Variety has chosen its 10 Directors to Watch for 2015, selecting cinematic storytellers who hail from corners as far removed as Australia and Argentina, representing a diverse mix of genres and visions, but all of whom are expected to go on to great things in Hollywood and abroad.
Study the group and you’ll find a total of 12 names listed, as two of the entries are actually tandem talents: brother-sister pair Shlomi and Ronit Elkabetz, who helmed Israel’s official foreign-language Oscar submission, and indie duo Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, friends who met while interning for Ridley Scott’s commercial company.
The 10 Directors to Watch are:
- Sean Baker (“Tangerine”)
- Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead (“Spring”)
- Ava DuVernay (“Selma”)
- Shlomi Elkabetz & Ronit Elkabetz (“Gett, the Trial of Viviane Amsalem”)
- Jeremy Garelick (“The Wedding Ringer”)
- Dan Gilroy (“Nightcrawler”)
- Marielle Heller (“Diary of a Teenage Girl”)
- Ruben Ostlund (“Force Majeure”)
- Damian Szifron (“Wild Tales”)
- Leigh Whannell (“Insidious: Chapter 3”)
The directors will be profiled at length in a special standalone issue of Variety appearing Jan. 2, timed to the Palm Springs Film Festival, where several of the films are expected to screen. Those in attendance will be feted at a brunch on Jan. 4 at the Parker Palm Springs.
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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 on the basis of the films indicated above, all but two of which are still forthcoming on American screens.
Directors who have appeared on the 10 to Watch list in years past include Alfonso Cuaron (from “A Little Princess” to “Gravity”), Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (“Amores Perros,” “Birdman”), Andrey Zvyagintsev (“The Return,” “Leviathan”), Christopher Nolan (“Memento,” “Interstellar”) and noviate Dan Gilroy’s older brother Tony (“Michael Clayton”).