Top 80 Greek Directors

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Orestis Laskos
Orestis Laskos was a Greek film director, writer, actor and poet. Born in Eleusis, in 1907, from a rich family of landlords. After graduating high school, he moved to Athens to join the Medical School and later the Military Academy but after a while he quit. He started as a actor and singer, but in the early 1930s we was attracted to filmmaking...
 
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Nikos Koundouros
Director, 1922
He studied painting and sculpture at the Athens School of Fine Arts from which he graduated in 1948. Because of his left-wing political beliefs, he was exiled in Makronisos Island after the end of World War II He started his career, as a director, at the age of 28, on 1954, with the film "Maghiki Polis" (Enchanted City) that was influenced by neorealism...
 
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Dinos Dimopoulos
In his childhood he used to climb to the lighthouse of the nowadays ghost-town of Koprena, where he was raised, and daydream he was in a ship, sailing for distant places. His family, though, forbade a sailor's career. As things turned out, he became one of the two or three greatest film makers of the so-called golden era of the Greek cinema...
 
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Mihalis Kakogiannis
Director, Zorba the Greek
Sent to London to read for the Bar, Cacoyannis gravitated instead to the Old Vic stage school. He had a short stage career under the name "Michael Yannis" before deciding he wanted to direct films.
 
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Thanasis Vengos
Thanasis Vengos was born in 1927 in Neo Faliro, Piraeus, Greece. He made his movie debut in 1952 and played many supporting parts in films of the 1950s, often working as a technician, too. His first really major part was in the anti-war comedy Psila ta heria Hitler; he followed that with a long series of comedies...
 
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Costa-Gavras
Director, Missing
 
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Theodoros Angelopoulos
Theo Angelopoulos began to study law in Athens but broke up his studies to go to the Sorbonne in Paris in order to study literature. When he had finished his studies, he wanted to attend the School of Cinema at Paris but decided instead to go back to Greece. There he worked as a journalist and critic for the newspaper "Demokratiki Allaghi" until it was banned by the military after a coup d'état...
 
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Pantelis Voulgaris
Director, Petrina hronia
He studied film direction in Greece and worked in more than 40 films as an assistant director. In 1965 he made his first short film The Thief and in 1967 his second short film, Jimmy the Tiger won many awards in several festivals. In 1972 he made his feature film debut, To proxenio tis Annas (Anna's Engagement)...
 
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Thodoros Maragos
Thodoros Maragos was born at Filiatra in Messinia, Southern-west of Peloponnisos. He started out his artistic activities with animation and from then on he got involved in the film industry. He has won a number of awards as director, scriptwriter, director of photography and animator. His movies apart from the awards...
 
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Costas Ferris
Director, Rembetiko
Costas was raised in Egypt, and had a Greek education in Ambeteios School of Cairo. He speaks five languages, Greek, French, English, Italian and Arabic, and writes and creates in three (Greek, English and French). Interested in poetry and literature since a very early age, he was involved in theatre...
 
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Nikos Panayotopoulos
Nikos Panayotopoulos was born on November 6, 1941, in Mytilene, Greece. He studied film making in Athens and started his career as an assistant director in Greek and foreign productions. In 1960-1973 he lived in Paris where he attended film courses at the filmology institute of Sorbonne. In 1973 he returned to Athens...
 
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Panos Karkanevatos
Director, Homa kai nero
Panos studied film from 1980 to 1984 and worked as cameraman and editor before he started making films himself. He also makes television films and documentaries for Greek television.
 
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Vangelis Serdaris
Director, Vasiliki
Vangelis Serntaris is a Greek film director. He was born in Vlachokerasia of Arcadia, a village near Tripoli of Peloponissos. He started to study politics in Athens but he didn't take his diploma from university for politic reasons. He has made 60 movies as an assistant director, most of them near Costas Karagiannis...
 
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Yannis Smaragdis
Director, El Greco
Iannis Smaragdis was born in Crete in 1946. He studied Film in Greece and France. He made his first appearance in 1972 with the short film Two Three Things..., which received the first prize at the Athens Film Festival, as well as a Special Mention at the Montreal Film Festival. Iannis Smaragdis' career has been full of creativity and counts many successes...
 
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Constantine Giannaris
Constantine Giannaris is a Greek film director. He studied Finance, History and Philosophy at the Universities of Kiel and Birmingham. His cinema career started in England where he completed independent short films of short budget. His first Greek film, Mia Thesi Ston Helio (1995) was awarded with the Best Greek Film Award at the Short Film Festival of Drama in Greece...
 
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Yannis Economides
Director, To mikro psari
Yannis Economides was born in 1967 in Limassol, Cyprus. In 1987 he moved to Athens to study filmmaking. After several short films and documentaries, in 2003 he wrote and directed his first feature film, MATCHBOX. His second feature SOUL KICKING premiered in The International Critics' Week at Cannes Film Festival in 2006 and his third...
 
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Dennis Iliadis
Dennis Iliadis was born in Athens, Greece, and also grew up in Paris and Rio de Janeiro. He attended Brown University in Rhode Island, studying film and political economy before enrolling at the Royal College of Art in London. Iliadis is quickly gaining a name in the film industry, having taken on the director role for the remake of The Last House on the Left (2009)...
 
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Yorgos Lanthimos
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 theatre plays. Kinetta, his first feature film...
 
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Panos H. Koutras
Director, Xenia
Born in Athens. He studied in London at the "London International Film School" and then in Paris at the "Sorbonne". From 1985 until 1995 he lived in Paris and London and made several shorts films which participated in festivals such as "The London Film Festival", "Festival Du Cinema Mediterraneen" where in 1991 the short film "The Fall and Rise of Lydia Von Burer" won the first price...
 
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Filippos Tsitos
Born in Anthens in 1966, where he studied marketing at university and worked as a photographer, assistant director and editor of pop promos, as well as the produced of a radio programme. Moved to Berlin (Germany) in 1991 where he studied directing at the German Film and Television Academy (Deutschen Film- und Fernsehakademie)...
 
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Yorgos Tsemberopoulos
Director, Piso porta
Born in Athens, studied Economics at the Athens University of Economics & Business while working as a still photographer, then studied directing at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, where he lived and worked until 1981. In Athens, in 1987, he founded Filmiki Productions SA, where he produces commercials and directs features...
 
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Dimitris Koutsiabasakos
Director, O manavis
Dimitris Koutsiabasakos is a Greek film director, writer, and independent producer, known for his documentaries, series, short and feature films. He was born in 1967 and studied movie and television direction at the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography, in Moscow, Russia (V.G.I.K.). Since 2000, he teaches film acting at several Drama Schools, among which the National Theatre of Northern Greece...
 
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Christopher Papakaliatis
Christopher Papakaliatis was born and raised in Athens, Greece. His father, Manuel Papakaliatis was born and raised in Crete. Villy Malamis, his mother, is South African. His parents met in London, England, where they first begun dating. Four years later they got divorced, but they already have had two children...