10 Best New Filmmakers 2010

Sunday, January 23 by Irving Oala

It's hard to say exactly who the 10 best new filmmakers of 2010 are, as many of the great directors of 2010 have been directing for years and are now finally getting notoriety for their talents as film directors. Young directors who have made films which garner the attention of organizations like Phaidon and other noteworthy national critics, take the honor of being the best new directors of the year, though it may not stick if their next films are duds.

  1. Derek Ciafrance: Previously a TV documentary director, Ciafrance made waves at Sundance and in the Indie world with this year's "Blue Valentine" starring Ryan Gosling and Michele Williams.
  2. Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarck: The German director who directed the Academy Award winning foreign masterpiece "The Lives of Others" may be a rising star, though his latest, mediocre studio effort "The Tourist" may be a bit out of his wheelhouse.
  3. Davis Guggenheim: "An Inconvenient Truth" was really just Al Gore giving a lecture, but 2010's documentary "Waiting for Superman" proves Guggenheim actually has directing chops, not just the ability to put a subject on stage and shoot him.
  4. Debra Granik: "Winter's Bone" was a solid, chilling story about the Deep South and kind of came out of nowhere on the independent film scene. It will be interesting to see what this virtually first-time director produces in the future.
  5. Jake Scott: Ridley Scott's son has directing brilliance in his genes and his latest, under-appreciated "Welcome to the Riley's" is the first real sign of it turning into something great.
  6. Duncan Jones: Son of David Bowie, Jones' "Moon" was a sleeper science fiction film of 2009. His studio version of "Source Code" looks equally as good, only with a bigger cast, bigger budget and real promotion behind it.
  7. Rodrigo Cortes: Latin directors have a knack for dramatic grit and grimness like no one else working in film right now and first-timer Cortes is no different, with his "Buried" being one of the more interesting films in 2010.
  8. David Michod: The Aussie version of "The Departed" had a bit more fanfare then it actually deserved, but first-time feature director Michod clearly has the chops to do epic dramas in his bright future.
  9. Nash Edgerton: His first feature "The Square" was definitely the best Aussie import this year, but Edgerton has already developed a style all his own. Just watch his short film "Spider" and you will understand.
  10. Lena Dunham: "Tiny Furniture" is a raw Indie narrative with a new tone of humor and Dunham, who directed, wrote and stars in the quirky little film, seems to have some real raw talent. Again, the sophomore film is the real test of directing longevity.

 

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