Take 100 is an unprecedented compendium of the most promising emerging film directors from around the world. We asked the artistic directors of ten prestigious film festivals to each nominate ten of the best emerging film directors working today. The result: an exceptional look at global contemporary filmmaking. The 100 featured directors have all recently come to international attention for their contribution to cinema and represent countries as diverse as China, Israel, Mexico, Algeria, India, Romania, and Canada. The festival directors-curators include: Cameron Bailey and Piers Handling (Toronto); Trevor Groth (Sundance); Dong-Ho Kim (Pusan); Cheuk-to Li (Hong Kong); Frédéric Maire (Locarno); Marco Müller (Venice); Christoph Terhechte (Berlin); Azize Tan (Istanbul); and Sergio Wolf (Buenos Aires).
Whether you are a film professional or a casual movie-goer, Take 100 will guide you through today's must-see films and directors not to miss. Some of the directors and their films will be well-known – Sarah Polley (Away from Her), Ari Folman (Waltz with Bashir), Carlos Reygadas (Silent Light), Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (The Lives of Others) – and others are just beginning to burst onto the scene – Gianfranco Rossi (Below Sea Level), So Yong Kim (In Between Days), Takahashi Izumi (The Soup, One Morning). Take 100 is a must-have for anyone who loves film and wants to be the first to know who are the newest directors to watch, and what are the films making the biggest impact in the world of film today.
Arranged alphabetically by director, the book explores the work of each director through the close analysis of one key film featured on two spreads, providing the reader with detailed information about each film and its author through film stills, on-set photographs, posters, and an original essay written by the nominating curator. Ranging in genres from drama to crime to documentary to animation, from big-budget studio films to one-man productions, the selected films are a cross-section of the most promising and daring cinematographic creations from around the globe. Additionally, each curator discusses one classic film which has influenced contemporary cinema, accompanied by a still from the film.
The directors and films featured in Take 100 are pushing the boundaries in the field of filmmaking - whether through exploring taboo subject matter, inventing new animation technology, or combining an intelligent drama with a classic horror flick – these are films you won't want to miss, made by directors you'll be hearing about for years to come.