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Andrew Haigh

Andrew Haigh is a great, acclaimed English director and screenwriter. His second, breakthrough feature Weekend (2012), about a 48-hour romance between two men, won over critics and audiences after its premiere in SXSW. His third — also highly praised — feature 45 Years (2015), which concerns a long-married couple whose relationship is suddenly destabilised, earned Charlotte Rampling a Best Actress nomination at the Academy Awards. Both films were since released on The Criterion Collection. Haigh’s newest feature Lean on Pete, starring Charlie Plummer, Steve Buscemi, and Chloë Sevigny, is a tale of loneliness and about the desire for love and acceptance, told through the unique point of view of one boy’s connection to a very special racehorse. A24 is releasing Lean on Pete in the US this week, and the film will be out soon in Europe.

Andrew Haigh shared with us five films he loves.

 

01

Uzak, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2002

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The best depiction of loneliness in modern cinema.

02

Last Night, Don McKellar, 1998

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The sweetest film ever made about the end of the world.

03

Kes, Ken Loach, 1969

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The film I referenced to persuade Willy Vlautin to give me the rights to Lean on Pete (and the best film ever about a boy and a bird).

04

Five Easy Pieces, Bob Rafelson, 1970

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It has the perfect ending.

05

Cries and Whispers, Ingmar Bergman, 1972

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Once seen, never forgotten (even if you wish you could).

01 Uzak, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2002

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01

The best depiction of loneliness in modern cinema.

02 Last Night, Don McKellar, 1998

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02

The sweetest film ever made about the end of the world.

03 Kes, Ken Loach, 1969

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03

The film I referenced to persuade Willy Vlautin to give me the rights to Lean on Pete (and the best film ever about a boy and a bird).

04 Five Easy Pieces, Bob Rafelson, 1970

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04

It has the perfect ending.

05 Cries and Whispers, Ingmar Bergman, 1972

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05

Once seen, never forgotten (even if you wish you could).

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