Apocalypse Archives: Deepa Mehta, director of Midnight's Children
- The List
- 18 December 2012
(Satyajit Ray, 1955)
Sheer cinematic poetry. It was the birth of a new Indian cinema. It is a simple, essential narrative told through the eyes of a small boy. Ray gives such beauty and poignancy to the simple and ordinary – something that only the best of films are able to achieve.
(Emir Kusturica, 1988)
I love this film because of the crazy magical world it creates. There are only a few occasions I can recall being completely transported to a different universe and this is one of them. It is a visually mesmerising piece about a lost culture and a beautiful coming of age tale. The mysticism and magic of the gypsy culture is perfectly captured in the filmmaking.
A heartbreaking meditation on the inevitable – death. A complex and achingly honest look at the meaning of love, loyalty and disintegration. One of the best films of this year. I was blown away by this – a must-see. Difficult though.
(Fatih Akin, 2004)
This is the birth of diaspora cinema. It’s a Turkish-German love story and clash of cultures story that’s filled with dark humour. It has a grittiness and edginess to it as well that is enhanced by a fantastic soundtrack. Even, almost ten years later, it is still fresh and on point.
(Ang Lee, 2000)
This was a never before experienced movie. Breathtaking. Balances moments of quiet beauty with edge of your seat action. Stunning choreography. A classic that is unforgettable and completely unique.
Adapted from his own book by Salman Rushdie, this drama follows the travails of a pair of children born just as India gained independence from Britain.