Venezia: Silver Lion

Directors who won the Silver Lion in Venice, award given to the best director of the year for the festival's jury.
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Amat Escalante
Director, Heli
“ 2016: The Untamed ” - KSTLeo
 
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Andrey Konchalovskiy
Writer, The Odyssey
The Russian theatre and film director Andrei Konchalovsky is an elder brother of Nikita Mikhalkov, born August, 20, 1937. As a youngster he planned to pursue a career of a musician and learned to play piano but his love for cinema outweighed and he entered VGIK-the major state film school where he studied under Mikhail Romm...
“ 2016: Paradise
2014: The postman's white nights ” - KSTLeo
 
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“ 2015: El clan ” - KSTLeo
 
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Alexandros Avranas
Director, Miss Violence
Alexander Avranas, born in Larissa in 1977. He started studied sculpture at the Athens School of Fine Arts (1998-2001) and then he continued at the Universitat der Kunste Berlin. With his first film "Without" he win seven awards at the 49th Film Festival of Thesaloniki and suggested for the Best Director Award at the International Film Festival of Milan...
“ 2013: Miss Violence ” - KSTLeo
 
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Paul Thomas Anderson
Anderson was born in 1970. He was one of the first of the "video store" generation of film-makers. His father was the first man on his block to own a V.C.R., and from a very early age Anderson had an infinite number of titles available to him. While film-makers like Spielberg cut their teeth making 8 mm films, Anderson cut his teeth shooting films on video and editing them from V.C.R. to V.C.R...
“ 2012: The Master ” - KSTLeo
 
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“ 2011: People mountain People sea ” - KSTLeo
 
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Álex de la Iglesia
He was born in Bilbao in 1965. At ten he was drawing comics and he acknowledges Alex Raymond, Stan Lee and Vazquez as his spiritual fathers. Wishing to further widen his horizons, he studied at Deusto University where, according to him, he spent most of the time at the bar and in the film society. Determined to join the world of show business...
“ 2010: A sad trumpet ballad ” - KSTLeo
 
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“ 2009: Women without men ” - KSTLeo
 
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“ 2008: Paper soldier ” - KSTLeo
 
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Brian De Palma
Director, Scarface
Brian De Palma is the son of a surgeon. He studied physics but at the same time felt his dedication for the movies and made some short films. After seven independent productions he had his first success with Sisters and his voyeuristic style. Restlessly he worked on big projects with the script writers Paul Schrader...
“ 2007: Redacted ” - KSTLeo
 
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“ 2006: Private fears in public places ” - KSTLeo
 
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“ X2
2005: Les amants réguliers
1991: I can no longer hear the guitar ” - KSTLeo
 
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Ki-duk Kim
He studied fine arts in Paris in 1990-1992. In 1993 he won the award for Best Screenplay from the Educational Institute of Screenwriting with "A Painter and A Criminal Condemned to Death". After two more screenplay awards, he made his directorial debut with Crocodile. Then he went on to direct Wild Animals...
“ 2004: Bin-jip (3-Iron) ” - KSTLeo
 
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Takeshi Kitano
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 his chance when a comedian suddenly fell ill...
“ 2003: Zatoichi ” - KSTLeo
 
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“ 2001: Secret ballot ” - KSTLeo
 
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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...
“ 1998: Black cat, White cat ” - KSTLeo
 
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Kenneth Branagh
Actor, Valkyrie
Kenneth Charles Branagh was born on December 10, 1960, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, to parents William Branagh, a plumber and carpenter born in 1930, and Frances (Harper) Branagh, also born in 1930. His brother, William Branagh Jr., was born in 1955 and sister, Joyce Branagh, was born in 1970...
“ 1995: In the bleak midwinter (Golden Osella) ” - KSTLeo
 
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James Gray
Writer/director James Gray made his first film Little Odessa at the age of twenty-five. The film, which starred Tim Roth, Edward Furlong, Vanessa Redgrave and Maximilian Schell, received critical acclaim and was the winner of the Venice Film Festival's prestigious Silver Lion Award in 1994. Miramax Films released James Gray's second feature...
“ 1994: Little Odessa ” - KSTLeo
 
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Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson was born as an only child in a small coast-side town in New Zealand in 1961. When a friend of his parents bought him a super 8 movie camera (because she saw how much he enjoyed taking photos), the then eight-year-old Peter instantly grabbed the thing to start recording his own movies, which he made with his friends...
“ 1994: Heavenly Creatures ” - KSTLeo
 
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“ 1994: Il toro ” - KSTLeo
 
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Bakhtyar Khudojnazarov
Director, Luna Papa
Born in Tajikistan during the Soviet Union period, Bakhtyar Khudojnazarov worked for Tadjikfilm Studios, TV and radio, as a journalist or assistant director, from 1982 to 1984. He then studied at the Moscow Film Institute (VGIK), in Igor Talankin's class, where he directed two short films ("Shutniki" aka "Jokers" in 1986...
“ 1993: Kosh ba kosh ” - KSTLeo
 
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“ 1992: Jamón Jamón ” - KSTLeo
 
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“ 1992: Luxury Hotel ” - KSTLeo
 
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“ 1992: A heart in winter ” - KSTLeo
 
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Terry Gilliam
Terry Gilliam was born in Minnesota near Medicine Lake. When he was 12 his family moved to Los Angeles where he became a fan of Mad magazine. In his early 20's he was often stopped by the police who often suspected him of being a drug addict and Gilliam had to explain that he worked in advertisement...
“ 1991: The Fisher King ” - KSTLeo
 
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“ 1991: Raise the red lantern ” - KSTLeo
 
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Martin Scorsese
After serious deliberations about entering the priesthood - he entered a seminary in 1956 - Martin Scorsese opted to channel his passions into film. He graduated from NYU as a film major in 1964. Catching the eye of producer Roger Corman with his 1960s student films (including co-editing Woodstock)...
“ 1990: Goodfellas ” - KSTLeo
 
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“ 1989: Sen no Rikyu: Honkakubo's Student Writings ” - KSTLeo
 
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João César Monteiro
Born in Figueira da Foz, a cosmopolitan beach resort, moved to Lisbon at the age of 15. In 1963 studies cinema at London School of Technique and starts his first movie at 1965 only concluded five years later. "Silvestre" from Portuguese short stories was presented at Venice Film Festival, where he returns with "Souvenirs from the Yellow House - Recordações da Casa Amarela" and wins the Silver Lion...
“ 1989: Recollections of the Yellow House ” - KSTLeo
 
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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...
“ 1988: Landscape in the mist ” - KSTLeo
 
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James Ivory
The main part of his few movies were filmed in the quarter of a century in which he worked closely together with the Indian producer Ismail Merchant and the German writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. His first films are all set in India and are very much influenced by the style of Satyajit Ray and Jean Renoir...
“ 1987: Maurice ” - KSTLeo
 
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“ 1987: Lunga vita alla signora! ” - KSTLeo
 
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“ 1957: White Nights ” - KSTLeo
 
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Robert Aldrich
Director, The Dirty Dozen
Robert Aldrich entered the film industry in 1941 when he got a job as a production clerk at RKO Pictures. He soon worked his way up to script clerk, then became an assistant director, a production manager and an associate producer. He began writing and directing for TV series in the early 1950s, and directed his first feature in 1953 (Big Leaguer)...
“ 1955: The big knife ” - KSTLeo
 
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Michelangelo Antonioni
Writer, Blow-Up
Michelangelo Antonioni was born in 1912 into a middle-class family and grew up in bourgeois surroundings of the Italian province. In Bologna he studied economics and commerce while he painted and also wrote criticism for a local newspaper. In 1939 he went to Rome and worked for the journal "Cinema" studying directorship at the School of Cinema...
“ 1955: Le amiche ” - KSTLeo
 
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“ 1955: The Cricket ” - KSTLeo
 
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“ 1955: A child needs love ” - KSTLeo
 
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Federico Fellini
Writer,
The women who both attracted and frightened him and an Italy dominated in his youth by Mussolini and Pope Pius XII - inspired the dreams that Fellini started recording in notebooks in the 1960s. Life and dreams were raw material for his films. His native Rimini and characters like Saraghina (the devil herself said the priests who ran his school)...
“ X2
1954: La Strada
1953: The young and the passionate ” - KSTLeo
 
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Elia Kazan
Elia Kazan, known for his creative stage direction, was born "Elia Kazanjoglous" in Istanbul in 1909 to Greek parents. He directed such Broadway plays as "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof". He directed the film version of A Streetcar Named Desire and also films written for the screen...
“ 1954: On the waterfront ” - KSTLeo
 
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Akira Kurosawa
After training as a painter (he storyboards his films as full-scale paintings), Kurosawa entered the film industry in 1936 as an assistant director, eventually making his directorial debut with Sanshiro Sugata. Within a few years, Kurosawa had achieved sufficient stature to allow him greater creative freedom...
“ 1954: Seven Samurai ” - KSTLeo
 
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Kenji Mizoguchi
Director, Ugetsu
Coming from a lower class family Mizoguchi entered the production company Nikkatsu as an actor specialized in female roles. Later he became an assistant director and made his first film in 1922. Although he filmed almost 90 movies in the silent era, only his last 12 productions are really known outside of Japan because they were especially produced for Venice (e.g...
“ X2
1954: Sanshô dayû
1953: Tales of Ugetsu ” - KSTLeo
 
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“ 1953: Little Fugitives ” - KSTLeo
 
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Marcel Carné
Marcel Carné, the son of a cabinet maker, entered the movies as the assistant of Jacques Feyder. At the age of 25 he directed his first movie Jenny. Colaborating with the writer Jacques Prévert, the decorator Alexandre Trauner, the musician and composer Maurice Jaubert and the actor Jean Gabin...
“ 1953: Teresa Raquin ” - KSTLeo
 
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“ 1953: Little Fugitives ” - KSTLeo
 
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John Huston
An eccentric rebel of epic proportions, this Hollywood titan reigned supreme as director, screenwriter and character actor in a career that endured over five decades. The ten-time Oscar-nominated legend was born John Marcellus Huston in Nevada, Missouri, on August 5, 1906. His ancestry included English...
“ 1953: Moulin Rouge ” - KSTLeo
 
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“ 1953: Little Fugitives ” - KSTLeo
 
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“ 1953: Sadko ” - KSTLeo
 
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“ 1949: Heaven over the marshes (International Award) ” - KSTLeo
 
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Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Director, Pandora's Box
Georg Wilhelm Pabst is considered by many to be the greatest director of German cinema, in his era. He was especially appreciated by actors and actresses for the humane way in which he treated them. This was in contrast to some of his contemporaries, such as Arnold Fanck, who have been characterized as martinets.
“ X2
1948: The Trial (International Award)
1941: The Comedians (Best director) ” - KSTLeo
 
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Henri-Georges Clouzot
Writer, Diabolique
After a decade as a screenwriter, Clouzot made his directorial debut in 1942. His next film, The Raven had the distinction of being banned both by the Nazis and the victorious French forces for differing reasons. He shot to international fame with The Wages of Fear and consolidated that success with Diabolique...
“ 1947: Quai des Orfèvres (International Award) ” - KSTLeo
 
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“ 1937: Elephant boy (Best foreign director) ” - KSTLeo
 
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Zoltan Korda
Director, Sahara
A one time Hungarian cavalry officer, Zoltan Korda started working in films as a cameraman then an editor before becoming a director with London Films run by his brother Alexander Korda. Zoltan had strong liberal/socialist ideals and often clashed with Alexander, who, despite their both being born in Hungary, was a proud supporter of the old British Empire.
“ 1937: Elephant boy (Best foreign director) ” - KSTLeo
 
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“ 1936: La kermesse héroïque (Best director) ” - KSTLeo
 
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“ 1935: The wedding night ” - KSTLeo
 
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Gustav Machatý
Director, Ecstasy
Gustav Machatý was born on May 9, 1901 in Prague, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (now the Czech Republic). His first experience with the motion picture industry was playing piano at movie theaters, accompanying silent pictures. In 1917, he made his debut as an actor. In the early 1920s, he emigrated to the United States...
“ 1934: Ectasy ” - KSTLeo
 
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“ 1932: Road to life (Most convincing director) ” - KSTLeo