By Inkoo Kang | Women and Hollywood April 11, 2014 at 2:00PM
Hateship Loveship - Directed by Liza Johnson
After receiving rave notices for her feature debut Return, director Liza Johnson has followed up with a second film about an outsider protagonist desperately wanting in. Kristen Wiig plays a naive, sheltered nanny who is deceived into falling in love with her charges' drug-addict father (Guy Pearce). Johanna (Wiig) grew up isolated and friendless, which makes her an easy target for teenage rebel Sabitha's (Hailee Steinfeld) spiraling prank. (Melissa Silverstein)
Read Women and Hollywood’s interview with Liza Johnson here.
A pair of abused and neglected teenage girls almost get away with murder in Perfect Sisters, a riveting true-crime thriller based on the notorious "Bathtub Girls" case. Sisters Sandra and Beth (Abigail Breslin and Georgie Henley) learned early in life that they had no one to depend on but each other. But when their addict mother Linda (Mira Sorvino) makes plans to move the girls in with her lecherous and abusive lover, the girls' situation becomes unbearable. Seeing no other way out, Sandra and Beth recruit their classmates to help them plan their mother's murder. When the girls' guilt spins out of control and they compulsively confess their involvement to friends, rumors that they are cold-blooded killers reach the ears of the authorities. Perfect Sisters is a harrowing and heartbreaking look at the teen subculture that nurtured the girls' murderous fantasies and covered up for them after they committed an unthinkable crime in an effort to create a normal life for themselves. (Press materials)
Films About Women Currently Playing
Frankie and Alice - Co-Written by Cheryl Edwards, Mary King, Anna Waterhouse
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A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair (doc) - Directed by Samantha Grant
A Fragile Trust tells the story of Jayson Blair, a young guy who made some really bad decisions. Jayson happened to be working at the most important newspaper in the world when he made those bad decisions, and his actions had a tremendous impact, not only on his life, but on the lives of everyone around him, and ultimately on journalism as a whole. The film takes a look at what happened, how it happened, and explores the way the media conveyed the scandal in their splashy, sensational coverage. (Samantha Grant)
Read Women and Hollywood's intervew with Samantha Grant here.
Dancing in Jaffa (doc) - Directed by Hilla Medalia
Renowned ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine takes his belief that dance can overcome political and social differences and applies it to eleven-year-old Jewish and Palestinian Israelis. (Press materials)