The Long Week Closes: The Juror from South Korea’s Top 50 April 29, 2017

One thing I always wonder when festival jurors are announced, particularly for the Cannes Competition jury, is what kind of movies they love. How open minded are they, filmwise? In the case of this year’s Competition, how many movies have they seen by Hong Sang-soo, Sergei Loznitsa or Ruben Östlund? A few? None?

Thanks to La Cinetek, Park Chan-wook’s taste in movies isn’t as hard to suss out as the other jurors. They’ve published a list of Park’s top 50 favorite films.* What I learned from his list is that he’s unsurprisingly a genre buff (though he also likes many movies that aren’t genre-based), and he pays attention to auteurs (Naruse, Aldrich, Antonioni, Melville. In fact, almost every film in his top 50 was directed by an auteur).

*You probably saw La Cinetek’s top 50 lists back when the link was being passed around in November 2015. What you may not have known is that they’ve published more top 50s since then, including lists from William Friedkin, Miguel Gomes, José Luis Guerín and Alain Guiraudie. Park’s list is among the ones that were added later.

His passion for genre films, particularly the violent kind, concerns me a little. And there is a lack of slow or minimalist films on this list. (No films by Bresson, Tarkovsky, Mizoguchi or Akerman.) I was going to say that Park is one of the most dedicated cinephiles on the jury, but on second thought I’m not sure if he’s cinephilic enough for my taste.

April has turned into a shitty month for new arthouse movies, hasn’t it? In any case, this week there’s the documentary Casting JonBenet, as well as a TV series from Hulu.

Thirst Street (Silver)

Thirst Street (Nathan Silver, United States, 5 reviews)
The Reagan Show (Sierra Pettengill & Pacho Velez, United States, 4 reviews)

The Handmaid’s Tale (Miller and Morano)

New Releases
The Handmaid’s Tale (Bruce Miller and Reed Morano, United States, 7 reviews)
Casting JonBenet (Kitty Green, United States, 10 reviews)

Stop Making Sense (Demme)

Cinema of the Past
Stop Making Sense (Jonathan Demme, United States, 1984, 14 reviews)
Something Wild (Jonathan Demme, United States, 1986, 9 reviews)
Rumble Fish (Francis Ford Coppola, United States, 1986, 7 reviews)
How to Be Loved (Wojciech Has, Poland, 1963, 4 reviews)
King Lear (Jean-Luc Godard, France, 1987, 6 reviews)
The Gang of Four (Jacques Rivette, France, 1989, 5 reviews)
Kagemusha (Akira Kurosawa, Japan, 1980, 7 reviews)

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