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), Computer-aided Design (1976) and Tobacco Habits and Oral Cancer (1977).

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

Studied film in Vienna, Austria.

Great Iranian Director......

4. Hsiao-Hsien Hou

Director | Ci ke 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 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 abroad and established his reputation.

6. Raoul Ruiz

Director | Les trois couronnes du matelot

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), Story of Women (1988) and La Cérémonie (1995). He was married to Aurore Chabrol, Stéphane Audran and Agnès Goute. He died on September 12, 2010 in Paris.

8. Richard Leacock

Director | Omnibus

Richard Leacock was born on July 18, 1921 in London, England. He was a director and cinematographer, known for Omnibus (1952), Canary Island Bananas (1935) and Louisiana Story (1948). He was married to Valérie Lalonde and Eleanor Burke. 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 as Chantal Anne Akerman. She was a director and writer, known for Je Tu Il Elle (1974), The Meetings of Anna (1978) and A Couch in New York (1996). She was married to Sonia Wieder-Atherton. She died on October 5, 2015 in Paris, France.

11. Xiaoshuai Wang

Director | Chuang ru zhe

Xiaoshuai Wang was born on May 22, 1966 in Shanghai, China. He is a director and writer, known for Red Amnesia (2014), 11 Flowers (2011) and Chongqing Blues (2010).

12. Masahiro Kobayashi

Writer | Haru tono tabi

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

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 English 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-Taieb

Director | Leila Sakhina

Atef El-Taieb was born on December 26, 1947. He was a director and assistant director, known for Leila Sakhina (1994), El zamar (1985) and Gallipoli (1981). He died on June 23, 1995.

16. Anand Patwardhan

Director | Ram Ke Naam

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

A Very fine Indian Documentary maker.....

17. Reha Erdem

Director | Jîn

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

Producer | Hiss Dokhtarha Faryad Nemizanand

Pouran Derakhshandeh was born in 1951 in Iran. She is a producer and director, known for Hiss Dokhtarha Faryad Nemizanand (2013), Under the Smoky Roof (2017) and Little Bird of Happiness (1988).

Iranian Director

19. Ahmad Abdalla

Writer | 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 cinematographer, known for Little Shots of Happiness (1997), The Trouble with Perpetual Deja-Vu (1999) and Once and Future Queen (2000).

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), Campfire (2004) and Beaufort (2007). 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), Rosetta (1999) 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 | Kaleldo

Brillante Mendoza was born on July 30, 1960 in San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines. He is a director and producer, known for Summer Heat (2006), Thy Womb (2012) and Kinatay (2009).

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), Suzaku (1997) and Still the Water (2014). 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 as Paulus Henrique Benedictus Cox. He was a director and writer, known for Innocence (2000), My First Wife (1984) and Man of Flowers (1983). He was married to Juliet Bacskai. He died on June 18, 2016 in Melbourne, Victoria, ...

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), Paradise: Faith (2012) and Goodnight Mommy (2014). He is married to Veronika Franz.

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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