Truly Weird Filmmakers

by elledgej | created - 30 Jun 2016 | updated - 06 Apr 2017 | Public

And I'm not taking quirky like Wes Anderson or Tim Burton, I'm talking filmmakers that specialize in films that make you feel weird. Whether it be for theme, writing or overall presentation. These directors don't make normal films because they in and of themselves are not normal.

1. Rick Alverson

Director | The Mountain

Rick Alverson (born June 25, 1971, Spokane, Washington) is an American filmmaker and musician living in Richmond, Virginia. His feature films include The Mountain (2018), Entertainment (2015) and The Comedy (2012). His work has screened in competition at the Venice Film Festival, Sundance Film ...

Type of Films: Slow Sardonic Uncomfortable Art House Flicks

2. Todd Solondz

Director | Welcome to the Dollhouse

Todd Solondz was born in Newark, New Jersey. One of his earliest jobs in the film industry was when, as a young man, he worked as a messenger for the Writers' Guild of America. During this time, he wrote several screenplays.

Solondz's first color film with sync sound was the short "Schatt's Last ...

Type of Films: Abnormally Unhappy and Aggressive Films with Traditional Quirky Down to Earth Characters amd Dialogue

3. Yorgos Lanthimos

Director | The Lobster

Yorgos Lanthimos was born in Athens, Greece. He studied directing for Film and Television at the Stavrakos Film School in Athens. He has directed a number of dance videos in collaboration with Greek choreographers, in addition to TV commercials, music videos, short films and theater plays. Kinetta,...

Type of Films: Visually Bleached Yet Organized Personal Dramas

4. 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 ...

Type of Films: Tonally Rearranging, Mood Shifting Dramas and Think pieces

5. Gaspar Noé

Director | Irréversible

Gaspar Noé was born on December 27, 1963 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is a director and producer, known for Irreversible (2002), Enter the Void (2009) and I Stand Alone (1998).

Type of Films: Relentless Unapproachable Movies of Varying Theme, Story and Content

6. Harmony Korine

Director | Gummo

Harmony Korine was born in Bolinas, California, in 1973. His family moved to the east coast of the United States when he was five, and he spent his early years in Nashville, Tennessee, and New York. At the age of 19, he wrote the critically acclaimed screenplay Kids (1995) for director Larry Clark....

Type of Films: In your face rebellious, unorthodox, and often unwatchable coming of age stories

7. Quentin Dupieux

Director | Rubber

Quentin Dupieux is a director and writer, known for Rubber (2010), Wrong (2012) and Réalité (2014).

Type of Films: Confusing Yet Tongue in Cheek or Thoughtful Films with Surreal Plotpoints

8. Jim Jarmusch

Director | Only Lovers Left Alive

Moved to New York City at the age of seventeen from Akron, Ohio. Graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in English, class of '75. Without any prior film experience, he was accepted into the Tisch School of the Arts, New York.

Type of Films: Introspective Think Pieces of Varying Setting

9. Neil LaBute

Writer | In the Company of Men

Acclaimed and highly discussed filmmaker Neil LaBute has made himself a force to be reckoned with and a name to watch. With his true-to-life cynical and self-absorbed characters and all-too-true social themes, he has firmly established himself as an unforgiving judge of the ugliest side of human ...

Type of Films: Aggressively Pessimistic Movies Often with Angry/ Unlikeable Protagonists or Characters

10. Denis Villeneuve

Director | Blade Runner 2049

Denis Villeneuve is a French Canadian film director and writer. He was born in 1967, in Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada. He started his career as a filmmaker at the National Film Board of Canada. He is best known for his feature films Arrival (2016), Sicario (2015), Prisoners (2013), Enemy (2013), ...

Types of Films: Downbeat Realistic Films Varying in Visuals and Story



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