Top 100 Eastern European Directors

by minalex | created - 29 May 2012 | updated - 6 days ago | Public

The most important directors from the countries of the former Eastern Bloc. 22 Hungarian, 17 Polish, 16 Czech, 14 Romanian, 13 Serbian/Bosnian/Croatian, 7 Bulgarian/Macedonian, 5 Slovak, 4 Georgian, one Albanian and one Armenian director.

1. Richard Boleslawski

Director | Theodora Goes Wild

Inventing a stage name "Boleslawski" (later spelled also "Boleslavsky"), young Pole Boleslaw Ryszard Srzednicki left his second home (Odessa, Russian Empire) to study theatre and train as an actor at the world-famous Moscow Art Theatre before and during WW I. He also acted in a few early Russian ...

2. Gustav Machatý

Director | Ekstase

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 ...

3. Alexander Korda

Director | The Private Life of Don Juan

One of a large group of Hungarian refugees who found refuge in England in the 1930s, Sir Alexander Korda was the first British film producer to receive a knighthood. He was a major, if controversial, figure and acted as a guiding force behind the British film industry of the 1930s and continued to ...

4. Michael Curtiz

Director | Casablanca

Curtiz began acting in and then directing films in his native Hungary in 1912. After WWI, he continued his filmmaking career in Austria and Germany and into the early 1920s when he directed films in other countries in Europe. Moving to the US in 1926, he started making films in Hollywood for Warner...

5. Zoltan Korda

Director | Cry, the Beloved Country

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 ...

6. Emeric Pressburger

Writer | A Matter of Life and Death

Educated at the Universities of Prague and Stuttgart, Emeric Pressburger worked as a journalist in Hungary and Germany and an author and scriptwriter in Berlin and Paris. He was a Hungarian Jew, chased around Europe (he worked on films for UFA in Berlin and Paris) before World War II, finally ...

7. Alexander Hammid

Director | Power Among Men

Alexander Hammid was born on December 17, 1907 in Linz, Austria-Hungary as Alexander Siegfried Georg Smahel. He was a director and cinematographer, known for Power Among Men (1959), Crisis (1939) and The Forgotten Village (1941). He was married to Hella Heyman and Maya Deren. He died on July 26, ...

8. Géza von Radványi

Writer | Onkel Toms Hütte

Géza von Radványi was born on December 17, 1907 in Kassa, Hungary, Austria-Hungary as Géza Grosschmid. He was a writer and director, known for Uncle Tom's Cabin (1965), Európa nem válaszol (1941) and Mädchen in Uniform (1958). He was married to Mária Tasnádi Fekete and Eva ...

9. Aleksander Ford

Director | Piatka z ulicy Barskiej

Aleksander Ford was born on November 24, 1908 in Kiev, Russian Empire as Mosze Lifszyc. He was a director and writer, known for Five from Barska Street (1954), Black Cross (1960) and The Eighth Day of the Week (1958). He was married to Eleanor Griswold, Janina Wieczerzynska and Olga Minska. He died...

10. Rudolph Maté

Cinematographer | Foreign Correspondent

One of the most respected cinematographers in the industry, Polish-born Rudolph Mate entered the film business after his graduation from the University of Budapest. He worked in Hungary as an assistant cameraman for Alexander Korda and later worked throughout Europe with noted cameraman Karl Freund...

11. Martin Fric

Director | Hej-rup!

Martin Fric was born on March 29, 1902 in Prague, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary. He was a director and writer, known for Workers, Let's Go (1934), Capek's Tales (1947) and The Secret of Blood (1953). He was married to Suzanne Marwille. He died on August 26, 1968 in Prague, Czechoslovakia.

12. Laslo Benedek

Director | Death of a Salesman

Laslo Benedek was brought to Hollywood from Hungary--where he had been a writer, editor and photographer--by MGM, and his first few films were undistinguished programmers. His third, however, was quite a bit better: Death of a Salesman (1951), the screen version of Arthur Miller's classic play. ...

13. Ladislao Vajda

Director | Es geschah am hellichten Tag

Ladislao Vajda was born on August 18, 1906 in Budapest, Austria-Hungary as László Vajda Weisz. He was a director and writer, known for It Happened in Broad Daylight (1958), The Miracle of Marcelino (1955) and Uncle Hyacynth (1956). He died on March 25, 1965 in Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain.

14. Vladimir Pogacic

Director | Veliki i mali

Vladimir Pogacic was born on September 23, 1919 in Karlovac, Croatia, Yugoslavia. He was a director and writer, known for Veliki i mali (1956), Nevjera (1953) and Legends of Anika (1954). He died on September 13, 1999 in Belgrade, Serbia, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

15. Rangel Vulchanov

Director | Sledovatelyat i gorata

Rangel Vulchanov was one of the few Bulgarian directors who had not studied in Moscow. He graduated from a vocational high school and the Theatrical Institute, worked as assistant director five years; in 1956 was Sharaliev's second unit director in Two Victories. After the critique of On a Small ...

16. Jerzy Kawalerowicz

Director | Pociag

Jerzy Kawalerowicz was born on January 19, 1922 in Gwozdziec, Stanislawowskie, Poland. He was a director and writer, known for Night Train (1959), Mother Joan of the Angels (1961) and Smierc prezydenta (1977). He was married to Malgorzata Dipont, Maria Güntner and Lucyna Winnicka. He died on ...

17. Ion Popescu-Gopo

Director | De-as fi... Harap Alb

Ion Popescu-Gopo was born on May 1, 1923 in Bucharest, Romania. He was a director and writer, known for If I Were Harap Alb (1965), S-a furat o bomba (1961) and Comedie fantastica (1975). He died on November 29, 1989 in Bucharest.

18. Andrzej Munk

Director | Pasazerka

Andrzej Munk was born on October 16, 1920 in Kraków, Malopolskie, Poland. He was a director and writer, known for Passenger (1963), Eroica (1958) and Blekitny krzyz (1955). He died on September 20, 1961 in Lowicz, Lódzkie, Poland.

20. Vojtech Jasný

Director | Vsichni dobrí rodáci

Vojtech Jasný was born on November 30, 1925 in Kelc, Czechoslovakia. He is a director and writer, known for All My Compatriots (1969), When the Cat Comes (1963) and Touha (1958).

21. Vulo Radev

Director | Chernite angeli

Vulo Radev (1 January 1923 - 28 March 2001) was a Bulgarian film director, writer and cinematographer. Radev was born in a village Lesidren. In 1953, Radev graduated from the filming faculty of the All-Union State Institute of Cinematography in Moscow. His first film, a documentary, appeared in ...

22. Ján Kadár

Director | Obchod na korze

Expatriate from Czechoslovakia, came to the USA in 1968.

23. Elmar Klos

Director | Obchod na korze

Elmar Klos was born on January 26, 1910 in Brünn, Moravia, Austria-Hungary. He was a director and writer, known for The Shop on Main Street (1965), Obzalovaný (1964) and Smrt si ríká Engelchen (1963). He died on July 31, 1993 in Prague, Czech Republic.

24. Karel Kachyna

Director | Ucho

Karel Kachyna was born on May 1, 1924 in Vyskov, Czechoslovakia. He was a director and writer, known for The Ear (1970), The Hope (1964) and The High Wall (1964). He was married to Alena Mihulová. He died on March 12, 2004 in Prague, Czech Republic.

25. Miklós Jancsó

Director | Csillagosok, katonák

Miklos Jancsó was born in 1921 in Vac, Hungary. His mother Angela Poparada was Romanian and his father Sandor Jancsó Hungarian. Jancsó received a degree in Law from the University of Cluj-Napoca in 1944. After fighting in WWII and a brief period as a POW, he chose to join the Film and Theater ...

26. Vera Chytilová

Director | Dedictví aneb Kurvahosigutntag

Vera Chytilová was born on February 2, 1929, in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic). She studied philosophy and architecture in Brno for two years, then worked as a technical draftsman, a designer, a fashion model, a photo re-toucher, then worked as a clapper girl for Barrandov Film ...

27. András Kovács

Director | Hideg napok

András Kovács was born on June 20, 1925 in Chindia, Romania. He was a director and writer, known for Hideg napok (1966), A ménesgazda (1978) and Ideiglenes paradicsom (1981). He died on March 11, 2017 in Budapest, Hungary.

28. Piotr Szulkin

Director | Wojna swiatów - nastepne stulecie

Piotr Szulkin was born on April 26, 1950 in Gdansk, Pomorskie, Poland as Piotr Andrzej Szulkin. He was a director and writer, known for The War of the Worlds: Next Century (1981), Golem (1980) and Ga, Ga - Chwala bohaterom (1986). He was married to Renata Karwowska-Szulkin. He died on August 3, ...

29. Aleksandar Petrovic

Director | Skupljaci perja

One of the most acclaimed and successful Yugoslav directors, born in 1929. in Paris. Studied film directing at the prestigious Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) in Prague (1947/48). His studies remained unfinished due to the political aggravation between Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia at the time ...

30. Walerian Borowczyk

Director | Docteur Jekyll et les femmes

Born in Kwilcz, Poland, Walerian Borowczyk trained as a painter and lithographer, winning Poland's National Prize in 1953. He began his film career as a film poster designer, then started making short animated films in the late 1950s. Moving to France in the early 1960s, he gained a reputation as a...

31. Lucian Pintilie

Director | Terminus paradis

Lucian Pintilie was born on November 9, 1933 in Tarutino, Bessarabia, Romania. He was a director and writer, known for Next Stop Paradise (1998), Sunday at Six (1966) and The Oak (1992). He was married to Clody Bertola. He died on May 16, 2018 in Bucharest, Romania.

32. Jaromil Jires

Director | Zert

Jaromil Jires was born on December 10, 1935 in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia. He was a director and writer, known for The Joke (1969), And Give My Love to the Swallows (1972) and Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970). He died on October 26, 2001 in Prague, Czech Republic.

33. Károly Makk

Director | Egymásra nézve

Károly Makk was born on December 22, 1925 in Berettyóújfalu, Hungary. He was a director and writer, known for Another Way (1982), Love (1971) and The Gambler (1997). He was married to Marianne Krencsey, Hanna Dömötör and Virág Dõry. He died on August 30, 2017 in Budapest, Hungary.

34. Zoltán Huszárik

Director | Szindbád

Zoltán Huszárik was born on May 14, 1931 in Domony, Hungary as József Huszárik. He was a director and writer, known for Sinbad (1971), Tisztelet az öregasszonyoknak (1971) and Elégia (1965). He was married to Anna Nagy. He died on October 15, 1981 in Budapest, Hungary.

35. Dusan Hanák

Director | Ja milujem, ty milujes

Dusan Hanák was born on April 24, 1938 in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia. He is a director and writer, known for I Love, You Love (1989), Papierove hlavy (1996) and 322 (1969).

36. Hajrudin Krvavac

Director | Partizanska eskadrila

Hajrudin "Siba" Krvavac (22 December 1926 - 11 July 1992) was a Bosnian film director most notable for directing movies from the Partisan film genre during 1960s and 70s.

His gift for precise storytelling was visible in his early documentaries and would become a staple of his feature films later on....

37. Oja Kodar

Actress | Jaded

Oja Kodar was born in 1941 in Dubrava kraj Zagreba, Croatia, Yugoslavia as Olga Palinkas. She is an actress and writer, known for Jaded (1989), The Other Side of the Wind (2018) and The Deep (1970).

38. Roman Polanski

Director | Chinatown

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 ...

39. Andrzej Zulawski

Writer | Possession

Born in Lvov, Ukraine; then he moved with his father Miroslaw Zulawski to Czechoslovakia and later to Poland. In the late 1950s, he studied cinema in France. In the 1960s, he was an assistant of the famous Polish film director Andrzej Wajda. His feature debut The Third Part of the Night (1971) was ...

40. Márta Mészáros

Director | Örökbefogadás

Márta Mészáros was born on September 19, 1931 in Budapest, Hungary. She is a director and writer, known for Adoption (1975), Diary for My Children (1984) and The Last Report on Anna (2009). She was previously married to Miklós Jancsó and Laszlo Karda.

41. Andrzej Wajda

Director | Katyn

Andrzej Wajda is an Academy Award-wining director. He is the most prominent filmmaker in Poland known for The Promised Land (1975), Man of Iron (1981), and Katyn (2007).

He was Born on March 6, 1926, in Suwalki, Poland. His mother, Aniela Wajda, was a teacher at a Ukrainian school. His father, Jakub...

42. Feliks Falk

Director | Joanna

Feliks Falk was born on February 25, 1941 in Stanislawów, Stanislawowskie, Poland. He is a director and writer, known for Joanna (2010), The Collector (2005) and Bohater roku (1987).

43. Sergiu Nicolaescu

Director | Duelul

Sergiu Nicolaescu was born on the 13th of April 1930, in Targu Jiu, Gorj County, Romania. Nicolaescu, the 'Steven Spielberg of the Romanian cinema', was a brilliant, self-taught technician and a master of popular entertainment who approached during his long career various genres with great success....

44. Goran Markovic

Director | Sabirni centar

The son of actors Rade Markovic and Olivera Markovic, between 1965 and 1970 he studied film directing in Prague and then started working for television, directing documentaries and about fifty tv movies. His first theatrical feature was the critically acclaimed and financially successful Special ...

45. Mircea Daneliuc

Director | Patul conjugal

Mircea Daneliuc was born on April 7, 1943 in Hotin, Hotin County, Kingdom of Romania. He is a director and writer, known for Patul conjugal (1993), The Snails' Senator (1995) and Glissando (1982). He is married to Cecilia Bârbora. He was previously married to Tora Vasilescu.

46. Slobodan Sijan

Director | Ko to tamo peva

Slobodan Sijan is a Serbian filmmaker. He graduated from Academy of Theatre, Film, Radio and Television in Belgrade as a film director and began his career in the mid-1970s.

47. Milos Forman

Director | One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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 ...

48. 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 ...

49. Dusan Makavejev

Director | W.R. - Misterije organizma

Dusan Makavejev is the premier figure in Yugoslavian film history; his films are deeply rooted in his nation's painful postwar experiences and draw on important Yugoslavian cinematic and cultural models. Makavejev's work has violated many political and sexual taboos and invited censorship in dozens...

50. Krzysztof Zanussi

Director | Zycie jako smiertelna choroba przenoszona droga plciowa

Born in 1939 in Warsaw, Poland. Documentary and feature film director. Studied physics at Warsaw University and philosophy at Jagiellonian University in Cracow. Graduated from Lodz Film Academy in 1966. Amateur film maker. His school diploma film 'Death of a Provincial' (The Death of a Provincial (...

51. Ivan Passer

Director | Intimní osvetlení

Ivan Passer was born on July 10, 1933 in Prague, Czechoslovakia. He is a director and writer, known for Intimate Lighting (1965), A Boring Afternoon (1964) and Haunted Summer (1988).

52. Jerzy Skolimowski

Actor | The Avengers

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 ...

53. Ryszard Bugajski

Director | Przesluchanie

Ryszard Bugajski began his career working with Andrzej Wajda at Studio X in the late 70's. When he was pressured by the secret police to become an informant at the Studio, Bugajski vowed to try and bring down the Communist regime. To that end he shot his first feature film, "Interrogation", as ...

54. Alexandru Tatos

Director | Secretul armei secrete

Alexandru Tatos was born on March 9, 1937 in Bucharest, Romania. He was a director and writer, known for Secretul armei secrete (1988), Ratacire (1978) and Mere rosii (1975). He died on January 31, 1990.

55. Miloslav Luther

Director | Andel milosrdenství

Miloslav Luther was born on August 14, 1945 in Jakub, Czechoslovakia. He is a director and writer, known for Angel of Mercy (1993), Vergeßt Mozart (1985) and Tango s komármi (2009).

56. Krzysztof Kieslowski

Writer | Trois couleurs: Bleu

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, Przejscie podziemne (1974) (The Underground Passage), he made a number of short documentaries. His next TV title, Personnel (...

57. Jan Svankmajer

Director | Otesánek

After studying at the Institute of Industrial Arts and the Marionette Faculty of the Prague Academy of Fine Arts in the 1950s, Jan Svankmajer started working as a theatre director, chiefly in association with the Theatre of Masks and the Black Theatre. He first experimented with film-making after ...

58. Krsto Papic

Director | Kad mrtvi zapjevaju

Krsto Papic was born on December 7, 1933 in Vucedol, Montenegro, Yugoslavia. He was a director and writer, known for Kad mrtvi zapjevaju (1998), The Rat Savior (1976) and Story from Croatia (1991). He was married to Dr. Jadranka Stefanac-Papic. He died on February 7, 2013 in Zagreb, Croatia.

59. Jirí Menzel

Director | Obsluhoval jsem anglického krále

Jirí Menzel was born on February 23, 1938 in Prague, Czechoslovakia. He is an actor and director, known for I Served the King of England (2006), Closely Watched Trains (1966) and Larks on a String (1990). He has been married to Olga Menzelová-Kelymanová since 2004.

60. György Fehér

Director | Szenvedély

György Fehér was born on February 12, 1939 in Budapest, Hungary. He was an actor and director, known for Szenvedély (1998), Twilight (1990) and Werckmeister Harmonies (2000). He died on July 15, 2002 in Budapest.

61. Otar Iosseliani

Director | La chasse aux papillons

Otar Iosseliani was born on February 2, 1934 in Tiflis, Transcaucasian SFSR, USSR as Otare Davidovich Ioseliani. He is a director and writer, known for La chasse aux papillons (1992), Winter Song (2015) and And Then There Was Light (1989).

62. Andrei Ujica

Writer | Autobiografia lui Nicolae Ceausescu

Andrei Ujica was born in 1951 in Timisoara, Romania. He is a writer and director, known for The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu (2010), Out of the Present (1997) and Videogramme einer Revolution (1992).

63. 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 (...

64. Peter Medak

Director | The Changeling

Peter Medak is an international Film Director. Born in Budapest, Hungary and fled to England at the age of 18 during the famous uprising against the communist regime. He immediately began his Film career with associated British Picture Corporation in Borehamwood. He studied and worked his way ...

65. Milcho Manchevski

Director | Pred dozhdot

Milcho Manchevski is a New York-based Macedonian-born film director, writer, photographer and artist. His Academy-award nominated film Before the Rain(1994) won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, FIPRESCI and Independent Spirit, along with 30 other awards. The New York Times included it ...

66. Jana Bokova

Director | Diario para un cuento

Jana Bokova was born in 1948 in Prague, Czechoslovakia. She is a director and writer, known for Diary for a Tale (1998), Blue Moon (1980) and Before Night Falls (2000).

67. 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 ...

68. Marcel Lozinski

Director | 89 mm od Europy

Marcel Lozinski was born on May 17, 1940 in Paris, France. He is a director and writer, known for 89 mm od Europy (1993), Zeby nie bolalo (1998) and Anything Can Happen (1995).

69. Miroslav Janek

Director | Nespatrené

Miroslav Janek was born on January 3, 1954 in Náchod, Czechoslovakia. He is a director and cinematographer, known for Nespatrené (1996), Battle for Life (2000) and Citizen Havel (2008). He is married to Tonicka Janková.

70. Jan Sverák

Director | Akumulátor 1

Jan Sverak spent his studies at FAMU Documentary Department and graduated in 1988. Sverak's talent first attracted attention through his short films Space Odyssey II. and Oil Gobblers above all - documentary fiction dealing with "newly discovered species" received the American Academy's Student ...

71. Goran Paskaljevic

Director | Bure baruta

Goran Paskaljevic is one of Europe's most respected independent directors. He was born in 1947 in Belgrade (Serbia) and he studied at the well-known Prague school of cinema (FAMU). He has made 30 documentaries and 17 feature films (Cabaret Balkan, Special Treatment, Someone Else's America, How ...

72. Peter Kassovitz

Director | Jakob the Liar

Born in Budapest, he saw his parents taken away to a concentration camp when he was 5. Hidden by a Catholic family, he met his parents after the war (who surprisingly survived the camps). During the Hungarian revolution in 1956, he moved to Paris where he worked as an assistant camera operator and ...

73. Béla Tarr

Producer | Werckmeister harmóniák

Béla Tarr was born on July 21, 1955 in Pécs, Hungary. He is a producer and director, known for Werckmeister Harmonies (2000), The Turin Horse (2011) and Damnation (1988). He is married to Ágnes Hranitzky.

74. Jan Hrebejk

Director | Musíme si pomáhat

Jan Hrebejk was born on June 27, 1967 in Prague, Czechoslovakia. He is a director and writer, known for Divided We Fall (2000), Cosy Dens (1999) and Up and Down (2004).

75. Ágnes Hranitzky

Editor | A torinói ló

Ágnes Hranitzky was born on July 4, 1945 in Derecske, Hungary. She is known for her work on The Turin Horse (2011), Werckmeister Harmonies (2000) and The Man from London (2007). She is married to Béla Tarr.

76. Danis Tanovic

Director | No Man's Land

Danis Tanovic was born on February 20, 1969 in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia. He is a director and writer, known for No Man's Land (2001), An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker (2013) and Death in Sarajevo (2016).

77. Cristi Puiu

Writer | Aurora

Cristi Puiu was born on April 3, 1967 in Bucharest, Romania. He is a writer and director, known for Aurora (2010), The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005) and Stuff and Dough (2001). He has been married to Anca Puiu since April 21, 1998. They have three children.

78. György Pálfi

Director | Hukkle

György Pálfi was born on April 11, 1974 in Budapest, Hungary. He is a director and writer, known for Hukkle (2002), Taxidermia (2006) and Free Fall (2014).

79. Jasmila Zbanic

Director | Grbavica

Jasmila Zbanic was born on December 19, 1974 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia. She is a director and writer, known for Esma's Secret - Grbavica (2006), On the Path (2010) and For Those Who Can Tell No Tales (2013).

80. Cristian Mungiu

Producer | 4 luni, 3 saptamâni si 2 zile

Cristian Mungiu was born on April 27, 1968 in Iasi, Romania. He is a producer and writer, known for 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007), Beyond the Hills (2012) and Graduation (2016).

81. Géla Babluani

Director | 13

Gela Babluani was born in Tblisi in Georgia. He is the son of the prominent director Temur Babluani. At 17 years of age, he and his three siblings were sent to study in France. His first short film, A Fleur de Peau (2002), received critical appraise. His first feature length film is 13 Tzameti, won...

82. Cristian Nemescu

Director | California Dreamin' (Nesfarsit)

Director Cristian Nemescu died together with sound engineer Andrei Toncu in a car crash in Bucharest on 24th of Aug. 2006. While both men were sitting in a taxi, it was struck by a Porsche Cayenne, driven by a British citizen, who, with a speed 63 km/h above the speed limit, drove through a red ...

83. Horatiu Malaele

Director | Nunta muta

Horatiu Malaele is a Romanian actor and film director born on August 1st 1952 in Targu-Jiu. He graduated the Theater and Cinematography Art Institute in the year 1975. Horatiu Malaele became renowned for his theater plays, which he directed, but also for his characters in Romanian comedy movies. ...

84. Javor Gardev

Director | Zift

Javor Gardev (born 1972, Sofia) holds an MA degree in Philosophy from Sofia University, and in Theatre Directing from the National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts. One of the foremost directors of his native Bulgaria, he has staged over thirty five performances, in his home country and abroad, ...

85. Adrian Sitaru

Director | Pescuit sportiv

Adrian Sitaru was born on November 4, 1971 in Deva, Romania. He is a director and writer, known for Angling (2008), The Cage (2010) and Best Intentions (2011).

86. Corneliu Porumboiu

Writer | A fost sau n-a fost?

Corneliu Porumboiu was born on September 14, 1975 in Vaslui, Romania. He is a writer and director, known for 12:08 East of Bucharest (2006), Police, Adjective (2009) and The Treasure (2015).

87. Florin Serban

Director | Eu cand vreau sa fluier, fluier

Florin Serban (1975, Romania) studied at Columbia University in New York and holds a Master's Degree in Film Directing. He also graduated from the Romanian National University for Theater and Film in 2002 and received an MA in the Philosophy of Culture and Hermeneutics in 1998. During his studies ...

88. Agnieszka Holland

Director | Pokot

Agnieszka Holland was born 28 of November 1948 in Warsaw but went to Czechoslovakia to study film directing at FAMU in Prague. She began her film career working in Poland with Krzysztof Zanussi as assistant director, and Andrzej Wajda as her mentor. She wrote several scripts with Wajda before ...

89. Bujar Alimani

Director | Delegacioni

Bujar Alimani is one of the most prolific and important writer/directors of the New Albanian Cinema.

Since his start as a filmmaker with an extraordinary series of avant-garde short films, KATOI (The Kennel), GAS, BUSULLA (The Compass) and NJE HISTORY DASHURIE (A Love Story), Bujar's work has been ...

90. Benedek Fliegauf

Director | Csak a szél

Benedek Fliegauf was born on August 15, 1974 in Budapest, Hungary. He is a director and writer, known for Just the Wind (2012), Womb (2010) and Dealer (2004).

91. Srdan Golubovic

Director | Apsolutnih sto

Srdan Golubovic was born on August 24, 1972 in Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia. He is a director and producer, known for Absolute Hundred (2001), The Trap (2007) and Circles (2013).

92. Pawel Pawlikowski

Director | Zimna wojna

A literature and philosophy graduate, with extensive post-graduate work at Oxford on German literature, Polish-born Pawel Pawlikowski started as a documentary filmmaker in British television.

His second feature, Last Resort (2000), earned him international critical acclaim at numerous festivals, ...

93. Cãlin Peter Netzer

Director | Pozitia copilului

Calin Peter Netzer was born on the 1st May 1975 in Petrosani [Petroschen], Romania. His family belongs to the Transylvanian Saxons, a cultural minority of German descent who lives since generations in Romania. He was raised mainly in Cluj [Klausenburg]. Netzer's father was a dentist and emigrated ...

94. Zaza Urushadze

Director | Mandariinid

Zaza Urushadze was born on October 30, 1965 in Tbilisi, Georgia. He is a director and writer, known for Tangerines (2013), Ak tendeba (1998) and The Confession (2017).

95. Kornél Mundruczó

Actor | Fehér isten

Kornél Mundruczó was born on April 3, 1975 in Gödöllõ, Hungary. He is an actor and director, known for White God (2014), Johanna (2005) and Delta (2008).

96. Stephan Komandarev

Director | Posoki

Stephan Komandarev is a Bulgarian director, producer and scriptwriter. Born in 1966 in Sofia. He graduated in Film & TV directing at the New Bulgarian University (1999).

Stephan Komandarev's latest feature film "Directions" is a nominee in the section "Un certain regard" at the Cannes Film Festival ...

97. Kristina Grozeva

Director | Urok

Kristina Grozeva graduated Sofia State University and worked as journalist for Bulgarian TV. After that she graduated from National Academy for Theater and Film Art (Sofia, Bulgaria) in Film Directing in classes of professor Georgi Djulgerov and associate professor Svetoslav Ovtcharov. Her student ...

98. Petar Valchanov

Director | Slava

Petar Valchanov was born in 1982 in Plovdiv. He graduated from an Art School, Plovdiv in 2000. After that he graduated in Film Directing from National Academy for Theatre and Film At in classes of prof. Ludmil Staikov.. Together, Petar Valchanov and Kristina Grozeva have directed the documentary ...

99. László Nemes

Director | Saul fia

László Nemes was born on 18th Feb. 1977 in Budapest, Hungary. He moved to France at 12 with his mother. He grew up in Paris, where he studied History, International Relations and Political Science at the Institut d'Études Politiques, because he couldn't go to film school. After that he started ...



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