Directors Who Won 3 or 2 Different Main Prizes in Major European Film Festivalsby ehzon | created - 4 months ago | updated - 4 months ago | Public
This list includes Winners of Palme d'Or , Goldener Bär (Best Feature Film) and Leone d'Oro in "Big Three European Film Festivals". Cannes Film Festival Berlin International Film Festival Venice Film Festival
Writer | Blowup
Michelangelo Antonioni was born in 1912 into a middle-class family and grew up in bourgeois surroundings of the Italian province. In Bologna he studied economics and commerce while he painted and also wrote criticism for a local newspaper. In 1939 he went to Rome and worked for the journal "Cinema"...
La notte (1961) - Goldener Bär Il deserto rosso (1964) - Leone d'Oro Blowup (1966-7) - Palme d'Or
Director | Gosford Park
Robert Altman was born on February 20th, 1925 in Kansas City, Missouri, to B.C. (an insurance salesman) and Helen Altman. He entered St. Peters Catholic school at the age six, and spent a short time at a Catholic high school. From there, he went to Rockhurst High School. It was then that he started...
MASH (1970) - Palme d'Or Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson (1976) - Goldener Bär Short Cuts (1993) - Leone d'Oro
Writer | Le salaire de la peur
Beginning his film career as a screenwriter, Henri-Georges Clouzot switched over to directing and in 1943 had the distinction of having his film Le Corbeau (1943) banned by both the German forces occupying France and the Free French forces fighting them, but for different reasons. He shot to ...
Manon (1949) - Leone d'Oro Le salaire de la peur (1953) - Palme d'Or & Goldener Bär
4. Ang Lee
Director | Wo hu cang long
Born in 1954 in Pingtung, Taiwan, Ang Lee has become one of today's greatest contemporary filmmakers. Ang graduated from the National Taiwan College of Arts in 1975 and then came to the U.S. to receive a B.F.A. Degree in Theatre/Theater Direction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, ...
Xi yan (1993) - Goldener Bär Sense and Sensibility (1995-6) - Goldener Bär Brokeback Mountain (2005) - Leone d'Oro Se, jie (2007) - Leone d'Oro
5. Louis Malle
Director | Au revoir les enfants
Louis Malle, the descendant of a French nobleman who made a fortune in beet sugar during the Napoleonic Wars, created films that explored life and its meaning. Malle's family discouraged his early interest in film but, in 1950, allowed him to enter the Institute of Advanced Cinematographic Studies ...
Le monde du silence (1956) - Palme d'Or Atlantic City, USA (1980) - Leone d'Oro Au revoir les enfants (1987) - Leone d'Oro
Writer | Il n'y a pas de fumée sans feu
André Cayatte (b.1909 in Carcassonne, Aude, France) was a lawyer turned novelist and journalist, then screenwriter in 1938, after which he became a film director in 1942. He was known in France from the 1940s to the 1970s for uncompromising films examining the complex ethical and political ...
Justice est faite (1950-1) - Palme d'Or & Goldener Bär Le passage du Rhin (1960) - Palme d'Or
7. Yimou Zhang
Director | Ying xiong
Hong gao liang (1987-8) - Goldener Bär Qiu Ju da guan si (1992) - Leone d'Oro Yi ge dou bu neng shao (1999) - Leone d'Oro
Director | Die mißbrauchten Liebesbriefe
Leopold Lindtberg was born on June 1, 1902 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary as Leopold Lemberger. He was a director and writer, known for Die mißbrauchten Liebesbriefe (1940), The Village (1953) and The Last Chance (1945). He was married to Valeska Hirsch. He died on April 18, 1984 in Sils im ...
Die letzte Chance (1945-6) - Palme d'Or Die Vier im Jeep (1951) - Goldener Bär
Writer | Paisà
The master filmmaker Roberto Rossellini, as one of the creators of neo-realism, is one of the most influential directors of all time. His neo-realist films influenced France's nouvelle vague movement in the 1950s and '60s that changed the face of international cinema. He also influenced American ...
Roma città aperta (1945-6) - Palme d'Or Il generale Della Rovere (1959) - Leone d'Oro
10. David Lean
Director | Lawrence of Arabia
An important British filmmaker, David Lean was born in Croydon on March 25, 1908 and brought up in a strict Quaker family (ironically, as a child he wasn't allowed to go to the movies). During the 1920s, he briefly considered the possibility of becoming an accountant like his father before finding ...
Brief Encounter (1945-6) - Palme d'Or Hobson's Choice (1954) - Goldener Bär
11. Vittorio De Sica
Director | Ladri di biciclette
Vittorio De Sica grew up in Naples, and started out as an office clerk in order to raise money to support his poor family. He was increasingly drawn towards acting, and made his screen debut while still in his teens, joining a stage company in 1923. By the late 1920s he was a successful matinee ...
Il giardino dei Finzi Contini (1970-1) - Goldener Bär Miracolo a Milano (1951) - Palme d'Or
12. Luis Buñuel
Writer | Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie
The father of cinematic Surrealism and one of the most original directors in the history of the film medium, Luis Buñuel was given a strict Jesuit education (which sowed the seeds of his obsession with both religion and subversive behavior), and subsequently moved to Madrid to study at the ...
Viridiana (1961) - Palme d'Or Belle de jour (1967) - Leone d'Oro
13. Akira Kurosawa
Writer | Ran
After training as a painter (he storyboards his films as full-scale paintings), Kurosawa entered the film industry in 1936 as an assistant director, eventually making his directorial debut with Sanshiro Sugata (1943). Within a few years, Kurosawa had achieved sufficient stature to allow him greater...
Rashômon (1950-1) - Leone d'Oro Kagemusha (1980) - Palme d'Or
14. Roman Polanski
Actor | Chinatown
Roman Polanski is a Polish film director, producer, writer and actor. Having made films in Poland, Britain, France and the USA, he is considered one of the few truly international filmmakers. Roman Polanski was born in Paris in 1933.
His parents returned to Poland from France in 1936, three years ...
Cul-de-sac (1966) - Goldener Bär The Pianist (2002) - Palme d'Or
15. Jean-Luc Godard
Director | Pierrot le Fou
Jean-Luc Godard was born in Paris on December 3, 1930, the second of four children in a bourgeois Franco-Swiss family. His father was a doctor who owned a private clinic, and his mother came from a preeminent family of Swiss bankers. During World War II Godard became a naturalized citizen of ...
Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution (1965) - Goldener Bär Prénom Carmen (1983) - Leone d'Oro
16. Jafar Panahi
Director | Taxi
Jafar Panahi (Born 11 July 1960) is an Iranian film director, screenwriter, and film editor, commonly identified with the Iranian New Wave film movement. After several years of making short films and working as an assistant director for fellow Iranian film-maker Abbas Kiarostami, Panahi achieved ...
Dayereh (2000) - Leone d'Oro Taxi (2015) - Goldener Bär
17. 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 Thin Red Line (1998-9) - Goldener Bär The Tree of Life (2011) - Palme d'Or
18. Mike Leigh
Director | Secrets & Lies
Mike Leigh was born on February 20, 1943 in Salford, Greater Manchester, England. He is a director and writer, known for Secrets & Lies (1996), Happy-Go-Lucky (2008) and Another Year (2010). He was previously married to Alison Steadman.
Secrets & Lies (1996) - Palme d'Or Vera Drake (2004) - Leone d'Oro
19. Luchino Visconti
Writer | Rocco e i suoi fratelli
Luchino Visconti was born on November 2, 1906 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy as Luchino Visconti di Modrone. He was a writer and director, known for Rocco and His Brothers (1960), Death in Venice (1971) and Le Notti Bianche (1957). He died on March 17, 1976 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.
Il gattopardo (1963) - Palme d'Or Vaghe stelle dell'Orsa... (1965) - Leone d'Oro
Writer | Romeo and Juliet
Renato Castellani was born on September 4, 1913 in Finale Ligure, Liguria, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for Romeo and Juliet (1954), Two Cents Worth of Hope (1952) and Sotto il sole di Roma (1948). He died on December 28, 1985 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.
Due soldi di speranza (1952) - Palme d'Or Romeo and Juliet (1954) - Leone d'Oro
21. Vittorio Taviani
Director | La notte di San Lorenzo
Vittorio Taviani studied law 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 Paolo, he made his first feature in 1962. The brothers have continued to work together ever ...
Padre padrone (1977) - Palme d'Or Cesare deve morire (2012) - Goldener Bär
22. 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 ...
Padre padrone (1977) - Palme d'Or Cesare deve morire (2012) - Goldener Bär
23. Francesco Rosi
Writer | Cadaveri eccellenti
Francesco Rosi was born on November 15, 1922 in Naples, Campania, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for Illustrious Corpses (1976), Salvatore Giuliano (1962) and La sfida (1958). He was married to Giancarla Mandelli. He died on January 10, 2015 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.
Le mani sulla città (1963) - Leone d'Oro Il caso Mattei (1972) - Palme d'Or
24. Satyajit Ray
Writer | Pather Panchali
Satyajit Ray was born in Calcutta on May 2, 1921. His father, Late Sukumar Ray was an eminent poet and writer in the history of Bengali literature. In 1940, after receiving his degree in science and economics from Calcutta University, he attended Tagore's Viswa-Bharati University. His first movie ...
Aparajito (1956) - Palme d'Or Ashani Sanket (1973) - Goldener Bär
25. John Cassavetes
Actor | Love Streams
John Cassavetes was a Greek-American actor, film director, and screenwriter. He is considered a pioneer of American independent film, as he often financed his own films.
Cassavetes was born in New York City in 1929 to Nicholas John Cassavetes and his wife, Katherine Demetre (1906-1983). Nicholas was...
Gloria (1980) - Leone d'Oro Love Streams (1984) - Goldener Bär
26. 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 ...
Der Stand der Dinge (1982) - Leone d'Oro Paris, Texas (1984) - Palme d'Or
Director | Missing
Costa-Gavras was born on February 12, 1933 in Loutra-Iraias, Greece as Konstantinos Gavras. He is a director and writer, known for Missing (1982), Amen. (2002) and Z (1969). He has been married to Michèle Ray-Gavras since 1968. They have two children.
Missing (1982) - Palme d'Or Music Box (1989-90) - Goldener Bär
28. Ermanno Olmi
Director | L'albero degli zoccoli
Ermanno Olmi was born on July 24, 1931 in Bergamo, Lombardy, Italy. He was a director and writer, known for The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978), The Legend of the Holy Drinker (1988) and The Profession of Arms (2001). He was married to Loredana Detto. He died on May 5, 2018 in Asiago, Veneto, Italy.
L'albero degli zoccoli (1978) - Palme d'Or La leggenda del santo bevitore (1988) - Leone d'Oro