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Clio Barnard curates season of films at Curzon on Demand

The Selfish Giant

Preview by Jack Foley

CLIO Barnard, director of The Selfish Giant (out today in cinemas and on demand) has curated some of her favourite films on Curzon Home Cinema.

The list is as follows (complete with short explanations)…

Winter’s Bone (2010), directed by Debra Granik

I’ve never seen the US represented on screen quite like this before; wonderful limited colour palette, great casting and mix of actors and non-actors. Read our review

White Material (2009), directed by Clare Denis

Huppert is terrific; the difficult subject matter is handled brilliantly by Denis. Great score. Read our review

Festen (1998), directed by Thomas Vinterberg

I go back to this film again and again. A ghost story told using the language of realism to profound effect.

Hidden (2005), directed by Michael Haneke

It’s brilliant, absolutely brilliant. Everybody knows it. Can’t see it too many times.

Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988), directed by Terence Davies

I went back to this film recently because Kazuo Ishiguro talked about how he thinks it’s hard to depict memory on film and that Distant Voices, Still Lives comes closest. It’s a brilliant film, and as an added bonus, Lorraine Ashbourne who plays Mary in The Selfish Giant is in it.

Gerry (2002), directed by Gus Van Sant

Gus Van Sant is a great filmmaker. I love the restraint of this film. And I’m mesmerised by Casey Affleck.

Synecdoche, New York (2008), directed by Charlie Kaufman

Charlie Kaufman is just terrific and I love this film. Playful and profound – a good combination.

The Sweet Hereafter (1997), directed by Atom Egoyan

The structure of this film is complex yet seamless. Agoyan’s best film I think – Sarah Polley is amazing in it.

Rita, Sue and Bob Too! (1987), directed by Alan Clarke

I love the place (Brafferton Arbor in Bradford), I love the playwright, I love the filmmaker (though not his best film), I love Siobhan Finneran and George Costigan. This film led me to make The Arbor and then The Selfish Giant (George is in The Arbor, Siobhan in The Selfish Giant – and The Beacon pub is in all three).

Barnard’s excellent new film The Selfish Giant and the below film selection are available to watch at home or on the move, whenever and wherever you are from as little as £1.70. Find out more