Young Kidlat is a jeepney driver in the Philippines, but his dream is to leave his village and travel to Europe, the embodiment of the technological advancement he idolizes. Instead, he discovers inhumane modernity no better than what he left behind.
In a surreal style entwining dream and documentary, Filipino actor-director Kidlat Tahimik’s debut creatively catches its disillusioned protagonist between the “First” and “Third” Worlds. A milestone film in post-colonial cinema, later championed stateside by Werner Herzog and Francis Ford Coppola.
Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2003, Russia
Takeshi Kitano, 1996, Japan
Jia Zhangke, 1998, China
Michel Gondry, 2008, United States
Mike Leigh, 2008, United Kingdom
Johnnie To, 2008, Hong Kong
Götz Spielmann, 2008, Austria
Aditya Assarat, 2007, Thailand
Wong Kar Wai, 2004, Hong Kong
Vincent Paronnaud,Marjane Satrapi, 2007, France