Latin American and Carribean Directorsby mrc-meneghin | created - 10 Jun 2014 | updated - 16 hours ago | Public
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
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 and video art. They won a huge number of ...
Cidade de Deus The Constant Gardner
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 Foreign Land (1995). He is married to Maria Klabin. They have one child.
Abril Despedaçado Diarios de motocicleta On the Road
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 espinazo del Diablo El laberinto del fauno Crimson Peak The Shape of Water
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
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
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
Writer | La montaña sagrada
Alejandro Jodorowsky was born in Iquique, Chile on February 17, 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...
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 Dead King (1995), which garnered several awards in the international film festival circuit. From 1995 to...
La Ciénaga Zama
Writer | La jaula de oro
Born in the iberian peninsula. He has lived in the American continent for over two decades. Nationalized Mexican. His first job in the film industry was in Ken Loach's film Land and Freedom. His graduation film at the American Film Institute (AFI) as writer/director/DoP, A Table is a Table, won the...
La Jaula de Oro
12. Damián Szifron
Writer | Relatos salvajes
13. Lisandro Alonso
Director | La libertad
Writer | Güeros
15. Ciro Guerra
Director | El abrazo de la serpiente
El Abrazo de la Serpiente Pájaros de verano
16. Alê Abreu
Director | O Menino e o Mundo
O Menino e o Mundo
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 ...
La muerte de un burócrata Memorias del subdesarrollo La última cena Fresa y chocolate
18. Jayro Bustamante
Writer | La llorona
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 for the Light (2010), The Southern Cross (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 La cordillera de los sueños
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
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 ...
23. Pablo Trapero
Producer | 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...
Director | Bacurau
Kleber Mendonça Filho was born in 1968 in Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil. He is a director and writer, known for Bacurau (2019), Aquarius (2016) and Neighboring Sounds (2012). He is married to Emilie Lesclaux. They have two children.
O Som ao Redor Bacurau
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 The Young Rebel (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 | I Am Not Your Negro
Assistance Mortelle Meurtre à Pacot I'm not Your Negro
28. Jorge Sanjinés
Director | Yawar Mallku
Sanjines made his first feature film, And So It Is (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 ...
Yawar Mallku El coraje del pueblo
29. Claudia Llosa
Director | La teta asustada
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. He is married to Natalia López.
Post tenebras lux
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 ...
32. Euzhan Palcy
Director | Rue cases nègres
Rue cases nègres
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
34. Sara Gómez
Director | De cierta manera
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, Tuesday 13th (1968) and El sueño del pongo (1970). He died on May 20, 1998 in Havana, Cuba.
Ciclón Now! Cerro Pelado LBJ Hasta la victoria siempre Hanoi, martes 13 79 primaveras ¿Cómo, por qué y para qué se asesina a un general? El tigre saltó y mató, pero morirá... morirá... El nuevo tango Mi hermano Fidel
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
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
44. Mariano Llinás
Writer | Historias extraordinarias
45. Paz Encina
Director | Hamaca paraguaya
Ejercicios de memória
Editor | Castro
Castro El loro y el cisne El escarabajo de oro La vendedora de fósforos
48. Raoul Ruiz
Director | Les trois couronnes du matelot
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
54. Yulene Olaizola
Director | Intimidades de Shakespeare y Víctor Hugo
55. Nele Wohlatz
Director | El futuro perfecto
El futuro perfecto
56. William Vega
Director | La sirga
57. Israel Cárdenas
Editor | Jean Gentil
Producer | Jean Gentil
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
61. Niles Atallah
Director | Rey
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
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 Musical Chairs (2002), My Friend from the Park (2015) and A Stray Girlfriend (2007). She has been married to Daniel Hendler since 2007. They have two children.
Mi amiga del parque
Director | Eco de la montaña
Cabeza de Vaca
67. Gastón Solnicki
Producer | Süden
Director | Nelson Freire
João Moreira Salles was born in 1962 in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is a director and producer, known for Nelson Freire (2003), Santiago (2007) and No Intenso Agora (2017). He was previously married to Branca Viana.
No Intenso Agora
Director | Allende, mi abuelo Allende
Allende, mi abuelo Allenede
70. Diego Lerman
Producer | Una especie de familia
71. João Jardim
Director | Janela da Alma
73. Vladimir Durán
Actor | Adiós entusiasmo
He was born in Bogota, Colombia. He studied Anthropology at the University of Montreal, Filmmaking at Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires, and Acting and Actors Directing with Marketa Kimbrell, Nora Moseinco and Claudio Tolcachir. His first film "Soy tan Feliz" has been nominated for the Short ...
74. Perry Henzell
Director | The Harder They Come
Perry Henzell was born on March 7, 1936 in Port Maria, St. Mary, Jamaica as Maxwell Perry Henzell. He was a director and writer, known for The Harder They Come (1972), No Place Like Home: Redux (2019) and No Place Like Home (2006). He was married to Sally Densham. He died on November 30, 2006 in ...
The Harder they Come
75. Cristina Gallego
Producer | Pájaros de verano
El abrazo de la serpiente Pájaros de verano
77. Pablo Mazzolo
Director | Oaxaca Tohoku
78. Amat Escalante
Director | Heli
Amat Escalante was born on February 28, 1979 in Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain as Amat Escalante Wool. He is a director and writer, known for Heli (2013), The Untamed (2016) and Los bastardos (2008).
Heli La región salvaje
79. Maria Ramos
Director | O Processo
Maria Augusta Ramos was born in Brasília, DF. Brazil in 1964. Graduated in Music at UNB University (Brazil), she moved to Paris, where she completed her studies in Musicology and Electroacoustic Music at the Groupe de Recherche Musicale (Radio France) and later in London (City University). In 1990,...
81. Pablo Giorgelli
Director | Las acacias
83. Marco Dutra
Writer | As Boas Maneiras
Marco Dutra's fairy tale inspired feature film Good Manners won the prestigious Silver Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival in 2017. This genre-bending feature marks his latest collaboration with longtime creative partner Juliana Rojas. Past projects with Rojas include The White Sheet (Cannes ...
84. Juliana Rojas
Writer | As Boas Maneiras
87. Leandro Listorti
Producer | Los jóvenes muertos
La película infinita
88. Federico Veiroj
Director | Belmonte
La vida útil
Director | Sol negro
Sol negro La libertad
90. Hector Babenco
Director | Carandiru
Hector Babenco was born on February 7, 1946 in Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina as Héctor Eduardo Babenco. He was a director and writer, known for Carandiru (2003), Pixote (1981) and Lucio Flavio (1977). He was married to Bárbara Paz, Raquel Arnaud and Xuxa Lopes. He died on July 13, 2016 in ...
91. Óscar Catacora
Director | Winaypacha
92. Nuria Ibañez
Director | Una Corriente Salvaje
Una corriente salvaj
Cinematographer | Chuva É Cantoria Na Aldeia Dos Mortos
Chuva é Cantoria na Aldeia dos Mortos
94. Karim Aïnouz
Director | O Céu de Suely
Karim Aïnouz is a film director and visual artist.
His most recent feature, Praia do Futuro, premiered at the 64th Berlinale Competition in February 2014. Cathedrals of Culture, a 3D film project about the soul of buildings which features Aïnouz as one of the directors and Wim Wenders as executive ...
Central Airport THF
97. Nicolás Richat
Cinematographer | Frontera Invisible
98. Julia Bacha
Director | Budrus
Naila and the Uprising