- 1. Feature film debut in year 2000 or later;
2. At least one tier 10 movie;
3. At least two movies in tier 9 or 10.
For me, the only directors fulfilling these requirements are:
- 1. Asghar Farhadi (Tier 10: A Separation. Tier 9: About Elly; The Past).
2. Bertrand Bonello (Tier 10: Tiresia. Tier 9: House of Tolerance).
I think that's it.
Other directors making their feature film debut in the 21st century and who, based on what they've done so far, conceivably have the potential to become great are:
- Ken Lonergan;
Altogether that's ten. Some of these have movies coming out this year: Bonello (Paris est une fête); Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea); Nichols (Midnight Special); Mungiu (Family Photos). These are definitely four films worth looking forward to, and may help to give a clearer picture of where some of these directors are going.
Of the directors listed above, those with the greatest potential are, I think, Farhadi, Bonello and Lonergan, maybe Nichols, but my ultimate feeling is that, even though they are a very skilful group of filmmakers, I'm not quite convinced that any of these ten will end up becoming truly great. In my view, we are still waiting.