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Women in Cinema

Powerful and provocative films by both leading women filmmakers and exciting new voices.


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Any Given Day

Margaret Byrne  |   United States
Bulgarian, English  
Documentary, Social Commentary, Women Centered
In this raw, moving, and remarkable examination of struggle and resilience, director Margaret Byrne (Raising Bertie) follows Chicagoans Angela, Daniel, and Dimitar as the trio participates in a probation program [...]
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Bergman Island

Mia Hansen-Løve  |   France, Belgium, Germany, Sweden
English  
Drama, Film on Film, Women Centered
Participating in a writing residency on Sweden’s Fårö island, where legendary film director Ingmar Bergman made his home and filmed many of his enduring masterworks, two American filmmakers (Vicky Krieps [...]
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Captain Volkonogov Escaped (Kapitan Volkonogov Bezhal)

Natasha Merkulova, Aleksey Chupov  |   Russia, France, Estonia
Russian  
Historical, Political, Thriller
1938 Leningrad. Captain Volkonogov (Yuri Borisov) has been working as an enthusiastic enforcer for the Soviet National Security Service extracting confessions—most of them false— from anyone deemed a threat by [...]
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Cinema Sabaya (סינמה סבאיא)

Orit Fouks Rotem  |   Israel, Belgium
Arabic, Hebrew  
Drama, Film on Film, Religion, Women Centered
In this heartfelt ode to the unifying power of art, nine women register for a video workshop hoping to learn basic filmmaking techniques from young director Rona. As the strangers, [...]
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Come Here (Jai jumlong)

Anocha Suwichakornpong  |   Thailand
Thai  
Drama, Experimental
In this entrancing cinematic idyll, four twenty-something theater actors from Bangkok spend their days drinking, talking, smoking, and rehearsing scenes from a play while vacationing in Western Thailand. They explore [...]
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Costa Brava, Lebanon

Mounia Akl  |   Lebanon, France, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Qatar
Arabic  
Drama, Environmental, Political

The idyllic life of the free-spirited Badri family comes abruptly to a halt when, unexpectedly, the neighboring land on their utopic mountain home is requisitioned and an illegal landfill is built just beyond their fence.

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Cow

Andrea Arnold  |   United Kingdom
English  
Documentary, Political, Social Commentary
Following on the hooves of other celebrated animal docs (Gunda, My Octopus Teacher, Kedi), Oscar-winning director Andrea Arnold (American Honey, Fish Tank), in her auspicious nonfiction debut, offers this wholly [...]
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Exposure

Holly Morris  |   United States
English  
Documentary, Environmental, Political, Women Centered

In the face of precarious ice floes and punishing frostbite, an expedition of 11 women from across Arab and Western countries join together with the audacious goal of reaching the North Pole before it becomes impossible to do so.

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For the Left Hand

Leslie Simmer, Gordon Quinn  |   United States
English  
Documentary, Music, Social Commentary
When aspiring Chicago pianist Norman Malone was just 10-years-old, his father violently attacked him with a hammer, leaving the young virtuoso paralyzed on his right side. But Malone never gave [...]
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Happening (L'Événement)

Audrey Diwan  |   France
French  

In 1963 France, Anne, a bright young student, gets pregnant, seeing her opportunities to finish her studies and excel slipping from her. Anne’s pregnancy forces her to confront the shame and pain of an abortion, even if she must risk prison to do so.

Drive-In

Hellbender

Toby Poser, Zelda Adams, and John Adams  |   United States
English  
Family Affairs, Horror, Women Centered
A spooky forest, a monstrous witch going up in flames, a mother-and-teen music duo cranking out a ferocious rock song—that’s just the beginning of this freaky coming-of-age occult horror film. [...]
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The House of Snails (La Casa de Caracol)

Macarena Astorga  |   Spain, Peru, Mexico
Spanish  
Drama, Horror, Mystery

Novelist Antonio Prieto arrives at a remote mountain town in Southern Spain hoping to find peace and quiet to work on his next novel. But local color soon turns menacing when Antonio realizes the town is harboring a dark and terrifying secret.

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Julia

Julie Cohen & Betsy West  |   United States
English  
Biopic, Documentary, Women Centered
Julia brings to life the legendary cookbook author and television superstar who changed the way Americans think about food, television, and even about women. Using never-before-seen archival footage, personal photos, [...]
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The Last Execution (Nahschuss)

Franziska Stüenkel  |   Germany
German  
Historical, Political, Thriller
East Berlin, 1981. Tempted by the offer of a prestigious professorship, ambitious scientist Franz Walter (Lars Eidinger) is convinced to go to work for the GDR’s Stasi. Blackmail, coercion, surveillance, [...]
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Maria Chapdelaine

Sébastien Pilote  |   Canada
French  
Political, Women Centered
In the early 1900s, deep in the Quebec wilderness, Maria Chapdelaine, the teenage daughter of a farmer, must decide her future. Life as she knows it is full of hard-work [...]
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Mothering Sunday

Eva Husson  |   United Kingdom
English  
Drama, Historical, Romance
On a warm spring day in 1924, house maid and foundling Jane Fairchild (Odessa Young) finds herself alone on Mother’s Day.  Her employers, Mr. and Mrs. Niven (Colin Firth and [...]
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My Brothers Dream Awake (Mis Hermanos Sueñan Despiertos)

Claudia Huaiquimilla  |   Chile
Spanish  
Crime, Drama, Social Commentary
Intelligent and thoughtful Ángel is fiercely protective of his younger, more fragile brother Franco. The two have already been incarcerated for a year at a provincial juvenile detention center. They [...]
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The Odd-Job Men (Sis dies corrents)

Neus Ballús  |   Spain
Berber, Catalan, Spanish  
Comedy, Social Commentary
In this wry and thoroughly charming yarn, a trio of real-life plumbers play three handymen who spend six comically tense days in one another’s company. With long-term crony Pep’s impending [...]
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The Other Side of the River

Antonia Kilian  |   Germany, Finland
Arabic, German, Kurdish  
Documentary, Political, Women Centered
At only 19, Hala fought in one of the Kurdish armed forces’ all-female brigades to liberate her hometown from ISIS. Now, working as a policewoman, she has a new mission: [...]
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Passing

Rebecca Hall  |   United States
English  
Drama, Social Commentary, Women Centered
1920s New York: In a chance encounter, demure Irene (Tessa Thompson) unexpectedly runs into a childhood friend, the vivacious Clare (Ruth Negga)—both women are able to pass as white but [...]
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Petite Maman

Céline Sciamma  |   France
French  
Coming of Age, Drama, Family Affairs, Women Centered
In this delicate, imaginative tale, precocious and bright eight-year-old Nelly travels with her parents to her mother’s childhood home following the death of her grandmother. As her parents spend their [...]
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The Power of the Dog

Jane Campion  |   Australia, New Zealand
English  
Drama, Sex and Sexuality, Western
Charismatic rancher Phil Burbank (Benedict Cumberbatch, in a mesmerizing performance) inspires fear and awe in those around him. When his brother George (Jesse Plemons) brings home a new wife (Kirsten [...]
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Prayers for the Stolen (Noche de fuego)

Tatiana Huezo  |   Mexico, Germany, Brazil, Qatar
Spanish  
Drama, Social Commentary, Women Centered
In a solitary town nestled in the Mexican mountains, the girls wear boyish haircuts and have hiding places underground. Ana and her two best friends take over the houses of [...]
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Robust

Constance Meyer  |   France
French  
Drama, Film on Film
Legendary French actor Gerard Depardieu shines as idiosyncratic film star Georges, despondent over the prospect of his trusted bodyguard taking leave for a few weeks. When substitute Aïssa, an amateur [...]
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Shankar’s Fairies

Irfana Majumdar  |   India
Hindi  
Drama, Family Affairs, Social Commentary
In 1960s India, Shankar is an indispensable servant working in the house of a wealthy family. Despite their class differences, he shares a close bond with the family’s young daughter [...]
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Silent Land (Cicha ziemia)

Aga Woszczyńska  |   Poland, Italy
English, French, Italian, Polish  
Drama, Family Affairs, Thriller
In this tense, resonant interrogation of a relationship on the brink, a wealthy Polish couple arrives at a palatial Italian seaside vacation home, sanguine about the days ahead. The inconvenience [...]
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Skál

Cecilie Debell, Maria Tórgarð  |   Faroe Islands, Denmark
Faroese  
Coming of Age, Documentary, Religion, Romance
Vivacious poet Dania, 21, who comes from a conservative Christian community, lives on a remote island in the North Sea. When she falls for secular hip-hop artist Trygvi, aka “Silver [...]
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The Tsugua Diaries (Diários de Otsoga)

Maureen Fazendeiro, Miguel Gomes  |   Portugal
Portuguese, Romanian  
Comedy, Experimental, Film on Film
Told from end to beginning, The Tsugua Diaries begins with Crista, Carloto and João dancing ecstatically in a living room, seemingly celebrating the end of something. In the next sequence, [...]
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Yuni

Kamila Andini  |   Indonesia, Singapore, France
Serang-Javanese  
Coming of Age, Drama, Women Centered
Yuni (Arawinda Kirana) is a bright, audacious teenager who loves singing and practicing martial arts, is passionate about the color purple, and has ambitions of attending university. But her plans [...]