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Weekly Update for April 25: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

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by Inkoo Kang
April 25, 2014 5:00 PM
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Still from "The Other Woman"
Still from "The Other Woman"

Films About Women Opening

Bright Days Ahead - Directed by Marion Vernoux; Co-Written by Marion Vernoux and Fanny Chesnel 

For recent retiree Caroline (Fanny Ardant) a new life of freedom and opportunity lies before her: time to take care of her children, her husband, and most of all, to finally take care of herself. But while her peers at the local seniors' club pass the time with ceramics and amateur theater, she finds a new hobby of her own between the sheets with the center's computer teacher Julien (Laurent Lafitte), a carefree ladies' man decades her junior.The couple set rules for their affair, but Caroline seems to like courting danger, taking her lover to places she knows they might be seen and telling lies to her husband (Patrick Chesnais) that could easily be discovered. As Caroline finds herself in the midst a second youth -- taking a new lover, living new experiences, breaking the rules, not doing what's expected of her -- will her retirement mark the beginning of the end for her marriage, or a new beginning? (Press materials)

The Other Woman - Written by Melissa Stack

After discovering her boyfriend is married, a woman (Cameron Diaz) tries to get her ruined life back on track. But when she accidentally meets the wife he's been cheating on (Leslie Mann), she realizes they have much in common, and her sworn enemy becomes her greatest friend. When yet another affair is discovered (Kate Upton), all three women team up to plot mutual revenge on their cheating, lying, three-timing SOB. (Press materials) 

Young and Beautiful

The first of four chapters begins with summer on the French Riviera: Isabelle, an arrestingly beautiful sixteen-year-old, is determined to lose her virginity, but when she succeeds, the experience leaves her cold and detached. Cut to the second chapter: autumn in Paris, and Isabelle is now leading a double life as a prostitute with her own website for setting up after-school assignations with a motley line-up of johns. But this secretive, latter-day Lolita is no victim. Well-adjusted and well-off, it appears that she is simply enjoying her value as a commodity in the sexual marketplace. Whatever her motivations, with winter and spring yet to come, we can expect anything -- anything, that is, but easy answers. (COLCOA)

Films About Women Currently Playing

Gabrielle - Written and Directed by Louise Archambault

Half the Road: The Passion, Pitfalls, & Power of Women's Professional Cycling (doc) - Directed by Kathryn Bertine 
Proxy
Redwood Highway
Hateship Loveship - Directed by Liza Johnson
Perfect Sisters 
Frankie and Alice - Co-Written by Cheryl Edwards, Mary King, Anna Waterhouse 
Helen Alone 
Nymphomaniac: Part Two
Under the Skin
Breathe In
Finding Vivian Maier (doc)
Divergent - Co-Written by Vanessa Taylor
On My Way - Co-Written and Directed by Emmanuelle Bercot 
Veronica Mars - Co-Written by Dianne Ruggiero 
Single Mom's Club
Child's Pose 

Gloria
Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil le Clercq (doc) - Directed by Nancy Buirski

Films Directed by Women Opening

The German Doctor - Written and Directed by Lucia Puenzo 

Patagonia, 1960. A German doctor (Alex Brendemuhl) meets an Argentinean family and follows them on a long desert road to a small town where the family will be starting a new life. Eva (Natalia Oreiro), Enzo (Diego Peretti) and their three children welcome the doctor into their home and entrust their young daughter, Lilith (Florencia Bado), to his care, not knowing that they are harboring one of the most dangerous criminals in the world. At the same time, Israeli agents are desperately looking to bring The German Doctor to justice. (Press materials)

Read Women and Hollywood's interview with writer-director Lucia Puenzo. 

Tanzania: A Journey Within (doc) - Directed by Sylvia Caminer 

After nine long years in the USA furthering his education, Venance is traveling home to Tanzania with Kristen, a close American friend from a vastly differing background. As Venance leads Kristen through his native countryside, they experience the ancient culture, the present-day poverty, and the eternal spirituality of his motherland. As Venance struggles to blend his newly learned Western philosophy with that of tribal life, Kristen experiences a life-changing transformation by observing first-hand the daily struggle to survive for many living on the continent. It is a dramatic, emotional, visually stunning odyssey that challenges and changes our protagonists forever. (Press Material)

Films Directed by Women Currently Playing

Authors Anonymous - Directed by Ellie Kanner 
Vanishing Pearls: The Oystermen of Point a la Hache (doc) - Directed by Nailah Jefferson 
A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair (doc) - Directed by Samantha Grant 
Dancing in Jaffa (doc) - Directed by Hilla Medalia
The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden (doc) - Co-Directed by Dayna Goldfine and Co-Written by Dayna Goldfine and Celeste Schaefer Snyder 
Watermark (doc) - Co-Directed by Jennifer Baichwal

Big Men (doc) - Directed by Rachel Boynton

Films Written by Women Currently Playing

Go With Le Flo - Co-Written by Mea Machrowiak

Goodbye World - Co-Written by Sarah Adina Smith 
50 to 1 - Co-Written by Faith Conroy 

Pompeii - Co-Written by Janet Scott Batchler 
About Last Night - Co-Written by Leslye Headland 

Films by and About Women on DVD or on Demand 


Devil's Due - Written by Lindsay Devlin
Gimme Shelter
Gloria
The Selfish Giant - Written and Directed by Clio Barnard 

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