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Film: Six Directors to Watch -October 2008

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Who

Laurent Cantet, French director of the moody psychodrama Heading South (2005).

Next Up

The Class: New York Film Festival (September 26–October 12); in theaters in December.

Why You Should Watch

Set in a tough Parisian school, it took the Palme d’Or at Cannes.

Who

Ari Folman, Israeli director of the offbeat teen romance Clara Hakedosha (1996).

Next Up

Waltz with Bashir, in theaters December 26.

Why You Should Watch

The director explores his amnesia about fighting in Lebanon for the Israeli Army in this intense, animated documentary.

Who

Matteo Garrone, Italian director of the sexy dark comedy The Embalmer (2002).

Next Up

Gomorra: AFI Fest in Los Angeles (October 30–November 9); in theaters late this year.

Why You Should Watch

The hard-hitting Cannes Grand Prix winner delves into Neapolitan mafiosi—but without the usual gangster glamour.

Who

Tomas Alfredson, Swedish director of Four Shades of Brown (2004), four takes on Swedish fatherhood.

Next Up

Let the Right One In, in theaters October 24.

Why You Should Watch

This coming-of-age tale—complete with Swedish vampires—is bizarrely successful, in the vein of Pan’s Labyrinth.

Who

Philippe Claudel, author of the novel Grey Souls (2003).

Next Up

I’ve Loved You So Long, in theaters October 24.

Why You Should Watch

It was a huge hit in France; Kristin Scott Thomas plays an ex-convict in a drama exploring modern French relationships.

Who

Nacho Vigalondo, Spanish director of the Oscar-nominated short 7:35 in the Morning.

Next Up

Timecrimes, in theaters in December.

Why You Should Watch

This thriller about a time machine in the Spanish countryside will bend your mind, in a good way.

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