Berlin: Best Director

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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...
“ 2017: The other side of hope ” - KSTLeo
Mia Hansen-Løve
Director, L'avenir
Cinema came into Mia Hansen-Løve's life when she was eighteen, as Olivier Assayas made her start as an actress in Late August, Early September. Two years later, he gave her the part of "Aline" in his Les destinées. Their artistic collaboration was coupled by a union in real life, Mia and Olivier becoming life companions...
“ 2016: L'avenir ” - KSTLeo
Malgorzata Szumowska
Director, Cialo
One of the most prominent Polish directors of today, Malgorzata Szumowska was born in Kraków in 1973. She's been directing, writing and producing feature and documentary films. Her movies have received many awards, for example Silver Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival for "33 Scenes from Life" or Teddy Award at the Berlinale for "In the Name of...
“ 2015: Cialo (Body) ” - KSTLeo
Radu Jude
Director, Aferim!
Radu Jude is a Romanian film director and screenwriter. In 2003, he graduated from the Media University of Bucharest (Film Directing Department). Jude worked as an assistant director on Amen., directed by Costa-Gavras, and The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, directed by Cristi Puiu. He directed several award-winning short films...
“ 2015: Aferim! ” - KSTLeo
Richard Linklater
Director, Before Sunset
Self-taught writer-director Richard Stuart Linklater was born in Houston, Texas, to Diane Margaret (Krieger), who taught at a university, and Charles W. Linklater III. Richard was among the first and most successful talents to emerge during the American independent film renaissance of the 1990s. Typically setting each of his movies during one 24-hour period...
“ X2
2014: Boyhood
1995: Before sunrise ” - KSTLeo
“ 2013: Prince Avalanche ” - KSTLeo
Christian Petzold
Director, Phoenix
Christian Petzold was born in Hilden in 1960. After studying German and Drama at the Freie Universität Berlin, he enrolled in Berlin's German Academy for Film and Television (DFFB). There he studied film direction while at same time working as an assistant director to Harun Farocki and Hartmut Bitomsky...
“ 2012: Barbara ” - KSTLeo
“ 2011: Sleeping sickness ” - KSTLeo
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...
“ 2010: The ghost writer ” - KSTLeo
Asghar Farhadi
Writer, A Separation
Asghar Farhadi was born in 1972 in Iran. He became interested in cinema in his teenage years and started his filmmaking education by joining the Youth Cinema Society of Esfahan in 1986 where he made 8mm and 16mm short films. He received his Bachelors in Theater from University of Tehran's School of...
“ 2009: About Elly ” - KSTLeo
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...
“ 2008: There will be blood ” - KSTLeo
“ 2007: Beaufort ” - KSTLeo
“ 2006: The road to Guantanamo ” - KSTLeo
“ 2006: The road to Guantanamo ” - KSTLeo
“ 2005: Sophie Scholl: The final days ” - KSTLeo
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: Samaritan girl ” - KSTLeo
“ 2003: His brother ” - KSTLeo
“ 2002: Monday morning ” - KSTLeo
“ 2001: Betelnut beauty ” - KSTLeo
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...
“ 2000: Man on the moon ” - KSTLeo
“ 1999: The Hi-Lo country ” - KSTLeo
“ 1998: The butcher boy ” - KSTLeo
Eric Heumann
Producer, 2046
“ 1997: Port Djema ” - KSTLeo
“ 1996: The sun has ears ” - KSTLeo
Richard Loncraine
Director, Firewall
Director Richard Loncraine has earned great acclaim for his work in film, television and commercials. He studied sculpture at the Central School of Art before attending the Royal College of Art Film School. He spent three years working for the BBC before moving into commercials. Since those days he has successfully alternated directing films with directing television productions...
“ 1996: Richard III ” - KSTLeo
Krzysztof Kieslowski
Mr. Kieslowski started his career shooting documentaries and later became associated with the "cinema of moral anxiety" movement. It grouped several Polish directors, including Krzysztof Zanussi and Andrzej Wajda, and aimed at depicting the conditions of Poles under communism. His best known work was the Three Colors trilogy: Three Colors: Red...
“ 1994: Three colors: White ” - KSTLeo
“ 1993: The cement garden ” - KSTLeo
“ 1992: Il capitano: A Swedish Requiem ” - KSTLeo
“ 1991: The silence of the lambs ” - KSTLeo
“ 1991: Ultrà ” - KSTLeo
“ 1990: The nasty girl ” - KSTLeo
“ 1989: I love, you love ” - KSTLeo
Norman Jewison
Producer, The Hurricane
Norman Frederick Jewison was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to Dorothy Irene (Weaver) and Percy Joseph Jewison, who managed a post office and a convenience store. His mother was an English immigrant, and his father was of English and Ulster-Scots descent. Jewison got his BA at Victoria College, University of Toronto...
“ 1988: Moonstruck ” - KSTLeo
Oliver Stone
Director, Platoon
Oliver Stone has become known as a master of controversial subjects and a legendary film maker. His films are filled with a variety of film angles and styles, he pushes his actors to give Oscar-worthy performances, and despite his failures, has always returned to success. William Oliver Stone was born in New York City...
“ 1987: Platoon ” - KSTLeo
“ 1986: A trip of young composer ” - KSTLeo
“ 1985: Places in the heart ” - KSTLeo
“ 1984: Le bal ” - KSTLeo
Éric Rohmer
Admirers have always had difficulty explaining Éric Rohmer's "Je ne sais quoi." Part of the challenge stems from the fact that, despite his place in French Nouvelle Vague (i.e., New Wave), his work is unlike that of his colleagues. While this may be due to the auteur's unwillingness to conform, some have argued convincingly that...
“ 1983: Pauline at the beach ” - KSTLeo
“ X3
1982: The Marquis of Grillo
1976: Caro Michele
1957: Fathers and sons ” - KSTLeo
István Szabó
Director, Sunshine
Istvan Svabo was the first Hungarian director to win an Oscar (Although a Hungarian-American director, Michael Curtiz [Mihaly Kertesz], also won an Oscar previously for directing Casablanca). He received the award for his 1981 movie Mephisto. In January 2006, it became public that he had been an agent of the III/III department...
“ 1980: Bizalom (Confidence) ” - KSTLeo
“ 1979: Winterborn ” - KSTLeo
Georgi Djulgerov
Director, Leydi Zi
Georgi Djulgerov graduated the VGIK Film School in Moscow in 1970. He has directed feature films that took part in the Berlin, Locarno, Oberhausen, Avelino, Palermo, Rotterdam, Montreal, San Francisco, Batumi (Georgia), Mons, Mannheim-Heidelberg, and Saraevo film festivals. His movies were shown in special screening programs in Warsaw...
“ 1978: Advantage ” - KSTLeo
“ 1977: Black litter ” - KSTLeo
“ 1975: One hundred days after childhood ” - KSTLeo
“ 1972: The old maid ” - KSTLeo
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...
“ X2
1968: Peppermint Frappé
1966: La caza (The Hunt) ” - KSTLeo
“ 1967: The rats woke up ” - KSTLeo
Satyajit Ray
Satyajit Ray was born in Calcutta on May 2, 1921. His father, Late Sukumar Ray was an eminent poet and writer in the history of Bengali literature. In 1940, after receiving his degree in science and economics from Calcutta University, he attended Tagore's Viswa-Bharati University. His first movie Pather Panchali won several International Awards and set Ray as a world-class director...
“ X2
1965: Charulata: The lonely wife
1964: Mahanagar (The great city) ” - KSTLeo
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...
“ 1963: Young Aphrodites ” - KSTLeo
“ 1962: Salvatore Giuliano ” - KSTLeo
“ 1961: Miracle of Malachias ” - KSTLeo
Jean-Luc Godard
Director, My Life to Live
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 Switzerland and attended school in Nyons (Switzerland)...
“ 1960: À bout de souffle (Breathless) ” - KSTLeo
Akira Kurosawa
Writer, Yojimbo
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...
“ 1959: The hidden fortress ” - KSTLeo
“ 1958: The story of pure love ” - KSTLeo
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)...
“ 1956: Autumn leaves ” - KSTLeo