It's difficult to really know what goes on behind the scenes of a film shoot, how much each authorial entity, from writer to director to actors to cinematographer, affects the final product that is put forth on the silver screen. However, it's easy to see when a director's vision is executed beautifully in a film; if anything, a great director is meant to manage and maintain all of those authorial voices and put forth something as beautiful and singular as possible, so the influence of the other key players on set is not all that significant when considering the best directors of 2015. These are the directors whose visions were clearly realized and resulted in a beautiful visual experience.
"It’s part of my style in the sense that I like not being locked into the rules of our natural world. I like being able to change some of the ground rules in creating a film, and that happens to be what I’ve done in the films. I like altering something just a little bit. It’s about creating something closer to a dream state (or a nightmare), and that’s something I like to do."
"Making a film is like raising a child. You cannot raise a child to be liked by everyone. You raise a child to excel and you teach the child to be true to his own nature. There will be people who’ll dislike your child because he or she is who they are, and there will be people who’ll love your child immensely for the very same reason."
"There were 10 pole cats swaying, coming down the road at speed, all of them on cars, and Guy was on one of the poles filming them. I choked up. I thought: ‘Wow, it’s real. It’s absolutely real.’"
"We were, in a way, surviving. And when you are in that state of mind, believe me: you do things better."
"We really tried to look at it from the inside out. What makes this story have a beating heart? What makes it romantic or fun or surprising or heartbreaking or hysterically funny? We simply approached this narrative from the point of view that this is a story about a young man and a young woman, not with the idea that we can do anything we want."