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Weekly Update for June 28th and July 5th: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

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by Kerensa Cadenas
June 28, 2013 3:04 PM
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Films About Women Opening This Weekend and Next Weekend (we're taking next Friday off)

The Heat - Written by Katie Dippold

Yesterday, I wrote a piece that gave my argument about why you need to go and see The Heat this weekend. What I didn't share since I was embargoed was the fact that I really liked the movie and it made me laugh so hard, harder than I have done in a long, long time.

I want to be very clear. Even though this film stars women, it is a big Hollywood movie. It is going for very broad strokes. I congratulate Katie Dippold for her big screen debut as a screenwriter, but you can tell it has the typical problem of most Hollywood movies -- too many cooks in the kitchen. It's a bit all over the place and the story is not perfect but that didn't bother me because that is what I expect from studio films. And I still enjoyed myself. Read more...

Byzantium

Two mysterious women seek refuge in a run-down coastal resort. Clara (Gemma Arterton) meets lonely Noel (Daniel Mays), who provides shelter in his deserted guesthouse, Byzantium. Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan) befriends Frank (Caleb Landry Jones) and tells him their lethal secret. They were born 200 years ago and survive on human blood. In the small, quiet town, people start to die. And the past that the girls have been running from for so long, finally catches up with them – with astonishing consequences. (from press materials)

July 5th

A Girl And A Gun - Directed by Cathryne Czubek (doc)

A Girl and A Gun presents a feminine perspective on an object whose history is deeply bound up with men and masculinity. Filmed throughout the US, this documentary delves into the psyche of the American gun world to investigate how women relate to guns and gun culture.

Reaching far beyond Hollywood's hypersexualized femme fatales, the film candidly explores the modern American woman through intimate portraits encompassing issues of protection, power, feminism, and violence. A Girl and A Gun is a complex and thoughtful meditation on a deadly serious issue. (from film website)

Absence

Doctors are baffled when a young expectant mother Liz (Erin Way), wakes to find her nearly-to-term pregnancy disappear overnight. The police are investigating the situation as a missing child case and only her husband, Rick (Eric Matheny) and brother, Evan (Ryan Smale) trust her version of events. Told in the "found footage" style, Evan looks for answers by filming his sister's experience. The trio embarks upon a trip to the mountains to escape the attention of the police and prying neighbors. When the trip spins out of control they realize that whatever happened with Liz and her baby isn't over. None of them are safe. (From Press Materials)

Just Like A Woman - Written by Joelle Touma and Marion Doussat


Just Like a Woman tells the poignant tale of two women, barely more than casual acquaintances, who, upon escaping the prisons of their unhappy marriages, embark on a revealing journey of self discovery which leads them to the importance - and true meaning - of friendship. (From Press Materials)

Films About Women Currently Playing

The Bling Ring - written and directed by Sofia Coppola

The Wall

Tiger Eyes

Hannah Arendt - Directed by Margarethe von Trotta

The East - Co-Written by Brit Marling

Shadow Dancer

Fill The Void - Written and Directed by Rama Burshstein

Frances Ha - Co-Written by Greta Gerwig

The English Teacher - Co-Written by Stacy Chariton

Augustine - Directed by Alice Winocour

Venus and Serena - Directed by Maiken Baird and Michelle Major (doc)

Stories We Tell - Directed by Sarah Polley (doc)

What Maisie Knew - Co-Written by Nancy Doyne

The Sapphires

Films Directed by Women Opening This Weekend

Some Girl(s) -Directed by Daisy von Scherler Mayer

On the eve of his wedding, a successful writer (Adam Brody) travels across the country to meet up with ex-lovers in an attempt to make amends for past relationship transgressions. (IMDB)

Films Directed by Women Currently Playing

Three Worlds - Directed by Catherine Corsini

Call Me Kuchu - Directed by Katherine Fairfax Wright, Malika Zouhali-Worrall

Love Is All You Need - Directed by Susanne Bier

No Place on Earth - Directed by Janet Tobias (doc)

Hava Naglia: The Movie - Directed by Roberta Grossman (doc)

Films Written by Women Currently Playing

Before Midnight - Co-Written by Julie Delpy

Olympus Has Fallen - Co-Written by Katrin Benedikt

Films By and About Women on DVD/And Or On Demand

The Call

A Place at the Table - Directed by Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush

Borgen Season 2

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