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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
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
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
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
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
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
The free-spirited Badri family has escaped the toxic pollution of Beirut by seeking refuge in a utopic mountain home they have built. Their idyllic life comes abruptly to a halt [...]
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Cow

Andrea Arnold  |   United Kingdom
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
As the polar ice caps melt, travel to the Arctic has become increasingly treacherous. Even so, in the face of precarious ice floes and punishing frostbite, an expedition of 11 [...]
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For the Left Hand

Leslie Simmer, Gordon Quinn  |   United States
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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Hellbender

Toby Poser, Zelda Adams, and John Adams  |   United States
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
In this wholly original take on the werewolf tale, novelist Antonio Prieto (Javier Rey) arrives at a remote mountain town in Southern Spain hoping to find peace and quiet to [...]
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Julia

Julie Cohen & Betsy West  |   United States
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
1920s New York: In a chance encounter, demure Irene (Tessa Thompson) unexpectedly runs into an old school friend, the vivacious Clare (Ruth Negga)—both women are able to pass as white [...]
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Petite Maman

Céline Sciamma  |   France
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 [...]
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