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Being a cinephile can be very challenging, as there are so many movies out there that it can be hard to track them. This is why we must be informed about the filmmakers making the most of the world’s wide selection.

Park Chan-wook

South Korea has a lot of great cinematic works to its credit, many of which were directed by Park Chan-wook. If you’re a fan of Squid Game and All of Us Are Dead, then you owe Park a vast debt. His 2003 film Oldboy is regarded as one of the most influential movies. The violent story of a man’s brutal quest for revenge has been a significant factor that has attracted western audiences to the country.

One of the essential factors that South Korean cinema has to offer is the balance between the various tones. Park Chan-wook’s movies can go from frightening to depressing and feature some of the most awkward and funny scenes.

Unlike some directors who have made great movies, such as Eli Roth, Park doesn’t come across as a mean-spirited individual. His films often feature characters with a psychosexual relationship with violence and bloodlust.

Roy Andersson

The blurb for Roy Andersson’s latest film, About Endlessness, describes it as a “magnificent kaleidoscope of the human condition.” His most famous works reflect a somber march toward the grave. 

Although he’s not related to Wes Anderson, Roy Andersson’s films are still very quirky. His most popular works, such as Songs From the Second Floor and You, feature heavily in the pastel colors of green and blue, which are used to create vignettes that are representative of the quiet sadness and mundanity of life.

In his movies, the characters are often referred to as pale versions of the zombies in George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead. Roy Andersson’s style is similar to that of Barry Lyndon, an absurdist artist inspired by the works of Andy Warhol and Marc Chagall. Despite being mainly a director of commercials, his unique style has made an enormous splash.

Alejandro Jodorowsky

One of the most important qualities people have to consider when it comes to art is the fine line between genius and madness. For 60 years, Jodorowsky has been able to create some of the most absurd and crazy movies that have ever been made. If you’re a foreign film fan, you will want to see more of Jodorowsky’s work.

His most popular works, such as El Topo and The Holy Mountain, are very different from what’s typically seen in mainstream movies. They explore the relationship between existentialism and religion. Despite the autobiographical nature of some of his recent films, such as The Dance of Reality, his work remains unapologetically absurd.

Michael Haneke

Unlike other directors, such as Wes Anderson, Michael Haneke is not widely accessible. He has made his career out of intentionally disappointing and challenging experiences that people can’t help but take in. His most famous works are long, comprehensive takes with omniscient quality. One of his favorite movies is Salo. This is because he was fascinated with young people’s cruelty and pathological youth.

Haneke doesn’t hold your hand and expects you to figure out what he’s saying for yourself. Despite the long, slow, and frustrating nature of his films, they can still be inspiring if you’re in the right mindset. He is the only Austrian director to receive multiple Palm D’or awards. His 2012 film Amour was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

One of Haneke’s most notable English-language films is Funny Games, a rare English-language remake of his 1997 film. If you’re a fan of his work, you will want to check out this movie.