Chilean filmmakers

by ExpFil | created - 04 Aug 2012 | updated - 10 May 2017 | Public

1. 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 ...

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. Patricio Guzmán

Director | Nostalgia de la luz

Patricio Guzmán was born on August 11, 1941 in Santiago, Chile as Patricio Guzmán Lozanes. He is a director and writer, known for Nostalgia de la luz (2010), La cruz del Sur (1991) and The Battle of Chile: Part I (1975).

4. Pablo Larraín

Producer | El Club

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 ...

5. Andrés Wood

Producer | Machuca

Andrés Wood (1965, Chile). After studying economics at the University of Chile he left for New York, where he attended a film course. When he returned to Chile he made his first feature film 'Historias de fútbol' which was a box-office hit.

6. Miguel Littin

Director | La última luna

Miguel Littin was born on August 9, 1942 in Palmilla, Colchagua, VI Region, Chile as Miguel Littin Cucumides. He is a director and writer, known for La última luna (2005), Jackal of Nahueltoro (1969) and Dawson Isla 10 (2009). He has been married to Ely Menz since 1963. They have one child.

7. Silvio Caiozzi

Director | Cachimba

Silvio Caiozzi was born on July 3, 1944 in Santiago, Chile. He is a director and writer, known for Cachimba (2004), Coronación (2000) and La Luna en el Espejo (1990).

8. Helvio Soto

Director | Erase un niño, un guerrillero, un caballo...

Helvio Soto was born on February 21, 1930 in Santiago, Chile. He was a director and writer, known for Erase un niño, un guerrillero, un caballo... (1967), El ABC del amor (1967) and Il pleut sur Santiago (1975). He died on November 29, 2001 in Santiago.

9. Aldo Francia

Director | Ya no basta con rezar

Aldo Francia was born on August 30, 1923 in Valparaíso, Chile. He was a director and writer, known for Ya no basta con rezar (1973), Valparaíso Mi Amor (1969) and State of Siege (1972). He died in October 1996.

10. Patricio Kaulen

Director | Encrucijada

Patricio Kaulen was born on April 8, 1921 in Santiago, Chile as Patricio Kaulen Ossa. He was a director and writer, known for Encrucijada (1947), Largo Viaje (1967) and La casa en que vivimos (1970). He died on February 23, 1999 in Santiago de Chile, Chile.

11. Valeria Sarmiento

Editor | Linhas de Wellington

Chilean writer-director and editor who studied philosophy and filmmaking at the University of Chile in the 1960s. Based in Paris since 1974, her documentaries and feature films tend to address Latin American gender politics but she is probably best known as the regular editor and collaborator of ...

13. Matías Bize

Director | En la cama

Matías Bize was born on August 9, 1979 in Santiago, Metropolitan Region, Chile. He is a director and writer, known for En la cama (2005), La Vida de los Peces (2010) and La Memoria del Agua (2015).

14. José Bohr

Director | Luponini de Chicago

José Bohr was born on September 3, 1901 in Bonn, Germany as Yopes Bohr Elzer. He was a director and producer, known for Luponini de Chicago (1935), Dreams of Love (1935) and Marihuana (1936). He was married to Eva Limiñana. He died on May 29, 1994 in Oslo, Norway.

15. Tito Davison

Writer | La dulce enemiga

Born in Chillán, Chile in 1912, Davison worked in Hollywood as a comic actor in Spanish-language films for MGM (Así es la vida (1930) and La fuerza del querer (1930)) before MGM suspended production. He made his directorial debut in Argentina in 1937. He subsequently worked in Mexico and ...

16. Pedro Sienna

Actor | El húsar de la muerte

Pedro Sienna was born on May 13, 1893 in San Fernando, Colchagua, VI Region, Chile as Pedro Pérez Cordero. He was an actor and director, known for El húsar de la muerte (1925), El hombre de acero (1917) and Los payasos se van (1921). He died on March 10, 1972 in Santiago, Chile.

17. Jorge Délano

Director | Juro no volver a amar

He was the eighth son of Alfredo Delano and Emma Frederick. Born in Santiago, Chile, in 1909 he joined the Naval School but remained there for only one year, after purposely fracturing his nose in order to get out.

In 1911 Jorge Delano was accepted into the "Instituto Nacional", the most prestigious...

18. Pedro Chaskel

Editor | Colono en tierra de fuego

Pedro Chaskel was born on August 2, 1932 in Germany. He is an editor and director, known for Colono en tierra de fuego (1999), Venceremos (1970) and Érase una vez (1966).

19. Ricardo Larraín

Director | La Frontera

Ricardo Larraín was born on April 27, 1957 in Santiago de Chile, Chile. He was a director and writer, known for La Frontera (1991), Pasos de baile (1997) and El entusiasmo (1998). He died on March 21, 2016 in Chile.

20. Alicia Scherson

Writer | Play

Alicia Scherson was born in 1974 in Santiago, Chile. She is a writer and director, known for Play (2005), Turistas (2009) and Il Futuro (2013).

27. José Luis Sepúlveda

Director | Crónica de un comité

José Luis Sepúlveda is a director and writer, known for Crónica de un comité (2014), El destapador (2012) and El pejesapo (2007).

28. Cristián Sánchez

Writer | El zapato chino

Cristián Sánchez was born on June 19, 1951 in San Bernardo, Maipo, Metropolitan Region, Chile as Luis Cristián Sánchez Garfias. He is a writer and director, known for El zapato chino (1979), El cumplimiento del deseo (1994) and El otro round (1984).

29. Sergio Bravo

Director | Día de Organillos

Documentary filmmaker, educator and activist pioneer of the new Chilean cinema which emerged in the Sixties. In addition to making many critical realist documentaries about Chilean culture and politics, he was founder and director of the Experimental Cinema section of the University of Chile and an...

30. Carlos Flores del Pino

Actor | Corazón secreto

Carlos Flores del Pino is an actor and director, known for Corazón secreto (2007), El Charles Bronson chileno: o idénticamente igual (1981) and Descomedidos y chascones (1973).

31. Ignacio Agüero

Director | Cien niños esperando un tren

Ignacio Agüero was born on March 7, 1952 in Santiago de Chile. He is an actor and director, known for Cien niños esperando un tren (1988), Sueños de hielo (1993) and El otro día (2013).

33. Claudio Guzmán

Art_director | Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse

Was married to Anna Maria Alberghetti, the opera and musical theater star and pitchwoman for Good Seasons salad dressing.

Has 2 daughters with Alberghetti. His second daughter is Pilar Guzman (age 34, born 1972), a food critic & lifestyle& home/garden columnist for the New York Times. Pilar ...

34. Charles Elsesser

Director | Los testigos

Charles Elsesser is known for his work on Los testigos (1971), La sal del desierto (1972) and Don Camilo (1969).

35. Eugenio de Liguoro

Director | Entre gallos y medianoche

Eugenio de Liguoro was born on March 15, 1899 in Naples, Italy. He was a director and cinematographer, known for Entre gallos y medianoche (1940), Sueña, mi amor (1946) and Aria di paese (1933). He died on June 30, 1952 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

36. Alejandro Fernández Almendras

Director | Matar a un hombre

Alejandro Fernández Almendras is a director and writer, known for Matar a un hombre (2014), Huacho (2009) and Aquí No Ha Pasado Nada (2016).

37. Cristián Jiménez

Writer | Bonsái

Cristián Jiménez is a writer and director, known for Bonsái (2011), Vida de Familia (2017) and El tesoro de los caracoles (2004).

39. Sebastián Lelio

Director | Una mujer fantástica

Born in 1974, Sebastián Lelio is one of the leading figures (along with Pablo Larraín, Andrés Wood and a few others) of the post-dictatorship Chilean cinema. After graduating from the "Escuela de Cine de Chile" in Santiago, Lelio started by making shorts (he made five from 1995 to 2003, as well as ...

40. Sebastián Silva

Director | La Nana

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

41. Juan Carlos Bustamante

Cinematographer | Historias de lagartos

Juan Carlos Bustamante is a cinematographer and director, known for Historias de lagartos (1989), El vecino (2000) and La isla (1984).

42. Emilio Pacull

Director | Terre sacrée

Graduated from L'IDHEC (La Fémis).

44. Alberto Fuguet

Writer | Se arrienda

Alberto Fuguet was born on March 25, 1964 in Santiago, Metropolitan Region, Chile. He is a writer and producer, known for For Rent (2005), Locaciones: Buscando a Rusty James (2013) and Invierno (2015).

45. Andrés Waissbluth

Director | Los Debutantes

Andrés Waissbluth was born in 1973 as Andrés Waissbluth Weinstein. He is a producer and director, known for Los Debutantes (2003), Elephant the horse (2016) and 199 recetas para ser feliz (2008).

46. Antonio Skármeta

Writer | Ardiente paciencia

Antonio Skármeta was born in 1940 in Antofagasta, Chile. He is a writer and actor, known for Ardiente paciencia (1983), Il Postino (1994) and The Dancer and the Thief (2009).

47. Christine Lucas

Director | Casados

Christine Lucas is a director and writer, known for Casados (2005), En tu casa a las 8 (1995) and Last Call (1999).

48. Orlando Lübbert

Writer | Taxi para tres

He studies Architecture and Cinema and has made documentaries: Los puños frente al cañon, Residencia en la Tierra, Chile: donde comienza el dolor, Isabel Allende and the films of fiction Der Übergang (El Paso) and Die Kolonie (La Colonia). Educational of Latin American Cinema in the University Free...

52. Sergio M. Castilla

Director | Gringuito

Sergio M. Castilla is a director and writer, known for Gringuito (1998), The Girl in the Watermelon (1994) and Te amo (made in Chile) (2001).

53. Cecilia Barriga

Director | Time's Up!

Born in 1957 in Concepción (Chile). In the late 70s she moved to Madrid to study Image Sciences at the Universidad Complutense, shortly afterwards obtaining Spanish nationality. In 1983, she started working in cinema and, having made several documentaries and art videos, set up home in 1994 in New ...

55. Gustavo Graef Marino

Director | Johnny 100 Pesos

Gustavo took the independent film scene by storm in the 90's with his very original and highly acclaimed take on post-Pinochet Chile with "Johnny 100 Pesos". The film became Chile's highest grossing movie and was selected as its official candidate for both the "Best Foreign Language Film" category ...

56. Pepe Maldonado

Director | Hay algo allá afuera

Pepe Maldonado is a director and art director, known for Hay algo allá afuera (1990), Buscando a la señorita Hyde (2003) and Crónica de una Despedida (2018).

58. Alejo Álvarez

Director | Cómo aman los chilenos

Alejo Álvarez was born in 1917 in Chile as Alejandro Angelini. He was a director and actor, known for Cómo aman los chilenos (1984), Tierra quemada (1968) and El afuerino (1971). He died on February 3, 2002.

59. Luis R. Vera

Director | Fiesta Patria

Luis R. Vera Director, producer, writer and professor of ommunications. As a consequence of the military blow, he is forced to abandon the country and he takes refuge in Peru and then in Rumania where the Máster obtains an Address of Cinema and Television for the University of Bucarest. Forbidden ...

60. Nicolás Acuña

Director | Paraíso B

Nicolás Acuña is a director and writer, known for Paraíso B (2002), Cielo ciego (1998) and Bahía Azul (2008).

61. Arnaldo Valsecchi

Director | La Rubia de Kennedy

Arnaldo Valsecchi was born on November 3, 1940 in Bergamo, Italy. He is a director and actor, known for La Rubia de Kennedy (1995), Calzones Rotos (2018) and Welcome to Reality (2004).

62. Leo Kocking

Cinematographer | Miss Bolero

63. Pablo Perelman

Writer | Archipiélago

Pablo Perelman is a writer and director, known for Archipiélago (1992), Imagen Latente (1988) and La lección de pintura (2011).

65. Cristián Galaz

Director | El Chacotero Sentimental: La película

Cristián Galaz, born in Santiago de Chile 1958. Studied philosophy at the University of Chile for 4 years. In 1986 accredited Journalist at the Catholic University of Chile. Since 1986 he participates in TV analizis as general editor and documentary filmmaker with more than 50 journalistic and ...

66. Boris Quercia

Director | Sexo con Amor

Boris Quercia is a director and actor, known for Sexo con Amor (2003), Los 80 (2008) and L.S.D. (2000). He was previously married to Carmen Gloria Sota.

67. Jorge Olguín

Director | Sangre Eterna

Jorge Olguín is a Chilean director. After working on many amateur videos as a teenage fanboy, Olguín went on to make several short films at university which were shown at festivals. He made his feature directorial debut with Ángel negro (2000), a slasher film with a budget of 25 thousand ...

68. Patricio Valladares

Director | Downhill

Patricio Valladares (Chilean, born 17 July 1982) is a Chilean director, screenwriter, editor and producer. Known for his work in genre cinema Valladares has directed numerous features throughout the years. In 2011, he directed the "En las Afueras DE la Ciudad" (Hidden in the Woods). Based a true ...

69. Nicolás López

Writer | Aftershock

Writer, Director, Producer.

At age 19, López wrote and directed his first feature film: 'Promedio Rojo,' a teen comedy that Quentin Tarantino called, "The funniest movie of the year." 'Promedio Rojo' was a box-office smash in Chile and it was selected in Tokyo, SXSW, LA Film Festival. López's second...

70. Ernesto Díaz Espinoza

Director | Santiago Violenta

Ernesto Díaz Espinoza is a Chilean genre Director, Screenwriter and Editor. He is known as a pioneer of action cinema in his country.

Ernesto study Audio Visual Communication in Film and Television in the Film School DuoUC. Ernesto took an intensive course in screen-writing in Pompeu Fabra in ...

72. Alex Bowen

Producer | Mi Mejor Enemigo

Alex Bowen was born in 1967 in Viña del Mar, Valparaíso, V Region, Chile. He is a producer and director, known for Mi Mejor Enemigo (2005), Campo minado, nadie vuelve intacto (2000) and Solamente Julia (2013).

73. Cristián Leighton

Director | La Sangre Tira

Documentary filmmaker, scriptwriter and producer born in 1964 in Santiago, Chile. In 2000, he founded alongside Daniela Bunster The Documentary Production Company "Surreal Películas de la Realidad". He has directed and produced independent documentaries like The Desert Train (1995), Nema problema (...

75. Rodrigo Ortuzar Lynch

Director | Mujeres Infieles

Rodrigo Ortuzar Lynch is a director and producer, known for Mujeres Infieles (2004), All Inclusive (2008) and Dios te Salve Maria (2005).

79. Percy Matas

Producer | Les transplantés

Percy Matas was born on September 17, 1940. He is a producer and director, known for Les transplantés (1975) and Diálogos de exiliados (1975).

80. Marcela Said

Director | Los Perros

Marcela Said is a director and writer, known for Los Perros (2017), El verano de los peces voladores (2013) and Gloria (2013).

84. Carmen Castillo

Writer | La flaca Alejandra

Carmen Castillo is a writer and director, known for La flaca Alejandra (1994), Calle Santa Fe (2007) and El País de Mi Padre (2004). She was previously married to Pierre Devert.

85. Marilú Mallet

Director | Il n'y a pas d'oubli

Marilú Mallet was born in 1944 in Santiago, Chile. She is a director and writer, known for Il n'y a pas d'oubli (1975), La cueca sola (2003) and Chers Nonagénaires (2009).

88. Niles Atallah

Director | Rey

Niles Atallah is a director and cinematographer, known for Rey (2017), Lucía (2010) and Luis (2008).

89. Marialy Rivas

Director | Joven y Alocada

Marialy Rivas is a director, known for Joven y Alocada (2012), Blokes (2010) and Princesita (2017).

90. Adelqui Migliar

Director | Ambición

Adelqui Migliar was born on August 5, 1891 in Concepción City, Concepción, Biobío, Chile as Adelqui Migliar Icardi. He was an actor and director, known for Ambición (1939), The Inseparables (1929) and The Apache (1925). He died on August 6, 1956 in Santiago, Chile.

92. Dominga Sotomayor Castillo

Writer | De jueves a domingo

Dominga Sotomayor Castillo was born in 1986 in Chile. She is a producer and writer, known for De jueves a domingo (2012), La isla (2013) and Mar (2014).

93. Luis Vitalino Grandón

The 33

Born Luis Vitalino Grandón Toledo in Concepción, Chile. In 1984, he moved to Stockholm, Sweden and studied Video Production in the ABF Institute in Stockholm, then he established Toledo Productions, making family documentaries to the Chilean colony and working as cameraman in MariaNorr Clinic south...

94. Juan Pérez Berrocal

Director | Una canción de amor

Juan Pérez Berrocal is an actor and director, known for Una canción de amor (1930), Canta y no llores, corazón (1925) and Hombres del sur (1939).

97. Juan Pablo Ternicier

Director | 03:34 Terremoto en Chile

Juan Pablo Ternicier is a director and writer, known for 03:34 Terremoto en Chile (2011), Sapo (2018) and Cadena Nacional (2006). He has been married to Loreto Aravena since October 20, 2012.

99. Marco Enríquez-Ominami

Director | Bienvenida Casandra

Marco Enríquez-Ominami was born on June 12, 1973 in Santiago, Metropolitan Region, Chile as Marco Antonio Enríquez-Ominami Gumucio. He is a director and writer, known for Bienvenida Casandra (1996), La vida es una lotería (2002) and Chile, los héroes están fatigados (2002). He ...