Variety has named its 10 Directors to Watch in 2018. The emerging filmmakers will be recognized at a brunch at the Palm Springs International Film Festival on January 3. Four women made the cut: Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”), Chloé Zhao (“The Rider”), Augustine Frizzell (“Never Goin’ Back”), and Claire McCarthy (“Ophelia”).
Gerwig made her solo directorial debut with “Lady Bird,” a comedy about a high school senior (Saoirse Ronan) who is desperate to get out of Sacramento and has a contentious relationship with her mother (Laurie Metcalf). The Indie Spirit Award-nominated film recently unseated “Toy Story 2” as the best-reviewed film ever. Last week Gerwig was named Best Director by the National Board of Review and The New York Film Critics Circle awarded “Lady Bird” the title of Best Film. It’s currently playing in theaters.