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COMING SOON 5 DIRECTORS YOU NEED TO KNOW 1. Ben Wheatley - Kill List, Sightseers, A Field In England Moving steadily from one grim project to an- other, the Essex-born director has been at- tracting a cult movement of fans to his small but brilliant collection of black comedies and violent thrillers. His films are disturbingly dark, boldly experimental and undeniably British. High Rise is Wheatley's next project, scheduled for release later this year. 2. Gus Van Sant - Good Will Hunting, Ele- phant, Milk The twice Oscar-nominated film-maker is still known by relatively few, though his ability to capture beauty and humanity in his characters has proved hugely successful on numerous oc- casions now. From his popularity within the in- die film circle to huge, mainstream success with some top actors, Van Sant's catalogue contains some absolute gems. 3. Jean-Pierre Jeunet & Marc Caro - Delicates- sen, The City Of Lost Children, Amelie Surreal, stylistic, absurd. Manipulating sound and image in exciting new ways, the French collaborators created dark, grotesque worlds that were both unsettling and enchanting at once. Jeunet later shifted his vision to a bright- er disposition in order to direct Amelie, though the surrealist qualities of the duo's earlier films prevailed and remain influential today. 4. Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris - Little Miss Sunshine, Ruby Sparks Following years of video direction for bands including R.E.M., The Smashing Pumpkins and Red Hot Chili Peppers, the husband-and-wife team smashed their debut feature film Little Miss Sunshine; a beautiful drama-comedy that garnered Best Picture nominations at the Academy Awards, BAFTAs and Golden Globes. Brilliant indie directors with much to come. 5. Spike Jonze - Being John Malkovich, Where The Wild Things Are, Her Most people will now be aware of the former Jackass producer's talents, since his poetically written screenplay for Her won at the Oscars this year. The writer/actor/director likes to take on unusual and ambitious projects and almost always succeeds, with the perfect combination of charm, wit and heart to make you fall in love with his films. We all know the big names of modern cinema; Spielberg, Scorsese, Tarantino and the rest. But it's the underdogs that really throw out some of the most interesting work. Here are five you may or may not know, but definitely should. Under the Skin April 4th: An alien seductress (Scar- lett Johansson) preys upon hitchhikers in Scotland. The storyline revolves around an alien disguised as a mesmerising woman who snares human prey on re- mote highways and other desolate spots with her voracious sexuality. Over time, she begins to change her thinking about humans and finds herself on a col- lision course with her own kind. St. Vincent De Van Nuys April 11th: In the wake of his parents' di- vorce, a 12-year old boy forms an unlikely friendship with the misanthropic retiree living next door. A war veteran, interpreted by Bill Murray, whose life mainly consists of drinking, gambling and prostitutes. But the elder soon becomes an unlikely men- tor. Transcendence April 17th: Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intel- ligence, working to create a sentient machine that com- bines the collective intel- ligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. From seek- ing knowledge, Caster will end up looking for power. More @ 7 39 Issue 61 / 2014 FILM

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