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Debra Granik’s films — Down to the Bone, Stray Dog, Winter’s Bone,and Leave No Trace — interrogate conventional images of American white poverty with unparalleled empathy.
Guadagnino’s films tend to explore bodies and how people relate to each other’s bodies — through dance, romance, and desire — offering a totally sensory experience. We’ve gone deep on his three most recent films: Suspiria, Call Me by Your Name, A Bigger Splash.
Few directors have mastered the art of mise en scène and blocking like Andrew Haigh, who also regularly gets career best performances out of his actors. His work includes: Lean on Pete, 45 Years, Weekend, and Looking
Hogg specialises in scathing and unsettling depictions of the British upper middle class. Her work includes: Unrelated, Archipelago, Exhibition, and The Souvenir.
From Vera Drake to Happy-Go-Lucky, Naked to Mr. Turner, nobody creates a truly lived-in cinematic world like Mike Leigh. Discover Leigh’s unique process through interviews with the man himself and his key collaborators on Peterloo.
Lynne Ramsay’s features — Ratcatcher, Morvern Callar, We Need to Talk About Kevin, and You Were Never Really Here — centre on characters dealing with trauma by losing themselves in sensations, not language. We went deep on YWNRH.
From unconventional crime dramas (River of Grass and Night Moves), to odd couple buddy movies (Old Joy and First Cow), Reichardt’s modern westerns are melancholy odes to lonely American lives. Our next ebook will be dedicated to her films.
Seventh Row recently named Céline Sciamma’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire as one of the top 10 films of the 2010s; her earlier film, Tomboy, also appeared on our list of the 50 best films of the decade. The two leads of Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Adèle Haenel and Noémie Merlant, also made our list of the 50 best performances of the decade.
Since 2015, Seventh Row has been committed to becoming the best source for criticism on and information about the films of Joachim Trier, director of Thelma, Louder Than Bombs, Oslo August 31st, and Reprise.
With just three features under her belt (Augustine, Disorder, Proxima) writer-director Alice Winocour is already one of the most exciting new talents with great sensitivity to actors and sound design.
A Closer Look
Directors we’ve been keeping tabs; we’ve covered at least two of their films.
The Québécois writer-director of Nelly and Our Loved Ones has distinguished herself as one of Canada’s most exciting new voices.
The Vancouver filmmaker of Meditation Park and Ninth Floor is committed to chronicling the Canadian immigration experience and generating empathy for oft-overlooked characters.
The Finnish filmmaker behind Stupid Young Heart and Little Wing has quickly distinguished herself for her stories about adolescents, identity, and mental health.
One of the great documentary filmmakers ever, Wiseman’s observational films are intellectual delights and fascinating character studies. Recent films include: Monrovia Indiana, Ex Libris, In Jackson Heights, and National Gallery.
With just two features under her belt — The Rider and Songs My Brothers Taught Me — Zhao is one of the great American filmmakers dedicated to telling stories about masculinity and family, using non-actors.