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Voices of the Decade

The 21st century’s second decade is over. To try and sum it up, we tried to avoid the best film list and instead tried to point out the filmmakers who broke as new, fresh, and influential voices. As with any election process, this list, compiled by the Jerusalem and Tel Aviv Cinematheques, is somewhat arbitrary and subjective, and it is certainly possible to argue about those included or omitted. Yet these names starred in the most prominent film festivals and art house scene; others made their way into the heart of Hollywood. We are proud to present to you this selection and are curious to see what the next decade will bring to the big screen.

Damien Chazalle (USA)

Damien Chazalle has taken Hollywood by storm, with three films nominated for Oscar awards – Whiplash, La La Land and First Man. His body of work offers a unique portrait of American masculinity. 

Whiplash

Dir.: Damien Chazelle
| 107 minutes

The relationship between a young ambitious Jazz drummer and his ruthless teacher drives them both to the edge of their abilities and sanity. 

Xavier Dolan (Canada)

One of the most sought after and a prolific director of the past decade, Dolan is the quintessential Festival darling. 

Mommy

Dir.: Xavier Dolan
| 139 minutes

A single mother has a turbulent relationship with her violent teenage son, full of intense outbreaks, love and hate. When a third party enters their life, everything might just change. 

Céline Sciamma (France)

Céline Sciamma has become one of the most important filmmakers working today. Her films act as non-placard sensitive manifesto for female empowerment and sexual exploration.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Dir.: Céline Sciamma
| 120 minutes

France, 1770. Marianne is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of the aristocratic Heloise. But the bride refuses, and Marianne is forced to paint her in private. An enchanting, breathtaking, fascinating and passionate work, with masterful cinematography and extraordinary performances.

Greta Gerwig (USA)

The decade saw the emergence of Greta Gerwig, who brought to the screen, through writing and directing, lost but determined female characters. She is also one of the few female directors to have ever been nominated for an Oscar.

Frances Ha

Dir.: Noah Baumbach
| 86 minutes

Having lost her safety net in the city, 27-year-old Frances reels at a dizzying pace from Brooklyn to Sacramento to Paris, and then to upstate New York. Noah Baumbach voices the anxieties and tribulations of a whole generation.

Greta Gerwig (USA)

The decade saw the emergence of Greta Gerwig, who brought to the screen, through writing and directing, lost but determined female characters. Tickets: 25 NIS / Members: free entrance

Frances Ha

Dir.: Noah Baumbach
| 86 minutes

Having lost her safety net in the city, 27-year-old Frances reels at a dizzying pace from Brooklyn to Sacramento to Paris, and then to upstate New York. Noah Baumbach voices the anxieties and tribulations of a whole generation.

Yorgos Lanthimos (Greece)

With witty scripts, impulsive characters, and an aloof and efficient cinematic language, Yorgos Lanthimos has paved his way into the heart of Hollywood.

The Lobster

Dir.: Yorgos Lanthimos
| 118 minutes

The plot revolves around a man who is forced to stay at a special hotel and try and find a suitable match, lest he be turned into a lobster. A Buñuelesque surrealism and critique of the artificial nature of modern society. 

Asghar Farhdi (Iran)

With two out of four of his films this decade winning the Oscar for Best Foreign Film, Asghar Farhdi is undoubtedly one of the most important voices of the decade. 

The Salesman

Dir.: Asghar Farhdi
| 125 minutes

A couple has to find a new apartment. A violent incident that happens there turns their lives upside-down and threatens their relationship. “Farhadi remains a master of pace and tension, slowly upping the stakes in an unsettling narrative” (Screen).

Mia Hansen-Løve (France)

Mia Hansen-Løve has made it to the forefront of European cinema with films of lyrical quality. Her protagonists’ essence is drawn with artistry.

Things to Come

Dir.: Mia Hansen-Løve
| 100 minutes

The story of a high school philosophy teacher who resolves to reinvent her life when her husband leaves her. An intelligent and compassionate work that paints a sensitive portrait of a woman in crisis.

Joshua Oppenheimer (USA)

Joshua Oppenheimer’s films are the pinnacle of documentary filmmaking in a decade that saw this genre soar. 

The Act of Killing

Dir.: Joshua Oppenheimer
| 115 minutes

In this chilling original film, director Joshua Oppenheimer challenges his protagonists, war criminals who participated in Indonesia’s military coup, with a request: to play themselves and their victims in dramatic cinematic recreations of the atrocities they committed half a century ago.

Nadav Lapid (Israel)

Nadav Lapid is one of the most prominent Israeli directors of the decade, winning the 2019 Berlinale’s Golden Bear. 

Synonyms

Dir.: Nadav Lapid
| 120 minutes

Yoav, a young Israeli, turns up in Paris, hopeful that France and the French language will save him from the madness of his country. Synonyms is an exciting, sensual and piercing work, a direct and combative satire. Synonyms was Berlinale’s big winner.

Alice Rohrwacher (Italy)

Alice Rohrwacher continues the tradition of Italian cinema and presents the conflict between realism and fantasy, between secularism to the comforting mystery of religion. 

Happy as Lazzaro

Dir.: Alice Rohrwacher
| 125 minutes

Lazzaro is a laborer on the Marchesa de Luna’s tobacco plantation. When her son Tancredi visits the fields, he is captivated by Lazzaro’s sincerity and kindness. Alice Rohrwacher’s (The Wonders) new, critically-acclaimed film.

Taika Waititi (New Zealand)

In an age of mindless comedies, Taika Waititi has managed to stand out with a fine and effective sense of humor. His new feature Jojo Rabbit is said to be sprinting ahead in the Oscar race.

What We Do in the Shadows

Dir.: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi
| 82 minutes

Four vampires share an apartment in Wellington, trying to maintain their vampire lifestyle. They are also being followed by a documentary director trying to capture their struggles. A tremendous and original mockumentary that plays on all the right humor notes. 

Brie Larson (USA)

From small independent cinema, Brie Larson has shot into the mainstream as Captain Marvel, bringing to the screen an irresistible combination of warmth and strength. Tickets: 25 NIS / Members: free entrance

Short Term 12

Dir.: Destin Daniel Cretton
| 96 minutes

Grace is a house mother at a hostel for at-risk youth. During one week, several events will force her reexamine her life and make important decisions. The film sensitively deals with complex subjects and presents an ensemble of characters whom it is difficult not to identify with.