In 15th-century France, Joan of Arc, compelled by visions of God, leads the French charge against invading English forces. She is captured and put on trial for heresy. Throughout the proceedings, Joan remains resolute, even as the threat of a violent public execution becomes an imminent reality.
Eschewing the virtuosic agony of Carl Dreyer’s take on the trial of the Maid of Orléans, Robert Bresson approaches her ordeal with procedural clarity. Working from the official transcript, this minimalist masterpiece distils its enduring questions of faith and resilience to their purest essentials.
Michelangelo Antonioni, 1957, Italy
Takeshi Kitano, 1996, Japan
Yeşim Ustaoğlu, 1999, Turkey
Jia Zhangke, 1997, China
Jean-Pierre Dardenne,Luc Dardenne, 1996, Belgium
Erick Zonca, 2008, France
Johnnie To, 2008, Hong Kong
Götz Spielmann, 2008, Austria
Wong Kar Wai, 2004, Hong Kong
Vincent Paronnaud,Marjane Satrapi, 2007, France