Favourite 15 active filmmakers

by JuguAbraham | created - 25 Mar 2017 | updated - 21 Jun 2020 | Public

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

Director and screenwriter Andrey Zvyagintsev is the winner of the Venice Film Festival (2003) and the Cannes Film Festival (2011, 2014, 2017). Two-time the Academy Awards and the BAFTA Awards nominee. Winner or the Golden Globe Awards (2015) for his film "Leviathan". In 2018, his latest work "...

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

3. 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 than within. His recent partnership with co-scriptwriter Elena Kiseleva has raised his quality of filmmaking to even higher levels.

4. Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Producer | 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.

5. Semih Kaplanoglu

Producer | Bugday

Semih Kaplanoglu is one of the most acclaimed writer-director-producers of contemporary filmmaking. Born and raised in Izmir, Turkey, he received BS in Cinema-Television from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Dokuz Eylul University, in 1984. Kaplanoglu made his debut feature in 2001 'Away From Home', and ...

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

6. 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), Still the Water (2014) and The Mourning Forest (2007). She was previously married to Takenori Sentô.

Japan's Terrence Malick.

7. 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 ...

As a duo, Luc and Jean-Pierre, have been able to raise realism to a new level--by questioning accepted social norms and their correctness. They have helped put Belgian cinema at the top.

8. Carlos Reygadas

Producer | Stellet Licht

Carlos Reygadas was born on October 10, 1971 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico. He is a producer and director, known for Silent Light (2007), Japón (2002) and Post Tenebras Lux (2012). He is married to Natalia López.

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

9. Claire Denis

Director | High Life

The films of Claire Denis frequently explore the fragile connections between people and the ways in which the most seemingly inconsequential relationship can have life-changing effects. At the heart of Denis' cinema is a fascination with the delights and difficulties of belonging and otherness, the...

I consider her film "The Intruder" to be one of finest works of the 21st century. However, her love of Ozu's cinema in "36 Shots of Rum" will not be appreciated by those not initiated to Ozu's aesthetics. She is one of best French directors active today.

10. Jim Jarmusch

Director | Broken Flowers

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.

He can mesmerize you. "Paterson" is an example of his mastery of words and visuals. It is sad that he as not been recognized more in his own country, especially at the Oscars.

11. Paolo Sorrentino

Writer | È stata la mano di Dio

Director and screenwriter Paolo Sorrentino was born in Naples in 1970, and and became an orphan when he lost both of his parents at the age of 16. At the age of 25, after studying for a few years at the Faculty of Economics and Business in University of Naples Federico II, he decided to work in the...

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.

12. Ken Loach

Director | I, Daniel Blake

Unlike virtually all his contemporaries, Ken Loach has never succumbed to the siren call of Hollywood, and it's virtually impossible to imagine his particular brand of British socialist realism translating well to that context.

After studying law at St. Peter's College, Oxford, he branched out into ...

"Kes" introduced the world to his talent but his later films built on his partnership with scriptwriter Paul Laverty have been consistently staggering--"I, Daniel Blake" being their crowning glory.

13. 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.

14. Aleksandr Sokurov

Director | Russkiy kovcheg

He was born with a disability because of an anatomic defect of his leg, in 1951 in Podorvikha village in Siberian Russia. His father was a Red Army veteran of WW2. One of most important contemporary filmmakers, Sokurov worked extensively in television and later graduated from the prestigious film ...

Three works of Sokurov appeal to me: "Mother and son," "Faust" and "The Russian Ark." I interviewed Sokurov (See http://moviessansfrontiers.blogspot.com/2018/03/russian-maestro-aleksandr-sokurov.html )

15. Hirokazu Koreeda

Director | Manbiki kazoku

Born in Tokyo in 1962. Originally intended to be a novelist, but after graduating from Waseda University in 1987 went on to become an assistant director at T.V. Man Union. Snuck off set to film Lessons from a Calf (1991). His first feature, Maborosi (1995), based on a Teru Miyamoto novel and drawn ...

I have seen 12 of his feature films. He writes, directs and edits his own films--an awesome fact by itself. His best work for me is "The Third Murder" (2017) which I found to be superior to his "Shoplifters" (2018).

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