Top 10 active film directors

by JuguAbraham | created - 13 Aug 2016 | updated - 13 Aug 2016 | Public

Some directors who are alive and not making films in the past 10 years have been left out.

1. Terrence Malick

Writer | Days of Heaven

Terrence Malick was born in Ottawa, Illinois. His family subsequently lived in Oklahoma and he went to school in Austin, Texas. He did his undergraduate work at Harvard, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in philosophy in 1965.

A member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, he attended Magdalen ...

The most well read and talented filmmaker living, who has re-written the traditional concept of scriptwriting. Knowledge of the writings of philosophers, of religious texts, and the context of musical pieces from around the world will help one to appreciate his complex films and help put sequences in their intended context.

2. Andrey Zvyagintsev

Director | Leviafan

Andrei Zvyagintsev is a Russian filmmaker and was born on Feb.6, 1964 in the northern city of Novisibirsk. He graduated from the Novosibirsk Actors School in 1984 and started to act on stage in provincial theatres. In the early 1990s he came to Moscow - the centre of the Russian film industry - ...

Russia's new Tarkovsky. All his films are gems. Another director who cares about the choice of relevant music to underscore the plot.

3. Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Director | Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da

Nuri Bilge Ceylan was born in Istanbul on January 26th, 1959. In 1976, he began studying chemical engineering at Istanbul Technical University, in a context of strong student unrest, boycotts and political polarization. In 1978, he switched courses to Electrical Engineering at Bogazici University. ...

A well-read, sensitive filmmaker of immense talent who has raised the bar of Turkey's cinema.

4. Andrey Konchalovskiy

Writer | Belye nochi pochtalyona Alekseya Tryapitsyna

The Russian theatre and film director Andrei Konchalovsky is an elder brother of Nikita Mikhalkov, born August, 20, 1937. As a youngster he planned to pursue a career of a musician and learned to play piano but his love for cinema outweighed and he entered VGIK-the major state film school where he ...

Tarkovsky's colleague, whose best work was his US film "Runaway Train" mistaken for an action film by many. His US film "Shy People" was appreciated more outside USA.

5. Semih Kaplanoglu

Producer | Bal

Semih Kaplanoglu was born in 1963 in Izmir, Turkey. He is a producer and director, known for Bal (2010), Yumurta (2007) and Melegin Düsüsü (2004). He is married to Leyla Ipekçi.

His Yusuf trilogy is one of the finest trilogies in recent times. This Turkish director is waiting to be discovered by the West.

6. Ermanno Olmi

Director | L'albero degli zoccoli

Ermanno Olmi was born on July 24, 1931 in Bergamo, Lombardy, Italy. He was a director and writer, known for The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978), La leggenda del santo bevitore (1988) and Il mestiere delle armi (2001). He was married to Loredana Detto. He died on May 5, 2018 in Asiago, Veneto, Italy.

His "Tree of Wooden Clogs" is one of my top 10 films of all time. His "Il Posto" has one of the finest, delicate film endings in the world of cinema.

7. 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), Futatsume no mado (2014) and Moe no suzaku (1997). She was previously married to Takenori Sentô.

Japan's Terence Malick.

8. Carlos Reygadas

Director | Stellet Licht

Carlos Reygadas was born on October 10, 1971 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico as Carlos Reygadas Castillo.

Two of my favourite films are "Silent Light" and "Post Tenebras Lux."

9. Paolo Sorrentino

Writer | Youth

Paolo Sorrentino was born on May 31, 1970 in Naples, Campania, Italy. He is a writer and director, known for Youth (2015), The Great Beauty (2013) and This Must Be the Place (2011). He is married to Daniela D'Antonio. They have two children.

He caught my eye with "Consequences of Love." Loved all his work ever since! Another example of an erudite director. A filmmaker who loves to refer to the writings of French author Louis-Ferdinand Celine directly and indirectly.

10. Paolo Taviani

Director | La notte di San Lorenzo

Paolo Taviani studied liberal arts at the University of Pisa, becoming interested in the cinema after seeing Roberto Rossellini's Paisan (1946). After writing and directing short films and plays with his brother Vittorio, he made his first feature in 1962. The brothers have continued to work ...

As a duo, the brothers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, have been making significant works. "Padre Padrone" towers among them.

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