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1990s Masterpieces

1990s Masterpieces


Emir Kusturica Yugoslavia, 1995

This historical fiction from auteur Emir Kusturica is an expansive masterpiece, winning the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1995. An exhilarating and absurdist satire, the film earns its reputation as one of the most controversial yet vital political tales in cinema.

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Trần Anh Hùng Vietnam, 1993

Vietnamese auteur Tran Anh Hung (Norwegian Wood) made one of the most enduring art-house hits of the 90s. Garnering the Camera d’Or at Cannes, a César for Best First Feature, and a Foreign Film Oscar nod, this exquisitely shot family drama makes poignant observations.


Todd Haynes United States, 1991

Sundance in the early 90s was a place to be, not just for Tarantino, but for Todd Haynes (Carol), whose debut Poison may be the most shocking film to ever win their top prize—a bold, fiercely intelligent, uniquely stylized take on transgressive desire that few indies today would dare attempt.


Raúl Ruiz France, 1999

Who could ever adapt Marcel Proust? With a rare inspired adaptation of his writing that’s so difficult to transfer from page to screen, the Chilean exile and dream-spinner Raúl Ruiz is up for the task! Catherine Deneuve, Emmanuelle Béart, and John Malkovich lead an all-star cast.


Martín Rejtman Argentina, 1999

A timeless, minimalist deadpan comedy, this is a young woman’s deliciously eccentric quest for sense of self in a world of doppelgängers, with an unforgettable performance from Rosario Bléfari. Committed to hilarity in all forms, Martín Rejtman’s cinema conjures humor and warmth in equal measure.


Djibril Diop Mambéty Senegal, 1992

Visionary director Djibril Diop Mambéty (Touki Bouki) makes a feisty assault on economic imperialism in this loose adaptation of Friedrich Durrenmatt’s play, The Visit. Relocated to a Senegalese town, Hyenas is a comic, cutting critique of globalization conveyed with playful, imaginative flourish.


Martín Rejtman Argentina, 1992

Martín Rejtman’s debut is today regarded as the film that launched the New Argentine Cinema, and prefigures his trademark style of comedies imbued with a languid melancholy and hilariously deadpan humor. Presented in its recent restoration, this now-cult film is always ripe for (re)discovery.


Satyajit Ray India, 1991

Satyajit Ray’s last film, Agantuk is a philosophical work that ponders about the evolution of civilisation and human nature. Based on his own short story Athiti, this film comments on the state of the world where the value of material wealth far exceeds that of humanity, trust, and love.