Fundamental Directors in the Colombian History Cinema

by ColombiaEnCine | created - 29 Jul 2017 | updated - 11 Aug 2017 | Public

A list of the best Colombian directors that must see if it wants to approach the Colombian cinema. Sorted chronologically. Please include comments about directors not included with productions until 1989. In construction (for now until 1989).

In the Beginning of the Colombian cinema (1912-1921 mainly) he was an Italian businessman, itinerant exhibitor, producer and filmmaker. His legacy ranges from being one of the pioneers in bringing film to Colombia, to making national productions, through news, documentaries and fiction.

The Acevedo brothers are a family group of filmmakers from Colombia, made up of the father, Arturo, and their four children, Alfonso, Alvaro, Armando and Gonzalo. From the filming of the burial of General Benjamin Herrera, 1924, they continued during the next thirty years filming the national happenings. To see: Bajo el cielo antioqueño (1925).

Pioneer of Colombian cinema of Spanish origin. (1920-1941 mainly). To see: Flores del Valle (1941).

Important driver as producer and director of documentary shorts (40-50 years). To see: Revolución en Marcha (1953) and Feria de Manizales (1959).

In 1950 he founded the Cinematographic Colombia laboratories dedicated to both the advertising film and the development of the Newsletter. Pioneer of the first feature films of fiction. To see: El Milagro de Sal (1958).

6. Julio Luzardo

Director | Una tarde, un lunes

Julio Luzardo was born in 1938 in Bogota, Colombia as Julio Luzardo González. He is a director and writer, known for Una tarde, un lunes (1971), Tres cuentos colombianos (1962) and Dead Men's River (1964).

Director engaged in the origin of a national cinematography in the decades of the sixties and seventies. To see: Tres cuentos colombianos (1962).

7. Francisco Norden

Director | Cóndores no entierran todos los días

Son of an Austrian father and a Colombian mother, Francisco Norden was born in Belgium. He studied architecture at the National University in Bogotá. He finished architecture in Paris at L'Ecole National des Beaux Arts, and then in London at the Polytechnic School of Architecture. In 1955 he ...

Director engaged in the origin of a national cinematography in the decades of the sixties and seventies. An Icon in the Colombian cinematography. To see: Las Murallas de Cartagena (1963), Camilo, el cura guerrillero (1974), Cóndores no entierran todos los días (1984).

In the 60's this fighter managed to make three feature films. To see: Luz en la selva (1960).

9. José María Arzuaga

Director | Rapsodia en Bogotá

Jose Maria Arzuaga, of Spanish origin, made a major contribution to the cinema of Colombia when he relocated there at age 30 after struggling with studies and a career under Franco.He had grown up during the Civil War and had to compromise some with his pursuits in order to help support his ...

Spanish director who brought to the Colombian cinema a different cinematographic optic (scenarios, narrative structure, camera management). To see: Rapsodia en Bogotá (1963).

10. Gabriela Samper

Director | A Mask for Me, a Mask for You

Gabriela Samper was the first woman in Colombia to make documentary films and is also recognized for her contribution in recording the ethnography and folklore of her country.She was born to a middle class Bogota household in 1918 (her father was a lawyer) and she spent almost a decade, from 1928 ...

Important documentalist in the development of the Colombian documentary. To see: Festival folclórico de Fómeque (1969)

11. Marta Rodríguez

Director | Nuestra voz de tierra, memoria y futuro

Marta Rodríguez was born on December 1, 1933 in Bogotá, Colombia. She is a director and writer, known for Our Voice of Earth, Memory and Future (1982), Peasants (1975) and The Brickmakers (1972).

Documentalist with the premise: "an observer eye that participates in their lives". To see: Chircales (1972), Nuestra voz de tierra, memoria y futuro (1982).

12. Jorge Silva

Director | Nuestra voz de tierra, memoria y futuro

Jorge Silva was born in 1941. He was a director and cinematographer, known for Our Voice of Earth, Memory and Future (1982), Peasants (1975) and The Brickmakers (1972). He was married to Marta Rodríguez. He died in 1988.

Worked in company of Marta Rodríguez. To see: Chircales (1972), Nuestra voz de tierra, memoria y futuro (1982)

13. Lizardo Díaz Muñoz

Producer | Dschungelmädchen für zwei Halunken

Lizardo Díaz Muñoz was born on January 29, 1928 in Baraya, Huila, Colombia. He was a producer and actor, known for Two Sane Nuts (1974), Caballo y el hombre (1978) and Canción de paz (1985). He was married to Raquel Ércole. He died on November 8, 2012 in Bogota, Colombia.

Musician and producer who helped make feature films in the 60s and 70s. To see: Y la novia dijo... (1964), Aquileo Venganza (1974).

14. Gustavo Nieto Roa

Director | El taxista millionario

Gustavo Nieto Roa was born on April 3, 1942 in Tunja, Boyacá, Colombia. He is a director and producer, known for El taxista millionario (1979), Tiempo para amar (1980) and Aura o las violetas (1974).

Colombian stories with commercial orientation and common places. To Rescue: Esposos en Vacaciones (1977).

15. Jairo Pinilla

Director | T-O: Triángulo de oro - 'La isla fantasma'

Jairo Pinilla is an outstanding Colombian film director, considered the father of horror, suspense and science fiction in Colombia. That is why he is called Colombian Ed Wood or Colombian Steven Spielberg since he has used special effects never before used in Colombian cinema.

Born in Cali in 1944, ...

Without a budget became a place in the Colombian commercial cinema (with too many common places). To Rescue: Funeral Siniestro (1977).

16. Luis Ospina

Director | Breath of Life

Luis Ospina was born on June 14, 1949 in Cali, Colombia as Luis Alfonso Ospina. He was a director and writer, known for Breath of Life (1999), Pure Blood (1982) and Un tigre de papel (2008). He died on September 27, 2019 in Bogota, Colombia.

Documentalist and indispensable scriptwriter in the development of the Colombian cinema. To see: Cali: de película (1973), Agarrando Pueblo (1977), Todo comenzó por el fin (2015).

17. Carlos Mayolo

Director | La mansión de Araucaima

Carlos Mayolo was born on September 10, 1945 in Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia as Carlos José Mayolo Velasco. He was a director and actor, known for La mansión de Araucaima (1986), The Vampires of Poverty (1978) and Aquel 19 (1985). He was married to Beatriz Caballero. He died on February 3...

An Icon director and one of the most important figures in the Colombian cinema. To see: Cali: de película (1973), Agarrando Pueblo (1977).

18. Jorge Alí Triana

Director | Bolivar soy yo

Jorge Alí Triana was born on April 4, 1942 in Ibagué, Tolima, Colombia. He is a director and writer, known for Bolivar Is Me (2002), Tiempo de morir (1985) and Oedipo alcalde (1996).

With a long career in Colombian cinema and TV. To see: Tiempo de Morir (1985)

19. Lisandro Duque Naranjo

Director | Los niños invisibles

Lisandro Duque Naranjo was born on October 30, 1943 in Sevilla, Valle del Cauca, Colombia. He is a director and writer, known for The Invisible Children (2001), Visa USA (1986) and Los actores del conflicto (2008).

Important director in the construction of the colombian cinema. To see: Los niños invisibles (2001).

20. Camila Loboguerrero

Director | María Cano

Camila Loboguerrero was born on September 3, 1941. She is a director and writer, known for María Cano (1990), Nochebuena (2008) and Con su música a otra parte (1983).

Important director in the construction of the colombian cinema. To see: María Cano (1989).

Director of the north coast of Colombia. To see: Juana tenía el pelo de oro (2006).

22. Ciro Durán

Director | La toma de la embajada

Ciro Durán was born in 1937 in Convención, Norte de Santander, Colombia. He is a director and writer, known for La toma de la embajada (2000), La nave de los sueños (1996) and Waif (1977).

Director who belongs to the history of colombian cinema. To see: La toma de la embajada (2000).



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