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Bran­don Cro­nen­berg is not the only child of a great di­rec­tor to have sat be­hind the mega­phone. Here are five more cur­rently at work.


Though nei­ther Some­where nor Marie An­tionette was en­tirely sat­is­fac­tory, Fran­cis Ford Cop­pola’s only daugh­ter is still cur­rently more bank­able than her distin­guished dad. Lost in Trans­la­tion and The Vir­gin Sui­cides re­main key films from the turn of the cen­tury. Still hip­per than the hippest hip­ster.


Ivan Reit­man scored huge hits with Ghost­busters and Twins. Ja­son man­aged Os­car nods with two of his first four pic­tures: Juno and Up in the Air. Cur­rently di­rect­ing Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin in an adap­ta­tion of Joyce May­nard’s La­bor Day. His off-cen­tre Young Adult was some­what un­fairly ma­ligned.


David Lynch’s daugh­ter has en­joyed (or en­dured) one of Hol­ly­wood’s odder ca­reers. Box­ing He­lena, her poorly re­ceived 1993 de­but, ul­ti­mately pro­pelled Kim Basinger, who backed out of the star­ring role, into bank­ruptcy. It took an­other 15 years for the char­ac­ter­is­tic Lynchian mad­ness to con­tinue with Sur­veil­lance (aw­ful), Hisss (barely re­leased) and last year’s Chained (worth a glance).


John Cas­savetes is un­ques­tion­ably one of the most in­flu­en­tial of all Amer­i­can direc­tors. But the great re­al­ist never had a smash as a big as his son’s ir­re­sistibly lachry­mose The Note­book. Since that 2004 film swelled cinemas, Nick has di­rected Al­pha Dog, a funky crime drama star­ring Justin Tim­ber­lake, and the very soppy My Sis­ter’s Keeper. Also an ac­tor.


Af­ter train­ing as a land­scape gar­dener, Goro was even­tu­ally lured back to the fam­ily busi­ness to help out dad, the im­per­ish­able Ja­panese an­i­ma­tor Hayao Miyazaki. His first film for Stu­dio Ghi­bli was the in­dif­fer­ently re­ceived Tales of Earth­sea. His fol­low-up, From Up on Poppy Hill, was, how­ever, lauded on its Ja­panese re­lease and is set to re­ceive an in­ter­na­tional out­ing later this year.

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