Variety announces 10 directors to watch for 2023

Pop quiz: What do the filmmakers who won this year’s Sundance Grand Prix (Nikyatu Jusu, “Nanny”), had the Palme d’Or (Ruben Östlund, “The Triangle of Sadness”) and Best Oscar (Sian Heder, “CODA”) Do you have something in common?They are all veterans miscellaneous 10 directors watchlist – which also includes Taika Waititi, Chloé Zhao and Andrew Dominik among its alumni.

Now is the time to unveil the Class of 2023, which includes 10 mentors with current and future projects set to take their careers to the next level. The directors will be profiled in the first print of the new year, just in time for an event in their honor at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in early January.
The lineup represents a diverse mix of up-and-coming directors whose films — all first or second narrative features — either hit the festival circuit earlier this year or are scheduled to premiere in 2023.

Two films, “Saint Omar” by Alice Diop and “Joyland” by Saim Sadek, have been selected to represent their countries (France and Pakistan, respectively) in the Best International Feature Film category at the upcoming Academy Awards. Charlotte Wells’ “Aftersun” in Cannes and Elegance Bratton’s “The Inspection” in Toronto earned Gotham and Film Independent Spirit Award nominations.

Titles to look forward to in the new year include the directorial debut of Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria, “Flamin’ Hot,” an inspired (and irreverent) Searchlight remake about the man whose tongue-burning Cheetos recipe earned Frito Lay a fortune. Magazine Dreams by former CAA assistant Elijah Bynum underscores the promise of Timothée Chalamet’s debut “Hot Summer Nights” championship. In Bynum’s new film, set for a 2023 festival premiere, Jonathan Majors gives an unforgettable performance as a competitive bodybuilder with serious social anxiety.

Focus Features has produced Polite Society from British writer-director Nida Mansoor, a blockbuster thriller about a British-Pakistani teenager bent on sabotaging her older sister’s wedding. Also enriched by the cultural heritage of its leader is Jingyi Shao’s “Chang Can Dunk,” a Disney Studios production about a vertically challenged Chinese-American high school athlete who gets himself into trouble after betting he can hit the ball by the end of the season. .

In The Starling Girl, writer-director Laurel Parmett takes seriously the sexual vigilance of a Southern girl who grew up in a conservative, religious community. Things become difficult for her after she begins a relationship with her young sponsor. The feature shares some common elements with Maggie Bates’ Sundance debut of The Nun, “Novitiate”. Bates was selected for this year’s list on the basis of her sophomore film, the upcoming Amazon-produced drama “The Burial,” starring Jamie Foxx and Tommy Lee Jones.

The ten managers to watch are:

  • Maggie Bates (“The Burial”)
  • Elegance Bratton (“Inspection”)
  • Elijah Bynum (“Magazine Dreams”)
  • Alice Diop (“Saint Omar”)
  • Eva Longoria (“Flamin’ Hot”)
  • Perspective call (“polite society”)
  • Laurel Parmet (“The Starling Girl”)
  • Saim Sadiq (“Joyland”)
  • Jingyi Shao (“Chang Can Dunk”)
  • Charlotte Wells (“Aftersun”)

miscellaneous The 10 to Watch series spotlights emerging writers, actors, producers, directors, storyboarders, and cinematographers. Each of these lists is curated by a team of diverse Editors, critics and journalists.

Directors selected for this year’s list will be honored at a gala luncheon Jan. 6 at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, which resumes in-person screenings, commissions and parties in early January, after two editions affected by the COVID pandemic.

“It’s a pleasure to collaborate with her diverse “More than that, we are thrilled to welcome them to Palm Springs to kick off the festival year,” said PSIFF Artistic Director Lily Rodriguez.


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