Famous Swiss Directors

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Jean-Luc Godard
(Film Director and a Pioneer of the 1960s 'French New Wave' Film Movement)
Jean-Luc Godard
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Birthdate: December 3, 1930
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 13, 2022

The Paris-born French-Swiss director and screenwriter had the reputation of adding new dimensions to filmmaking with his experimentation, a trend which came to be known as the French New Wave. The director of acclaimed films like Breathless, My Life to Live and Pierrot le Fou, Jean-Luc Godard was married to actress Anna Karina. He is regarded as an all-time great director.

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Sean Hepburn Ferrer
(Film Producer)
Sean Hepburn Ferrer
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Birthdate: July 17, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lucerne

Sean Hepburn Ferrer is an American author and film producer who has worked on films, such as Inchon and Blood In Blood Out. Also known for his charity work, Sean established the Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund a year after Audrey Hepburn's death. In 2020, he published a children's book, with the proceeds benefitting the European Organisation for Rare Diseases.

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Maximilian Schell
(Actor Best Known for His Film "Judgment at Nuremberg")
Maximilian Schell
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Birthdate: December 8, 1930
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: February 1, 2014

Maximilian Schell was an Austrian-born Swiss actor who won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Hans Rolfe in the 1961 courtroom drama film, Judgment at Nuremberg. Remembered for his versatility, Schell received the Golden Globe Award for playing Vladimir Lenin in the 1992 TV film, Stalin. A multi-talented personality, Schell was also an accomplished conductor and pianist.

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Marc Forster
(Swiss Filmmaker)
Marc Forster
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Birthdate: November 30, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Illertissen, Germany

Marc Forster is a Swiss filmmaker best known for directing popular and critically acclaimed films like Monster's Ball, Stranger than Fiction, Quantum of Solace, and The Kite Runner. Over the course of his career, Marc Forster has received nominations for prestigious awards like the BAFTA Award for Best Direction and Golden Globe Award for Best Director. 

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Baran bo Odar
(German Television and Film Director and Screenwriter)
Baran bo Odar
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Birthdate: April 18, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Olten, Switzerland

Baran bo Odar is a German screenwriter and film and television director. He is best known for directing the 2014 German techno-thriller film Who Am I, which received a German Film Award nomination for Best Screenplay and Best Fiction Feature Film in 2015. Baran bo Odar has also directed popular TV series like Dark and 1899. 

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Vincent Perez
(Swiss Actor, Photographer, and Director)
Vincent Perez
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Birthdate: June 10, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lausanne, Switzerland

Vincent Perez is a Swiss actor, photographer, and director. He is best known for playing important roles in films like The Crow: City of Angels and Queen of the Damned. Vincent Perez has also played prominent roles in many French films, receiving César Award nominations on a couple of occasions.

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James Thiérrée
(Circus performer)
James Thiérrée
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Birthdate: May 2, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lausanne, Switzerland

Born to circus-owner parents, James Thiérrée began performing on stage at age 4. He later stepped into theater and films and gained international fame with his César Award-winning portrayal of George Foottit in the film Chocolat. He is also the grandson of legendary comedian and filmmaker Charlie Chaplin.

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Anne-Marie Miéville
(Swiss Filmmaker, Screenwriter, and Editor)
Anne-Marie Miéville
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Birthdate: November 11, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lausanne, Switzerland

Anne-Marie Miéville is a Swiss filmmaker, screenwriter, and editor. After starting her career as a photographer, Miéville went on to establish herself as a film and TV director. In one of its editions, Sight & Sound magazine called Anne-Marie Miéville a hugely important multimedia artist.

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Yves Rénier
(French Actor, Screenwriter, Director, and Voice Actor)
Yves Rénier
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Birthdate: September 29, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Berne, Switzerland

Yves Rénier was a French actor, screenwriter, director, and voice actor. He is best remembered for his portrayal of Commissioner Jean-Paul Moulin in the long running TV series, Commissaire Moulin. Over the course of his career, Yves Rénier also voiced important characters in the French dubbed version of popular American films.

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Yaël Boon
(French–Swiss Actress, Screenwriter, Film Producer, and Director)
Yaël Boon
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Birthdate: June 23, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paris, France

Yaël Boon is a French–Swiss actress, screenwriter, film producer, and director. She is best known for appearing in several popular French language films, such as Supercondriaque and Welcome to the Sticks. In 2010, Yaël Boon also achieved popularity as a writer for her work in the Franco-Belgian comedy film Nothing to Declare.

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Dani Levy
(Swiss Filmmaker, Screenwriter, Actor, and Theatrical Director)
Dani Levy
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Birthdate: November 17, 1957
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Basel, Switzerland

Dani Levy is a Swiss filmmaker, screenwriter, actor, and theatrical director. He is credited with directing critically acclaimed films like Stille Nacht and Mein Führer – Die wirklich wahrste Wahrheit über Adolf Hitler. Dani Levy is also credited with co-founding a German production company named X Filme Creative Pool.

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Eugeniusz Bodo
(Film Producer, Director and One of the Most Famous Polish Comedians and Actors of the Interwar Period)
Eugeniusz Bodo
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Birthdate: December 28, 1899
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: possibly in Geneva, Switzerland
Died: October 7, 1943

Eugeniusz Bodo was a film producer and director. He was also one of the most famous Polish comedians and actors of the interwar period. He played important roles in some of the most famous Polish movies of the 1930s. Also renowned for his singing skills, Eugeniusz Bodo became a star of Polish musical comedy.

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Luc Bondy
(Film director, Screenwriter, Intendant, Librettist, Writer, Director, Film actor)
Luc Bondy
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Birthdate: July 17, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Zürich
Died: November 28, 2015

The son of a literary critic and the grandson of a writer, Luc Bondy was initially trained by stage actor and mime artist Jacques Lecoq. He later soared to fame as a director and producer of plays, films, and operas such as Die Ortliebschen Frauen and Tosca.

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Lukas Ammann
(Swiss Actor Who Played the Title Role in the Popular German TV Series 'Graf Yoster')
Lukas Ammann
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Birthdate: September 29, 1912
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Basel, Switzerland
Died: May 3, 2017

Lukas Ammann was a Swiss actor best remembered for his contribution to Swiss and German film and TV industries. He achieved immense popularity for his portrayal of the title role in the popular German TV series, Graf Yoster. Lukas Ammann is also remembered for playing the lead role of Wilhelm Faller in a TV series named Die Fallers– Eine Schwarzwaldfamilie.

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Curt Goetz
(Actor, Film Director and One of the Best German Comedy Writers of His Generation)
Curt Goetz
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Birthdate: November 17, 1888
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Switzerland
Died: September 11, 1960

Curt Goetz was a Swiss German actor, film director, and writer. Widely considered one of the best German comedy writers of his generation, Goetz is also known for appearing in his own plays alongside his wife Valérie von Martens. In addition to writing plays, Curt Goetz also wrote novels and autobiographies.

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Max Haufler
(Film actor)
Max Haufler
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Birthdate: June 4, 1910
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Basel, Switzerland
Died: June 25, 1965

Remembered as the first Swiss actor to make it big in Hollywood, Max Haufler was initially trained as a painter. Known for his iconic roles such as those of Barbarossa in Hinter den sieben Gleisen, he also turned to direction. Failing to raise money for an ambitious project, he eventually hung himself.

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Sigfrit Steiner
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Birthdate: October 31, 1906
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Basel, Switzerland
Died: March 21, 1988