Directors to study

by akishaha | created - 02 Dec 2011 | updated - 12 Feb 2016 | Public

1. Arun Khopkar

Director | Haathi Ka Anda

Arun Khopkar was born on November 5, 1945 in Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India. He is a director and actor, known for Haathi Ka Anda (2002), Shaque (1976) and Computer-aided Design (1976).

2. Shaji N. Karun

Director | Piravi

Shaji Neelakantan Karun was born on new years day 1950 as the eldest son of Mr. N. Karunakaran and Mrs. Chandramati in Kollam district of the state of Kerala, India. The family moved to Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of the state in 1963. He did his schooling in Palkkulangara H.S., and took a ...

3. Sohrab Shahid Saless

Director | Tabiate bijan

Sohrab Shaheed Salles was born in Tehran in 1944 to a middle-class family and lived in Tehran. Shahid Saless was a storyteller as a child, with a passion for visualizing his narrations. During his teenage years, he showed an imaginative talent, writing and acting in plays with friends. In 1963, ...

Great Iranian Director......

4. Hsiao-Hsien Hou

Producer | Cike Nie Yin Niang

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 ...

5. Bertrand Tavernier

Director | Un dimanche à la campagne

Bertrand Tavernier was the son of Geneviève (Dumond) and René Tavernier, who was a publicist, writer, and president of the French PEN club. He was a law student that preferred write film criticisms. He also wrote a few books about American movies. Then his first film won a few awards in France and ...

6. Raúl Ruiz

Director | La Telenovela Errante

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 ...

7. Claude Chabrol

Director | Le beau Serge

Claude Chabrol was born on June 24, 1930 in Paris, France. He was a director and writer, known for Le Beau Serge (1958), La Cérémonie (1995) and Story of Women (1988). He was previously married to Aurore Chabrol, Stéphane Audran and Agnès Goute. He died on September 12, 2010 in Paris,...

8. Richard Leacock

Cinematographer | Omnibus

Richard Leacock was born on July 18, 1921 in London, England, UK. He was a cinematographer and director, known for Omnibus (1952), Canary Island Bananas (1935) and Louisiana Story (1948). He was previously married to Eleanor Burke and Valérie Lalonde. He died on March 23, 2011 in Paris, France.

9. Tareque Masud

Director | Matir Moina

Tareque Masud was born in Nurpur Village of Faridpur District in Bangladesh. At an early age he was sent off to madrassa (Islamic school) by his deeply religious father. He studied in the madrassa system until 1971, when the upheaval brought about by the 9-month Liberation War interrupted his ...

10. Chantal Akerman

Director | Je tu il elle

Chantal Akerman was born on June 6, 1950 in Brussels, Belgium. She was a director and writer, known for Je Tu Il Elle (1974), Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975) and No Home Movie (2015). She was previously married to Sonia Wieder-Atherton. She died on October 5, 2015 in ...

11. Xiaoshuai Wang

Director | Rizhao Chongqing

Wang Xiaoshuai (Director, Writer, Producer)

Wang Xiaoshuai is one of very few masters who remains true to his art in spite of rampant commercialism in the Chinese film market. Evoking the trauma of ordinary Chinese people caught in extraordinary times, his works span different eras, yet consistently...

12. Masahiro Kobayashi

Writer | Haru tono tabi

Masahiro Kobayashi was born on January 6, 1954 in Tokyo, Japan. He was a writer and director, known for Haru's Journey (2010), Japan's Tragedy (2012) and Bashing (2005). He was previously married to ? and Naoko Kobayashi. He died on August 20, 2022 in Tokyo.

13. Dariush Mehrjui

Director | Gaav

Dariush Mehrjui was born to a middle-class family in Tehran. He showed interest in painting miniatures, music, and playing santoor and piano. He spent a lot of time going to the movies, particularly American films which were un-dubbed and inter-spliced with explanatory title cards that explained ...

14. Youssef Chahine

Director | Iskanderija... lih?

Youssef Chahine (born in Alexandria, Egypt, 1926) started studying in a friars' school, and then turned to Victoria College until the High School Certificate. After one year in the University of Alexandria, he moved to the U.S. and spent two years at the Pasadena Play House, taking courses on film ...

15. Atef El-Tayeb

Director | Leila Sakhina

Atef El-Tayeb was born on December 26, 1947. He was a director and assistant director, known for Leila Sakhina (1995), Gallipoli (1981) and El zamar (1985). He died on June 23, 1995.

16. Anand Patwardhan

Director | Pitra, Putra Aur Dharamyuddha

Anand Patwardhan was born on February 18, 1950 in Bombay, State of Bombay, India. He is a director and editor, known for Pitra, Putra Aur Dharamyuddha (1994), Ram Ke Naam (1992) and Jai Bhim Comrade (2011).

A Very fine Indian Documentary maker.....

17. Reha Erdem

Director | Hayat Var

Born in Istanbul, Reha Erdem began his studies in History at Bogazici University in Istanbul. He graduated from Cinema Department of Paris 8 University. He obtained his M.A. in Plastic Arts at the same university. He shot his first feature-length film Oh Moon in 1989 as a French-Turkish ...

His "My Only Sunshine" is the best example to study how to use specific sound for each character perfectly to represent them individually......

One of the Top 50 movies.........

18. Pouran Derakhshandeh

Director | Hiss Dokhtarha Faryad Nemizanand

Pouran Derakhshandeh was born in 1951 in Iran. She is a director and producer, known for Hush! Girls Don't Scream (2013), Under the Smoky Roof (2017) and Little Bird of Happiness (1988).

Iranian Director

19. Ahmad Abdalla

Director | Microphone

Born in Cairo 19 December 1979, Graduated from the Faculty of Music Education, worked as a film editor from 2003 .living in Cairo - Egypt. Heliopolis was his first long feature film which was considered as one of the beginnings of the Egyptian independent cinema new wave. Still occasionally ...

20. Todd Verow

Director | Little Shots of Happiness

Todd Verow was born on November 11, 1966 in Bangor, Maine, USA. He is a director and producer, known for Little Shots of Happiness (1997), Once and Future Queen (2000) and The Trouble with Perpetual Deja-Vu (1999).

21. 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 ...

Self-labeled "surrealist" known for his surreal animations and features, which have greatly influenced other artists such as Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam

22. Joseph Cedar

Writer | Hearat Shulayim

Joseph Cedar was born on August 31, 1968 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a writer and director, known for Footnote (2011), Our Boys (2019) and Campfire (2004). He is married to Vered Kelner.

Israili Director

23. Jean-Pierre Dardenne

Producer | Deux jours, une nuit

After studying drama in the arts institute, Jean Pierre Dardenne and his brother Luc made some videos about the rough life in blue-collar small towns in the Wallonie. After their meeting with filmmaker Armad Gatti and cinematographer Ned Burgess, they decided to enter in the movie business.

In 1978 ...

Belgian Director - Directed 'The Kid with a Bike', 'Lorna's Silence'

24. Luc Dardenne

Producer | Deux jours, une nuit

Luc Dardenne was born on March 10, 1954 in Awirs, Wallonia, Belgium. He is a producer and director, known for Two Days, One Night (2014), The Kid with a Bike (2011) and The Child (2005).

Belgian Director - Directed 'The Kid with a Bike', 'Lorna's Silence'

25. Edward Yang

Writer | Yi yi

Born on November 6, 1947 in Shanghai, China, Edward Yang has become one of the most talented international filmmakers of his generation. Along with Hou Hsiao-Hsien and Tsai Ming-Liang, Yang ranks among the leading artists of the Taiwanese New Wave, and one of the world's most brilliant auteurs. ...

Taiwanese Director - Directed YiYi, A Brighter Summer Day

26. Atom Egoyan

Director | The Sweet Hereafter

Born in Egypt to Armenian parents, he was raised in Western Canada. Both his parents were painters, and he planned to be a playwright, but after making a short film, he became hooked on telling stories visually. Returned to ethnic "homeland" when he filmed Calendar (1993) in Armenia. Won attention ...

27. Brillante Mendoza

Director | Alpha: The Right to Kill

Brillante Mendoza is a Philippine director and producer. He is the first Filipino to receive the Best Director award at Cannes for his film Kinatay in 2009. He is also the only Filipino to receive France's "Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres" (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) in ...

Filipino Director - Directed Kinatay, The Womb

28. Naomi Kawase

Director | An

Naomi Kawase was born on May 30, 1969 in Nara, Japan. She is a director and writer, known for Sweet Bean (2015), Still the Water (2014) and The Mourning Forest (2007). She was previously married to Takenori Sentô.

Japanese Independent Director whose films are mostly influenced on personal experiences in life.

29. Paul Cox

Director | Innocence

Paul Cox was born on April 16, 1940 in Venlo, Limburg, Netherlands. He was a director and writer, known for Innocence (2000), My First Wife (1984) and Man of Flowers (1983). He was previously married to Juliet Bacskai. He died on June 18, 2016 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Australian Offbeat Director

30. Shôhei Imamura

Director | Kuroi ame

Shohei Imamura's films dig beneath the surface of Japanese society to reveal a wellspring of sensual, often irrational, energy that lies beneath. Along with his colleagues Nagisa Ôshima and Masahiro Shinoda, Imamura began his serious directorial career as a member of the New Wave movement in Japan....

Great Japanse Director

31. Ulrich Seidl

Director | Paradies: Liebe

Ulrich Seidl was born on November 24, 1952 in Vienna, Austria. He is a director and producer, known for Paradise: Love (2012), Rimini (2022) and Goodnight Mommy (2014). He is married to Veronika Franz. They have two children.

Director of Paradise Trilogy whose work is very different in aesthetics and very authentic European...

32. Eric Khoo

Director | Be with Me

Cultural Medallion recipient and award winning film maker Eric Khoo who helms Zhao Wei Films/ Gorylah Pictures has been credited for reviving the Singapore film industry and for putting Singapore onto the International film map in 1995. He was the first Singaporean to have his films invited to ...

A Singaporean art-house filmmaker



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