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Wilson in Variety’s Top Ten 'Directors To Watch'
14 Dec 2010 :
Juanita Wilson
Variety has unveiled its 16th annual directors to watch list and Irish helmer Juanita Wilson (The Door) is named in this year’s shortlist. The IFTA winner and Oscar nominee received her place on the prestigious list for her new feature ‘As If I Am Not There’. She is the only female director on the list. The list of directors is chosen annually through surveys of industry insiders as well as Variety's critics, editors and reporters.

All ten named directors will be the focus of a special event hosted at the Palm Springs Festival on January 9th 2011 to honour the ten filmmakers. The other shortlisted directors include Richard Ayoade for ‘Submarine’; Daniel Espinosa for ‘Snabba Cash’ and ‘Safe House’; Ed Gass-Donnelly for ‘Small Town Murder Songs’; Elgin James for ‘Little Birds’; Patrick Lussier for ‘Drive Angry’; Baran Bo Odar for ‘The Silence’; Andre Ovredal for ‘The Troll Hunter’; Denis Villeneueve for ‘Incendies’ and Jason Winer for ‘Arthur’.

‘As If I Am Not There’ tells the story of a young woman from Sarajevo whose life is shattered the day a young soldier walks into her apartment and tells her to pack her things. Rounded up with the other women from the village and imprisoned in a warehouse in a remote region of Bosnia, she quickly learns the rules of camp life.

Juanita recently returned to Dublin with the Silver Pyramid Award from the Cairo International Film Festival, for the feature which will have its North American premiere at the Palm Springs fest. The film also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this year, an experience that Juanita chronicled in her Toronto Diary for IFTN - here.

‘As If I Am Not There’ will be released in Irish Cinemas in 2011 by Element Pictures Distribution.

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