There are quite a few film makers that have made immense contributions to the art of cinema. But some of them were never recognised during their lives and some died in the middle of their prospering careers. Some of them died doing what they loved –filmmaking — while some died due to drug abuse or a long illness. Some were already great and some were tracing their paths. But the one thing that every one of these directors had in common was vision and passion for movies. Here is the list of the great directors who died early in their careers.
12. Larisa Sheptiko (6 January, 1938 – 2 June, 1979)
She is one of the very women directors of Ukraine, who got some amount of recognition outside her country for her brilliant work. She started of as a cinematographer and had developed techniques to capture the shadow lights in fight sequences. Eventually she got into directing. It was her perspective as a cinematographer that added a dimension to her directing skills. And these skills are evident in her movie ‘Wings’. This movie got her some serious recognition. She became an established director after this movie was appreciated all over the country. But it was the movie ‘The Ascent’ that got her recognition worldwide. Also, she won her first Golden Bear award at the Berlin International Film Festival of 1977 for ‘The Ascent’. Her beautiful career was cut short by her death in a car accident which she suffered while searching for a location for her next movie.
11. Juan Pablo Rebella (1 January ,1974 – 5 July , 2006)
Juan was a director and an artist from Uruguay. But his movies were very different from his contemporaries. He with his childhood friend Pablo Stoll came into the limelight with his feature film ’25 Watts’ and exactly like the title, the movie was thrilling and electrifying. It had some scenes that were not necessarily action packed but still had enormous energy. Juan made that possible with his great hand-held camera work and his eye for editing. He could empower any dull scene and make it a live wire on-screen. His movie ‘Whisky’ garnered a great response at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival and also got him the Regard Original Award. He was brimming with promise until all that came to an end with his untimely death. He shot himself at the age of 32.