Latin American, Spanish & Brazilian Directors

by RAMPARTisGREAT | created - 09 Jan 2012 | updated - 29 Mar 2012 | Public

1. Luis Buñuel

Writer | Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie

The father of cinematic Surrealism and one of the most original directors in the history of the film medium, Luis Buñuel was given a strict Jesuit education (which sowed the seeds of his obsession with both religion and subversive behavior), and subsequently moved to Madrid to study at the ...

2. Alejandro Jodorowsky

Writer | La montaña sagrada

Alejandro Jodorowsky was born in Iquique, Chile on February 7, 1929. In 1942 he moved to Santiago where he attended university, was a circus clown and a puppeteer. In 1955 he went to Paris and studied mime with Marcel Marceau. He worked with Maurice Chevalier there and made a short film, La cravate...

3. Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Producer | The Revenant

Alejandro González Iñárritu (ih-nyar-ee-too), born August 15th, 1963, is a Mexican film director.

González Iñárritu is the first Mexican director to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director and by the Directors Guild of America for Best Director. He is also the first Mexican-born ...

4. Alejandro Amenábar

Writer | The Others

Is the son of a Spanish mother and a Chilean father. His family moved back to Spain when he was 1 year old, and he grew up and studied in Madrid. He wrote, produced and directed his first short film La cabeza at the age of 19, and he was 23 when he directed his feature debut Tesis (1996). His film ...

5. Guillermo del Toro

Writer | El laberinto del fauno

Guillermo del Toro was born October 9, 1964 in Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico. Raised by his Catholic grandmother, del Toro developed an interest in filmmaking in his early teens. Later, he learned about makeup and effects from the legendary Dick Smith (The Exorcist (1973)) and worked on making his ...

6. Fabián Bielinsky

Writer | Nueve reinas

He graduated from ENERC (Escuela Nacional de Experimentación y Realización Cinematográfica), the most prestigious film school in Argentina, including Lucrecia Martel among its alumni and Anahí Berneri among its lecturers. He worked in several films as Assistant Director or co-writer, until his ...

7. Pedro Almodóvar

Writer | Hable con ella

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 ...

8. Isabel Coixet

Director | The Secret Life of Words

Isabel Coixet was born on April 9, 1960 in Sant Adrià de Besòs, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain as Isabel Coixet Castillo. She is a director and writer, known for The Secret Life of Words (2005), My Life Without Me (2003) and Cosas que nunca te dije (1996).

9. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo

Director | 28 Weeks Later

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo was born on December 5, 1967 in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. He is a producer, known for 28 Weeks Later (2007), Intacto (2001) and Linked (1996).

10. Álex de la Iglesia

Director | The Oxford Murders

A spanish cult director, author of Day of the Beast (El día de la bestia (1995)) and Acción mutante (1993) have their own very strong but small followings, and Dance With the Devil (Perdita Durango (1997)) will go down in history as probably the weirdest Javier Bardem film ever made (...

11. Alfonso Cuarón

Writer | Gravity

Alfonso Cuarón Orozco was born on November 28th in Mexico City, Mexico. From an early age, he yearned to be either a film director or an astronaut. However, he did not want to enter the army, so he settled for directing. He didn't receive his first camera until his twelfth birthday, and then ...

12. Bigas Luna

Writer | Angustia

Bigas Luna was born on March 19, 1946 in Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain as Josep Joan Bigas Luna. He was a writer and director, known for Anguish (1987), Jamón, Jamón (1992) and La teta y la luna (1994). He was married to Celia Orós. He died on April 6, 2013 in La Riera de ...

13. Carlos Saura

Writer | Peppermint Frappé

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 ...

14. Imanol Uribe

Director | Días contados

Imanol Uribe was born on February 28, 1950 in San Salvador, El Salvador as Imanol Karmel Uribe Bilbao. He is a director and writer, known for Numbered Days (1994), La luna negra (1989) and Bwana (1996).

15. Julio Medem

Director | Lucía y el sexo

Julio Medem was born in San Sebastian in northern Spain. As a teenager Medem made short movies with a super-8 camera owned by his father. Some of those films are "El ciego" (1976), "El jueves pasado" (1977) and "Fideos" (1979.) Wanting to know more about the darkest corners of the human mind, Medem...

16. Fernando Meirelles

Director | Blindness

Fernando Meirelles was born in a middle class family in São Paulo City, Brazil.

He studied architecture at the university of São Paulo. At the same time he developed an interest in filmmaking. With a group of friends he started producing experimental videos. They won a huge number of awards in ...

17. Kátia Lund

Director | Cidade de Deus

Kátia Lund was born in 1966 in São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil. She is a director and writer, known for City of God (2002), News from a Personal War (1999) and Anaconda (1997).

18. Walter Salles

Director | Central do Brasil

Walter Salles was born on April 12, 1956 in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as Walther Moreira Salles Jr. He is a director and producer, known for Central Station (1998), The Motorcycle Diaries (2004) and Terra Estrangeira (1995). He is married to Maria Klabin. They have one child.

19. Hector Babenco

Director | Carandiru

Hector Babenco was born on February 7, 1946 in Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina as Héctor Eduardo Babenco. He was a director and writer, known for Carandiru (2003), Pixote (1981) and Lúcio Flávio, o Passageiro da Agonia (1977). He was married to Bárbara Paz, Raquel Arnaud and ...

20. Sebastián Silva

Director | Crystal Fairy y el cactus mágico

Sebastián Silva was born on April 9, 1979 in Santiago, Metropolitan Region, Chile. He is a director and writer, known for Crystal Fairy y el cactus mágico (2013), The Maid (2009) and Nasty Baby (2015).

21. Raoul Ruiz

Director | Mistérios de Lisboa

Chilean director Raúl, or Raoul, Ruiz (1941-2011) was one of the most exciting and innovative filmmakers to emerge from 1960s World Cinema, providing more intellectual fun and artistic experimentation, shot for shot, than any filmmaker since Jean-Luc Godard. A guerrilla who uncompromisingly ...

22. José Padilha

Producer | Tropa de Elite 2: O Inimigo Agora é Outro

He is best known for directing the Brazilian critical and financial successes Elite Squad and Elite Squad: The Enemy Within and the 2014 remake of RoboCop. He has won the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival for Elite Squad in 2008. He is also the producer and director of the ...

23. Sebastián Cordero

Director | Europa Report

Sebastián Cordero was born on May 23, 1972 in Quito, Ecuador. He is a producer and director, known for Europa Report (2013), Cronicas (2004) and Ratas, ratones, rateros (1999).

24. Sebastian Gutierrez

Writer | Girl Walks Into a Bar

Sebastian Gutierrez was born on September 10, 1974 in Caracas, Venezuela. He is a writer and director, known for Girl Walks Into a Bar (2011), Judas Kiss (1998) and Elizabeth Harvest (2018).

25. Alfonso Arau

Director | Como agua para chocolate

Alfonso Arau has had a long and fruitful career both in front of and behind the camera and is one of the most prominent filmmakers of the Latino community in Hollywood. He was a drama disciple of Seki Sano--a Japanese teacher, classmate of Lee Strasberg with Konstantin Stanislavski in Russia--and ...

26. Antonio Negret

Director | Overdrive

Antonio Negret is a Suma Cum Laude graduate from the USC School of Cinema Television, with a minor from the USC School of Theatre where he was the recipient of multiple scholarships.

His first feature, "Towards Darkness," premiered in competition at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival. It dealt ...

27. Manoel de Oliveira

Director | Je rentre à la maison

Manoel de Oliveira was born on December 11, 1908 in Oporto, Portugal as Manoel Candido Pinto de Oliveira. He was a director and writer, known for Je rentre à la maison (2001), Os Canibais (1988) and Voyage to the Beginning of the World (1997). He was married to Maria Isabel Brandão de ...

28. Jesús Franco

Writer | El tesoro de la diosa blanca

He was only six years old when he started composing music under the protection of his brother Enrique. After the Spanish Civil War he was able to continue his studies at the Real Conservatorio de Madrid, where he finished piano and harmony. Being a Bachelor of Law and an easy-read novel writer (...

29. Rodrigo García

Writer | Nine Lives

Rodrigo García was born on August 24, 1959 in Bogotá, Colombia. He is a producer and writer, known for Nine Lives (2005), Mother and Child (2009) and In Treatment (2008).

30. Agustí Villaronga

Director | El niño de la luna

Agustí Villaronga was born on March 4, 1953 in Palma, Balearic Islands, Spain as Agustí Villaronga i Riutort. He is a director and writer, known for El niño de la luna (1989), Pa negre (2010) and 99.9 (1997).

31. José Pepe Bojórquez

Producer | Más sabe el Diablo por Viejo

Pepe is currently working on his next film "Vacancy", and TV projects.

Pepe's most current feature film "Mas sabe el Diablo por viejo", is a 20th Century Fox studio film to be released in July 2018.

Pepe wrote, directed and produced "Legends", a collection of short stories that depict the magic of ...

32. Alejandro Agresti

Director | Buenos Aires Vice Versa

Alejandro Agresti was born on June 2, 1961 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is a director and writer, known for Buenos Aires Vice Versa (1996), A Less Bad World (2004) and Wind with the Gone (1998).

33. Fernando Trueba

Writer | Belle Epoque

Trueba studied Imagen at the Facultad de Ciencias de la Información, was cinema critic for the newspaper 'El País' and for 'La Guía del Ocio' and also founded the journal "Casablanca". At the movies his first success was Opera Prima (1980) following the style of the "comedia madrileña". He had ...



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