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Jonathan Glazer

In 2000, music video director Jonathan Glazer made his feature debut with the British crime film Sexy Beast. Since then, he's taken his time on projects. It's been worth the wait: 2004's Birth was a clinic on how to sustain icy gloom (bolstered by a great Nicole Kidman performance), and this year he finally followed it up with Under the Skin, a terrifically unsettling look at a ravishing alien (Scarlett Johansson) driving around Glasgow picking up unsuspecting male pedestrians. With its seductively minimalist tone, the stylish sci-fi mood piece examines the mystery of locating one's soul — while providing a new chapter in the career of an ever-evolving filmmaker.

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