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Weekly Update for April 4: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

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by Inkoo Kang
April 4, 2014 1:00 PM
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Films About Women Opening

Frankie and Alice - Co-Written by Cheryl Edwards, Mary King, Anna Waterhouse

Frankie and Alice is inspired by the remarkable true story of "Frankie" (Halle Berry), an African American go-go dancer with dissociative identity disorder, who struggles to remain her true self while fighting against two very unique alter egos: a seven-year-old child named "Genius" and a Southern white racist woman named "Alice." In order to stop the multiple voices in her head, Frankie works together with a psychotherapist (Stellan Skarsgard) to uncover and overcome the mystery of the inner ghosts that haunt her. (Press Materials)

Helen Alone

Recently relocated, Helen Olsen (Alexis Raich) is an only child living a sheltered life with her parents in suburbia. Suddenly finding herself alone, innocent and naive Helen is thrust into a 24-hour rollercoaster ride, having to fend for herself in a world turned upside down with an odd cast of characters all battling to control her fate. (Press Materials)

In the Blood

In the Blood is a love story -- a bullet-riddled, blood-soaked love story. When Ava's (Gina Carano) husband (Cam Gigandet) goes missing on their honeymoon in the Caribbean, she resolves to get him back by any means necessary. The blushing bride transforms into a detective and executioner intent on discovering what happened to her husband and who needs to suffer for it. (Laura Berger) 

Read Women and Hollywood's interview with Gina Carano here.

Nymphomaniac: Part Two 

Picks up with the story of Joe's (Charlotte Gainsbourg) adulthood, where her journey of self-discovery leads to darker complications. (Press Materials)

Under the Skin

A voluptuous woman of unknown origin (Scarlett Johansson) combs the highways in search of isolated or forsaken men, luring this succession of lost souls into an otherworldly lair.  They are seduced, stripped of their humanity, and never heard from again. Based on the novel by Michel Faber (The Crimson Petal and the White), Under the Skin examines human experience from the perspective of an unforgettable heroine who grows too comfortable in her borrowed skin, until she is abducted into humanity with devastating results. (Press Materials)

Films About Women Currently Playing

Refuge - Written and Directed by Jessica Goldberg

Breathe In
Finding Vivian Maier (doc)
American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs (doc) - Directed by Grace Lee 
Anita (doc) - Directed by Freida Mock 
It Felt Like Love - Written and Directed by Eliza Hittman
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 
Vampire Academy

Gloria
Maidentrip (doc) - Directed by Jillian Schlesinger; Written by Laura Dekker, Penelope Falk, Jillian Schlesinger

Films Directed by Women Opening

The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden (doc) - Co-Directed by Dayna Goldfine and Co-Written by Dayna Goldfine and Celeste Schaefer Snyder

Featuring the voice performances of international stars Cate Blanchett, Diane Kruger, Connie Nielsen, Sebastian Koch, Thomas Kretschmann, Gustaf Skarsgard and Josh Radnor, this film interweaves an unsolved 1930s murder mystery with stories of present-day Galapagos pioneers: a handful of Europeans, Americans and Ecuadoreans who settled idiosyncratically on the Islands between the 1930s and 1960s. (Press Materials)

Watermark (doc) - Co-Directed by Jennifer Baichwal

Watermark is a feature documentary film that brings together diverse stories from around the globe about our relationship with water: how we are drawn to it, what we learn from it, how we use it and the consequences of that use. (Press Materials)

Films Directed by Women Currently Playing

Dangerous Acts (doc) - Directed by Madeleine Sackler
Big Men (doc) - Directed by Rachel Boynton

Films Written by Women Opening

Goodbye World - Co-Written by Sarah Adina Smith

The end of the world isn't always what you expect. Goodbye World takes on the apocalypse from a very different angle -- that of a relationship drama. In my Los Angeles Times review, I wrote, "The collapse of this civilization arrives via text message; the words "Goodbye World" prelude the sudden breakdown of all technological infrastructure. The stockpiles of food that survivalist James (Adrian Grenier) had hoarded in his off-the-grid cottage can feed his wife, Lily (Kerry Bishe), and their toddler daughter when the price of a fresh tomato at the store inflates to $40." But problems arise when they invite more and more people to wait out the end of the world with them. (Inkoo Kang)

Films Written by Women Currently Playing

50 to 1 - Co-Written by Faith Conroy 

The Right Kind of Wrong - Written by Megan Martin 
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 


A Field in England - Co-Written by Amy Jump
August: Osage County - Written by Tracy Letts
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - Co-Written by Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens

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