Selected Directorsby sarkhan_hashimov | created - 18 Oct 2015 | updated - 3 months ago | Public
Director | Pred dozhdot
Milcho Manchevski's acclaimed Before the Rain is considered "one of the greatest debut feature films in the history of cinema" (Annette Insdorf) and "one of the most important films of the decade" (Ann Kibbey). The New York Times included it on its list "Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made". It won the ...
3. Zalman King
Producer | Nine 1/2 Weeks
Zalman King was born on May 23, 1942 in Trenton, New Jersey, USA as Zalman King Lefkowitz. He was a producer and director, known for 9½ Weeks (1986), In God's Hands (1998) and Galaxy of Terror (1981). He was married to Patricia Louisianna Knop. He died on February 3, 2012 in Santa Monica, ...
4. Lucio Fulci
Director | Zombi 2
Lucio Fulci, born in Rome in 1927, remains as controversial in death as he was in life. A gifted craftsman with a sharp tongue and a wicked sense of dark humor, Fulci achieved some measure of notoriety for his gore epics of the late 1970s and early 1980s, but respect was long in coming.
5. Denys Arcand
Writer | Les invasions barbares
One of Québec's most politically aware filmmakers, Denys Arcand studied history at Université de Montréal, where he co-directed Alone or with Others (1962) with Denis Héroux and co-written with Stéphane Venne. He joined the National Film Board (NFB) in 1963, where his feature-length documentary on ...
Writer | La passion de Jeanne d'Arc
The illegitimate son of a Danish farmer and his Swedish housekeeper, Carl Theodor Dreyer was born in Copenhagen on the 3th of February, 1889. He spent his early years in various foster homes before being adopted by the Dreyers at the age of two. Contrary to popular belief (perhaps nourished by the ...
Writer | Faustrecht der Freiheit
Above all, Rainer Werner Fassbinder was a rebel whose life and art was marked by gross contradiction. Openly homosexual, he married twice; one of his wives acted in his films and the other served as his editor. Accused variously by detractors of being anticommunist, male chauvinist, antiSemitic and...
Director | Loong Boonmee raleuk chat
Apichatpong Weerasethakul (b. 1970, Bangkok) grew up in Khon Kaen, a city in the north east of Thailand. He has a degree in Architecture from Khon Kaen University and a Master of Fine Arts in Filmmaking from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has been making films and videos since the ...
Director | The Lobster
Yorgos Lanthimos was born in Athens, Greece. He studied directing for Film and Television at the Stavrakos Film School in Athens. He has directed a number of dance videos in collaboration with Greek choreographers, in addition to TV commercials, music videos, short films and theater plays. Kinetta,...
10. Aki Kaurismäki
Producer | Le Havre
Aki Kaurismäki did a wide variety of jobs including postman, dish-washer and film critic, before forming a production and distribution company, Villealfa (in homage to Jean-Luc Godard's Alphaville (1965)) with his older brother Mika Kaurismäki, also a film-maker. Both Aki and Mika are prolific ...
11. Roy Andersson
Director | Sånger från andra våningen
Roy Andersson was born on March 31, 1943 in Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden as Roy Arne Lennart Andersson. He is a director and writer, known for Songs from the Second Floor (2000), A Love Story (1970) and A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2014).
Director | Russkiy kovcheg
He was born with a disability because of an anatomic defect of his leg, in 1951 in Podorvikha village in Siberian Russia. His father was a Red Army veteran of WW2. One of most important contemporary filmmakers, Sokurov worked extensively in television and later graduated from the prestigious film ...
13. Júlio Bressane
Director | Educação Sentimental
Writer | El secreto de sus ojos
Juan José Campanella was born on July 19, 1959 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is a writer and director, known for The Secret in Their Eyes (2009), The Man of Your Dreams (2011) and The Same Love, the Same Rain (1999).
15. Pablo Stoll
Director | 25 Watts
Born in Montevideo in 1974.
He studied social communication in the Catholic university of Uruguay where he started directing shorts movies. There he also met Juan Pablo Rebella, his partner as a writer and director in all his movies.
After finishing their degree, he started working in commercials and...
16. Paz Encina
Director | Hamaca paraguaya
17. Jorge Sanjinés
Director | Yawar Mallku
Sanjines made his first feature film, And So It Is (1966), under the auspices of the Bolivian Film Institute, of which he was named director in 1965. A landmark in the history of Bolivian cinema, Ukamau is a sympathetic depiction of the social problems of the Andean peasantry shot exclusively in ...
Producer | Bajo la piel
Francisco J. Lombardi was born on August 3, 1947 in Tacna, Peru. He is a producer and director, known for Under the Skin (1996), Red Ink (2000) and Caídos del cielo (1990). He is married to Tatiana Astengo.
20. Ciro Guerra
Director | El abrazo de la serpiente
Ciro Guerra was born on February 6, 1981 in Río de Oro, Cesar, Colombia. He is a director and writer, known for Embrace of the Serpent (2015), Birds of Passage (2018) and The Wind Journeys (2009). He is married to Cristina Gallego.
Director | Maroa
Solveig Hoogesteijn was born on August 3, 1946 in Sweden. She is a director and writer, known for Maroa (2005), Santera (1994) and El mar del tiempo perdido (1978). She was previously married to Víctor Cuica.
22. Luis Argueta
Director | Collect Call
23. Fernando Pérez
Director | La vida es silbar
24. Jacobo Morales
Actor | Bananas
Jacobo Morales burst onto the entertainment industry at the age of fourteen and soon after, developed his writing skills in television and with La criada malcriada (1965). The first film he directed, ...And God Created Them (1979), is recognized as the marking point where Puerto Rico's film ...
25. Pedro Costa
Director | Cavalo Dinheiro
26. Jean-Luc Godard
Director | Vivre sa vie: Film en douze tableaux
Jean-Luc Godard was born in Paris on December 3, 1930, the second of four children in a bourgeois Franco-Swiss family. His father was a doctor who owned a private clinic, and his mother came from a preeminent family of Swiss bankers. During World War II Godard became a naturalized citizen of ...
Writer | Ultimo tango a Parigi
Bernardo Bertolucci, the Italian director whose films were known for their colorful visual style, was born in Parma, Italy. He attended Rome University and became famous as a poet. He served as assistant director for Pier Paolo Pasolini in the film Accattone (1961) and directed The Grim Reaper (...
28. Mike Leigh
Director | Secrets & Lies
Mike Leigh was born on February 20, 1943 in Salford, Greater Manchester, England. He is a director and writer, known for Secrets & Lies (1996), Happy-Go-Lucky (2008) and Another Year (2010). He was previously married to Alison Steadman.
29. Neil Jordan
Writer | The Crying Game
Neil Jordan was born on February 25, 1950 in Sligo, Ireland. He is a writer and producer, known for The Crying Game (1992), Greta (2018) and Breakfast on Pluto (2005). He has been married to Brenda Rawn since June 30, 2004. They have two children. He was previously married to Vivienne Shields.
30. Agnès Varda
Director | Sans toit ni loi
Agnès Varda was born on May 30, 1928 in Ixelles, Belgium as Arlette Varda. She was a director and writer, known for Vagabond (1985), Faces Places (2017) and Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962). She was married to Jacques Demy. She died on March 29, 2019 in Paris, France.
31. Marleen Gorris
Director | Antonia
Marleen Gorris was born on December 9, 1948 in Roermond, Limburg, Netherlands. She is a director and writer, known for Antonia's Line (1995), A Question of Silence (1982) and Gebroken spiegels (1984).
32. Joachim Trier
Director | Thelma
Joachim Trier is a Norwegian writer and director. He is known for Reprise (2006), Oslo, August 31st (2011), Louder Than Bombs (2015) and Thelma (2017).
Trier also directed three short films, Pietà (2000), Still (2001) and Procter (2002).
His father, Jacob Trier, was the sound technician of The ...
Producer | Djöflaeyjan
Fridrik Thor Fridriksson started his film making carrier with a series of experimental films and documentaries in the early 1980s. In 1987, he founded The Icelandic Film Corporation, which has become Iceland's most important production company, producing Fridrikssons films as well as working with ...
34. Wim Wenders
Director | Der Himmel über Berlin
Wim Wenders is an Oscar-nominated German filmmaker who was born Ernst Wilhelm Wenders on August 14, 1945 in Düsseldorf, which then was located in the British Occupation Zone of what became the Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Federal Republic of Germany, known colloquially as West Germany until ...
35. Alain Tanner
Director | Le retour d'Afrique
Alain Tanner was born on December 6, 1929 in Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland. He is a director and writer, known for Return from Africa (1973), In the White City (1983) and The Salamander (1971). He has been married to Janine Giudici since 1964.
Actor | The Avengers
Born in Lódz, Poland, in 1938. Director, playwright, scriptwriter, and actor. Graduated in ethnology, literature and history from Warsaw University in 1959. Graduated from Lódz Film Academy in directing in 1962. Feature debut: _Identification Marks - None_ (Rysopis, 1964, scr., dir, act.), awarded ...
37. Jirí Menzel
Director | Obsluhoval jsem anglického krále
Jirí Menzel was born on February 23, 1938 in Prague, Czechoslovakia [now Czech Republic]. He was an actor and director, known for I Served the King of England (2006), Closely Watched Trains (1966) and Larks on a String (1969). He was married to Olga Menzelová-Kelymanová. He died on September 5, ...
38. Juraj Jakubisko
Director | Kristove roky
Juraj Jakubisko was born on April 30, 1938 in Kojsov, Czechoslovakia [now Slovakia]. He is a director and writer, known for Kristove roky (1967), Bathory: Countess of Blood (2008) and The Feather Fairy (1985). He is married to Deana Horváthová.
39. Béla Tarr
Producer | Werckmeister harmóniák
Béla Tarr was born on July 21, 1955 in Pécs, Hungary. He is a producer and director, known for Werckmeister Harmonies (2000), The Turin Horse (2011) and Satantango (1994). He is married to Ágnes Hranitzky.
40. Cristian Mungiu
Producer | 4 luni, 3 saptamâni si 2 zile
41. Emir Kusturica
Director | Underground
A Serbian film director. Born in 1954 in Sarajevo. Graduated in film directing at the prestigious Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) in Prague in 1978. During his studies, he was awarded several times for his short movies including Guernica (1978), which took first prize at the Student's Film ...
42. Dalibor Matanic
Director | Zvizdan
Dalibor Matanic is an acclaimed Croatian screenwriter and film director. His most well-known film is the 2002 feature Fine Dead Girls (2002) which won the Special Jury Prize at the 2003 Sochi film festival. His 2015 film The High Sun (2015) was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2015 ...
43. Jasmila Zbanic
Director | Quo vadis, Aida?
Jasmila Zbanic was born on December 19, 1974 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia. She is a director and writer, known for Quo Vadis, Aida? (2020), Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams (2006) and On the Path (2010).
Bosnia and Herzegovina
44. Kira Muratova
Director | Nastroyshchik
Kira Muratova was born on November 5, 1934 in Soroca, Romania [now Moldova] as Kira Georgiyevna Korotkova. She was a director and writer, known for The Tuner (2004), Vtorostepennye lyudi (2001) and Eternal Homecoming (2012). She was married to Yevgeni Golubenko and Aleksandr Muratov. She died on ...
Director | La Nature
Creator of the "distange montage," Artavazd Peleshian, one of the key Soviet documentarians, removed the boundaries of feature and documentary films, editing both sequences as a real poetical unity. His "distange montage" was a new step in the development of film editing. Even his student works (...
46. Otar Iosseliani
Director | La chasse aux papillons
Otar Iosseliani was born on February 2, 1934 in Tiflis, Transcaucasian SFSR, USSR [now Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia] as Otare Davidovich Ioseliani. He is a director and writer, known for La chasse aux papillons (1992), Favourites of the Moon (1984) and And Then There Was Light (1989).
Director | Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da
Nuri Bilge Ceylan was born in Istanbul on January 26th, 1959. In 1976, he began studying chemical engineering at Istanbul Technical University, in a context of strong student unrest, boycotts and political polarization. In 1978, he switched courses to Electrical Engineering at Bogazici University. ...
48. Amos Gitai
Director | Rabin: The Last Day
Born in Haifa in 1950, as the second son of architect Munio Weinraub and former Sionist activist Efratia Margalit. On the year of his birth, his parents changed the family name to "Gitai", which is the Hebrew translation of the German name "Weinraub". While he was a student in architecture, Amos ...
49. Elia Suleiman
Director | Yadon ilaheyya
Elia Suleiman was born on July 28, 1960 in Nazareth, Israel. He is a director and writer, known for Divine Intervention (2002), The Time That Remains (2009) and It Must Be Heaven (2019). He is married to Yasmine Hamdan.
50. Nadine Labaki
Actress | Et maintenant on va où?
Nadine Labaki was born on February 18, 1974 in Beirut, Lebanon. She is an actress and director, known for Where Do We Go Now? (2011), Capernaum (2018) and Caramel (2007). She has been married to Khaled Mouzanar since October 2007.
Director | Wadjda
Haifaa Al Mansour is the first female filmmaker in Saudi Arabia and is regarded as one of the most significant cinematic figures in the Kingdom. She finished her bachelor's degree in Literature at the American University in Cairo and completed a Master's degree in Directing and Film Studies from ...
Producer | Syn Babilonu
53. Bahman Ghobadi
Director | Lakposhtha parvaz mikonand
Bahman Ghobadi was born in 1969 in Baneh, in the province of Iranian Kurdistan, near the Iran-Iraq border. Shortly after graduating from the National Audiovisual School, he made his first short, immediately acclaimed by the local critics. One of these short films, "Life in Fog" (1999) is even ...
54. Siddiq Barmak
Writer | Osama
Date of Birth: September 7, 1962
Growing up in Afghanistan, Siddiq Barmak dreamed of being a cinema projectionist, but he eventually realized that he wanted to have a more hands-on role in filmmaking, and in 1987, he got his masters in film direction.In 1988, he made his first documentary short film...
Director | Ayka
Sergei Dvortsevoy was born on August 18, 1962 in Chimkent, Chimkent Oblast, Kazakh SSR, USSR as Sergey Vladimirovich Dvortsevoy. He is a director and writer, known for Ayka (2018), Bread Day (1998) and Tulpan (2008).
Writer | Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India
His passion for cinema immediately draws your attention, making you realize that Ashutosh Gowariker would not have been anywhere except behind the camera, however tempting the choice. An actor who took to film direction after almost a decade in front of the camera, Ashutosh has acted in Hindi films...
57. Anh Hung Tran
Director | Mùi du du xanh
Anh Hung Tran was born on December 23, 1962 in Danan, Vietnam. He is a director and writer, known for The Scent of Green Papaya (1993), Norwegian Wood (2010) and Cyclo (1995). He is married to Nu Yên-Khê Tran.
58. Rithy Panh
Director | L'image manquante
Rithy Panh was born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on the 18th april 1964. He is today one of the most acclaimed documentary filmmakers and the most famous Cambodian filmmaker worldwide. After 1975 his family died through the genocidal Khmer Rouge government (1975-1979) while he could escape in 1979 to ...
59. Royston Tan
Director | 15: The Movie
Director | Alpha: The Right to Kill
Brillante Mendoza is a Philippine director and producer. He is the first Filipino to receive the Best Director award at Cannes for his film Kinatay in 2009. He is also the only Filipino to receive France's "Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres" (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) in ...
61. Hsiao-Hsien Hou
Producer | Cìkè Niè Yinniáng
Of the ten films that Hsiao-Hsien Hou directed between 1980 and 1989, seven received best film or best director awards from prestigious international films festivals in Venice, Berlin, Hawaii, and the Festival of the Three Continents in Nantes. In a 1988 worldwide critics' poll, Hou was championed ...
62. Kar-Wai Wong
Writer | Yi dai zong shi
Wong Kar-wai (born 17 July 1956) is a Hong Kong Second Wave filmmaker, internationally renowned as an auteur for his visually unique, highly stylised, emotionally resonant work, including Ah fei zing zyun (1990), Dung che sai duk (1994), Chung Hing sam lam (1994), Do lok tin si (1995), Chun gwong ...
63. Jia, Zhangke
Producer | Tian zhu ding
Zhangke, Jia, was born on May 24, 1970 in Fenyang, Shanxi, China. He is a producer and director, known for A Touch of Sin (2013), Mountains May Depart (2015) and Still Life (2006). He has been married to Tao Zhao since January 7, 2012.
Director | Die Höhle des gelben Hundes
Byambasuren Davaa was born in 1971 in Ulan Bator, Mongolia. She is a director and writer, known for The Cave of the Yellow Dog (2005), Veins of the World (2020) and The Story of the Weeping Camel (2003).
65. Park Chan-Wook
Producer | Ah-ga-ssi
Park Chan-Wook was born on August 23, 1963 in Seoul, South Korea. He is a producer and director, known for The Handmaiden (2016), Oldboy (2003) and Thirst (2009). He is married to Eun-hee Kim. They have one child.
66. Takeshi Kitano
Actor | Zatôichi
Takeshi Kitano originally studied to become an engineer, but was thrown out of school for rebellious behavior. He learned comedy, singing and dancing from famed comedian Senzaburô Fukami. Working as a lift boy on a nightclub with such features as comic sketches and striptease dancing, Kitano saw ...
67. Peter Weir
Peter Weir was born on August 21, 1944 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as Peter Lindsay Weir. He is a director and writer, known for Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003), The Way Back (2010) and Witness (1985). He has been married to Wendy Stites since 1966. They have two ...
68. Jane Campion
Writer | The Piano
Jane Campion was born in Wellington, New Zealand, and now lives in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Having graduated with a BA in Anthropology from Victoria University of Wellington in 1975, and a BA, with a painting major, at Sydney College of the Arts in 1979, she began filmmaking in the early...
Writer | Rih al awras
Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina was born on February 26, 1934 in M'sila, Algeria. He is a writer and director, known for The Winds of the Aures (1966), Chronicle of the Years of Fire (1975) and Sandstorm (1982).
70. Nabil Ayouch
Producer | Ali Zaoua, prince de la rue
Nabil Ayouch was born April 1st 1969 in Paris. He works and lives in Casablanca and is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures, the Académie des Césars and the Arab FIlm Academy. In 1997, Nabil Ayouch directed his first feature film, MEKTOUB which, like ALI ZAOUA (2000) represented Morocco at ...
71. Férid Boughedir
Director | Asfour Stah
Férid Boughedir was born in 1944 in Tunis, French Protectorate of Tunisia. He is a director and writer, known for Halfaouine: Boy of the Terraces (1990), Sweet Smell of Spring (2016) and A Summer in La Goulette (1996).
72. Khairy Beshara
Director | Moondog
He was born on June 30, 1947 in Tanta, Egypt when his mother was going to visit some relatives in this Delta town north of Cairo. He lived until he was five years old in the countryside as the eldest of four siblings. The family had to move to Cairo for school and He grew up in the popular ...
73. Souleymane Cissé
Director | Yeelen
Director | Timbuktu
Director | Daratt
76. Moussa Touré
Director | TGV
Born in 1958 in Sénégal, Moussa Touré starts working early for the cinema. Debuting as a technician he soon turns to direction, with a first short in 1987 and a first feature in 1991, the multi-awarded Toubab Bi (1991). As of 1987 he creates his own production firm "Les Films du Crocodile" through ...
77. Flora Gomes
Director | Nha Fala
Director | Yaaba
Idrissa Ouedraogo was born on January 21, 1954 in Banfora, Upper Volta [now Burkina Faso]. He was a director and writer, known for Yaaba (1989), The Law (1990) and Samba Traoré (1992). He died on February 18, 2018 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
79. Gavin Hood
Director | Official Secrets
Gavin Hood was born on May 12, 1963 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is an actor and director, known for Official Secrets (2019), Tsotsi (2005) and Eye in the Sky (2015). He was previously married to Janine Eser.
80. Paul Schrader
Writer | First Reformed
Although his name is often linked to that of the "movie brat" generation (Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Brian De Palma, etc.) Paul Schrader's background couldn't have been more different than theirs. His strict Calvinist parents refused to allow him to see a...
Director | Panj é asr
Samira Makhmalbaf Filmmaker
Born on February 15,1980 in Tehran. At the age of eight, she played in "The Cyclist" directed by her father, Mohsen Makhmalbaf the celebrated Iranian filmmaker.
At the age of 17, she directed her first feature titled "The Apple" and She went on to become the youngest ...
82. Jan Svankmajer
Director | Otesánek
After studying at the Institute of Industrial Arts and the Marionette Faculty of the Prague Academy of Fine Arts in the 1950s, Jan Svankmajer started working as a theatre director, chiefly in association with the Theatre of Masks and the Black Theatre. He first experimented with film-making after ...