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Favourite film discoveries of 2015

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2015 was a year I kept track of all the films I watched by making a list evey month. It was a year I discovered a lot of old films. Thanks to online streaming and repertory film programming in cities like London I was able to watch a lot of films I never had a chance to see before and discover new old films.

Here's my list of top 25 favourite film discoveries of the year with a few lines added for some of the films.

1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)

I watched this on 70mm at the Prince Charles Cinema in London. It was a glorious experience. I erased the memory I had of watching it on TV. Watching it in the cinema is the only way to experience this film.

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2. Tokyo Story (Yasujirō Ozu, 1953, Japan)

It took me a long time, but I finally watched this film. So many painful truths expressed in this film.  Profound and heartbreaking.

3. Films directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien:

Flowers of Shanghai (1998), Millennium Mambo (2001), Cafe Lumiere (2003), Three Times (2005)

This was a major discovery for me this year, I watched these films on 35mm at the BFI in London and can't wait to see the rest of his films. 

4. A New Leaf (Elaine May, 1971)

This film needs to be seen by more people. A comedic masterpiece.

5. Films directed by Eric Rohmer

L'Amour l'après-midi (Love in the Afternoon), 1972 / Le Rayon Vert (The Green Ray), 1986

I want to see more Eric Rohmer films in 2016.

6. Films directed by Tsai Ming-liang
The Wayward Cloud (2005), I Don't Want to Sleep Alone (2006)

7. Walkabout (Nicolas Roeg, 1971)

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8. The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974)

9. Boom! (Joseph Losey, 1968)

I watched this on 35mm at the BFI in London. I had a grin from ear to ear the whole time. This film is fabulous. John Waters said "If you don’t like this film, I hate you." I agree.

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10. Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains (Lou Adler, 1982)

Starring a very young Diane Lane as feminist punk rock singer. "Every girl should be given an electric guitar on her 16th birthday" Corinne Burns (Diane Lane).

11. Contempt (Jean-Luc Godard, 1974)

12. The Servant (Joseph Losey, 1963)


13. Repulsion (Roman Polanski, 1965)


14. Rocco and his Brothers (Luchino Visconti, 1960, Italy)

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15. Once Upon a Time in America: Extended Director's Cut (Sergio Leone, 1984, 2012)

I watched this at a screening organised by Badlands Collective in London and it was followed by a discussion with Elizabeth McGovern. Read more about it here.

16. Almayer's Folley (Chantal Akerman, 2011)

Planning to dedicate time in 2016 to watch as many Chantal Akerman films as I can get my hands on.


17. الأرض / Al Ard / The Land (Youssef Chahine, 1969)

18. صراع في الميناء / Sira` Fi al-Mina / Dark Waters (Youssef Chahine, 1956)


19. Black Girl (Ousmane Sembène, 1966)

20. Mon Oncle Antoine (Claude Jutra, 1971)



21. Strangers on a Train (Alfred Hitchcock, 1951)  

22. Harvest: 3000 Years (Haile Gerima, 1976)


23. The Swimmer (Frank Perry, Sydney Pollack, 1968)

24. Valley Girl ( 
Martha Coolidge, 1983)

25. Dogtooth (Greece, 2009, Yorgos Lanthimos)


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