Essential: Works is an interview format that Directors Library regularly hosts with film and video Directors. We ask directors to name three key and influential works under the film, campaign and music video categories. The series aims to broaden horizons of reference and acknowledge works from the back catalogue.
For our ninth instalment, we got in touch with Manu Cossu.
You can check out one of Manu’s recent music videos below and other work on the link.
Reset – Gesaffelstein (2018)
Directed by Manu Cossu
Below are Manu’s picks and what he had to say:
Essential: Films – Manu Cossu
1. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1979)
Directed by Irvin Kershner →
I love this film. It’s a unique mix between an amazing story and amazing art direction. Star Wars changed my life for sure. The realism of the special effects completely blew my mind, it was so real. I love the idea that everything has a soul or a vibe – the force.
2. Days of Heaven (1978)
Directed by Terrence Malick
One of my favourite movies. I have just one word: Grace.
3. Princess Mononoke (1997)
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki →
I love animated movies. In France we have the chance to grow up with Japanese cartoons, Space Adventure Cobra, The Mysterious Cities of Gold, Gigi, etc… I love Studio Ghibli in general, it’s beautiful and there is always poetry and philosophy in the stories.
Essential: Music Videos – Manu Cossu
1. Gimme Some More – Busta Rhymes (1998)
Directed by Hype Williams // Busta Rhymes
Crazy, fun, loud, creative – just an amazing music video. A music video has to be entertaining and the duration of this is a pure moment of fun. The costume, the background.
I had this video in mind when we directed ‘Doopy Pomp’ for Skrillex.
2. Windowlicker – Aphex Twin (1999)
Directed by Chris Cunningham
Chris Cunningham is one of my favourite music video directors. Just like Star Wars you get the feeling that what you’re looking at is real. And at the same time it’s pop, strange, bizarre, unexpected and beautiful. This music video is a masterpiece.
3. 1999 – Cassius (1999)
Directed by Alex Courtes
Directed by my good friend Alex Courtes (White stripes, U2, etc…), this video inspired me to pursue music video directing. This video was released in 1999, and for its time it was so fresh and different.
Essential: Commercials – Manu Cossu
1. Cog – Honda (2003)
Directed by Antoine Bardou-Jacquet →
I love this commercial. I started out as an intern with Antoine Bardou-Jacquet and Cog was my first commercial experience. I loved the creative process on the project, searching, searching and searching again until we could find a way to make it possible – it was really fun.
2. Stanley Kubrick Season – Channel 4
Directed by Siri Bunford
I’m a big fan of Stanley Kubrick so when I discovered this commercial I was just amazed.
3. Ball – Sony Bravia (2018)
Directed by Nicolai Fuglsig →
A strong idea and beautifully shot, what else?