shares his ten favorite films.

September 2016

10/10: Deborah Stratman
09/21

The director of The Illinois Parables and O'er The Land shares her ten eleven favorite films from the last ten years.

August 2016

Essays: Alex Ross Perry on “Kate Plays Christine”
08/19

The director of Listen Up Philip and Queen of Earth on the Sundance winning documentary Kate Plays Christine from Robert Greene, a friend, and editor of his films.

10/10: Mauro Herce
08/04

The director of Dead Slow Ahead and cinematographer of Cannes Critics' Week winner Mimosas shares his ten favorite films from the last ten years.

July 2016

10/10: Terence Nance
07/20

The director of An Oversimplification of Her Beauty lists his ten favorite films from the last ten years.

June 2016

Essays: Letters by Robert Frank
06/30

Four short letters from the famed photographer/filmmaker, compiled by Laura Israel, written in 1969 New York City, read (potentially) by Christopher Walken.

10/10: Robert Greene
06/24

The director of Kate Plays Christine and Actress lists his ten favorite documentaries from the last ten years.

10/10: José Luis Guerín
06/17

The director of In the City of Silvia and the upcoming Academy of Muses lists his ten favorite films from the last ten years.

Essays: Dan Sallitt on “The Girl in the Rumor”
06/12

The director of The Unspeakable Act considers, perhaps, Mikio Naruse's darkest film, the 1935 masterwork The Girl in the Rumor.

May 2016

10/10: Thom Andersen
05/29

The director of Los Angeles Plays Itself and The Thoughts That Once We Had lists his ten favorite films from the last ten years.

10/10: Bi Gan
05/16

The director of Kaili Blues lists his ten favorite films from the last ten years.

10/10: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
05/16

The director of Cemetery of Splendor and Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives lists ten favorite films from the last ten years.

April 2016

10/10: Pedro Costa
04/30

The director of Vitalina Varela and Colossal Youth lists his ten favorite films from the last ten years.

10/10: Corneliu Porumboiu
04/25

The director of Police, Adjective and The Treasure lists his ten favorite films from the last ten years.

Single Take: Jonathan Demme on “Kaili Blues”
04/20

The Academy Award winning director on the thrill of watching Kaili Blues for the first time at the Venice Film Festival.

10/10: Matías Piñeiro
04/07

The director of The Princess of France and Viola lists his ten favorite films from the last ten years.