Post-World War III, Paris lies in ruins. A scientist researching time travel hopes to send subjects to various time periods, and finds a suitable subject in a prisoner with a vivid pre-war childhood memory. The prisoner travels in time, and comes to understand the incident he witnessed as a child.
Chris Marker’s game-changing photo-roman is storytelling pared all the way back, an inventive distillation of cinema that demands you lean in to the image and inspect every frame. A recursive and sorrowful stream of fragments and memories, sci-fi sans SFX!
Johnnie To, 2008, Hong Kong
Harmony Korine, 2007, United States
Mamoru Oshii, 2004, Japan
Bong Joon-ho, 2006, South Korea
Éric Rohmer, 2007, France
Kim Ki-duk, 2004, South Korea
Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2006, Turkey
Ingmar Bergman, 1957, Sweden
Wong Kar Wai, 2000, Hong Kong
Krzysztof Kieślowski, 1991, France