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Bertrand Bonello

Bertrand Bonello is a French director, screenwriter and composer. His movies Saint-Laurent (2014), House of Tolerance (2011) and Tiresia (2003) were all selected in the official competition of the Cannes Film Festival. His last film Nocturama is about youngsters dropping bombs around Paris.

We asked him what would be five films that he would like to share and show.

01

Assault on Precinct 13, John Carpenter, 1976

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This movies brings me back to my first years discovering cinema. In South of France, where I grew up, the first video-clubs were in newsagents. One could mostly find horror and porn movies. This is how I discovered Carpenter, Argento, Cronenberg. In Assault on Precinct 13, and in a lot of others Carpenters' films, a man is trying to reconstruct the society. At the time, horror films were rooted in real emotions and actual fears, like Dario Argento’s one of the Red Brigades.

02

Salò or the 120 Days of Sodom, Pier Pasolini, 1976

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The most horrible creations of the 20th century is fascism and nazism and the most beautiful one is cinema. There isn’t a film that tells better of the fascination of the facism. How can the human brain be disturbed to the point of getting that enthralled by violence? The junction of the best and the worst of the 20th century - between History and Cinema.

03

Sunrise, Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, 1927

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Beyond the hit; absolutely magnificent, this love story where everything seems to erupt from earth.

04

The House Is Black, Forough Farrokhzad,1962

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An Iranian poetess made this film on her own, upon a request from a leper’s house. She died three years after. I often show this most poetic and distressing film in festivals. The audience is always blown away, despite its monstrous side. I also think about the destiny of this woman, directing a movie in Iran in 1969, which must have been very difficult...

05

Steak, Quentin Dupieux, 2006

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A groovier pick. If I had wanted to make a comedy, it would have been this one. Both melancholic and comic. French comedians Eric and Ramzy at their peak.

01 Assault on Precinct 13, John Carpenter, 1976

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01

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This movies brings me back to my first years discovering cinema. In South of France, where I grew up, the first video-clubs were in newsagents. One could mostly find horror and porn movies. This is how I discovered Carpenter, Argento, Cronenberg. In Assault on Precinct 13, and in a lot of others Carpenters' films, a man is trying to reconstruct the society. At the time, horror films were rooted in real emotions and actual fears, like Dario Argento’s one of the Red Brigades.

02 Salò or the 120 Days of Sodom, Pier Pasolini, 1976

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02

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The most horrible creations of the 20th century is fascism and nazism and the most beautiful one is cinema. There isn’t a film that tells better of the fascination of the facism. How can the human brain be disturbed to the point of getting that enthralled by violence? The junction of the best and the worst of the 20th century - between History and Cinema.

03 Sunrise, Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, 1927

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03

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Beyond the hit; absolutely magnificent, this love story where everything seems to erupt from earth.

04 The House Is Black, Forough Farrokhzad,1962

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04

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An Iranian poetess made this film on her own, upon a request from a leper’s house. She died three years after. I often show this most poetic and distressing film in festivals. The audience is always blown away, despite its monstrous side. I also think about the destiny of this woman, directing a movie in Iran in 1969, which must have been very difficult...

05 Steak, Quentin Dupieux, 2006

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05

steak1steak3

A groovier pick. If I had wanted to make a comedy, it would have been this one. Both melancholic and comic. French comedians Eric and Ramzy at their peak.

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