Directors of the Peculiar

Cult, Avant-Garde Directors
Log in to copy items to your own lists.
“ "The American" (2009) with George Clooney - NL ” - Angeliki Spatki
Aki Kaurismäki
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) with his older brother Mika Kaurismäki, also a film-maker. Both Aki and Mika are prolific film-makers...
“ Lights in th Dusk ('06), Man without Past - FI ” - Angeliki Spatki
Luis Buñuel
The father of cinematic Surrealism and one of the most original directors in the history of the film medium, Luis Buñuel was given a strict Jesuit education (which sowed the seeds of his obsession with both religion and subversive behavior), and subsequently moved to Madrid to study at the university there, where his close friends included Salvador Dalí and Federico García Lorca...
“ "Tristana" ('70), "Belle de Jour" ('67), "Viridiana" ('61) - ES ” - Angeliki Spatki
Lars von Trier
Writer, Melancholia
Lars von Trier (the "von" was adopted during his stay at the Danish Film School) was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in April 1956. He graduated from the Danish Film School in 1983 with his short film Befrielsesbilleder ("Images of Relief"), which won the Best Film award at the Munich Film Festival the following year...
“ "Dancer in the Dark", "Breaking the Waves" ('96) - DK ” - Angeliki Spatki
“ Mr Nobody ('09) - Belgium ” - Angeliki Spatki
“ The Tourist, The Lives of Others ('06) - DE ” - Angeliki Spatki
David Lynch
Born in precisely the kind of small-town American setting so familiar from his films, David Lynch spent his childhood being shunted from one state to another as his research scientist father kept getting relocated. He attended various art schools, married Peggy Lynch and then fathered future director Jennifer Lynch shortly after he turned 21...
“ Blue Velvet ('86), Inland Empire ('06), Lost Highway '97, Mulholland Dr ('01) - US ” - Angeliki Spatki
“ The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo ('06) - DK ” - Angeliki Spatki
Krzysztof Kieslowski
Krzysztof Kieslowski graduated from Lódz Film School in 1969, and became a documentary, TV and feature film director and scriptwriter. Before making his first film for TV, Pedestrian Subway (The Underground Passage), he made a number of short documentaries. His next TV title, Personnel (The Staff)...
“ "Blue", "Red", "The Double life of Veronica" - Poland, 1941 - '96 (54) ” - Angeliki Spatki
Stanley Kubrick
Director, The Shining
Stanley Kubrick was born in Manhattan, New York City, to Sadie Gertrude (Perveler) and Jacob Leonard Kubrick, a physician. His family were Jewish immigrants (from Austria, Romania, and Russia). Stanley was considered intelligent, despite poor grades at school. Hoping that a change of scenery would produce better academic performance...
“ "Lolita" 1962, "The Shining" 1980, "Space Odyssey", "Clockwork Orange", (A Review) "Eyes Wide Shut 1999, 1928 - 1999 New York, US ” - Angeliki Spatki
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 Festival in Karlovy Vary...
“ Known for "Arizona Dream" ('02), "Underground" ('02) - Sarajevo BA ” - Angeliki Spatki
“ Paris je t' aime 2006 FR ” - Angeliki Spatki
Wim Wenders
Director, Wings of Desire
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 reunification)...
“ All w'll be fine ('15), Land of Plenty ('04), Paris, Texas ('84) - DE ” - Angeliki Spatki
Pedro Almodóvar
The most internationally acclaimed Spanish filmmaker since Luis Buñuel was born in a small town (Calzada de Calatrava) in the impoverished Spanish region of La Mancha. He arrived in Madrid in 1968, and survived by selling used items in the flea-market called El Rastro. Almodóvar couldn't study filmmaking because he didn't have the money to afford it...
“ Volver ('06), Los abrazos rotos ('10) - ES ” - Angeliki Spatki
“ The Trip ('11), Genoa ('08) - UK ” - Angeliki Spatki
“ US ” - Angeliki Spatki
“ US ” - Angeliki Spatki
“ "Amour" (2012), "The White Ribbon" (2009), "Caché" 2005, "La Pianiste" 2001 - DE ” - Angeliki Spatki
“ Money Ball 2011, Truman Capote 2005 US ” - Angeliki Spatki
Brian De Palma
Director, Scarface
Brian De Palma is one of the well-known directors who spear-headed the new movement in Hollywood during the 1970s. He is known for his many films that go from violent pictures, to Hitchcock-like thrillers. Born on the 11th of September in 1940, De Palma was born in New Jersey in an American-Italian family...
“ Carlito's Way with Al Pacino 1993 The Black Dhalia 2006 US ” - Angeliki Spatki
Quentin Tarantino
Writer, Pulp Fiction
Quentin Jerome Tarantino was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. His father, Tony Tarantino, is an Italian-American actor and musician from New York, and his mother, Connie (McHugh), is a nurse from Tennessee. Quentin moved with his mother to Torrance, California, when he was four years old. In January of 1992...
“ Inglourious Basterds Tennessee, US ” - Angeliki Spatki
“ TN ” - Angeliki Spatki
Milos Forman
Milos Forman was born Jan Tomas Forman in Caslav, Czechoslovakia, to Anna (Svabova), who ran a summer hotel, and Rudolf Forman, a professor. During World War II, his parents were taken away by the Nazis, after being accused of participating in the underground resistance. His father died in Buchenwald and his mother died in Auschwitz...
“ Amadeus 1984 - CZ ” - Angeliki Spatki
David Fincher
Director, Fight Club
David Fincher was born in 1962 in Denver, Colorado, and was raised in Marin County, California. When he was 18 years old he went to work for John Korty at Korty Films in Mill Valley. He subsequently worked at ILM (Industrial Light and Magic) from 1981-1983. Fincher left ILM to direct TV commercials and music videos after signing with N...
“ "Seven" (98), Panic Room (08) ” - Angeliki Spatki
Roman Polanski
Director, The Pianist
Roman Polanski is a Polish film director, producer, writer and actor. Having made films in Poland, Britain, France and the USA, he is considered one of the few truly international filmmakers. Roman Polanski was born in Paris in 1933. His parents returned to Poland from France in 1936, three years before World War II began...
“ "Repulse", "Rosemary's baby", "Chinatown" - a perfect film-noir, "The Pianist" 2002 - a perfect anti-nazi film Paris, FR ” - Angeliki Spatki
“ Jamon Jamon (1992) - (1946 - 2013), (67) ES Barcelona (Catalonia) ” - Angeliki Spatki
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Writer, Accattone
Pier Paolo Pasolini achieved fame and notoriety long before he entered the film industry. A published poet at 19, he had already written numerous novels and essays before his first screenplay in 1954. His first film Accattone was based on his own novel and its violent depiction of the life of a pimp in the slums of Rome caused a sensation...
“ "Salo" (120 days in Sodoma) ('75) - Watch Video, Teorema ('68), Mamma Roma ('62), Accatone - In Rome's pour suburbs, an under-world man (a beggar), looses ground under his feet, after his girl-friend is prisoned ('61) - IT ” - Angeliki Spatki
Peter Greenaway
Peter Greenaway trained as a painter and began working as a film editor for the Central Office of Information in 1965. Shortly afterwards he started to make his own films. He has produced a wealth of short and feature-length films, but also paintings, novels and other books. He has held several one-man shows and curated exhibitions at museums world-wide.
“ The belly of an Architect (87) - UK (Wales) ” - Angeliki Spatki
Nikita Mikhalkov
Russian film-maker and actor Nikita Sergeyevich Mikhalkov was born on October, 21, 1945, a son of a well-known Russian poet Sergey Mikhalkov, who provided lyrics for the Russian anthem, and Natalya Petrovna Konchalovskaya, also a poet. As a child he was exposed to genuine literary talk at home, which was a fulcrum for a Russian art community...
“ "Burnt by the Sun" 1994 RU ” - Angeliki Spatki
Tony Gatlif
Director, Vengo
“ "Korkoro" (2009) The temporary stay of gypsies (Roma), in France during WWII, their pursuit from both Germans and their French collaborators. - DZ (has roma roots), living in FR ” - Angeliki Spatki
Jeff Nichols
Writer, Mud
“ "Take Shelter" (2012) US (Indiana) ” - Angeliki Spatki
Ang Lee
Director, Life of Pi
Born in 1954 in Pingtung, Taiwan, Ang Lee has become one of today's greatest contemporary filmmakers. Ang graduated from the National Taiwan College of Arts in 1975 and then came to the U.S. to receive a B.F.A. Degree in Theatre/Theater Direction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Masters Degree in Film Production at New York University...
“ Lust (Se jie) - A love and intrigue affair between a beautiful Chinese girl and a powerful political man during WWII in Japan occupated Shanghai (2007), Brokeback Mountain 2005, Tiger & Dragon 2000 - Pingtung, TW ” - Angeliki Spatki
Carlos Saura
Writer, Cria Cuervos
Spanish director, writer, producer (2 films) and actor (2 films). His interest on cinema started when he was very young. His mother, who was a pianist, instilled in him the liking for music, and his brother, Antonio, who was a painter, the passion for art. When he was an teenager he started to practice photography...
“ Cria Cuervas (Θρέψε Κοράκια) 1976 ES ” - Angeliki Spatki
Henri-Georges Clouzot
Writer, Diabolique
Beginning his film career as a screenwriter, Henri-Georges Clouzot switched over to directing and in 1943 had the distinction of having his film The Raven banned by both the German forces occupying France and the Free French forces fighting them, but for different reasons. He shot to international fame with The Wages of Fear and consolidated that success with Diabolique...
“ La Verité 1960 (A pretty girl kills without apparent reason her friend, young, ambitious music conductor) FR ” - Angeliki Spatki
“ "Avalon" ('11) - SE ” - Angeliki Spatki
“ Shame 2011 - (A Review), 12 Years a Slave 2013 - (Anatomy of a Scene) - London, UK ” - Angeliki Spatki
“ The Accidental Tourist 1988, Body Heat 1981 Miami, Florida US ” - Angeliki Spatki
“ Secret Window - US ” - Angeliki Spatki
David Cronenberg
Director, The Fly
David Cronenberg, also known as the King of Venereal Horror or the Baron of Blood, was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1943. His father was a journalist, and his mother was a piano player. After showing an inclination for literature at an early age (he wrote and published eerie short stories, thus following his father's path) and for music (playing classical guitar until he was 12)...
“ Dead Ringers - Toronto CA ” - Angeliki Spatki
Jim Jarmusch
Moved to New York City at the age of seventeen from Akron, Ohio. Graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in English, class of '75. Without any prior film experience, he was accepted into the Tisch School of the Arts, New York.
“ Only Lovers Left Alive 2014 US ” - Angeliki Spatki
Darren Aronofsky
Darren Aronofsky was born February 12, 1969, in Brooklyn, New York. Growing up, Darren was always artistic: he loved classic movies and, as a teenager, he even spent time doing graffiti art. After high school, Darren went to Harvard University to study film (both live-action and animation). He won several film awards after completing his senior thesis film...
“ Dark Swan 2010, The Wrestler 2008, The Fountain 2006, Requiem for a Dream - Four young people's life in Coney island (N.Y.), is destroying by drugs utopia, as geting stronger (2000) - US ” - Angeliki Spatki
“ The Killing of a Chinese Bookie 1976 starring Ben Gazzara, Mikey & Nicky 1976 (direction Elaine May, starring John Cassavetes, Peter Falk) US ” - Angeliki Spatki
Robert Altman
Director, Gosford Park
Robert Altman was born on February 20th, 1925 in Kansas City, Missouri, to B.C. (an insurance salesman) and Helen Altman. He entered St. Peters Catholic school at the age six, and spent a short time at a Catholic high school. From there, he went to Rockhurst High School. It was then that he started exploring the art of exploring sound with the cheap tape recorders available at the time...
“ The Player 1992 US ” - Angeliki Spatki
Atom Egoyan
Atom Egoyan's parents were painters and he studied International Relations and music at the University of Toronto where he began making short films: Howard in Particular, After Grad with Dad, Peep Show and Open House. While he has several distinguished Television and Opera works on his resume and such pictures as his debut Next of Kin ...
“ Where the Truth Lies 2005 CA ” - Angeliki Spatki
Mark Jarrett
Location Management, The Tree of Life
“ The Taiwan Oyster 2012 ” - Angeliki Spatki
Carl Thibault
Actor, The Garage
Carl Thibault is an award winning writer/director/producer who began his film career as an actor, first appearing as the "Wolfman" in the cult hit "The Monster Squad." He went on to act in such features as "Woman Undone" (with Mary McDonnell and Benjamin Bratt), "Perfect Assassins," (with Andrew McCarthy...
“ The Garage 2006 ” - Angeliki Spatki