Blither for a Blog: What to Watch?

I will now endeavour to watch all the films that have won the Palme d’Or post-1975. This is my current film ambition, which was, of course, formerly to watch as many Spike Lee films as I could before reaching a state of coma from over indulgence in Black-Culture-Bed-Stuy-Brooklyn-Streets-Hoods’n’Burbs-Bad-Case-Of-Jungle-Fever-Buggin’-Out-Glory.

Plenty of people set a target of the IMDB Top 250, well there’s some shit on there that I’m not going out of my way to watch, so this is obviously a fair good choice based on having liked all the films on the list which I’ve seen so far and other factors involving film pretension.

Year Film Director Nationality of Director
1975 Chronicle of the Years of Fire (Chronique des années de braise) Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina  Algeria
1976 Taxi Driver Martin Scorsese  United States
1977 Padre Padrone Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani  Italy
1978 The Tree of Wooden Clogs (L’albero degli zoccoli) Ermanno Olmi  Italy
1979 Apocalypse Now Francis Ford Coppola  United States
The Tin Drum (Die Blechtrommel) Volker Schlöndorff  West Germany
1980 All That Jazz Bob Fosse  United States
Kagemusha (影武者) Akira Kurosawa  Japan
1981 Man of Iron (Człowiek z żelaza) Andrzej Wajda  Poland
1982 Missing Costa-Gavras  Greece
The Way (Yol) Yılmaz Güney and Şerif Gören  Turkey
1983 The Ballad of Narayama (楢山節考 / Narayama bushikō) Shohei Imamura  Japan
1984 Paris, Texas [unanimously] Wim Wenders  West Germany
1985 When Father Was Away on Business (Otac na službenom putu) [unanimously] Emir Kusturica  Yugoslavia
1986 The Mission Roland Joffé  United Kingdom
1987 Under the Sun of Satan (Sous le soleil de Satan) [unanimously] Maurice Pialat  France
1988 Pelle the Conqueror (Pelle erobreren) Bille August  Denmark
1989 Sex, Lies, and Videotape Steven Soderbergh  United States
1990 Wild at Heart David Lynch  United States
1991 Barton Fink [unanimously] Joel and Ethan Coen  United States
1992 The Best Intentions (Den goda viljan) Bille August  Denmark
1993 Farewell My Concubine (霸王別姬 / Bàwáng bié jī) Chen Kaige  China
The Piano Jane Campion  New Zealand
1994 Pulp Fiction Quentin Tarantino  United States
1995 Underground (ПодземљеPodzemlje) Emir Kusturica  Yugoslavia
1996 Secrets & Lies Mike Leigh  United Kingdom
1997 Taste of Cherry (طعم گيلاس / Ta’m-e gīlās) Abbas Kiarostami  Iran
The Eel (うなぎUnagi) Shohei Imamura  Japan
1998 Eternity and a Day (Μια αιωνιότητα και μια μέρα / Mia aio̱nióti̱ta kai mia méra) [unanimously] Theo Angelopoulos  Greece
1999 Rosetta [unanimously] Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne  Belgium
2000 Dancer in the Dark Lars von Trier  Denmark
2001 The Son’s Room (La stanza del figlio) Nanni Moretti  Italy
2002 The Pianist (Pianista) Roman Polanski  Poland
2003 Elephant Gus Van Sant  United States
2004 Fahrenheit 9/11 [unanimously] Michael Moore  United States
2005 L’enfant (The Child) Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne  Belgium
2006 The Wind That Shakes the Barley [unanimously] Ken Loach  United Kingdom
2007 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (4 luni, 3 săptămâni şi 2 zile) Cristian Mungiu  Romania
2008 The Class (Entre les murs) [unanimously] Laurent Cantet  France
2009 The White Ribbon (Das weiße Band, Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte) Michael Haneke  Austria
2010 Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (ลุงบุญมีระลึกชาติ / Lung Bunmi Raluek Chat) Apichatpong Weerasethakul  Thailand
2011 The Tree of Life Terrence Malick  United States

I imagine it’ll be an effort to get hold of a fair few of these, so most of this watching will probably have to occur on University time. Definitely do-able by Christmas though. Also am very dubious about the Ken Loach film, am dubious about Ken Loach generally after Ae Fond Kiss, but we’ll see whether that’s justified or not.


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