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1.
“ Brazil ” - BaalMan78
 
2.
“ Argentina ” - BaalMan78
 
3.
Pablo Stoll
Writer, Whisky
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 TV in Uruguay...
“ Uruguay ” - BaalMan78
 
4.
Pablo Larraín
Director, Jackie
Born in Santiago in 1976, Pablo Larraín is, along with Sebastián Lelio, Chile's greatest movie director as well as a major producer (through his Fabula company). Not for the weak-hearted, his films are straightforward, generally aggressive and interspersed with violence. They paint a hard-hitting portrait of his country...
“ Chile ” - BaalMan78
 
5.
“ Paraguay ” - BaalMan78
 
6.
Jorge Sanjinés
Sanjines made his first feature film, And So It Is, 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 Aymara...
“ Bolivia ” - BaalMan78
 
7.
“ Peru ” - BaalMan78
 
8.
“ Ecuador ” - BaalMan78
 
9.
“ Colombia ” - BaalMan78
 
10.
“ Venezuela ” - BaalMan78
 
11.
“ Guatemala ” - BaalMan78
 
12.
“ Cuba ” - BaalMan78
 
13.
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. The first film he directed, ...And God Created Them, is recognized as the marking point where Puerto Rico's film industry evolved. His third film, Lo que le pasó a Santiago...
“ Puerto Rico ” - BaalMan78
 
14.
“ Mexico ” - BaalMan78
 
15.
David Lynch
Born in 1946 in Missoula, Montana, David Lynch was raised in small-town America. After high school, he went to Boston to attend the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Shortly after that, he planned a three-year trip to Europe to work on his art, but didn't take to it and left after 15 days. In 1977...
“ USA ” - BaalMan78
 
16.
Denys Arcand
One of Québec's most politically aware filmmakers, Denys Arcand studied history at Université de Montréal, where he co-directed Alone or with Others with Denis Héroux and co-written with Stéphane Venne. He joined the National Film Board (NFB) in 1963, where his feature-length documentary on the textile industry...
“ Canada ” - BaalMan78
 
17.
“ Portugal ” - BaalMan78
 
18.
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...
“ Spain ” - BaalMan78
 
19.
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)...
“ France ” - BaalMan78
 
20.
Bernardo Bertolucci
Bernardo Bertolucci, the Italian director whose films are known for their colorful visual style, was born in Parma, Italy, in 1940. He attended Rome University and became famous as a poet. He served as assistant director for Pier Paolo Pasolini in the film Accattone and directed The Grim Reaper. His second film...
“ Italy ” - BaalMan78
 
21.
“ UK ” - BaalMan78
 
22.
“ Ireland ” - BaalMan78
 
23.
“ Belgium ” - BaalMan78
 
24.
“ Netherlands ” - BaalMan78
 
25.
Lars von Trier
Writer, Melancholia
Probably the most ambitious and visually distinctive filmmaker to emerge from Denmark since Carl Theodor Dreyer over 60 years earlier, Lars von Trier studied film at the Danish Film School and attracted international attention with his very first feature, The Element of Crime. A highly distinctive blend of film noir and German Expressionism with stylistic nods to Dreyer...
“ Denmark ” - BaalMan78
 
26.
Joachim Trier
Joachim Trier is a Norwegian director and writer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1974. Trier is son of Jacob Trier, which was the sound technician of Norway's most popular film ever The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix, and grandson of the important Norwegian filmmaker Erik Løchen. His mother was a short filmmaker, too, and he is related to the famous Danish director Lars von Trier.
“ Norway ” - BaalMan78
 
27.
“ Sweden ” - BaalMan78
 
28.
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...
“ Finland ” - BaalMan78
 
29.
Friðrik Þór Friðriksson
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 other Icelandic directors and producers...
“ Iceland ” - BaalMan78
 
30.
Wim Wenders
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)...
“ Germany ” - BaalMan78
 
31.
Michael Haneke
A true master of his craft, Michael Haneke is one of the greatest film artists working today and one who challenges his viewers each year and work goes by, with films that reflect real portions of life in realistic, disturbing and unforgettable ways. One of the most genuine filmmakers of the world cinema...
“ Austria ” - BaalMan78
 
32.
“ Switzerland ” - BaalMan78
 
33.
Jerzy Skolimowski
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 in Warsaw 1964 and Arnhem 1965...
“ Poland ” - BaalMan78
 
34.
“ Czech Rep. ” - BaalMan78
 
35.
“ Slovakia ” - BaalMan78
 
36.
“ Hungary ” - BaalMan78
 
37.
“ Romania ” - BaalMan78
 
38.
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...
“ Serbia ” - BaalMan78
 
39.
“ Croatia ” - BaalMan78
 
40.
“ Bosnia and Herzegovina ” - BaalMan78
 
41.
Milcho Manchevski
Director, Before the Rain
Milcho Manchevski is a New York-based Macedonian-born film director, writer, photographer and artist. His Academy-award nominated film Before the Rain won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, FIPRESCI and Independent Spirit, along with 30 other awards. The New York Times included it on its "1,000 Best Films Ever Made" list...
“ Macedonia ” - BaalMan78
 
42.
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...
“ Greece ” - BaalMan78
 
43.
Aleksandr Sokurov
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 school...
“ Russia ” - BaalMan78
 
44.
“ Ukraine ” - BaalMan78
 
45.
Artavazd Peleshian
Director, Mer dare
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 (The Earth of the People 1966 and the Beginning 1967) shot at VGIK...
“ Armenia ” - BaalMan78
 
46.
“ Georgia ” - BaalMan78
 
47.
“ Turkey ” - BaalMan78
 
48.
Amos Gitai
Director, September 11
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 Gitai joined the Yom Kippur war in 1973 as a reserve duty officer...
“ Israel ” - BaalMan78
 
49.
“ Palestine ” - BaalMan78
 
50.
“ Lebanon ” - BaalMan78
 
51.
Haifaa Al-Mansour
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 the University of Sydney...
“ Saudi Arabia ” - BaalMan78
 
52.
“ Iraq ” - BaalMan78
 
53.
Bahman Ghobadi
Director, Turtles Can Fly
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 considered as the most famous short ever made in Iran...
“ Iran ” - BaalMan78
 
54.
Siddiq Barmak
Producer, 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...
“ Afghanistan ” - BaalMan78
 
55.
“ Kazakhstan ” - BaalMan78
 
56.
Ashutosh Gowariker
An actor who took up directing after almost a decade, Ashutosh Gowariker is one of those rare people who take the path less taken and, although it was a rough going, he is now one of India's elite directors. He began his film career modeling in commercials by Govind Nihalani and Jenny Pinto. He entered Hindi cinema with Ketan Mehta's Holi...
“ India ” - BaalMan78
 
57.
Apichatpong Weerasethakul
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 early 90s...
“ Thailand ” - BaalMan78
 
58.
“ Vietnam ” - BaalMan78
 
59.
Rithy Panh
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 Thailand...
“ Cambodia ” - BaalMan78
 
60.
“ Singapore ” - BaalMan78
 
61.
“ Phillipines ” - BaalMan78
 
62.
Hsiao-Hsien Hou
Writer, The Assassin
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 as "one of the three directors most crucial to the future of cinema." Hou's birthplace...
“ Taiwan ” - BaalMan78
 
63.
Kar-Wai Wong
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 cha sit (1997)...
“ Hong Kong ” - BaalMan78
 
64.
“ China ” - BaalMan78
 
65.
“ Mongolia ” - BaalMan78
 
66.
“ South Korea ” - BaalMan78
 
67.
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...
“ Japan ” - BaalMan78
 
68.
“ Australia ” - BaalMan78
 
69.
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 1980s...
“ New Zealand ” - BaalMan78
 
70.
“ Algeria ” - BaalMan78
 
71.
Nabil Ayouch
Nabil Ayouch was born April 1st 1969 in Paris. He works and lives in Casablanca. In 1997, Nabil Ayouch directed his first feature film, MEKTOUB which, like ALI ZAOUA (2000) represented Morocco at the Oscars. Next came UNE MINUTE DE SOLEIL EN MOINS (2003) and WHATEVER LOLA WANTS (2008), produced by Pathé...
“ Morocco ” - BaalMan78
 
72.
“ Tunisia ” - BaalMan78
 
73.
Khairy Beshara
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 neighbourhood of Shoubra...
“ Egypt ” - BaalMan78
 
74.
“ Mali ” - BaalMan78
 
75.
“ Mauritania ” - BaalMan78
 
76.
“ Chade ” - BaalMan78
 
77.
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. As of 1987 he creates his own production firm "Les Films du Crocodile" through which he funds several documentaries...
“ Senegal ” - BaalMan78
 
78.
Flora Gomes
Director, Nha fala
“ Guinea-Bissau ” - BaalMan78
 
79.
“ Burkina Faso ” - BaalMan78
 
80.
“ South Africa ” - BaalMan78