10 Di­rec­tors to Watch

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Bradley Cooper heads up the list of up-and-com­ing helmers

Next time a high-pro­file fest pro­gram­mer or Hol­ly­wood exec tells you there aren’t enough great films from distaff di­rec­tors, call their bluff. In seek­ing fresh voices for our 22nd an­nual “10 Di­rec­tors to Watch” lineup, Va­ri­ety had no trou­ble find­ing tal­ented women, again. In pre­vi­ous years, the se­ries — which rec­og­nizes di­rec­tors of all kinds on the cusp of break­through — has spot­lighted the likes of Marielle Heller (“Can You Ever For­give Me?”) and Na­dine Labacki (“Caper­naum”).

Cross­ing the LineAli Ab­basi’s “Bor­der” im­pressed at Cannes, where the trans­gres­sive ro­mance won Un Cer­tain Re­gard.

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