“Variety recognized No Time to Die maestro Cary Joji Fukunaga’s potential on the strength of his debut, Sin Nombre. Wes Anderson caught the publication’s eye with Bottle Rocket. And Red Rocket director Sean Baker made the cut the year Tangerine took Sundance by storm. Other distinguished alumni of Variety’s annual 10 Directors to Watch program include The Green Knight helmer David Lowery, Palme d’Or winner Julia Ducournau (Titane) and Bergman Island auteur Mia Hansen-Løve.
And now, on the strength of that track record, Variety announces 10 more helmers with sterling futures ahead: the class of 2022. It’s a decidedly forward-looking — and female-driven — group of visionaries this time around, spanning genres, languages and a wide variety of backgrounds.
Just two of the 10 directors are men. Only four of the films have already premiered to the world at large; the remaining six are set to bow at high-profile festivals in 2022. (The selection process relies on Variety editors screening dozens of new and upcoming features, and curating a mix of the most promising emerging talents from among those first and second films.)”