Latin American Directors

by mrc-meneghin | created - 10 Jun 2014 | updated - 3 days ago | Public

El Violín

2. Alfonso Cuarón

Writer | Gravity

Alfonso Cuarón Orozco was born on November 28th in Mexico City, Mexico. From an early age, he yearned to be either a film director or an astronaut. However, he did not want to enter the army, so he settled for directing. He didn't receive his first camera until his twelfth birthday, and then ...

Y tu mamá también Children of Men Gravity

3. Fernando Meirelles

Director | Blindness

Fernando Meirelles was born in a middle class family in São Paulo City, Brazil.

He studied architecture at the university of São Paulo. At the same time he developed an interest in filmmaking. With a group of friends he started producing experimental videos. They won a huge number of awards in ...

Cidade de Deus The Constant Gardner

4. Walter Salles

Director | Central do Brasil

Walter Salles was born on April 12, 1956 in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as Walther Moreira Salles Jr. He is a director and producer, known for Central Station (1998), The Motorcycle Diaries (2004) and Terra Estrangeira (1995). He is married to Maria Klabin. They have one child.

Abril Despedaçado Diarios de motocicleta On the Road

5. Guillermo del Toro

Writer | El laberinto del fauno

Guillermo del Toro was born October 9, 1964 in Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico. Raised by his Catholic grandmother, del Toro developed an interest in filmmaking in his early teens. Later, he learned about makeup and effects from the legendary Dick Smith (The Exorcist (1973)) and worked on making his ...

Cronos El laberinto del fauno Crimson Peak The Shape of Water

6. Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Producer | The Revenant

Alejandro González Iñárritu (ih-nyar-ee-too), born August 15th, 1963, is a Mexican film director.

González Iñárritu is the first Mexican director to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director and by the Directors Guild of America for Best Director. He is also the first Mexican-born ...

Amores perros 21 Grams Babel Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) The Revenant

7. Marco Bechis

Writer | BirdWatchers - La terra degli uomini rossi

The son of a Chilean woman of Swiss-French origins and an Italian father, he grew up in Sao Paolo and Buenos Aires. At the age of twenty he was expelled from Argentina for political reasons: he landed in Milan and there he lived throughout the 1980s, while also spending lots of time in New York, ...

Garage Olimpo Birdwatchers

8. 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 ...

Fuga Tony Manero Post mortem No El Club Jackie Neruda

9. 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...

El Topo

10. Lucrecia Martel

Director | La mujer sin cabeza

Born in 1966 in Salta in the North of Argentina,Lucrecia Martel settled down in Buenos Aires where she attended the ENERC (National Film School). She started by directing a few shorts among which Historias Breves I: Rey muerto (1995), which garnered several awards in the international film festival...

La Ciénaga

11. Diego Quemada-Díez

Writer | La jaula de oro

Born in the iberian peninsula. He has lived in the American continent for the past two decades. Nationalized Mexican. His first job in the film industry was in 1995, in Ken Loach's film Land and Freedom as a camera assistant to the director of cinematography. A year later, he migrated to the USA ...

La Jaula de Oro

12. Damián Szifron

Writer | Relatos salvajes

Damián Szifron was born on July 9, 1975 in Ramos Mejía, Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is a writer and director, known for Relatos salvajes (2014), Tiempo de valientes (2005) and Los simuladores (2002).

Relatos Salvajes

13. Lisandro Alonso

Director | La libertad

Lisandro Alonso was born on June 2, 1975 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is a director and producer, known for La libertad (2001), Jauja (2014) and Los Muertos (2004).


14. Alonso Ruizpalacios

Writer | Güeros

Alonso Ruizpalacios was born in 1978 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico. He is a writer and director, known for Güeros (2014), Verde (2016) and Café paraíso (2008).


15. Ciro Guerra

Director | El abrazo de la serpiente

Ciro Guerra was born on February 6, 1981 in Río de Oro, Cesar, Colombia. He is a director and writer, known for Embrace of the Serpent (2015), Los viajes del viento (2009) and La sombra del caminante (2004).

El Abrazo de la Serpiente

16. Alê Abreu

Director | O Menino e o Mundo

Alê Abreu is a director and writer, known for O Menino e o Mundo (2013), Espantalho (1998) and Passo (2007).

O Menino e o Mundo

17. Tomás Gutiérrez Alea

Director | Fresa y chocolate

Cuba's greatest and best-known director, Tomas Gutierrez Alea fell in love with cinema at an early age, began as a documentarian much influenced by Italian neorealism and came into his own as an artist during Fidel Castro's regime. Over the years he has evinced a fondness for both historical and ...

Memorias del subdesarrollo Fresa y chocolate

18. Jayro Bustamante

Writer | Ixcanul

Jayro Bustamante is a writer and director, known for Ixcanul (2015), Temblores and Cuando sea grande (2012).


19. 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).

La batalla de Chile: La lucha de un pueblo sin armas - Primera parte: La insurrección de la burguesía La batalla de Chile: La lucha de un pueblo sin armas - Segunda parte: El golpe de estado La batalla de Chile: La lucha de un pueblo sin armas - Tercera parte: El poder popular Nostalgia de la luz El Botón de Nácar

20. Fernando E. Solanas

Producer | El exilio de Gardel: Tangos

Fernando E. Solanas was born on February 16, 1936 in Olivos, Vicente López, Buenos Aires, Argentina as Fernando Ezequiel Solanas. He is a producer and director, known for Tangos, the Exile of Gardel (1985), The Journey (1992) and Clouds (1998). He is married to Ángela Correa.

La hora de los hornos: Notas y testimonios sobre el neocolonialismo, la violencia y la liberación Sur El viaje Memoria del saqueo

21. Octavio Getino

Director | La hora de los hornos: Notas y testimonios sobre el neocolonialismo, la violencia y la liberación

Born in Leon in Spain, Octavio Getino moved to Argentina in the early 1950s. Here, he co-founded, along with the director Fernando Solanos, the influential and radical film collective known as Cinema Liberacion, and worked with Solanos on the film 'The Hour of the Furnaces', which was largely shot ...

La hora de los hornos: Notas y testimonios sobre el neocolonialismo, la violencia y la liberación

22. Lorenzo Vigas

Producer | Desde allá

Lorenzo Vigas was born in Mérida, Venezuela in 1967. He graduated in Molecular Biology from the University of Tampa, Florida. In 1995 he moved to New York City to study film at NYU. In 1998 he returned to Venezuela to direct the documentary series "Expedition". From 1999 to 2001 he worked with ...

Desde allá

23. Pablo Trapero

Director | El Clan

Pablo Trapero was born in San justo, Argentina in 1971. In 1999 he directed his first feature, Mundo Grua, which won the Critics Prize at Venice. In 2002, he opened his production company, Matanza Cine, that produces films for fellow filmmakers, as well as his own. His second feature, El Bonaerense...

El Clan

24. Kleber Mendonça Filho

Director | O Som ao Redor

Kleber Mendonça Filho was born in 1968 in Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil. He is a director and writer, known for Neighboring Sounds (2012), Aquarius (2016) and Vinil Verde (2004).

O Som ao Redor

25. Julio García Espinosa

Writer | Reina y Rey

Julio García Espinosa was born on September 5, 1926 in Havana, Cuba. He was a writer and director, known for Reina y Rey (1994), The Adventures of Juan Quin Quin (1967) and El joven rebelde (1961). He was married to Dolores Calviño. He died on April 13, 2016 in Havana.

Las aventuras de Juan Quin Quin Tercer mundo, tercera guerra mundial Son o no son

26. Raoul Peck

Director | Lumumba

Raoul Peck was born in 1953 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He is a director and writer, known for Lumumba (2000), I Am Not Your Negro (2016) and The Young Karl Marx (2017).

Assistance Mortelle Meurtre à Pacot I'm not Your Negro

La tierra y la sombra

28. Jorge Sanjinés

Director | Yawar Mallku

Sanjines made his first feature film, Ukamau (1966), under the auspices of the Bolivian Film Institute, of which he was named director in 1965. A landmark in the history of Bolivian cinema, Ukamau is a sympathetic depiction of the social problems of the Andean peasantry shot exclusively in Aymara, ...

Yawar Mallku

29. Claudia Llosa

Director | La teta asustada

Claudia Llosa was born on November 15, 1976 in Lima, Peru. She is a director and writer, known for La teta asustada (2009), Madeinusa (2006) and Loxoro (2012).

La teta asustada

30. Carlos Reygadas

Director | Stellet Licht

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

Post tenebras lux

31. Juan Carlos Valdivia

Director | American Visa

Bolivian - Mexican Film Director. He is currently working on his new film "Soren". The filmography of Juan Carlos includes the most recent, Yvy Maraey, presented at the Berlinale and MOMA; Southern District, which was winner of two awards at the Sundance Film Festival, among many others; American ...

Yvy Maraey

32. Euzhan Palcy

Writer | Rue cases nègres

Euzhan Palcy was born on January 13, 1958 in Martinique, France. She is a writer and director, known for Rue cases nègres (1983), Siméon (1992) and A Dry White Season (1989).

Rue cases nègres

33. Eugenio Polgovsky

Cinematographer | Tropico de cancer

Eugenio Polgovsky was born on June 29, 1977 in Mexico City, Mexico as Eugenio Gregorio Polgovsky Ezcurra. He was a cinematographer and director, known for Tropico de cancer (2004), Los herederos (2008) and Resurrección (2016). He died on August 11, 2017 in London, England.

Tropico de cancer Los herederos

Iréa Santiago Y tenemos sabor En la otra isla Isla del tesoro

35. Santiago Álvarez

Director | 79 primaveras

Santiago Álvarez was born on March 18, 1919 in Cuba as Santiago Alvarez Roman. He was a director and writer, known for 79 primaveras (1969), Hanoi, martes 13 (1968) and El sueño del pongo (1970). He died on May 20, 1998 in Havana, Cuba.

Cerro Pelado LBJ Hasta la victoria siempre Hanoi, martes 13 79 primaveras

Acerca de un personaje que unos llaman San Lázaro y otros llaman Babalú Por primera vez Hablando del punto cubano

37. José Massip

Director | Madina-Boe

Jose Massip was a Cuban film director and the winner of the 2012 National Film Award for his work during his 50 year career. He was founder of Cuba's Cinematographic Art and Industry Institute. He is known for directing "Historia de un ballet (Suite Yoruba)," "Paginas del diario de Jose Martí" and ...

Nuestra Olimpiada en La Habana

Hombres de mal tiempo

La impresión de una Guerra Cilaos La bouche

La primera carga al machete

41. Pastor Vega

Director | Retrato de Teresa

Pastor Vega was born on February 12, 1940 in Havana, Cuba. He was a director and writer, known for Las profecías de Amanda (1999), Retrato de Teresa (1979) and Vidas paralelas (1993). From 1979 to 1990, Pastor Vega was the first Director of the Havana Film Festival (Festival Internacional del Nuevo...

¡Viva la República!

42. Manuel Herrera

Director | Zafiros, locura azul

Manuel Herrera is a director and writer, known for Zafiros, locura azul (1997), Bailando chachacha (2005) and No hay sábado sin sol (1980).


44. Mariano Llinás

Writer | Historias extraordinarias

Mariano Llinás was born in 1975 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is a writer and producer, known for Extraordinary Stories (2008), Paulina (2015) and Balnearios (2002).


45. Paz Encina

Director | Hamaca paraguaya

Paz Encina is a director and writer, known for Hamaca paraguaya (2006), Ejercicios de memoria (2016) and Río Paraguay Tercer movimiento (2010).

Ejercicios de memória

El auge del humano

47. Alejo Moguillansky

Editor | Castro

Alejo Moguillansky is an editor and director, known for Castro (2009), El loro y el cisne (2013) and La prisionera (2005).

Castro El loro y el cisne El escarabajo de oro

48. 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 ...

La ville des pirates Point de fuite Trois vies et une seule mort Généalogies d'un crime Combat d'amour en songe Le temps retrouvé. D'après l'ouvre de Marcel Proust Ce jour-là

49. Laura Citarella

Producer | La mujer de los perros

Laura Citarella is a producer and director, known for La mujer de los perros (2015), Ostende (2011) and Historias Breves 5 (2009).


50. Maria Barea

Director | Antuca

Hijas de la violencia

La soledad

La león

54. Yulene Olaizola

Director | Intimidades de Shakespeare y Víctor Hugo

Yulene Olaizola is a director and editor, known for Intimidades de Shakespeare y Víctor Hugo (2008), Paraísos artificiales (2011) and Fogo (2012).

Paraísos artificiales

55. Nele Wohlatz

Director | El futuro perfecto

Nele Wohlatz is a director and producer, known for El futuro perfecto (2016), Ricardo Bär (2013) and Novios del campo (2009).

El futuro perfecto

56. William Vega

Director | La sirga

William Vega is a director and writer, known for La sirga (2012), Sal (2018) and Simiente (2010).

La sirga

57. Israel Cárdenas

Cinematographer | Jean Gentil


58. Laura Amelia Guzmán

Producer | Jean Gentil

Laura Amelia Guzmán is a producer and director, known for Jean Gentil (2010), Cochochi (2007) and Dólares de arena (2014).


59. Esmir Filho

Writer | Os Famosos e os Duendes da Morte

Esmir Filho graduated from FAAP film school, São Paulo, in 2004. His first feature film "Os Famosos e os Duendes da Morte" (The Famous and the Dead), distributed in Brazil by Warner Bros, was the winner of the Rio Festival 2009; has been selected for Berlinale Generation 14+ and Locarno official ...

Os famosos e os duende da morte

60. Tatiana Huezo

Director | Tempestad

Tatiana Huezo is a cinematographer and director, known for Tempestad (2016), El lugar más pequeño (2011) and Ausencias (2015).


61. Niles Atallah

Director | Rey

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


Los decentes

63. 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 ...

Una Mujer Fantástica

El Sueño del Mara'akame

65. Ana Katz

Actress | El juego de la silla

Ana Katz was born on November 2, 1975 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is an actress and director, known for El juego de la silla (2002), Mi amiga del parque (2015) and Una novia errante (2007). She has been married to Daniel Hendler since 2007. They have two children.

Mi amiga del parque

66. Nicolás Echevarría

Director | Eco de la montaña

Nicolás Echevarría was born on August 8, 1947 in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico. He is a director and cinematographer, known for Eco de la montaña (2014), Cabeza de Vaca (1991) and Hikure-tame (1982).

Cabeza de Vaca

Kékszakállú Papirosen

68. João Moreira Salles

Director | Santiago

João Moreira Salles was born in 1962 in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is a director and producer, known for Santiago (2007), Nelson Freire (2003) and No Intenso Agora (2017). He was previously married to Branca Viana.

No Intenso Agora

69. Marcia Tambutti Allende

Director | Allende, mi abuelo Allende

Marcia Tambutti Allende is a director and writer, known for Beyond My Grandfather Allende (2015), Días de cine (1991) and Three Short Films About Chile (2011).

Allende, mi abuelo Allenede

70. Diego Lerman

Producer | Refugiado

Diego Lerman was born on March 24, 1976 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is a producer and director, known for Refugiado (2014), Una especie de familia (2017) and Suddenly (2002).


71. João Jardim

Editor | Pro Dia Nascer Feliz

João Jardim is an editor and director, known for Pro Dia Nascer Feliz (2005), Janela da Alma (2001) and Waste Land (2010). He is married to Carla Camurati. They have one child.

Waste Land