As the director of some of the most singular and stylish films of the last two decades—including LOST IN TRANSLATION, THE VIRGIN SUICIDES and THE BEGUILED—Sofia Coppola is perhaps unsurprisingly drawn to movies that feature strong auteur visions, a keen attention to atmosphere and mood, and a touch of cool. She sits down with Criterion president Peter Becker to discuss memorable viewing experiences—from falling in love with Jean-Luc Godard’s BREATHLESS at the age of twelve to discovering Rainer Werner Fassbinder deep cut FEAR OF FEAR during a recent retrospective—as well as the mesmerizing cinematic rhythms of Chantal Akerman, Michelangelo Antonioni, and Wong Kar-wai.
Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
Directed by Chantal Akerman • 1975 • Belgium
Starring Delphine Seyrig, Jan Decorte
A singular work in film history, Chantal Akerman’s JEANNE DIELMAN, 23, QUAI DU COMMERCE, 1080 BRUXELLES meticulously details, with a sense of impending doom, the daily routine of a middle-aged widow, whose chores ...
Directed by Wong Kar-wai • 2000 • Hong Kong
Starring Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Maggie Cheung Man-yuk
Hong Kong, 1962: Chow Mo-wan (Tony Leung Chiu-wai) and Su Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung Man-yuk) move into neighboring apartments on the same day. Their encounters are formal and polite—until a discovery abo...