Superprime directors The Malloys have been honored in the 20th anniversary edition of Variety’s 10 Directors to Watch talent-spotting series. In previous years, the publication has identified the work of Christopher Nolan, Wes Anderson, Alfonso Cuaron, and Alejandro Gonzáles Iñárritu long before they were critically-acclaimed household names.
The brothers Emmett and Brendan Malloy, already accomplished commercial directors, are being celebrated for their highly-anticipated debut feature The Tribes of Palos Verdes. The coming-of-age film, based on the novel by Joy Nicholson, sees young Medina attempt to surf her way to happiness when her idyllic Palos Verdes home turns volatile.
Variety editors, critics, and reporters hand-picked the up-and-coming filmmakers. “This year’s list brings together up-and-coming feature helmers from all corners of the industry: domestic and international, narrative and documentary, directing everything from heartwarming to horror fare,” they announced. “What all 10 have in common (technically 11, as the list includes a pair of siblings) is a clear vision, distinct voice, and thrilling potential to revolutionize the business in his or her own way.”
All 11 directors will be celebrated at Palm Springs International Film Festival alongside fellow emerging writers, actors, producers, comics and cinematographers. The Malloys will also be profiled in a special standalone issue of Variety out January 2017.