Atom Egoyan Presents...
The legendary filmmaker recommends "ten films which have left a strong sense visual impression."
"This is such a wealth of great films here, and there are so many I haven’t seen and now have a chance to discover. For my list, I’m suggesting ten films which have left a strong sense visual impression on me. They are all films I remember for their sense of mood, from the light humour of TU DORS NICOLE to the dark complexity of RED ROAD. I’ve seen most of these films at festivals around the world over the past thirty years. It’s wonderful that they’re all available to watch again on Filmatique."
The Scent of Green Papaya
Tran Anh Hung • 1993 • Vietnam
A society's slow decline tracks with a woman's romantic blossoming.
In 1950s Saigon, ten-year-old Mui obtains a job working as a servant for an affluent Vietnamese family. Ten years later, the family has fallen on hard times, leading Mui to change ...
Jafar Panahi • Iran-USA • 2018 • An Iranian road film, foregrounding female perspectives.
Behnaz has received an alarming video. Marziyeh, a young woman, personally appeals to Behnaz for help, then appears to commit suicide onscreen. Visibly shaken, Benhaz walks off the set of h...
Christian Petzold • 2012 • Germany
Steeped in the life in former GDR, a woman is torn between two worlds.
Barbara Wolff arrives in a small town in East Germany, having been transferred from Berlin's prestigious Charité hospital following an unspecified transgression. Consigned to...
István Szabó • Hungary • 1981 • The Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film.
Germany, the early 1930s. The Reich exerts increasing power, and Hendrik Höfgen faces a choice: to leave, or to stay? The passionate but struggling stage actor abandons his political views, reaping the rewar...
Gabriel Mascaro • 2015 • Brazil-Uruguay-Netherlands • A dreamlike journey into Brazil's vaquejada
Evoking northeast Brazil’s rural traditions alongside dreams of its burgeoning fashion industry, and attuned to the commodification of bodies across species, Neon Bull deconstructs co...
Nuri Bilge Ceylan • Turkey • 2014
Cappadocia, present day. Aydin, a retired actor, runs a small hotel, where he lives with beautiful young wife Nihal and his recently divorced sister. Growingly restless in this provincial region, Nihal busies herself with small philanthropic projects; Aydin, m...
Tu Dors Nicole
Stéphane Lafleur • France • 2014 • Luminous black-and-white, sultry melancholy coming-of-age tale.
Nicole is adrift after college graduation, working a dead-end summer job at a second-hand clothing shop in her small Quebec hometown. She spends her evenings with her best friend, Vé...
Yorgos Lanthimos • Greece • 2005 • An astonishing portrait of one of cinema's strangest families.
A handsome estate in the Greek countryside. A wealthy businessman lives here with his wife and three grown children, all in their twenties. They are ostensibly an ordinary family, e...
The Death of Mr. Lazarescu
Cristi Puiu • 2015 • Romania • An old man is shuttled across Bucharest from one clinic to another.
Dante Remus Lazarescu is feeling dreadfully ill. In the search for medical attention, his lone ally is Mioara, a Virgil-like paramedic ushering him toward certain twilight.
Andrea Arnold • UK • 2006 • Jackie notices a man from her past monitoring CCTV cameras.
Jackie lives alone, monitoring CCTV cameras in a high-rise housing complex in Glasgow's northern periphery. She engages from time to time in an affair with a married man, but her life is otherwise uneventful....