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Women in Cinema

This program highlights powerful and provocative films by both leading women filmmakers and exciting new voices.


And Tomorrow the Entire World Und morgen die ganze Welt

Julia von Heinz  |   Germany
Drama, Political
German  

After idealistic law student Luisa is convinced by her best friend to move into an Antifa commune in Berlin, she falls under the sway of charismatic radical Alfa and is soon surprised by the changing nature of her own convictions. This urgent drama details the many faces of activism and dissects the nature of justice in the face of extremism.

Becoming Mona Kom hier dat ik u kus

Sabine Lubbe Bakker, Niels van Koevorden  |  The Netherlands, Belgium
Coming of Age, Drama, Family Affairs
Dutch  
Life is what happens when you stop living for others and start living for yourself. This poignant tragicomic journey of courage follows Mona from early childhood, when she is inculcated to be a quiet, obedient presence in the world. She blossoms into a talented young artist, but years of repressing her feelings have impaired her [...]

“Bella” [Short Film]

Thelyia Petraki  |  Greece
Greek  

A striking and emotional blend of fiction and documentary that chronicles a woman and world in flux at the end of the Cold War.

“Blocks” [Short Film]

Bridget Moloney  |  United States
English  

An existential comedy about the mother of two young children who begins to spontaneously vomit toy blocks.

“Buzzkill” [Short Film]

Kathy E. Mitrani  |  United States
English  

Buzzkill follows an adolescent girl as she desperately tries to fit in with a group of South Florida teenagers.

Charlatan

Agnieszka Holland  |  Czech Republic, Ireland, Poland, Slovakia
Biopic, Drama, Historical, Political
Czech  

In this richly drawn portrait of real-life Czech faith healer Jan Mikolášek, who cured hundreds with natural remedies only to later be prosecuted for charlatanism, master filmmaker Agnieszka Holland shines a light on a singular, extraordinary figure and reveals the complexity of—and human susceptibility to—the political machinations of one’s times.

“Comrades” [Short Film] Sau Zuk

Kanas Liu  |  Hong Kong
Cantonese  

Shot on the streets of Hong Kong during the 2019 Extradition Bill protests, Comrades is a moving portrait of uprising and solidarity.

“The Doe” [Short Film] La Biche

Jennifer Lumbroso  |  France
French  

After an accident in the French countryside, a woman feverishly escapes to the woods in order to survive. She becomes The Doe.

“The End of Suffering (a proposal)” [Short Film]

Jacqueline Lentzou  |  Greece
Greek  

Sofia’s anxiety attack becomes an intergalactic dialogue with the universe.

“The Ephemeral Orphanage” [Short Film]

Lisa Barcy  |  United States
English  

A group of tattered paper dolls daydream alternate realities and explore the hidden lives of their caregivers.

“Ethereality” [Short Film]

Kantarama Gahigiri  |  Switzerland/Rwanda
English  

A blend of fiction and documentary creates a moving reflection about migration, home, and belonging.

“The Fabric of You” [Short Film]

Josephine Lohoar Self  |  United Kingdom
English  

Michael, a gay mouse in his twenties, sees an old jacket and begins to sorrowfully reminisce.

Farewell Amor

Ekwa Msangi  |   United States
Drama, Family Affairs, Romance
English  

After 17 years apart, Walter’s wife Esther and daughter Sylvia arrive in New York from Angola; time apart has rendered them virtual strangers, and the three must find a way to reconnect. This beautifully conceived film captures the immigrant experience with complexity and nuance.

For Madmen Only

Heather Ross  |   United States
Biopic, Comedy, Documentary
English  

Through inspired re-enactments, archival clips, and interviews with famous fans, this poignant look at the life of improv impresario Del Close tracks the comedy trailblazer from “human torch” sideshow act to his influential rise at The Second City, where he mentored such greats as Bill Murray, John Candy, and Tina Fey.

“Grizzlies” [Short Film]

Alex Heller  |  United States
English  

A hilariously overprotective mother does her best to defend her daughter.

I’m Your Woman

Julia Hart  |   United States
Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
English  
Streaming SOLD OUT
Suburban housewife Jean (Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) lives a seemingly easy life, supported by husband Eddie’s (Bill Heck) career as a thief. But when Eddie betrays his partners, Jean and her baby are forced to go on the run, and Eddie’s old friend Cal (Arinzé Kene) is tasked with the job of keeping [...]

“The Last Day of Autumn” [Short Film] Le dernier jour d'automne

Marjolaine Perreten  |  Switzerland, Belgium, France
No Dialogue  

All of the animals of the forest gathering together for a great bicycle race as winter slowly approaches.

Mama Gloria

Luchina Fisher  |   United States
Biopic, Documentary, LGBTQ, Sex and Sexuality, Social Commentary
English  

Meet Mama Gloria. Chicago’s Black transgender icon Gloria Allen emerged from the South Side’s drag ball culture in the 1960s to trailblaze a path for transgender youth to follow. With positivity and polish, she overcame prejudice and traumatic violence to become a proud leader in her community.

Nomadland

Chloé Zhao  |   United States
Drama, Literary Adaptation
English  
Drive-in SOLD OUT
Following the economic collapse of a company town in rural Nevada, Fern (Frances McDormand) packs her van and sets off on the road exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad. The third feature film from director Chloé Zhao, Nomadland features real nomads Linda May, Swankie, and Bob Wells as Fern’s mentors [...]

“O Black Hole!” [Short Film]

Renee Zhan  |  United Kingdom
English  

A wild blend of animation styles and techniques depict a young woman afraid of losing everything in this cosmic ode.

Of Fish and Men Von Fischen und Menschen

Stefanie Klemm  |   Switzerland
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Swiss-German  

In this taut thriller set in the idyllic Swiss countryside, a single mom is raising her young daughter and running the family fish farm with the help of a farmhand-turned-friend. When his brother unexpectedly appears in search of debts owed, the specter of impending disaster looms large.

One Night in Miami

Regina King  |   United States
Biopic, Drama, Historical, Literary Adaptation, Social Commentary
English  
Streaming SOLD OUT

Adapted from the award-winning play of the same name, One Night in Miami is a fictional account of the incredible night in 1964 when underdog Cassius Clay, soon to be called Muhammad Ali (Eli Goree), defeats heavyweight champion Sonny Liston at the Miami Convention Hall—Clay memorialized the event with three of his friends: Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir), Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.) and Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge).

“Patois” [Short Film]

Andre Muir, Danielle Alston  |  United States
English  

A tender character study of a young Jamaican girl desperate to fit in.

“Pilar” [Short Film]

Yngwie Boley, J.J. Epping, Diana van Houten  |  The Netherlands, Belgium
No Dialogue  

A stunning hand-painted animation about a woman fascinated with the wilderness beyond the walls of her post-apocalyptic village.

“Play Schengen” [Short Film]

Gunhild Enger  |  Norway
Norwegian  

The story of a gaming company’s hilariously fraught effort to educate children about the European Union.

Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time Felkészülés meghatározatlan ideig tartó együttlétre

Lili Horvát  |   Hungary
Drama, Romance
English, Hungarian  

After building a successful career in the U.S., gifted neurosurgeon Márta impulsively returns home to Hungary in pursuit of the man of her dreams, but when she tracks him down in Budapest, he claims they’ve never met. Is he spinning an elaborate deception or has her obsession trapped her in a world of illusions?

“The Price of Cheap Rent” [Short Film]

Amina Sutton, Maya Tanaka  |  United States
English  

An aspiring artist discusses the challenges of finding affordable housing in a new city and the compromises she has to make with her spooky new roommates.

“Radia” [Short Film]

Erica Beebe  |  Morocco, United Kingdom
Darija  

Radia is a shepherd and farmer whose childhood and circumstances prevented her from access to education. The film is an urgent observation about prescriptive fate, agency, and determination.

“The Reversal” [Short Film]

Jennifer Boles  |  United States
No Dialogue  

The Reversal arranges and animates thousands of stunning glass-plate photographs to ponder the reversal and transformation of the Chicago River.

Schoolgirls Las Niñas

Pilar Palomero  |   Spain
Coming of Age, Drama, Family Affairs
Spanish  
Growing up in small-town Spain in the early '90s, 11-year-old Celia is ever the responsible student and considerate daughter. When impossibly cool Brisa storms in from Barcelona, she upsets the order of the girls’ strict Catholic school, run by nuns with a stern disposition and an iron fist. Unexpectedly, the two girls become fast friends, [...]

“Souvenir” [Short Film]

Vilches Estella, Paloma Canonica  |  Spain
No Dialogue  

Souvenir uses beautiful stop-motion animation to tell the story of a father, daughter, and an extraordinary journey through their memories.

“Spotted Yellow” [Short Film] Zarde khaldar

Baran Sarmad  |  Iran
Persian  

A young girl with a yellow spot on her face begins to understand what it means to be a giraffe.

Spring Blossom 16 Printemps

Suzanne Lindon  |   France
Coming of Age, Drama, Romance, Sex and Sexuality
French  

Writer-director Suzanne Lindon delivers an astonishingly assured turn as a restless Parisian teen bored by her peers and confronting her burgeoning sexuality. She embarks on a love affair with an actor 20 years her senior—only to wonder if the more innocent pleasures of youth are passing her by.

“Step Into the River” [Short Film] He An

Weijia Ma  |  China, France
Chinese  

A sumptuously-drawn fable about the consequences of China’s one-child policy.

“Swipe Up, Vivian!” [Short Film]

Hannah Welever  |  United States
English  

A futuristic dating app becomes a lifeline for an agoraphobic woman.

“They Salivate” [Short Film] Ils salivent

Ariane Boukerche  |  France
French  

A couple’s kiss becomes an unforgettable, hypnotic study of human relationships.

“Tie” [Short Film] Elo

Alexandra Ramires  |  Portugal, France
No Dialogue  

Two characters search for missing pieces of themselves in a gloomy, surreal landscape.

‘Til Kingdom Come

Maya Zinshtein  |  Israel, UK, Norway
Documentary, Political, Religion
Arabic, English, Hebrew  

This riveting exposé investigates the unlikely connection between Jews and evangelical Christians in the U.S. and Israel, uncovering a shocking alliance rooted in apocalyptic prophecy and driven in unprecedented ways by Donald Trump’s White House.

True Mothers Asa ga Kuru

Kawase Naomi  |   Japan
Drama, Family Affairs, Literary Adaptation, Social Commentary
Japanese  
After a long and painful struggle with infertility, Satoko and her husband Kiyokazu stumble across Baby Baton, a non-profit organization that matches couples who can't conceive with mothers who are unable to raise their children. Realizing that adoption could make their family whole, the couple soon brings home a son, little Asato. But six years [...]

“Umbrella” [Short Film]

Helena Hilario and Mario Pece  |  Brazil
English  

Inspired by true events, Umbrella tells the story of Joseph, a boy whose only dream is to have a yellow umbrella.

Under the Open Sky Subarashiki Sekai

Nishikawa Miwa  |   Japan
Crime, Drama, Literary Adaptation, Social Commentary
Japanese  

Hirokazu Kore-eda protégée Miwa Nishikawa (Dear Doctor) returns to the Festival with her compassionate yet pointed chronicle of an ex-con’s rough re-entry into society. Koji Yakusho (13 Assassins, Shall We Dance?) delivers a nuanced lead performance as former Yakuza Mikami, who struggles to secure both employment and a new sense of self after years of incarceration.

“Virago” [Short Film]

Kerli Kirch Schneider  |  Estonia
Estonian  

The people of the village Virago brace themselves for an unusually perilous 40th birthday celebration.

“We Have One Heart” [Short Film]

Katarzyna Warzecha  |  Poland
Polish  

Sifting through old letters between his parents, Adam uncovers an extraordinary family secret.

“When I Write It” [Short Film]

Nico Opper, Shannon St. Aubin  |  United States
English  

A warm-hearted portrait of teenage summer days, When I Write It follows two young Oakland artists as they come to grips with the change all around them.

“Why Slugs Have No Legs” [Short Film]

Aline Höchli  |  Switzerland
No Dialogue  

Slugs are having a hard time keeping up with the pace of the city insects. When the stock market hits rock bottom, the bees see only one solution.