10 Foreign-Language Directors You Should Know

In celebration of the Cannes Film Festival, we highlight some of the top working foreign directors…

After Wednesday’s opening day festivities, the 2015 Cannes Film Festival is now fully underway, bringing cinephiles together at the mecca of auteur-driven world cinema. I therefore decided this would be the ideal time to shine a spotlight on some of world cinema’s most exciting working directors, including some of the names that will be involved in this year’s fest in various capacities.

Just like the actors, Hollywood has always had strong ties with foreign-born directors, including the likes of Frank Capra, Michael Curtiz and Mike Nichols. That tradition continues today, as you will notice that some of the directors on this list have already been courted to make their English language debuts. Whether they’ll be able to make a successful crossover remains to be seen. But based on their work so far, these 10 individuals are worth celebrating.

Click through below to read each profile and be sure to tell us some of your favorite foreign-language directors in the comment section.

Honorable Mention (featured above): Olivier Assayas (Carlos), Cate Shortland (Lore) and Gareth Evans (The Raid) are all worthy of this list, but they each have significant experience in English films.


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Written by Shane Slater

Shane is a passionate cinephile and Tomatometer-approved film critic residing in Kingston, Jamaica. When he's not watching or writing about film, he spends much of his time wishing he lived in a big city. Shane is an avid world traveler and loves attending film festivals. He is a member of the African-American Film Critics Association.

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