Directors German-speaking

by angeliki_spatki | created - 06 Jan 2014 | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public

German speaking - living in Germany or elswhere, directors

1. Josef von Sternberg

Director | The Devil Is a Woman

Josef von Sternberg split his childhood between Vienna and New York City. His father, a former soldier in the Austro-Hungarian army, could not support his family in either city; Sternberg remembered him only as "an enormously strong man who often used his strength on me." Forced by poverty to drop ...

2. Max Ophüls

Director | La ronde

Director Max Ophüls was born Max Oppenheimer in Saarbrücken, Germany. He began his career as a stage actor and director in the golden twenties. He worked in cities such as Stuttgart, Dortmund, Wuppertal, Vienna, Frankfurt, Breslau and Berlin. In 1929 his son Marcel Ophüls was born in Frankfurt, ...

3. Fritz Lang

Actor | Le mépris

Fritz Lang was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1890. His father managed a construction company. His mother, Pauline Schlesinger, was Jewish but converted to Catholicism when Lang was ten. After high school, he enrolled briefly at the Technische Hochschule Wien and then started to train as a painter. ...

Metropolis 1927, Fury (Νέμεσις) 1936 - AT

4. Michael Curtiz

Director | Casablanca

Curtiz began acting in and then directing films in his native Hungary in 1912. After WWI, he continued his filmmaking career in Austria and Germany and into the early 1920s when he directed films in other countries in Europe. Moving to the US in 1926, he started making films in Hollywood for Warner...

Casablanca 1942, King Creole (Ο Βασιλιάς του Ροκ) 1958, staring Elvis Presley - Budapest HU

5. Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Writer | Faustrecht der Freiheit

Above all, Rainer Werner Fassbinder was a rebel whose life and art was marked by gross contradiction. Openly homosexual, he married twice; one of his wives acted in his films and the other served as his editor. Accused variously by detractors of being anticommunist, male chauvinist, antiSemitic and...

Veronica Voss 1982, Marriage of Maria Brawn 1979, The bitter tears of Petra von Kant 1972, The Merchant of four Seasons 1971, Katzelmacher (The Greek Neighbor) 1969, watch Trailer - Prominent creator, founder of the so-called "New-German Cinema", lightened-up the lives of marginal or problematic people - things consisting also, his own impasses 1945 - 1982 DE

6. Helmut Käutner

Director | Der Hauptmann von Köpenick

Helmut Käutner was born on March 25, 1908 in Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany as Paul Günther Helmut Käutner. He was a director and writer, known for The Captain from Köpenick (1956), The Last Bridge (1954) and The Rest Is Silence (1959). He was married to Erica Balqué. He died on ...

Mon Petit (Monpti) 1956 DE

7. Wim Wenders

Director | Der Himmel über Berlin

Wim Wenders is an Oscar-nominated German filmmaker who was born Ernst Wilhelm Wenders on August 14, 1945 in Düsseldorf, which then was located in the British Occupation Zone of what became the Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Federal Republic of Germany, known colloquially as West Germany until ...

Land of Plenty ('06), "Paris, Texas" ('09), Wings of Love (Τα φτερά του έρωτα) - DE

8. Michael Haneke

Writer | Caché

A true master of his craft, Michael Haneke is one of the greatest film artists working today and one who challenges his viewers each year and work goes by, with films that reflect real portions of life in realistic, disturbing and unforgettable ways. One of the most genuine filmmakers of the world ...

"Amour" (2012), "The White Ribbon" (2009), "Caché" 2005, "La Pianiste" 2001 - DE

9. Volker Schlöndorff

Director | Die Blechtrommel

Has studied economy and political sciences as well as at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinematographique (IDHEC) in Paris, France. Worked as an assistant director with Louis Malle, Jean-Pierre Melville and Alain Resnais. Founded his own production company Bioskop Film together with Reinhard Hauff ...

Diplomacy (Η νύχτα πριν πέσει το Παρίσι) 2014, The Legend of Rita 2000, The Death of a Salesman 1985, The lost honor of Katharina Blum 1975, Die Blechtrommel (Το Ταμπούρλο), La Mer a l' Aube (Calm at Sea) 2017 - DE

10. Oliver Hirschbiegel

Director | Das Experiment

Born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1957. In his teens he left high school and worked as a cooker in a boat.

Then he studied painting and graphism in the Academy of arts in Hamburg where he also started experimenting with video and photography. Those experimental movies attracted the attention of some ...

Downfall (Hitler's last days) 2004 DE

11. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Director | Das Leben der Anderen

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck was born on May 2, 1973 in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany as Florian Maria Georg Christian Graf Henckel von Donnersmarck. He is a director and writer, known for The Lives of Others (2006), The Tourist (2010) and Never Look Away (2018). He is married to ...

The Tourist 2010, The Lives of Others ('06) #52, Top#250 - Cologne, North-Rhine, Westphalia DE

12. Joel Schumacher

Director | The Phantom of the Opera

Joel Schumacher was born on August 29, 1939 in New York City, New York, USA as Joel T. Schumacher. He is a director and writer, known for The Phantom of the Opera (2004), Batman & Robin (1997) and 8MM (1999).

13. Robert Schwentke

Director | RED

Robert Schwentke was born in 1968 in Stuttgart, Germany. He is a director and writer, known for RED (2010), The Captain (2017) and R.I.P.D. (2013).

14. Bruce Beresford

Director | 'Breaker' Morant

Bruce Beresford was born in Australia and graduated from Sydney University in 1962. He served as Film Officer for the British Film Institute Production Board from 1966-1971 and as a Film Advisor to the Arts Council of Great Britain. Beresford has also directed several operas including Girl Of The ...

Mao's Last Dancer 2009 (The life of Chinese dancer Li Cunxin) - Sydney AT

15. Tom Tykwer

Composer | Lola rennt

Director, writer, producer and composer Tom Tykwer was born in 1965 in Wuppertal, Germany. He showed an interest in film-making from childhood, making super 8 films from the age of 11. Among his first jobs was working at a local art-house cinema. Tykwer eventually relocated to Berlin, first working...

Heaven 2002 DE

16. Fatih Akin

Director | Gegen die Wand

Fatih Akin was born in 1973 in Hamburg of Turkish parentage. He began studying Visual Communications at Hamburg's College of Fine Arts in 1994. His collaboration with Wueste Film also dates from this time. In 1995, he wrote and directed his first short feature, "Sensin - You're The One!" ("Sensin -...

Tschick (Βερολίνο, αντίο) 2016, The Edge of Heaven 2007, Head-On 2004 - TR (orig.), DE

17. Marc Forster

Producer | World War Z

Marc Forster is a German-born filmmaker and screenwriter. He is best known for directing the films Monster's Ball (2001), Finding Neverland (2004), Stay (2005), Stranger than Fiction (2006), The Kite Runner (2007), Quantum of Solace (2008), and World War Z (2013).

His breakthrough film was Monster's...

Monster's Ball 2001, The Kite Runner 2007 - Illertissen, Bavaria DE

18. Dominik Moll

Director | Harry, un ami qui vous veut du bien

Dominik Moll was born on May 7, 1962 in Bühl, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. He is a director, known for With a Friend Like Harry... (2000), Only the Animals (2019) and The Tunnel (2013).

19. Til Schweiger

Actor | Inglourious Basterds

Actor, producer, writer, and director Til Schweiger is Germany's best-known actor and also the country's most successful director. With more than 51 Million admissions no other German filmmaker drew more people to cinemas. He runs his own production company Barefoot Films based in Berlin, Germany.

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20. Sandra Nettelbeck

Writer | Bella Martha

Sandra Nettelbeck was born on April 4, 1966 in Hamburg, Germany. She is a writer and director, known for Mostly Martha (2001), Last Love (2013) and No Reservations (2007).

21. Christian Petzold

Director | Phoenix

Christian Petzold was born in Hilden in 1960. After studying German and Drama at the Freie Universität Berlin, he enrolled in Berlin's German Academy for Film and Television (DFFB). There he studied film direction while at same time working as an assistant director to Harun Farocki and Hartmut ...

Tansit 2018, Barbara 2015, Phoenix Το τραγούδι του Φοίνικα (Ταυτοπροσωπία) 2014 DE

22. Sebastian Schipper

Director | Victoria

Sebastian Schipper was born on May 8, 1968 in Hannover, Germany. He is an actor and director, known for Victoria (2015), Roads (2019) and The English Patient (1996).

23. Paul Verhoeven

Director | Zwartboek

Paul Verhoeven graduated from the University of Leiden, with a degree in math and physics. He entered the Royal Netherlands Navy, where he began his film career by making documentaries for the Navy and later for TV. In 1969, he directed the popular Dutch TV series, Floris (1969), about a medieval ...

Elle 2016 NL

24. Leander Haußmann

Director | Sonnenallee

Leander Haußmann was born on June 26, 1959 in Quedlinburg, German Democratic Republic. He is an actor and director, known for Sun Alley (1999), Berlin Blues (2003) and Hotel Lux (2011).

Kabale und Liebe 2012 TV movie

25. Felix van Groeningen

Director | The Broken Circle Breakdown

Felix van Groeningen was born in 1977 in Gent, Flanders, Belgium. He is a director and writer, known for The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012), Beautiful Boy (2018) and The Misfortunates (2009).

Belgica Gent - Flanders (Γάνδη) BE

26. George Mendeluk

Director | Bitter Harvest

George Mendeluk was born on March 20, 1948 in Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany. He is a director and writer, known for Bitter Harvest (2017), Night Heat (1985) and Stone Cold Dead (1979).

Bitter Harvest (The Ukrains fight against Bolshevicks circa 1930) 2017 DE

27. Jessica Hausner

Writer | Little Joe

Jessica Hausner was born on October 6, 1972 in Vienna, Austria. She is a writer and director, known for Little Joe (2019), Lourdes (2009) and Lovely Rita (2001).

Amour Fou 2017 AT

28. Maria Schrader

Actress | Aimée & Jaguar

Maria Schrader was born on September 27, 1965 in Hannover, Germany. She is an actress and director, known for Aimee & Jaguar (1999), Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe (2016) and Nobody Loves Me (1994).

29. Florian Gallenberger

Director | Quiero ser (I want to be...)

Florian Gallenberger was born in 1972 in Munich, Germany. His first film experience was as a child actor. He studied philosophy before he went to Munich Film School HFF where he made several award winning live action short films. He won a Student Academy Award and an Academy Award for his ...

Colonia (F. loc. Chile) 2015

30. Thomas Stuber

Director | In den Gängen

Thomas Stuber was born in Leipzig in 1981. After graduating from high school, he completed a number of different internships and assistantships in the film industry. Starting in 2002, he worked on several film and TV productions as a script/continuity supervisor and director's assistant. From 2004 ...

31. Michael Herbig

Actor | Der Schuh des Manitu

Michael 'Bully' Herbig studied photography and is well known in the German comedy scene as a writer, director and producer. In addition to his morning radio show 'Langemann und die Morgencrew' from 1992 to 1995, he also made 800 episodes of the comedy radio show 'Die Bayern Cops'. He has appeared ...

Baloon 2017

32. Margarethe von Trotta

Director | Die bleierne Zeit

Margarethe von Trotta was born in Berlin in 1942. In the 1960s she moved to Paris where she worked for film collectives, collaborating on scripts and co-directing short films. She also pursued an acclaimed acting career, starring in films by well known German directors such as Rainer Werner ...

33. Werner Herzog

Director | Fitzcarraldo

Director. Writer. Producer. Actor. Poet. He studied history, literature and theatre for some time, but didn't finish it and founded instead his own film production company in 1963. Later in his life, Herzog also staged several operas in Bayreuth, Germany, and at the Milan Scala in Italy. Herzog has...

Salt and Fire 2016 (F. loc. South America), Queen of the desert 2015 (The life of Gertrude Bell, F. loc. Morocco) DE

34. Gregor Schnitzler

Director | Was tun, wenn's brennt?

Gregor Schnitzler was born in 1964 in Berlin, Germany. He is a director and cinematographer, known for What to Do in Case of Fire (2001), The Cloud (2006) and Gaming Instinct (2013).

Bauhaus 2019



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