Jos de Putter
Jos de Putter (Terneuzen, 1959) is a Dutch film director, film critic and screenwriter who primarily makes Dutch documentary films. He studied political science and literature at the University of Leiden, and was a member of the editorial staff of the film magazine Skrien. He has also worked on a number of Dutch television programs and has written film critique for various Dutch newspapers and magazines.
His documentaries have been shown at many film festivals, and his debut film, Het is een schone dag geweest, won the City of Utrecht Film Prize at the Dutch Film Festival. This documentary has been included in the Dutch Film Canon. He won the Joris Ivens Prize at the IDFA for Solo, de wet van de favela and the Teheran Film Festival Jury Prize for Nagasaki Stories. The Chicago International Documentary Film Festival featured a retrospective tribute to De Putter’s work in 2003.
De Putter played a part in the Heddy Honigmann film Tot ziens and ‘discovered’ the Brazilian footballer Leonardo Vitor Santiago, whom he cast as the star of Solo, de wet van de favela at the age of 11.