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, and an ingenious vision of sci-fi sans SFX!
Johnnie To, 2008, Hong Kong
Wong Kar Wai, 2004, Hong Kong
Harmony Korine, 2007, United States
Mamoru Oshii, 2004, Japan
Kinji Fukasaku, 2000, Japan
Fatih Akın, 2007, Germany
Bong Joon Ho, 2006, South Korea
Kim Ki-duk, 2004, South Korea
Fatih Akın, 2004, Germany
Michel Gondry, 2006, France