Here’s what just a few of our Directors to Watch from previous years have added to their credit and kudos lists.
Roger Kumble’s “Cruel Intentions” grossed more than $100 million worldwide and is doing big biz on video for Sony. He’s working on a second film for Columbia.
James Moll’s “The Last Days” won the documentary Academy Award in 1999.
Anand Tucker’s “Hilary and Jackie” was nominated for two acting Oscars, among prizes, and won two British Independent Film Awards (Bifas), one for Tucker’s direction. He’s partnered with “Hilary” producer Andy Paterson and scribe Frank Cottrell-Boyce to form Archer Street, which has a first-look production deal at Britain’s Film Four. Up next is the Eric Lomax story “Railwayman,” financed by Film Four and Intermedia.
Sasa Gedeon’s film “Return of the Idiot” was selected as the Czech Republic’s submission for foreign language film at this year’s Academy Awards. It rocked the Czech B.O. and picked up multiple awards on the fest circuit, including audience fave nods at a half-dozen fests.
Chris Smith’s “American Movie” is shortlisted for an Academy Award nomination for documentary film.
Alain Berliner, Belgian helmer of “Ma Vie en Rose,” wrapped “Passion of Mind” starring Demi Moore. Paramount Classics releases pic second quarter 2000.
Shane Meadows’ acclaimed “24:7” snared the Fipresci critics prize at the Venice Film Festival, among other fest prizes. The Brit’s next film, “A Room for Romeo Brass,” has already won praise on the fest circuit.
Brad Anderson will be back at Sundance this year with his “Happy Accidents,” one of the fest’s hotly anticipated and available pics. He’s also working on “When the Cat’s Away” for Miramax and remaking the 1940s thriller “The Seventh Victim” for RKO Pictures.
Alfonso Cuaron followed his “Little Princess” with Fox’s “Great Expectations” starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Ethan Hawke. He’s currently in production on Spanish-lingo pic “Y Tu Mama Tambien” in Mexico and has “Hart’s War” and “Runaway Jury” in development.
Mary Harron stuck it out with “American Psycho,” pre- and post-Leonardo DiCaprio, and finally got the pic made with British thesp Christian Bale. Pic preems at Sundance.
Michael Winterbottom, perhaps the most prolific of our alumni, has helmed at least a half-dozen pics since we chose him as one to watch three years ago. In ’99 his “Wonderland” (at Sundance this year) bowed in competition at Cannes and won best film at the Bifas. Next, he’s set to direct Western “Kingdom Come” for Pathe Pictures and United Artists, and he’s got a raft of projects lined up behind it.