Cannes Film Festival

10 Directors Who Started Their Careers With a Masterpiece

By Vitor Guima

Making a great film as a career start is something that could suddenly launch a director to stardom and maybe guarantee the funding of his second film (or even the third and fourth). In film history, many acclaimed directors started their careers with movies that could easily be considered masterpieces and, among them, plenty could never make a better one than their first.

With that in mind, here is a selection of 10 directors who started their careers with a masterpiece. Knowing that 10 names do not come close to representing the many filmmakers that started with a great film, at the end of this article is a selection of many honorable mentions and, if you think a name is missing, please leave it in the comments section.

So, here are 10 directors that started their careers with a masterpiece.

10. Steve McQueen: Hunger (2008)

Three films in his career. Three great movies. Starting his career with the feature film “Hunger” in 2008, the movie that won the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in that year, Steve McQueen went on to direct the critically acclaimed “Shame” in 2011, and in 2013, the Oscar-winning film “12 Years a Slave”.

In his debut film, McQueen tells the story of the IRA Hunger Strike that happened in Northern Ireland in 1981. With the greatest performance in Michael Fassbender’s career as the Republican Bobby Sands, “Hunger” is a visually brutal film that explores violence in the plurality of its nuances.

There is a 16-minute single shot in a conversation between Sands and Father Dominic Moran (Liam Cunningham) that is one of the most stunning dialogue scenes of this century. With many long shots that shows the claustrophobic environment of the prison, and the shock on the body and mind that the hunger strike → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema

10 Movies You Should Watch If You Liked “Oldboy”

By Vitor Guima

The second part of Park Chan-wook’s Vengeance Trilogy, “Oldboy” stars Min-sik Choi as Oh Dae-su, a man who is kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years without any apparent reason. When he is released all those years later, he is given clothes, money, and a cell phone, still not knowing why he was incarcerated. Searching for revenge, he discovers that his kidnapper has a plan for him.

This film from 2003, which was released between “Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance” (2002) and “Sympathy for Lady Vengeance” (2005), is ranked at 30 on BBC’s list of the 100 Greatest Films of the 21st Century and it also won the Grand Prix at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival, when Quentin Tarantino was the president of the jury.

Many themes are explored in Park’s masterpiece, such as past sins that influence the present and the future, revenge, violence, hatred, and redemption. The corridor scene is among the most remarkable single shots in cinema history and the direction of this film is exceptional.

“Oldboy” has so many layers and deeper meanings that it can be enjoyed as an action-revenge film or as a philosophical and very human tale of redemption. With that in mind, here is a selection of 10 movies (in fact, 12) that might establish a dialogue with “Oldboy” in one or more of its themes.

So, here are 10 films you should watch if you liked Oldboy.

1. Confessions (2010), directed by Tetsuya Nakashima


Written and directed by Tetsuya Nakashima and based on the novel by Kanae Minato of the same name, “Confessions” is a tale about grief and vengeance taking place on the last day of class at a junior high school.

The story follows a teacher, Yuko Moriguchi (Takako Matsu), who announces her resignation on this day. She then tells the students about → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema