Hollywood 2022: Directors to Watch–Mariama Diallo, Master

Raiff: Cooper Raiff; Diallo: Nechama Leitner; Gyllenhaal: Gareth Cattermole

Since 1997, Variety has been selecting an annual list of 10 helmers who stand out from the crowd, breakthrough storytellers we expect to go far.

Past honorees have won major studio productions (Denis Villeneuve, Christopher Nolan), Oscars (Barry Jenkins, Steve McQueen) and even the Cannes Fest Palme d’Or (Ruben Östlund, and most recently, Titane director Julia Ducournau).

Of the emerging talents selected for this year’s list, five will premiere their first or latest features at the Sundance Film Fest later this month.

Another, French director Audrey Diwan, will screen her Venice-winning abortion drama, Happening, at the festival.

These 10 directors would have been honored in person at the Palm Springs Festival, which was cancelled due to the pandemic.