What Got This Director Here?: The Piano.
My Favorite Past Experience Was…: Her short film Peel.
What Did I Watch: The Piano.
Where Does She Fit: The Piano really is something revolutionary as a portrait of female desires and portrayals. The pageant, the piano performances, and the silence all form a braid that renders Ada McGrath, stunningly rendered by Holly Hunter, as strangely poignant a character as I can imagine, willingly keeping herself quiet and closed off yet with choices that range from bad to worse. Is there happiness to be found in the life of a woman in this time period? Seems unlikely, but you never know. Every shot is a stunner, and you can feel the grit of the sand and the squelch of the mud as the camera travels through the waters.
Most Valuable Asset: Tactile sensation.
Most Excited For: Sweetie.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Yes, definitely.
Coming Up Next: Thailand’s foremost, Apichatpong Weerasethakul.