Age: 31
Notable films: Sound of My Voice (2012), The East (2013)

Zal Batmanglij knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat. And that's without the tricks of CGI. A frequent collaborator with notable screenwriter/actress Brit Marling, Batmanglij is interested in moral ambiguity and asking important questions he won't necessarily answer.

Sound of My Voice tells the story of a cult that worships a figure who may or may not be from the future, while The East follows a private intelligence operative infiltrating an anarchist group. He engages you in his films by making you think beyond what you consider possible. TA