In Screen epiphanies filmmakers tell us what film was their filmic revelation. Share their experiences and check out the films.
When Geoffrey Macnab asks his interviewees about their Screen epiphanies they have a hard time narrowing it down to one titel. Out of the thirtytwo people asked here are a few.
About his choice, Lars von Trier says - "The first time I saw it I slept" and "[T]he last scene of the film, where she is writing out a cheque for him, it's extremely long. It goes on and on and on but it's beautiful".
"I think what indelibly struck me was not so much the comedy of it, which often felt slow, as the compassion in the observation: the observation of small moments, a swinging door", says Sally Potter about her epiphany.
"The film is incredibly funny, ironic and smart. It's both innovative and political. As a document of its time, it's a priceless piece of documentation. As a film in it's own right, I find it immensely enjoyable". That's what Mike Figgis says about the film that helped him to understand what cinema is.
Ken Loach admits that he was more influenced by theatre and still photograpy, and he thinks that epiphanies are a bit too melodramatic. However, he does mention a film that had something that he didn't find in British cinema.
"I invited my girlfriend to the cinema, fantisising about the bond it would create between the two of us: a relationship blessed by [the director] himself", says Abbas Kiarostami. But, he continues, "she wanted me to take her hand - but I didn't want to be disturbed or distracted in any way [..] and we never saw each other again".
Published 22 February 2010