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The Women Directed Movies of 2012

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by Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
December 26, 2012 12:39 PM
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We here at Women and Hollywood want to salute the women who directed films in 2012.  We have compiled a list of features and docs (and foreign films) that were released in US theatres in 2012.  Hopefully we got them all.  Inevitably, we missed some.  If there are others, send them our way and we will be happy to list them.

Take a look at the list.  How many have you seen?  If you have seen less than five, in 2013 you should make it one of your resolutions to support women directed films.  If you can about women's visions you need to go and see films directed by women.

FEATURES

Declaration of War -  Valérie Donzelli
One for the Money -  Julie Anne Robinson
Thin Ice -  Jill Sprecher
Return -  Liza Johnson
The Fairy -  Fiona Gordon with Dominique Abel and Bruno Romy
Friends with Kids -  Jennifer Westfeldt
The Decoy Bride -  Sheree Folkson
London Paris New York -  Anu Menon
Silent House -  Laura Lau and Chris Kentis
Goodbye First Love -  Mia Hansen-Løve
Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day -  Neema Barnette
L!fe Happens -  Kat Coiro
The Moth Diaries -  Mary Harron
Musical Chairs -  Susan Seidelman
The Perfect Family - Anne Renton
LOL -  Lisa Azuelos
A Little Bit of Heaven - Nicole Kassell
Girl in Progress -  Patricia Riggen
Elles -  Malgorzata Szumowska
Your Sister's Sister - Lynne Shelton
Hysteria -  Tanya Wexler
Brave - Brenda Chapman and Mark Andrews
Almayer's Folly - Chantal Akerman
Polisse -  Maïwenn
Where Do We Go Now? -  Nadine Labaki
Take This Waltz -  Sarah Polley
Ruby Sparks -  Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton
96 Minutes -  Aimee Lagos
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World - Lorene Scafaria
Union Square -  Nancy Savoca
W.E. -  Madonna
Nuit #1: -  Anne Emond
Attenberg -  Athina Rachel Tsangari
Turn Me On, Dammit!  - Jannicke Systad Jacobsen
In Darkness - Agnieszka Holland
Mosquita y Mari - Directed by Aurora Guerrero
Chicken with Plums -  Marjane Satrapi
2 Days in New York -  Julie Delpy
Middle of Nowhere -  Ava DuVernay
Henning Mankell's Wallander: The Revenge-  Charlotte Brandstrom
Bachelorette - Leslye Headland
17 Girls -  Delphine Coulin and Muriel Coulin
For Ellen -  So Yong Kim
Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same - Madeleine Olnek
Francine -  by Melanie Shatzky
Almost Perfect -  Bertha Bay-Sa Pan
Wuthering Heights -  Andrea Arnold
Nobody Walks -  Ry Russo-Young
Sister - Ursula Meier
Janeane from Des Moines -  Grace Lee
Simon & the Oaks - Lisa Ohlin
That's What She Said - Directed by Carrie Preston
Sassy Pants - Directed by Coley Sohn
My Worst Nightmare -  Anne Fontaine
The Loneliest Planet -  Julia Loktev
The Other Son -  Lorraine Levy
The Black Tulip -  Sonia Nassery Cole
Cloud Atlas -  by Lana Wachowski
Vamps -  Amy Heckerling
La Rafle - Rose Bosch
Secret of The Wings -  Peggy Holmes
Coming Up Roses -  Lisa Albright
My Brother The Devil -  Sally El Hosaini
Elza-  Mariette Monpierre
Talaash -  Reema Kagti
Off-White Lies - Maya Kenig
Yelling To The Sky -  Victoria Mahoney
Losing Control - Valerie Weiss
Saving Grace B. Jones - Connie Stevens
Zero Dark Thirty -  Kathryn Bigelow
The Guilt Trip -  Anne Fletcher
Festival of Lights - Sundell Prasad
The Understudy-  David Connolly and Hannah Davis
Who Bombed Judi Bari? - Mary Liz Thomson
Radioman -  Mary Kerr

DOCUMENTARIES

Last Call at the Oasis - Jessica Yu
First Position - Bess Kargman
Katy Perry: Part of Me - Jane Lipsitz and Dan Cutforth
Dreams of a Life -  Carol Morley
The Queen of Versailles - Lauren Greenfield
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry - Alison Klayman
Girl Model - Ashley Sabin, David Redmon
Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel - Lisa Immordino Vreeland
West of Memphis - Amy Berg
The Central Park Five - Sarah Burns, Ken Burns, David McMahon
Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare - Susan Frömke, Matthew Heineman
Brooklyn Castle - Katie Dellamaggiore
Yogawoman - Saraswati Clere, Kate McIntyre Clere
The Zen of Bennett - Unjun Moon
Meet the Fokkens - Co-Directed by Gabrielle Provaas and Rob Schröder
Sexy Baby - Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus
We Women Warriors - Directed by Nicole Karsin
Somewhere Between - Directed by Linda Goldstein Knowlton
Detropia - Directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady
Knuckleball - Directed by Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg
Pink Ribbons, Inc. - Directed by Léa Pool
Seeds of Resiliency - Directed by Susan Polis Schutz
Love, Marilyn - Directed by Liz Garbus
Ethel - Directed by Rory Kennedy
Trashed - Directed by Candida Brady
The Loving Story - directed by Nancy Buirski
Only the Young - Elizabeth Mims and Jason Tippet
Carol Channing: Larger Than Life - Dorin Berinstein
Ultrasuede: In Search of Hlaston - Whitney Smith
Windfall - Laura Israel
The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye - Marie Losier

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14 Comments

  • Adam | February 1, 2013 5:09 PMReply

    Not to sound ignorant or anything but I don't think it makes sense to have Cloud Atlas in there.
    I mean Lana Wachowski made a big name for herself when she was a man then just got a sex change just before Cloud Atlas. With the only point in this list being to point out female achievements doesn't that kind of not count?

  • KZS | February 20, 2013 1:46 PM

    Adam,
    I think that Lana Wachowski, while clearly benefiting from male privilege in her early years working as a director, has been transgendered her entire life; that is, she has identified as female from the time she was quite small, and transphobia and personal doubt kept her from changing her body to match her sense.

    I might argue that the presence of a somewhat queer sensibility in the siblings' earlier films was due, in part, to Lana.

  • Holly Mosher | January 31, 2013 5:39 PMReply

    This is a great list!
    Please add the documentary Bonsai People - The Vision of Muhammad Yunus by Holly Mosher.

  • GERARD KENNELLY | January 18, 2013 12:59 AMReply

    i wanna watch the following...

    One for the Money - Julie Anne Robinson
    Thin Ice - Jill Sprecher
    Return - Liza Johnson
    Friends with Kids - Jennifer Westfeldt
    The Decoy Bride - Sheree Folkson
    Silent House - Laura Lau and Chris Kentis
    Goodbye First Love - Mia Hansen-Løve
    The Moth Diaries - Mary Harron
    Elles - Malgorzata Szumowska
    Your Sister's Sister - Lynne Shelton
    Hysteria - Tanya Wexler
    Brave - Brenda Chapman and Mark Andrews
    Polisse - Maïwenn
    Where Do We Go Now? - Nadine Labaki
    Take This Waltz - Sarah Polley
    Ruby Sparks - Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton
    Seeking a Friend for the End of the World - Lorene Scafaria
    W.E. - Madonna
    In Darkness - Agnieszka Holland
    Middle of Nowhere - Ava DuVernay
    Bachelorette - Leslye Headland
    Francine - by Melanie Shatzky
    Wuthering Heights - Andrea Arnold
    Nobody Walks - Ry Russo-Young
    Sister - Ursula Meier
    Cloud Atlas - by Lana Wachowski
    Vamps - Amy Heckerling
    Zero Dark Thirty - Kathryn Bigelow
    The Guilt Trip - Anne Fletcher
    The Queen of Versailles - Lauren Greenfield
    West of Memphis - Amy Berg

  • Jessica | January 7, 2013 1:00 PMReply

    Eat, Sleep, Die by the Swedish director Gabriela Pichler
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2085002/

  • Shilpa Mankikar | January 3, 2013 9:39 AMReply

    Green - Sophia Takal & English, Vinglish - Gauri Shinde

  • Ryan Edgington | December 30, 2012 3:29 PMReply

    Indie Game: The Movie, Lisanne Pajot

  • kay armatage | December 29, 2012 1:43 PMReply

    We Need to Talk About Kevin (Lynne Ramsay, 2011) not released in US?

  • GERARD KENNELLY | January 18, 2013 1:01 AM

    still can't get over that scene when
    ezra miller walks out as cool as a breeze in the spotless clean white shirt

    Tilda Swinton was beyond oscars
    fearless work from her

  • M Chambers | December 27, 2012 1:30 PMReply

    The Reluctant Fundamentalist - Mira Nair

  • Su Friedrich | December 27, 2012 11:51 AMReply

    Another....a feature doc..."Gut Renovation" by Su Friedrich

  • Su | December 27, 2012 11:53 AM

    oops, sorry, just noticed that it was about theatrical releases in 2012; it won't be released until March 2013--at Film Forum in NYC.
    and btw, thanks for this great list!

  • Daryl Chin | December 26, 2012 5:04 PMReply

    One big omission on your list: ALMAYER'S FOLLY directed by Chantal Akerman

  • Melissa Silverstein | December 27, 2012 10:31 AM

    Thank you. Added

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