Films We Love

My 10 Favorite Cannes Palme d'Or Winners Since 1975

I love this time of year—when Cannes is in full swing, and a slate of new films are competing for the coveted Palme d'Or! There are many promising films this year to keep your eye out for (just to name a few):

  • 120 Beats per Minute (France) dir. Robin Campillo
  • The Beguiled (USA) dir. Sofia Coppola
  • Happy End (France, Germany, Austria) dir. Michael Haneke
  • Redoubtable (France) dir. Michel Hazanavicius
  • L'amant double (France) dir. Francois Ozon
  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer (UK, Ireland) dir. Yorgos Lanthimos

While we wait for those films to come to our US theaters, I decided to look back and list my favorite films winning the Palme d'Or since 1975. Bon cinema !


10. Farewell My Concubine (China, 1993) dir. Chen Kaige

Director: Kaige Chen Starring: Leslie Cheung, Fengyi Zhang, Li Gong

9. Winter Sleep (Turkey, 2014) dir. Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Winter Sleep Official US Release Trailer (2014) - Nuri Bilge Ceylan Drama HD Aydin, a former actor, runs a small hotel in central Anatolia with his young wife Nihal with whom he has a stormy relationship and his sister Necla who is suffering from her recent divorce.


8. Rosetta (Belgium, 1999) dir. The Dardenne Brothers

Drama. Rosetta is a 17 year old girl who lives in a caravan with her alcoholic mother and wants nothing more than a decent job. Cast: Émilie Dequenne, Fabrizio Rongione, Olivier Gourmet, Anne Yernaux.


7. Taste of Cherry (Iran, 1997) dir. Abbas Kiarostami


6. Amour (Austria, 2012) dir. Michael Haneke

The official trailer for Sony Picture Classics "Amour" (2012). Georges and Anne are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has an attack. The couple's bond of love is severely tested.


5. The Tree of Life (USA, 2011) dir. Terrence Malick

From Terrence Malick, the acclaimed director of such classic films as BADLANDS, DAYS OF HEAVEN and THE THIN RED LINE, THE TREE OF LIFE is the impressionistic story of a Midwestern family in the 1950's.

4. Paris, Texas (USA/West Germany, 1984) dir. Wim Wenders

New German Cinema pioneer Wim Wenders (Wings of Desire) brings his keen eye for landscape to the American Southwest in Paris, Texas, a profoundly moving character study written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard.


3. The Child (Belgium, 2005) dir. The Dardenne Brothers

L Enfant (the Child) Trailer HD 2005 Bruno and Sonia, a young couple living off her benefit and the thefts committed by his gang, have a new source of money: their newborn son

2. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Romania, 2007) dir. Christian Mungiu

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days  - Cristian Mungiu. Drama about a woman who assists her friend to arrange an illegal abortion in 1980's Romania.


1. Apocalypse Now (USA, 1979) dir. Francis Ford Coppola

During the on-going Vietnam War, Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade Green Beret, who has set himself up as a God among a local tribe. Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola. Cast: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest, Dennis Hopper, Harrison Ford, Scott Glenn, Laurence Fishburne.

40 Favorite Films

#15. High And Low   dir. Akira Kurosawa (Japan - 1963)

#15. High And Low dir. Akira Kurosawa (Japan - 1963)

40. Last Year At Marienbad
dir. Alain Resnais (France - 1961)

39. It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World 
dir. Stanley Kramer (USA - 1963)

38. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
dir. Luis Buñuel (Spain - 1972)

37. Paris, Texas
dir. Win Wenders (USA - 1984)

36. Au Hasard Balthazar
dir. Robert Bresson (France - 1966)

35. Journey To Italy
dir. Roberto Rossellini (Italy - 1954)

34. Silent Light
dir. Carlos Reygadas (Mexico - 2007)

33. The Naked City
dir. Jules Dassin (USA - 1948)

32. The Social Network
dir. David Fincher (USA - 2010)

31. La Collectionneuse
dir. Éric Rohmer (France - 1967)

30. The Thin Red Line
dir. Terrence Malick (USA - 1998)

29. The Soft Skin
dir. François Truffaut (France - 1964)

28. The Vanishing
dir. George Sluizer (Netherlands - 1988)

27. The Endless Summer
dir. Bruce Brown (USA - 1966)

26. Nobody Knows
dir. Hirokazu Koreeda (Japan - 2004)

25. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
dir. John Huston (USA - 1948)

24. The Royal Tenenbaums
dir. Wes Anderson (USA - 2001)

23. Le Circle Rouge
dir. Jean-Pierre Melville (France - 1970)

22. Manhattan
dir. Woody Allen (USA - 1979)

21. Toy Story
dir. John Lasseter (USA - 1995)

20. Solaris
dir. Andrei Tarkovsky (Russia - 1972)

19. Opening Night
dir. John Cassavetes (USA - 1977)

18. Some Like It Hot
dir. Billy Wilder (USA - 1959)

17. 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her
dir. Jean-Luc Godard (France - 1967)

16. A Separation
dir. Asghar Farhadi (Iran - 2011)

15. High and Low
dir. Akira Kurosawa (Japan - 1963)

14. Aguirre, The Wrath of God
dir. Werner Herzog (German - 1972)

13. Winter Light
dir. Ingmar Bergman (Sweden - 1963)
13. Bicycle Thieves
dir. Vittorio De Sica (Italy - 1948)

12. La promesse
dir. The Dardenne Brothers (Belgium - 1996)

11. The Wages of Fear
dir. Henri-Georges Clouzot (France - 1953)

10. Ordet
dir. Carl Theodor Dreyer (Denmark - 1955)

9. Lost In Translation
dir. Sofia Coppola (USA - 2003)

8. The Rules Of The Game
dir. Jean Renoir (France - 1939)

7. The Apartment
dir. Billy Wilder (USA - 1960)

6. La Pointe Courte
dir. Agnès Varda (France - 1955)

5. L'Avventura
dir. Michelangelo Antonioni (Italy - 1960)
5. La Notte
dir. Michelangelo Antonioni (Italy - 1961)
5. L'eclisse
dir. Michelangelo Antonioni (Italy - 1962)

4. Pather Panchali
dir. Satyajit Ray (India - 1955)

3. City Lights
dir. Charlie Chaplin (USA - 1931)

2. Late Spring
dir. Yasujirō Ozu (Japan - 1949)

1. La Dolce Vita
dir. Federico Fellini (Italy - 1960)

Foreign & Indie Movie Watch List

Clouds of Sils Maria (France/Switzerland, 2015)

Clouds of Sils Maria (France/Switzerland, 2015)

Here's a rolling selection of modern films that I'm working through. Several of these titles are available to rent or buy online and some have yet to be released. I'll update as I come across more titles. 


Beyond the Hills (2013) 
Dir. Cristian Mungiu

Museum Hours (2013) 
Dir. Jem Cohen
Austria, USA

Upstream Color (2013)
Dir. Shane Carruth

The Wonders (2014) 
Dir. Alice Rohrwacher

Two Days, One Night (2014) 
Dir. Dardenne brothers

Goodbye to Language (2014) 
Dir. Jean-Luc Godard

Clouds of Sils Maria (2014) 
Dir. Olivier Assayas

Mommy (2014)
Dir. Xavier Dolan

Black Coal, Thin Ice (2014)
Dir. Diao Yinan

In Bloom (2014)
Dir. Nana Ekvtimishvili, Simon Gross

Winter Sleep (2014)
Dir. Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Leviathan (2014)
Dir. Andrey Zvyagintsev

Mistress America (2015)
Dir. Noah Baumbach

Queen of the Desert (2015)
Dir. Werner Herzong

Nobody Wants The Night (2015/2016)
Dir. Isabel Coixet

45 Years (2015)
Dir. Andrew Haigh
United Kingdom

Knight of Cups (2015)
Dir. Terrence Malick

Wild Tales (2015)
Dir. Damian Szifron
Argentina, Spain



A Separation (2012)
Dir. Asghar Farhadi

The Kid with a Bike (2012)
Dir. Dardenne brothers

Amour (2012)
Dir. Michael Haneke

Frances Ha (2013)
Dir. Noah Baumbach

The Hunt (2013)
Dir. Thomas Vinterberg

The Past (2013)
Dir. Asghar Farhadi

Like Father Like Son (2014) 
Dir. Hirokazu Koreeda

Ida (2014)
Dir. Pawel Pawlikowski

Birdman (2014)
Dir. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu


Mud (2013)
Dir. Jeff Nichols (VI)

Child's Pose (2013)
Dir. Calin Peter Netzer

Under The Skin (2014)
Dir. Jonathan Glazer

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Dir. Wes Anderson

Manakamana (2014)
Dir. Stephanie Spray , Pacho Velez

Force Majeure (2014)
Dir. Ruben Östlund

Norte, The End Of History (2014)
Dir. Lav Diaz

Boyhood (2014)
Dir. Richard Linklater


Begin Again (2014)
Dir. John Carney

Thou Wast Mild and Lovely (2014)
Dir. Josephine Decker

Favorite Films of 2014

I have a geographical handicap being located in Billings, MT, so it's hard to see many of the films on my watch list in any given year, so I decided to pick five films from this year and another five classic films I watched for the first time this year.


Five Films From 2014

1. Like Father, Like Son — Dir. Hirokazu Koreeda, Japan


2. The Past — Dir. Asghar Farhadi, France/Iran


3. Interstellar — Dir. Christopher Nolan, USA


4. Gone Girl — Dir. David Fincher, USA


5. Ida — Dir. Pawel Pawlikowski, Poland



Five Classic Films Watched For The First Time in 2014

1. The Soft Skin — Dir. François Truffaut (France, 1964)


2. Death of a Cyclist — Dir. Juan Antonio Bardem (Spain, 1955)


3. À Nous la Liberté — Dir. René Clair (France, 1931)


4. Marketa Lazarová — Dir. František Vláčil (Czechsolovakia, 1967)


5. Il sorpasso — Dir. Dino Risi (Italy, 1962)