By Kerensa Cadenas | Women and Hollywood July 30, 2013 at 12:30PM
It's been a depressing summer for women at the box office but things are looking up...heading into August, there are a several great women centric, directed and written films to look forward including like Lake Bell's hilarious In a World... to one of our favorites from SXSW, Short Term 12 starring Brie Larson.
Here's a preview of what you should mark your calendars for in August. All descriptions (unless otherwise noted) are from IMDB.
Story of Linda Lovelace (Amanda Seyfried), who is used and abused by the porn industry at the behest of her coercive husband, before taking control of her life.
In a World... - Written and Directed by Lake Bell
An underachieving vocal coach (Lake Bell) is motivated by her father, the king of movie-trailer voice-overs, to pursue her aspirations of becoming a voiceover star. Amidst pride, sexism and family dysfunction, she sets out to change the voice of a generation.
The Patience Stone
As a woman tends to her comatose husband, an injured rebel fighter in an unnamed, war-torn village, she pleads for him to wake and protect his family from the bullets that fly outside their window and tanks that roll in the streets. Fearing for the lives of her two young daughters, the woman takes them to the safety of a relative's home while she returns daily to care for the unresponsive man. Weeks go by, and as her desperation grows, an awakening begins to take hold, giving voice to her previously unuttered thoughts, memories and grievances, all spoken without regard for her husband's reaction. The arrival of a young soldier seeking shelter in their home, and companionship in her arms, furthers the woman's transformation from submissive girl to confident, sexual woman. (Tribeca Film Festival)
The story of Daniele Delpeuch (Catherine Frot) and how she was appointed as the private chef for Francois Mitterrand.
Austenland - Written and Directed by Jerusha Hess
Obsessed with the BBC production of "Pride and Prejudice", a woman (Keri Russell) travels to a Jane Austen theme park in search for her perfect gentleman.
Short Term 12
A 20-something supervising staff member (Brie Larson) of a foster care facility navigates the troubled waters of that world alongside her co-worker and longtime boyfriend.
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
When her mom is attacked and taken from their home in New York City by a demon, a seemingly ordinary teenage girl, Clary Fray (Lily Collins), finds out truths about her past and bloodline on her quest to get her back, that changes her entire life.
The Lifeguard - Written and Directed by Liz W. Garcia
A former valedictorian (Kristen Bell) quits her reporter job in New York and returns to the place she last felt happy: her childhood home in Connecticut. She gets work as a lifeguard and starts a dangerous relationship with a troubled teenager.
Afternoon Delight - Written and Directed by Jill Soloway
Rachel (Kathryn Hahn), a stay-at-home mom, becomes obsessed with saving a stripper named McKenna (Juno Temple).
Our Nixon - Penny Lane (doc)
Never before seen Super 8 home movies filmed by Richard Nixon's closest aides - and convicted Watergate conspirators - offer a surprising and intimate new look into his Presidency.
The rivalry between the manipulative boss (Rachel McAdams) of an advertising agency and her talented protegee (Noomi Rapace) escalates from stealing credit to public humiliation to murder.
Wadjda - Written and Directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour
An enterprising Saudi girl signs off for her school's Koran recitation competition as a way to raise the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest.