Best films I’ve seen in 2013 (so far)

Here’s a list of the best movies I watched this year so far. My major discovery was South Korean auteur Kim Ki-duk, but I also got to see Krzysztof Kieslowski’s incredible Three Colors trilogy, explore some of Fellini’s lesser known works and further dwell into the fantastic filmography of Swedish national treasure Ingmar Bergman. Ranking them was a difficult task, not my forte, but I can honestly recommend every single one of them.

1) 3-Iron (2004, Kim Ki-duk)
2) Three Colors: Red (1994, Krzysztof Kieslowski)
3) Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… And Spring (2003, Kim Ki-duk)
4) Il Bidone (1955, Federico Fellini)
5) Time (2006, Kim Ki-duk)

6) Three Colors: Blue (1993, Krzysztof Kieslowski)
7) Samaritan Girl (2004, Kim Ki-duk)
8) Jagten (2012, Thomas Vinterberg)
9) Bad Guy (2001, Kim Ki-duk)
10) I Clowns (1970, Federico Fellini)

11) Himizu (2011, Sono Sion)
12) Arirang (2011, Kim Ki-duk)*
13) Three Colors: White (1993, Krzysztof Kieslowski)
14) Django Unchained (2012, Quentin Tarantino)
15) The Silence (1963, Ingmar Bergman)

16) The Bow (2005, Kim Ki-duk)
17) Reality (2012, Matteo Garrone)
18) Opening Night (1977, John Cassavetes)
19) Fanny and Alexander (1982, Ingmar Bergman)
20) Spring Breakers (2012, Harmony Korine)

* Word of advice: Before watching Arirang make sure you’ve seen at least Kim Ki-duk’s most important films, it will get you a greater appreciation for it.

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