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There’s an absurd quirky energy to Dimitri’s storytelling, he has the ability to transport you to a time you probably weren’t born to see and make you get lost in a mish-mash of cleverly curated imagery that he’s known for. The young visionary is set for big things; Roman Coppola recently selected Dimitri’s film “Tangerine” as the top short in his one-minute film competition.

Dimitri tells Monster Children what his top six influential films are.

 

CONTEMPT – JEAN LUC GODARD

In Jean-Luc Godard’s subversive Contempt, Michel Piccoli is a screenwriter torn between the demands of a proud European director, a crude and arrogant American producer, and his disillusioned wife, Camille as he attempts to doctor the script for a new film version of The Odyssey. -MUBI

Dimitri: “I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve seen this film. I love everything about it: the cinematography/art direction, subtle dialogue, Meta-cinema concepts: a film within a film, etc.”

PARIS TEXAS – WIM WENDERS

A man walks out of the desert with no memories of his past life and it is only with the help of his brother that he realises that he walked out on his wife and young son four years before. -MUBI

Dimitri: “Americana seen through the lens of one the best contemporary German filmmakers (Wim Wenders). Robby Muller’s cinematography is great!”

LA COLLECTIONNEUSE – ERIC ROHMER

In Rohmer’s first color film, a bombastic, womanizing art dealer and his painter friend go to a seventeenth-century villa on the Riviera for a relaxing summer getaway. But their idyll is disturbed by the presence of the bohemian Haydée, accused of being a “collector” of men. -MUBI

Dimitri: “Eric Rohmer creates my favourite kind of atmospheres… the colours, the cast, it’s all so carefully balanced.”

 

BLOW UP – MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI

A London fashion photographer, out on a stroll, takes some casual shots of people in a park. When he blows up his prints he realizes he’s stumbled upon a murder. He begins to pursue the intriguing mystery that haunts him, with answers and the truth just out of reach…-MUBI

Dimitri: “Every Antonioni film is so carefully framed. My dad showed me this film when I was thirteen and it has stayed with me ever since.”

TOKYO DRIFTER – SEIJUN SUZUKI

In Seijun Suzuki’s free-jazz gangster film, reformed killer “Phoenix” Tetsu drifts around Japan, awaiting his own execution until he’s called back to Tokyo to help battle a rival gang. -MUBI

Dimitri: “I love this film! A hybrid of art house meets B cinema.”

HIGH AND LOW – AKIRA KUROSAWA

Toshiro Mifune is unforgettable as Kingo Gondo, a wealthy industrialist whose family becomes the target of a cold-blooded kidnapper in Akira Kurosawa’s highly influential High and Low, a compelling race-against-time thriller and a penetrating portrait of contemporary Japanese society. -MUBI

Dimitri: “This Black and White film is incredible! Script, cinematography, art direction, it’s all so minimal in the perfect way.”