bong joon-ho filmmakers

Bong Joon-ho, ever the mensch, is using his powers for good. The filmmaker is on everyone’s mind right now thanks to his award-winning Parasite, but rather than rest on his laurels, Bong has decided to highlight 20 up-and-coming filmmakers. I can only imagine how amazing it must feel for these filmmakers to have their work highlighted by one of the best directors around right now. See the list below.

Bong Joon-ho took to the BFI website today to highlight 20 relatively new filmmakers, because he’s a really nice guy. ” I do not wish to summon these 20 directors for the sake of discussing the future of cinema,” Bong writes. “I simply wish to discuss the films they have already created (even though it may only be two or three films).”

As the subheader for the piece states, “To mark 20 years as a director, our guest editor Bong Joon Ho has chosen 20 emerging directors whose work he believes will be pivotal to the next 20 years.”

The list of filmmakers includes Midsommar‘s Ari AsterThe Lighthouse‘s Robert EggersLong Day’s Journey into Night‘s Bi GanAtlantics director Mati DiopSaint Maud filmmaker Rose Glass, Jordan Peele, and more.

Bong adds:

“So what can we expect to unfold over the next 20 years for the 20 directors listed here?…The compulsive visuals of Midsommar (2019), the pitch-black ocean that meets the quiet gaze of Asako I & II (2018), the beauty of The Lighthouse (2019) emitting black-and-white light beyond that ocean, the children’s endless chatter in Yoon Gaeun’s films, the astonishing cinematic miracle that is Happy as Lazzaro (2018). What future do these films suggest for their directors? One thing remains certain: they will continue to shoot films.”

You should head over to BFI for more info on all of these wonderful filmmakers, but here’s the list:

Ali Abbasi

Ari Aster

Bi Gan

Jayro Bustamante

Mati Diop

Robert Eggers

Rose Glass

Hamaguchi Ryusuke

Alma Har’el

Kirsten Johnson

Jennifer Kent

Oliver Laxe

Francis Lee

Pietro Marcello

David Robert Mitchell

Jordan Peele

Jennifer Reeder

Alice Rohrwacher

Yoon Gaeun

Chloé Zhao

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