Cyrus Frisch

Cyrus Frisch's contribution to the original Sight & Sound poll can be found here.

Cyrus Frisch (born in 1969 in Amsterdam) is a Dutch avant-garde filmmaker. Filmmaker Magazine called him the wild man of Dutch film. According to Holland Film Frisch is one of the most daring filmmakers currently working in Holland.

His debut feature film Forgive me, meant as a critique of reality-TV culture, premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (2001) and set his name as a controversial filmmaker. Frisch himself plays the lead in that film. He pretends to be a devilish director without any ethical boundaries in search for the ultimate, exciting (fiction) film. He uses a group of (real) social outcasts and mentally handicapped as actors.

Frisch is known to have made the first fictional feature film shot with a mobile phone: Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me It Would Become This Bad in Afghanistan, that premiered at major film festivals: the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2007, Tribeca Film Festival 2007, the San Francisco International Film Festival 2007, Pesaro 2007, and several others. According to Dutch newspaper Trouw, Frisch pinpoints the insanity of western society nowadays with this film as precisely as Polanski did in the '60s with Repulsion (31-05-2007). In Film Comment Magazine (March–April 2010) Olaf Muller argues that Frisch's films "embody the stupor we're in as a civilization". The Guardian writes that Frisch is a celebrity in Holland, known for tackling difficult subjects (4 February2007). After graduating from Dutch Film Academy in 1992 he was nominated for the Grolsch Award, one of the most prestigious film awards in the Netherlands.

In 2009 Frisch finished Dazzle (Oogverblindend) he started shooting 15 years ago, with Dutch star-actress Georgina Verbaan and Rutger Hauer in the lead. Indiewire's Eric Kohn describes Dazzle as a super-cool cinematic challenge. A Repulsion-like thriller stuffed into the aesthetics of a Chris Marker diary film. According to the Tribeca film festival catalogue, in Dazzle, Frisch creates his own unique vision of a socially engaged cinema. Dazzle is said to be Hauer's first film in his homecountry in 29 years.

Cyrus Frisch also became known as a playwright. Gharb, "A short, sharp, blast of a play" (The Stage / 15-10-2004) was performed in different languages in Holland, France, Austria and England in 2004. He has been nicknamed Cyrus the Great in his home country.

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  6. Lawrence of Arabia | David LEAN | 1962
  7. Blade Runner | Ridley SCOTT | 1982
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  14. Metropolis | Fritz LANG | 1927
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