Legendary Hollywood actor Robert Redford announced recently that he was going to retire once he completes the two projects that he is working on, one of which is helmed by Indian filmmaker Ritesh Batra. Called “Our Souls at Night,” the film, which brings together Redford and Jane Fonda after nearly four decades, is an adaptation of the Kent Haruf novel of the same name.
So it should not come as a surprise that Variety picked the Mumbai-based filmmaker, best known for directing the 2012 breakout “The Lunchbox,” starring Nimrat Kaur and Irrfan Khan, as one among the ‘10 Directors to Watch for 2016.’ What all these directors have in common, Variety notes, is a “clear vision, distinct voice, and thrilling potential to revolutionize the business in his or her own way.”
Marking the 20th anniversary of a talent-spotlighting effort that identified directors such as Christopher Nolan, Wes Anderson, Alfonso Cuaron, Alejandro Gonzáles Iñárritu, and Taika Waititi long before they were household names, this year’s list, Variety explains, “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.”
Batra recently finished filming his English-language debut “The Sense of an Ending,” starring celebrated British actors Emily Mortimer, Michelle Dockery and Oscar-winning actor Jim Broadbent.
The honorees are selected by a team of Variety editors, critics, and reporters. The directors will be profiled in a special standalone issue of Variety Jan. 3, the same day they will be honored in person at the Palm Springs Film Festival.
Meanwhile, “Our Souls at Night” kicked off its principal photography in Colorado Sept. 12. The novel “Our Souls at Night” is a poignant love story, which revolves around two neighbors in a small town who have lost their respective spouses, and who seek to establish a romantic connection.