Directors

by Kaefersuppe | created - 21 Sep 2013 | updated - 21 Sep 2013 | Public

1. Baltasar Kormákur

Producer | Mýrin

Baltasar Kormákur is an actor, producer and director whose work spans theater, movies and television. Born in Reykjavik, Iceland, he graduated as an actor from Iceland's National Academy of Fine Arts in 1990. He was immediately signed on by the National Theatre of Iceland, where he worked as one of...

2. Susanne Bier

Director | Hævnen

Susanne Bier was born on April 15, 1960 in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is a director and writer, known for In a Better World (2010), After the Wedding (2006) and Brødre (2004). She is married to Jesper Winge Leisner. She was previously married to Philip Zandén.

3. Ole Bornedal

Writer | Nattevagten

Ole Bornedal was born 1959 in Noerresundby, Denmark. From the time he was fourteen he knew he wanted to become a filmmaker. However, not being able to get into The Danish Film School, he had to create his own career and after a few years of University Studies in Film, he started working for The ...

4. George Sluizer

Director | Spoorloos

George Sluizer was born on June 25, 1932 in Paris, France. He was a director and producer, known for The Vanishing (1988), La balsa de piedra (2002) and Mortinho por Chegar a Casa (1996). He died on September 20, 2014 in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands.

5. Anders Thomas Jensen

Writer | Adams æbler

Anders Thomas Jensen was born on 6th April 1972 in Frederiksværk on Sjælland in Denmark to Carl Benny Jensen and Kirsten Jensen (born Sørensen). He attended the high school in Frederiksværk from 1988 to 1991. In 1990 while still in high school, he wrote and directed 10 år på bagen - 3 år i skyggen ...

6. Nicolas Winding Refn

Writer | The Neon Demon

Writer, director, and producer Nicolas Winding Refn was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1970, to Anders Refn, a film director and editor, and Vibeke Winding (née Tuxen), a cinematographer. Just before he turned 11, in 1981, he moved to New York with his parents, where he lived out his teenage years...

7. Lars von Trier

Writer | Dancer in the Dark

Probably the most ambitious and visually distinctive filmmaker to emerge from Denmark since Carl Theodor Dreyer over 60 years earlier, Lars von Trier studied film at the Danish Film School and attracted international attention with his very first feature, The Element of Crime (1984). A highly ...

8. Thomas Vinterberg

Director | Jagten

With Sidste omgang (1993) (Last Round), his graduation short from The National Film School of Denmark, he got an early taste of critical success. He received the Jury's and Producers' Awards at the International Student Film Fest in Munich and won the 1st Prize at the Tel Aviv Film Fest. Popular ...

9. Paul Verhoeven

Director | Zwartboek

Paul Verhoeven graduated from the University of Leiden, with a degree in math and physics. He entered the Royal Netherlands Navy, where he began his film career by making documentaries for the Navy and later for TV. In 1969, he directed the popular Dutch TV series, Floris (1969), about a medieval ...

10. Theo van Gogh

Director | Blind Date

Theo van Gogh was born on July 23, 1957 in Wassenaar, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands as Theodoor van Gogh. He was a director and writer, known for Blind Date (1996), 06/05 (2004) and 1-900 (1994). He died on November 2, 2004 in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands.

11. Aki Kaurismäki

Producer | Le Havre

Aki Kaurismäki did a wide variety of jobs including postman, dish-washer and film critic, before forming a production and distribution company, Villealfa (in homage to Jean-Luc Godard's Alphaville (1965)) with his older brother Mika Kaurismäki, also a film-maker. Both Aki and Mika are prolific ...

12. Mika Kaurismäki

Producer | Zombie ja Kummitusjuna

Mika Kaurismäki was born on September 21, 1955 in Orimattila, Finland as Mika Juhani Kaurismäki. He is a producer and director, known for Zombie ja Kummitusjuna (1991), Helsinki Napoli All Night Long (1987) and Kolme viisasta miestä (2008). He is married to Cenira Dias Kaurismäki.

13. Mikael Håfström

Writer | Ondskan

Mikael Håfström was born on July 1, 1960 in Lund, Skåne län, Sweden as Jan Mikael Håfström. He is a writer and director, known for Evil (2003), 1408 (2007) and The Rite (2011).

14. Tomas Alfredson

Director | Låt den rätte komma in

Tomas Alfredson was born on April 1, 1965 in Lidingö, Stockholms län, Sweden. He is known for his work on Let the Right One In (2008), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) and Fyra nyanser av brunt (2004).

15. Renny Harlin

Director | Die Hard 2

Born in 15 March 1959 as Renny Lauri Mauritz Harjola, he is the most successful Finnish film director in the history of Hollywood.

Harlin started his career in film business in the beginning of 1980s when he was directing commercials and company films for companies like Shell. Later he worked as a ...

16. Olli Saarela

Writer | Rukajärven tie

Olli Saarela was born on March 11, 1965 in Helsinki, Finland. He is a writer and director, known for Ambush (1999), Lunastus (1997) and Bad Luck Love (2000).

17. Jonas Åkerlund

Director | Spun

Jonas Åkerlund was born on November 10, 1965 in Bromma, Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden. He is a director and editor, known for Spun (2002), Try (2000) and Madonna: Ray of Light (1998). He is married to B. Åkerlund. He was previously married to Charlotta Palmbäck.

18. Harald Zwart

Director | Agent Cody Banks

Harald Zwart was born on July 1, 1965 in Netherlands as Harald Johan Zwart. He is a director and producer, known for Agent Cody Banks (2003), The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013) and The Karate Kid (2010). He has been married to Veslemøy Ruud Zwart since 1997. They have two children.

19. Ole Christian Madsen

Director | Flammen & Citronen

Ole Christian "OC" Madsen is from the "Golden Year" of the Danish Filmschool, including director's like Thomas Vinterberg and Per Fly. Ole Christian Madsen started out directing television series, but moved on to his first feature Sinans Wedding in 1997, followed by highly acclaimed second feature ...

20. Simon Staho

Director | Dag och natt

Simon Staho was born on June 2, 1972 in Denmark. He is a director and writer, known for Dag och natt (2004), Magi i luften (2011) and Kärlekens krigare (2009).

21. Erik Skjoldbjærg

Writer | Okkupert

Erik Skjoldbjærg was born on December 14, 1964 in Tromsø, Norway. He is a writer and director, known for Okkupert (2015), Nokas (2010) and Insomnia (1997).

22. Daniel Alfredson

Director | Flickan som lekte med elden

Daniel Alfredson was born on May 23, 1959 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden. He is a producer and director, known for The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009), The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (2009) and Tic Tac (1997). He is married to Stina. They have three children.

23. Shaky González

Director | Nattens engel

Shaky González was born on October 20, 1966 in Chile. He is a director and writer, known for Angel of the Night (1998), The Last Warrior (2010) and A place to die.

24. Ingmar Bergman

Writer | Smultronstället

Ernst Ingmar Bergman was born July 14, 1918, the son of a priest. The film and T.V. series, The Best Intentions (1992) is biographical and shows the early marriage of his parents. The film 'Söndagsbarn' depicts a bicycle journey with his father. In the miniseries Private Confessions (1996) is the ...

25. Lasse Hallström

Director | What's Eating Gilbert Grape

Lasse Hallström was born on June 2, 1946 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden as Lars Hallström. He is a director and writer, known for What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), Chocolat (2000) and The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014). He has been married to Lena Olin since March 18, 1994. They have one child...

26. Erik Van Looy

Director | De zaak Alzheimer

Erik Van Looy was born on April 26, 1962 in Deurne, Flanders, Belgium as Erik Ludovicus Maria Van Looy. He is a Director and a Writer, known for the classic Belgian films, De Zaak Alzheimer/The Memory of a Killer (2003) and Loft (2008). He's also directed the US-remake of The Loft (2014). Between ...

27. Koen Mortier

Producer | Ex Drummer

Koen Mortier is a producer and director, known for Ex Drummer (2007), 22 mei (2010) and A Hard Day's Work (1997).

28. Dick Maas

Writer | Prooi

Dick Maas was born on April 15, 1951 in Heemstede, Noord-Holland, Netherlands as Dick Herman Willem Maas. He is a writer and director, known for Prooi (2016), Sint (2010) and Amsterdamned (1988). He is married to Esmé Lammers.

29. Anton Corbijn

Director | Control

Anton Corbijn was born on May 20, 1955 in Strijen, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands as Anton Johannes Gerrit Corbijn van Willenswaard. He is a director and actor, known for Control (2007), A Most Wanted Man (2014) and The American (2010).

30. Tommy Wirkola

Director | What Happened to Monday

Tommy Wirkola was born on December 6, 1979 in Alta, Norway. He is a writer and director, known for What Happened to Monday (2017), Død snø 2 (2014) and Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013).

31. Lukas Moodysson

Writer | Fucking Åmål

Lukas Moodysson was born on January 17, 1969 in Malmö, Skåne län, Sweden as Karl Frederik Lukas Moodysson. He is a director and writer, known for Show Me Love (1998), Lilya 4-Ever (2002) and Vi är bäst! (2013). He has been married to Coco Moodysson since 1994. They have three children.

32. Petter Næss

Director | Elling

Petter Næss was born in Oslo, Norway, in 1960. Originally he worked as a writer, director and actor for the theatre, staging close to 30 productions. In 1997 he was appointed director of Oslo Nye Teater (Oslo New Theatre) and he quickly made a mark for himself promoting contemporary Norwegian plays...

33. Mike van Diem

Director | Karakter

Mike van Diem was born on January 12, 1959 in Sittard, Limburg, Netherlands. He is a director and writer, known for Karakter (1997), De surprise (2015) and Tulipani: Liefde, Eer en een Fiets (2017).

34. Nils Gaup

Director | Ofelas

Nils Gaup was born in 1955 in Kautokeino, Norway. He is a director and actor, known for Pathfinder (1987), Pathfinder (2007) and Head Above Water (1993).

35. Daniel Espinosa

Director | Snabba cash

Daniel Espinosa was born on March 23, 1977 in Huddinge, Stockholms län, Sweden. He is a director and producer, known for Snabba cash (2010), Safe House (2012) and Life (2017). He was previously married to Nina Milerad.

36. Per Fly

Director | Bænken

Per Fly was accepted to the Danish Film School in 1989. He completed his education in 1993 with the graduation film Room 17. In the following years Per Fly directed, among other films, the short films Sofaholdet (1994), Calling Katherine (1994) and The Little Knight (1997). In 1998, he directed the...

37. Bille August

Director | Pelle erobreren

Bille August was born on November 9, 1948 in Brede, Denmark. He is a director and writer, known for Pelle the Conqueror (1987), The House of the Spirits (1993) and Les Misérables (1998). He is married to Sara-Marie Maltha. He was previously married to Pernilla August, Annie Munksgaard and ...

38. Morten Tyldum

Director | Hodejegerne

Morten Tyldum was born on May 19, 1967 in Bergen, Norway. He is a director and producer, known for Hodejegerne (2011), The Imitation Game (2014) and Buddy (2003).

39. Joachim Trier

Director | Louder Than Bombs

Joachim Trier is a Norwegian director and writer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1974. Trier is son of Jacob Trier, which was the sound technician of Norway's most popular film ever Flåklypa Grand Prix (1975), and grandson of the important Norwegian filmmaker Erik Løchen. His mother was a ...

40. Dagur Kári

Director | Voksne mennesker

Dagur Kári was born on December 12, 1973 in Paris, France as Dagur Kári Pétursson. He is a director and writer, known for Voksne mennesker (2005), Nói albinói (2003) and Fúsi (2015).