• Back in November, director Barry Jenkins stopped by Criterion for a visit while in New York promoting his sophomore feature, Moonlight. The film has already received dozens of honors this award season, and during this morning’s announcement of the Oscar nominations, it racked up eight more, including nods for best director and best picture. As a companion to Jenkins’s recent appreciation of Wong Kar-wai in our Under the Influence series, we’re sharing this video of his trip to our closet, in which he chats about favorite films like Andrew Haigh’s Weekend, Lynne Ramsay’s Ratcatcher, and Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Dekalog.

38 comments

  • By Doug C.
    January 24, 2017
    03:12 PM

    In between "Fat Girl" and "Ratcatcher", he picks up something with an orange cover - anyone know what it is?
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    • By alvareo
      January 24, 2017
      03:25 PM

      If only he'd shown it directly to the camera!
    • By Connor Doyle
      January 24, 2017
      03:45 PM

      Monsoon Wedding?
    • By David Hollingsworth
      January 24, 2017
      03:46 PM

      Monsoon Wedding, directed by Mira Nair.
    • By CoolHandBrandon
      January 24, 2017
      06:25 PM

      Monsoon Wedding
    • By Chris Quinn
      January 24, 2017
      09:42 PM

      I think it was Monsoon Wedding
    • By sailoroftheseas
      January 25, 2017
      11:56 PM

      MONSOON WEDDING
    • By Dylan Byth
      January 31, 2017
      03:03 PM

      It's Monsoon Wedding
    • By JBar
      January 31, 2017
      05:07 PM

      Not positive, but my wife and I have the Criterion 'Monsoon Wedding' and it looks like it???
    • By DavidK
      February 01, 2017
      01:10 PM

      Moonsoon Wedding, I think.
  • By Dobbs
    January 24, 2017
    03:41 PM

    Doug C., Monsoon Wedding.
    Reply
  • By David J. Balcer, Jr.
    January 24, 2017
    04:34 PM

    Oh my god. I can feel his enthusiasm and share it even though I haven't seen all of those films. Want? Sure but more than that I want to see many of these films. I beg, is there a way for one of us non-film makers, non-actor citizens to get a chance to take from the closet? Some kind of contest? PM me if I've asked this too many times and am being annoying. Man, just to be in there! I'd be willing to take just one if allowed to go. Seriously tho? Very cool and thanks for letting us peek. Love it.
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  • By HUSKY
    January 24, 2017
    05:07 PM

    The Apu Trilogy would and should be enough for anyone but hey, why not go for it if they're offering. Hopefully there will be some Barry Jenkins in there soon.
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  • By Stefan Mogielnicki
    January 24, 2017
    05:25 PM

    I don't think Barry is greedy. If anything, I'm insanely jealous. In the nicest possible way.
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  • By BRAD
    January 24, 2017
    07:19 PM

    His enthusiasm is very sincere. Too many great films right there at his fingertips. Doubt I would be able to chose only a few either.
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  • By Dean Estes
    January 24, 2017
    08:37 PM

    Don't be embarrassed, be happy. How can one NOT choose the Demy, Cassavetes, and Tati box sets? :-)
    Reply
  • By Maniac_In_Black
    January 24, 2017
    09:01 PM

    May I enter this magical closet?
    Reply
  • By TheDirector
    January 25, 2017
    12:35 AM

    I've been waiting for someone to react the way I'd probably react.
    Reply
  • By fwkelly
    January 25, 2017
    12:50 AM

    I'd need a wheel barrow and 9 hours. Love it!
    Reply
  • By Bailee Walsh
    January 25, 2017
    04:05 AM

    I love what he says about Cassavetes!
    Reply
  • By Ryne Weir
    January 25, 2017
    05:38 PM

    Dude, I would do the same thing Mr. Jenkins!
    Reply
  • By JDHMathews
    January 25, 2017
    08:09 PM

    If I entered that closet I'll make Criterion go bankrupt.
    Reply
  • By David Hollingsworth
    January 26, 2017
    08:19 PM

    Don't be embarrassed Mr, Jenkins! You've earned every right to visit the closet. I would probably be banned from taking them all.
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  • By OliBedard
    January 26, 2017
    08:47 PM

    When can we expect Moonlight's criterion release?
    Reply
    • By andsoitgoes
      February 01, 2017
      12:30 PM

      asking the real questions!
  • By Youngsun Kim
    January 30, 2017
    07:52 PM

    Love Barry Jenkins!
    Reply
  • By Frank P.
    January 31, 2017
    07:37 PM

    I had just arrived at FSU Film School in 2004 to become the BFA Director and I was soon introduced to Barry Jenkins. The School wanted to show off its top MFA student. It succeeded.They even screened his excellent student production, MY JOSEPHINE, which already demonstrated an accomplished flair for imagery and characterization. (I hope that he was in attendance at my interview screening and deconstruction of ANNIE HALL!) Learning that I was a supposed expert on and admirer of the cinema of Michelangelo Antonioni, Barry started to hum the opening theme music from L'AVVENTURA! Most film students cannot do that. What a wonderful lunch I had with Barry and some of the other budding filmmakers at FSU but I especially remembered him and filed his name away in my memory bank for future reference. I did not have to wait long to see him "make it." Frank P. Tomasulo, Ph.D.
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  • By Steve Marine
    January 31, 2017
    08:05 PM

    I really, really, really hope this means that MOONLIGHT is coming to The Criterion Collection! PS: These videos are fun to watch. Not only to see what they pick, but to live vicariously through them, as we all would love the opportunity to raid that closet. :)
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  • By andsoitgoes
    February 01, 2017
    12:29 PM

    This is the absolute best. Moonlight is the first film since No Country/There Will Be Blood that I've really just been truly blown away by. I watched it and immediately wanted to watch it again. It teases in the best possible ways and no one overstays their welcome. It leaves you wanting to just bathe in the lives of the characters, even when they go through serious struggles. Seeing him h ere, so normal so relaxed so honest and kind... I'm not surprised especially after seeing what he was able to create with Moonlight, but it was still something adorable to see. He was like a respectful kid who was in a candy shop, but didn't want to be greedy... That was just awesome. And Steve - AMEN. I've got it on preorder (COMMENTARY!) but I will buy it as many times as is necessary.
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  • By b_bang
    February 18, 2017
    04:33 PM

    After seeing Moonlight today I just hope Criterion get to release this magical film to do it justice.
    Reply