February 26, 2020

What 20 Filmmakers Does Bong Joon-Ho Think Represent the Future of Film?

Bong Joon Ho
Who's going to be leading the charge in this new wave of cinema? 

After winning multiple Academy Awards, it was Bong Joon-ho's first inclination to hype his translator's new movie and put the spotlight on her.

So, we shouldn't be surprised that while speaking to Sight & Sound Magazine, Director Bong took the time to dish on a new crop of filmmakers that not only excite him but define the future of cinema.

Find out who the Parasite director highlighted down below.

What 20 Filmmakers Does Bong Joon-Ho Think Represent the Future of Film?

Director Bong served as a guest editor of the magazine and had this to say about the diverse set of names he pulled together in this list. "The year is 2020, a number that belongs to a sci-fi film in itself. I do not wish to summon these 20 directors for the sake of discussing the future of cinema. I simply wish to discuss the films they have already created (even though it may only be two or three films). But in the end, this inevitably concerns the future of cinema. Because, when we watched Wong Kar Wai’s second film Days of Being Wild (1990), we might have already dreamed of In the Mood for Love (2000) in our minds. Or… when we watched Blood Simple (1985) by the Coen brothers, we might have already been experiencing No Country for Old Men (2007), which would come two decades later. So what can we expect to unfold over the next 20 years for the 20 directors listed here?"

That's an incredible intro for this wonderful list of people. He then goes into detail on each one and talks about the projects they've done that he's thoroughly enjoyed. Check out Director Bong’s list below, and head over to the Sight & Sound website for more insight into 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

Don't see your name on the list? What steps can you make to ensure you're part of the new filmmaking revolution of the 2020s? 

For me, it's finishing more feature scripts, trying to become a trusted writer at the studio level, really work with people who make me better, always elevate my game, and set goals inside and out of Hollywood. 

What are other names you think deserve to be on this list? 

Let us know in the comments. 

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Trey Edward Shults should definitely be on that list. Especially for his work on Waves.

February 26, 2020 at 11:08AM

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Tom Ingwersen
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Parasite is a poor man's Get Out.

February 27, 2020 at 10:32AM

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Jake
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