Variety Names 10 Directors to Watch for 2016

barry jenkins moonlight
Courtesy of A24

Twentieth anniversary edition of Variety's talent-seeking 10 Directors to Watch series to be celebrated at Palm Springs Intl. Film Festival on Jan. 3.

Variety has selected its 10 Directors to Watch for 2016, marking the 20th anniversary of a talent-spotlighting effort that identified such directors as Christopher Nolan, Wes Anderson, Alfonso Cuaron, Alejandro Gonzáles Iñárritu, and Taika Waititi long before they were household names.

This year’s list brings together up-and-coming feature helmers from all corners of the industry: domestic and international, narrative and documentary, directing everything from heartwarming to horror fare. The directors range from breakthrough indie voice Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight”) to Indian director Ritesh Batra (who makes his English-language debut with “The Sense of an Ending”). What all 10 have in common (technically 11, as the list includes a pair of siblings) is a clear vision, distinct voice, and thrilling potential to revolutionize the business in his or her own way.

The lineup includes six debut features, including a couple that have yet to make their festival debuts: Geremy Jasper’s “Patti Cake$” and “The Tribes of Palos Verdes,” from brothers and accomplished commercials directors Emmett and Brendan Malloy. Julia Ducournau’s shocking “Raw” made its mind-blowing bow in Cannes, while stage veteran William Oldroyd premiered his “Lady Macbeth” in Toronto.

The 10 Directors to Watch are:

  • Maren Ade (“Toni Erdmann”)
  • Ritesh Batra (“The Sense of an Ending”)
  • Otto Bell (“The Eagle Huntress”)
  • Julia Ducournau (“Raw”)
  • Geremy Jasper (“Patti Cake$”)
  • Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight”)
  • Emmett & Brendan Malloy (“The Tribes of Palos Verdes”)
  • Kleber Mendonça Filho (“Aquarius”)
  • William Oldroyd (“Lady Macbeth”)
  • David Sandberg (“Lights Out”)

The directors will be profiled in a special standalone issue of Variety on Jan. 3, the same day they will be honored in person at the Palm Springs Film Festival.

Variety’s 10 to Watch series spotlights emerging writers, actors, producers, directors, comics and cinematographers. The honorees are selected by a team of Variety editors, critics, and reporters.

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 1

Leave a Reply

1 Comment

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

  1. Dmitry says:

    In what universe Taika Waititi is a household name?

More Film News from Variety

Loading