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As a proud Virginian," says Scott Cooper, "I've always been drawn to telling stories."
At last year's Cannes Film Festival, Mia Hansen-Love's "Father of My Children" won a Special Jury Prize in Un Certain Regard, bolstering her reputation as one of France's leading young filmmakers.
Directors Peter Jackson, Clint Eastwood and the Coen brothers all hold Academy Awards, but not just for helming their movies -- they're also Oscar-winning producers.
Scandinavia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, you name it -- Hollywood doesn't discriminate in its search for new talent.
The brothers' latest, "A Serious Man," is perhaps their most personal film in a decade.
With just three features, Jason Reitman has gone from indie wunderkind to breakthrough sensation.
Danish filmmaker Lone Scherfig has no interest in the "auteur" label.