List of Armenian film directors
Below is a list of well-known Armenian film directors
- Hamo Beknazarian (May 19, 1891 – April 27, 1965), pioneer of Armenian cinema: best known for "Namus" (1925).
- Sergei Paradjanov (January 9, 1924; July 20, 1990) was an Armenian film director born in Tbilisi, Georgia. His most famous works are Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1965) and The Color of Pomegranates (1969), one of the greatest masterpieces of the 20th century, a biography of the Armenian troubadour Sayat Nova written and directed by Paradjanov.
- Mikhail Vartanov (1937-2009), documentary filmmaker: best known film Parajanov: The Last Spring.
- Artavazd Peleshyan (b. 1938), documentary film director, best known film "Seasons of the Year" (1975).
- Gennadi Melkonian (1944–2002), film director, best known for "The Mulberry Tree" (1979).
- Rouben Mamoulian  (October 8, 1897 – December 4, 1987) was an Armenian-American film and theatre director. Born in Tbilisi, Georgia (ruled at that time by imperial Russia) to an Armenian family. He directed movies Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931), The Mark of Zorro (1940), Blood and Sand (1941).Oklahoma! (1943), Carousel (1945) and Lost in the Stars (1949). He directed the first three strip Technicolor film Becky Sharp (1935).
- Atom Egoyan (born July 19, 1960) is a critically acclaimed Armenian-Canadian film maker, known as one of the most remarkable figures of contemporary independent filmmaking. His work often explores themes of alienation and isolation, featuring characters whose interactions are mediated through technology, bureaucracy or other power structures, as Exotica (1994), The Sweet Hereafter (1997) and Ararat (2002). Egoyan was born Atom Yeghoyan in Cairo, Egypt, the son of Shushan (née Devletian) and Joseph Yeghoyan, artists who operated a furniture store. His parents were Armenian-Egyptians.
- Aram Avakian American film director & editor (born April 26, 1923) Editor: See it Now, Sin of Jesus, Mickey One, Lilith, Miracle Worker, etc. Director: Jazz on a Summers Day, End of the Road, 11 Harrowhouse, Cops and Robbers, etc.
- Anna Melikian (born February 8, 1976, Baku, Azerbaijani SSR, Soviet Union) is a Russian-Armenian film and TV director/ producer whose work has been recognized with several awards. After her participation at Sundance Film Festival she was listed in the TOP 10 of most perspective film directors by Variety magazine.
- Robert Guédiguian (born 3 December 1953 in Marseille) is a film director, actor, screenwriter and producer. Like Marcel Pagnol and René Allio before him, he anchors his films in social reality, flirting with militancy. His films are strongly marked by the local and regional environment of the city of Marseille, and in particular L'Estaque, (north-west Marseille), for example in Marius et Jeannette (1997). He directed the movies Marie-Jo et ses 2 amours (Marie-Jo And Her 2 Loves) (2002), Le Promeneur du Champ de Mars (The Last Mitterrand) (2005), Le Voyage en Arménie (Journey to Armenia) (2006) and The Army of Crime (2009).
- Hughes Brothers (born April 1, 1972) is the collective name for American twin brothers and film directors, producers and writers Albert and Allen Hughes. They are known for co-directing such visceral, and often violent, movies as Menace II Society and From Hell. Raised by their Armenian mother, Aida, they often talk about their Armenian background as a great support structure for their earliest film work, which began when they were 12.
- Deran Sarafian (born January 17, 1958) is an Armenian American actor, film and television director. Sarafian has directed several episodes of the Fox series House and was made a co-executive producer of the show for the 2007/08 season. He also directed a Season 2 Lost episode, titled ?, and has directed for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, Cold Case, The District, Without a Trace, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Nash Bridges.
- Richard C. Sarafian (born 28 April 1930) is an Armenian American TV and film director. He is most popular for his film Vanishing Point (1971). He is the father of: Richard Sarafian Jr., Tedi Sarafian, Damon B. Sarafian, and Deran Sarafian.
- Francis Veber is a French film director of Armenian and Jewish heritage. He is the father of author Sophie-Audouin Mamikonian, who is Pretender to the Throne of Armenia. He directed extremely popular comedies such as Le Jouet (The Toy), starring Pierre Richard, Michel Bouquet, Fabrice Greco (1976), La Chèvre (Knock on Wood), starring Gérard Depardieu, Pierre Richard (1981), Le Dîner de Cons (The Dinner Game), starring Thierry Lhermitte, Jacques Villeret (1998), Le placard (The Closet), starring Daniel Auteuil, Gérard Depardieu (2000) and La Doublure (The Valet), starring Gad Elmaleh, Alice Taglioni, Daniel Auteuil, Dany Boon, Virginie Ledoyen, Kristin Scott Thomas (2006).
- Mushegh Sarvarian (February 15, 1910 - August 13, 1981) was an Armenian-Iranian film director.
- Ovanes Ohanian (October 1896 - 1960) was an Armenian-Iranian, was a filmmaker, inventor, founder, doctor, scientist with PhD in medicine, film, science and languages.
- Robert Ekhart (1935 - 1994) was an Armenian-Iranian, film director, and Editor-in-chief.
- Aramais Aghamalian (born 1953), was an Armenian-Iranian Film director, and Editor.
- Varuzh Karim-Masihi (March 24, 1952), was an Armenian-Iranian playwright and filmmaker.
- Samuel Khachikian (October 21, 1923 - October 22, 2001), was an Armenian-Iranian Film director, Screenwriter, Author, and Film editor.
- Henri Verneuil (October 15, 1920 - January 11, 2002), was a French-Armenian playwright and filmmaker.
- Armenian cinema
- Sergei Parajanov Archived 2015-04-24 at the Wayback Machine.
- Mikhail Vartanov
- Artavazd Peleshyan
- Gennadi Melkonian
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- Egoyan at IMDB
- "Book of Eli" Directors Talk About Their Heritage Archived 2011-09-29 at the Wayback Machine.
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- Armenians And Iranian Cinema. Tehran: Film Museum Of Iran. Summer 2004. p. 92. ISBN 964-6728-44-8.
- Janet D. Lazarian (2003). Encyclopedia of Iranian Armenians. Tehran: Hirmand Publisher. p. 415. ISBN 964-6974-50-3.
- Abbas Milani (2008). "Eminent Persians". Syracuse, N.Y. pp. 1002–1006.