Variety Announces 10 Directors to Watch for 2023

The lineup represents a diverse mix of up-and-coming directors whose films — all first or second narrative features — distinguished themselves earlier this year on the festival circuit or else are set to premiere in 2023. Two of the films, Alice Diop’s “Saint Omer” and Saim Sadiq’s “Joyland” were selected to represent their home countries (France and Pakistan, respectively) in the best international feature category at the upcoming Academy Awards. Cannes discovery “Aftersun,” directed by Charlotte Wells, and Toronto breakout “The Inspection” from Elegance Bratton, have already racked up nominations from the Gotham and Film Independent Spirit Awards.

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