A to Z

This is a list of films I see fit the (my?) characteristics of Slow Cinema. I will update this list every time I come across a new film. The list only includes films I have personally seen. So unless I get my hands on some films that are mentioned on other website, I won’t list them here.


24 Frames – Abbas Kiarostami (2017) [review here]


About Endlessness – Roy Andersson (2019) [review here]
Abendland – Nikolaus Geyrhalter (2011) [review here]
A place called Lloyd – Sebastian Cordes (2015) [review here]
A souvenir from Switzerland – Sorayos Prapapan (2016)
Ascension – Pedro Peralta (2016)
A Short Film About the Indio National – Raya Martin (2005) [review here]
Adela – Adolfo Alix Jr (2008)
Afternoon – Tsai Ming-liang (2016) [review here]
A Yangtze Landscape – Xu Xin (2017) [review here]
Alamar – Pedro Gonzales-Rubio (2009) [review here]
Almost There – Jacqueline Zünd (2016) [review here]
An Elephant Sitting Still – Hu Bo (2018) [review here]
Ananke – Claudio Romano (2016) [review here]
Andrei Rublev – Andrei Tarkovsky (1966) [review here]
Another Year – Shengze Zhu (2016) [review here]
Artificial Paradise – Yulene Olaizola (2011)
Ausma – Laila Pakalnina (2015) [review here]
Avanti Popolo – Michael Wahrmann (2012)


Bal – Semih Kaplanoglu (2010) [review here]
Battle in Heaven – Carlos Reygadas (2005)
Behemoth – Zhao Liang (2015) [review here]
Bestiaire – Denis Côté (2012) [review here]
Birdsong – Albert Serra (2008) [review here]
Birha – Ekta Mittal (2018) [review here]
Bitter Money – Wang Bing (2016) [review here]
Blissfully Yours – Apichatpong Weerasethakul (2002)
Bovines – Emmanuel Gras (2011)
Butterflies Have No Memories – Lav Diaz (2009)
By the name of Tania – Mary Jimenez, Bénédicte Liénard (2019) [review here]


Centaur – Aleksandra Niemczyk (2016) [review here]
Century of Birthing – Lav Diaz (2011)
Century of Smoke – Nicolas Graux (2019) [review here]
Closing Time – Nicole Vögele (2018) [review here]
Colossal Youth – Pedro Costa (2006)
Cochihza – Khristine Gillard (2013) [review here]
Costa da Morte – Lois Patino (2013) [review here]


Days – Tsai Ming-liang (2020) [review here]
Dead Slow Ahead – Mauro Herce (2015)
Dead Souls – Wang Bing (2018) [review here]
D’Est – Chantal Akerman (1993)
Daughter…Father…Daughter – Panahbarkhoda Rezaee (2011) [review here]
Damnation – Béla Tarr (1988)
Death in the Land of Encantos – Lav Diaz (2007) [review here]
Distant – Zhengfan Yang (2013) [review here, interview with the director here]
Dream and Silence – Jaime Rosales (2012)


Earth – Nikolaus Geyrhalter (2019) [review here]
El cielo, la tierra y la lluvia – José Luis Torres Leiva (2008) [review here]
Elsewhere – Nikolaus Geyrhalter (2000) [review here]
Eternity – Sivaroj Kongsakul (2010) [review here]
Evolution of a Filipino Family – Lav Diaz (2004) [review here]


Fajr – Lois Patino (2017)
Fate – Fred Kelemen (1994) [review here]
Father and Son – Aleksandr Sokurov (2003)
Father and Sons – Wang Bing (2014) [review here]
Fengming, a Chinese memoir – Wang Bing (2007) [review here]
Five – Abbes Kiarostami (2003) [review here]
Florentina Hubaldo CTE – Lav Diaz (2012) [review here]
Fogo – Yulene Olaizola (2012) [review here]
For a son – Suranga Katumgampala (2016) [review here]
Frost – Fred Kelemen (1997)


Good Bye, Dragon Inn – Tsai Ming-liang (2003)
Good Luck – Ben Russell (2017) [review here]


Havarie – Philip Scheffner (2016) [review here]
Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis – Lav Diaz (2016) [review here]
Heremias Book I, The Legend of the Lizard Princes – Lav Diaz (2005)
Homo Sapiens – Nikolaus Geyrhalter (2016) [review here]
Honour of Knights – Albert Serra (2006)
Horse Money – Pedro Costa (2014) [review here]


I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone – Tsai Ming-liang (2006) [review here]
Inori – Pedro Gonzales-Rubio (2012) [review here]
In between dying – Hilal Baydarov (2020) [review here]
In The Crosswinds – Martti Helde (2014) [review here]
Inland Sea – Kazuhiro Soda (2018) [review here]
Imburnal – Sherad Anthony Sanchez (2008) [review here]
Interview with the Earth – Nicolás Pereda (2008) [review here]
Into Great Silence – Philip Gröning (2005) [review here]


Japon – Carlos Reygadas (2002)
Jauja – Lisandro Alonso (2014) [review here]
Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai de commerce, 1080 Bruxelles – Chantal Akerman (1975) [review here]
Journey on the Plain – Béla Tarr (1995) [review here]
Journey to the West – Tsai Ming-liang (2013) [review here]


Kaili Blues – Bi Gan (2015) [review here]
Knife in the Clear Water – Xuebo Wang (2016) [review here]
Krisana – Fred Kelemen (2005) [review here]


Lahi, Hayop – Lav Diaz (2020) [review here]
Là-bas – Chantal Akerman (2006) [review here]
La Libertad – Lisandro Alonso (2001)
Le Quattro Volte – Michelangelo Frammartino (2010)
Leave it for tomorrow, for night has fallen – Jet Leyco (2013) [review here]
Letters from the Desert – Michela Occhipinti (2010) [review here]
Life after Life – Zhang Hanyi (2016) [review here]
Linefork – Vic Rawlings, Jeff Silva (2016) [review here]
Liverpool – Lisandro Alonso (2008) [review here]
Living – Vassily Sigarev (2012)
Long Day’s Journey into Night – Bi Gan (2018) [review here]
Los Ausentes – Nicolas Pereda (2014) [review here]
Los Muertos – Lisandro Alonso (2004)


Malaventura – Michel Lipkes (2011) [review here]
Manakamana – Stephanie Spray, Pacho Velez (2013) [review here]
Man with no name – Wang Bing (2010) [review here]
Mekong Hotel – Apichatpong Weerasethakul (2012)
Melancholia – Lav Diaz (2008) [review here]
Memory Exercises – Paz Encina (2016) [review here]
Métropole – Ozal Emier, Virginie Le Borgne (2016) [review here]
Milky Way – Benedek Fliegauf (2007) [review here]
Mirror – Andrei Tarkovsky (1975)
Moloch – Aleksandr Sokurov (1999)
Mother and Son – Aleksandr Sokurov (1997) [review here]
Mrs Fang – Wang Bing (2017) [review here]
Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon – Lav Diaz (2014) [review here]
My Way Home – Miklós Jancsó (1964)


Nang Matapos Ang Ulan – Lav Diaz (2006) [review here]
News from Home – Chantal Akerman (1977) [review here]
No Home Movie – Chantal Akerman (2015) [review here]
No No Sleep – Tsai Ming-liang (2015) [review here]
Norte, The End of History – Lav Diaz (2013) [review here and here]
Nostalghia – Andrei Tarkovsky (1983)


Osmosis – Nasos Karabelas (2016)
Oxhide I – Liu Jiayin (2005) [review here]
Oxhide II – Liu Jiayin (2009) [review here]


People’s Park – Libbie Cohn and JP Sniadecki (2012) [review here]
Perpetuum Mobile – Nicolas Pereda (2009) [review here]
Post Tenebras Lux – Carlos Reygadas (2012) [review here]
Pripyat – Nikolaus Geyrhalter (1999) [review here]
Prologue – Béla Tarr (2004)
Prologue to the Great Desparecido – Lav Diaz (2013) [review here]



Red Moon Tide – Lois Patino (2019) [review here]
Remains – Yotam Ben-David (2016) [review here]
Resistente – Renate Costa and Salla Sorri (2012)
Russian Ark – Aleksandr Sokurov (2002)


Sátántángo – Béla Tarr (1994)
Season of the Devil – Lav Diaz (2018) [review here]
Seaworld – Hing Tsang (2016) [review here]
Self-Portrait: Window in 47KM – Zhang Mengqi (2019) [review here]
Self-Portrait: Sphinx in 47KM – Zhang Mengqi (2014) [review here]
Shoah – Claude Lanzmann (1985) [review here]
Silent Light – Carlos Reygadas (2007)
Silence in Dreamland – Tito Molina (2013) [review here]
Sixty Spanish Cigarettes – Mark John Ostroswki (2014) [review here]
Sleep Has Her House – Scott Barley (2017) [review here]
Slow – Sascha Seifert (2013) [review here]
Solitude at the End of the World – Carlos Casas (2005) [review here]
Son of the lovely capitalism – Suranga Katugampala (2015) [review here, interview with the director here]
Spoon – Laila Pakalnina (2019) [review here]
Stalker – Andrei Tarkovsky (1979)
Steam of Life – Joonas Berghäll and Mika Hotakainen (2010)
Storm Children, Book One – Lav Diaz (2014) [review here]
Stray Dogs – Tsai Ming-liang (2013) [review here]
Summer of Goliath – Nicolás Pereda (2010)
Sut – Semih Kaplanoglu (2008)
Syndromes and a Century – Apichatpong Weerasethakul (2006)


Ta’ang – Wang Bing (2016) [review here]
Taste of Cement – Ziad Kalthoum (2017) [review here]
The aftermath of the inauguration of the public toilet at kilometer 375 – Omar El Zohairy (2014)
The Ditch – Wang Bing (2010) [review here]
The Dog – Lam Can-zhao (2015) [review here]
The Ebb of forgetting – Liryc de la Cruz (2016)
The Hole – Tsai Ming-liang (1998)
The Man from London – Béla Tarr (2007) [review here]
The Pot and the Oak – 
Kiarash Anvari (2017)
The Red and the White – Miklós Jancsó (1967)
The River – Tsai Ming-liang (1997)
The River Used to be a Man – Jan Zabeil (2011)
The Round-up – Miklós Jancsó (1965)
The Royal Road – Jenni Olson (2014) [review here and interview with the director here]
The Sacrifice – Andrei Tarkovsky (1986) [review here]
The Sun – Aleksandr Sokurov (2005)
The suspended steps of the stork – Theo Angelopoulos (1991) [review here]
The Tree – André Gil Mata (2018) [review here]
The Turin Horse – Béla Tarr (2011)
The Wayward Cloud – Tsai Ming-liang (2005)
The weeping meadow – Theo Angelopoulos (2004) [review here]
The year after Dayton – Nikolaus Geyrhalter (1996) [review here]
Three Sisters – Wang Bing (2012) [review here]
Til madness do us part – Wang bing (2013) [review here]
Todo, en fin, el silencio lo ocupaba – Nicolas Pereda (2010)
Transatlantique – Félix Dufour-Laperrière (2014) [review here]
Tremor, Es ist immer Krieg – Annik Leroy (2017) [review here]
Two Years at Sea – Ben Rivers (2011) [review here]


Un Lac – Philippe Grandrieux (2008)
Uncle Boonmee who can recall his past lives – Apichatpong Weerasethakul (2010)
Uzak – Nuri Bilge Ceylan (2002) [review here]


Visage – Tsai Ming-liang (2009) [review here]
Vitalina Varela – Pedro Costa (2019) [review here]
Vive L’Amour – Tsai Ming-liang (1994) [review here]


Walker – Tsai Ming-liang (2012)
Walden – Daniel Zimmermann (2018) [review here]
Wanderer – Martynas Kundrotas (2016) [review here]
West of the Tracks – Wang Bing (2003) [review here]
What Time Is It Over There? – Tsai Ming-liang (2001)
Where are you going? – Zhengfan Yang (2016) [review here]
Werckmeister Harmonies – Béla Tarr (2000)
Wolfy – Vassily Sigarev (2009)



Yumurta – Semih Kaplanoglu (2007)
Your Face – Tsai Ming-liang (2018) [review here]



  1. Wendell Borges

    Amazing. Thank you for this. I’m in love with slow cinema.

  2. Gilles Pandel

    I’ve recently met the concept of Slow Cinema. It seems that French people haven’t such a concept.
    I’ve realized that most of the films I like enter this category.
    Very interesting blog. I must dig it!

    I’m always surprised that Straub-Huillet are never in lists of Slow Cinema while it seems that obviously they are part of it and perhaps the parents of it in some way.
    You might be interested by A Wonderful Town by Aditya Assarat from Thailand that I’ve just seen. Thank you for your work!

    1. Patrick

      I completely agree on the sentiment about Straub-Huillet. I think their films History Lessons, Fortini/Cani, Othon, and The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach are prime examples of slow cinema.

      I would also add the films of Michael Snow and James Benning to this list.

  3. William Boden

    Once Upon aTime in Anatolia….a must-see slow cinema film.

    1. Antonia

      Winter sleep of the same director. Both excellent.

  4. Free Piano

    Free Piano

    Hello 🙂 Your blog looks good. have a nice day. the blog was absolutely fantastic!

  5. Alice

    Good Bye, Dragon Inn….is a must see cinema film i recommend you watch it. Great list.

  6. Tomasz

    Great list and website, will visit often. Just one question though, do you consider Angelopoulos not to fit into the brackets of slow cinema or have you just not gotten to him yet? If it’s the latter, then I very strongly recommend him, starting with, say, Beekeper.

    1. Nadin Mai

      Thanks so much for your comment, Tomasz! I do consider Angelopoulos as a slow-film director. I have seen film extracts and have read about it. I also know that he’s often considered as part of the Slow Cinema Canon. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen his films yet. As I said, I know only bits and pieces, not entire films. He’s on my list, but somehow this list is getting longer and longer!

  7. Joy Barman

    May be you can consider films of Franco Piavoli, Jonas Mekas, Sharunas Bartas or films like Corn Island (2014), The Tree of wooden clogs.

  8. راه اندازی کافی شاپ

    Winter sleep of the same director. Both excellent. thanks!

  9. Ethan

    There’s a film from 2000 called Eureka by Japanese director Shinji Aoyama, I believe it fits the criteria for a slow film. I personally have not seen it yet, since I’ve been very busy and it has a run time of three and a half hours, but the reviews are very good and I’ve seen clips of it online. The entire film is shot in sepia tones, which I thought was pretty neat. I can share the link to a website where you can stream it, if you want.

  10. Joop

    Uncle (2019) – Frelle Petersen

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  12. Marcus Widger

    Great website and resource for slow cinema! I was wondering if anyone can recommend slow cinema nature documentaries? I’m aware of Mikael Kristersson’s work. But are there any other examples? Thanks!

    Thank you!

    1. Nadin Mai

      Hi Marcus, thanks for getting in touch! I have to admit that it’s difficult to think of a pure nature documentary. I wonder whether “Walden” could fit into this category, albeit there are people involved.

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