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Weekly Update for November 8: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

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by Inkoo Kang
November 8, 2013 4:00 PM
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Still from 'Ass Backwards'
Still from 'Ass Backwards'

Films About Women Opening This Weekend 

Ass Backwards - Written by Casey Wilson and June Diane Raphael 

Two best friends (Kate and Chloe) embark on a cross country trip back to their hometown to attempt to win a pageant that eluded them as children. (IMDB)


Reaching for the Moon - Co-Written by Julie Sayres, Carmen L. Oliveira

Reaching for the Moon tells the story of the explosive love affair between Pulitzer Prize winning poet Elizabeth Bishop and Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares in 1950s Brazil. The film takes you deep into the price and struggle of creativity and gives an interesting look back at a woman whose life we in the public know very little about.  It is nice to see Miranda Otto on the big screen and she embodies Bishop with ferocious intensity. (Melissa Silverstein) 


Go for Sisters 

Bernice (LisaGay Hamilton) and Fontayne (Yolonda Ross) grew up the closest of friends, but time sent them down different paths. Twenty years later, those paths cross: Fontayne is a recovering addict fresh out of jail, and Bernice is her new parole officer. When Bernice’s son Rodney goes missing on the Mexican border, his shady associates all in hiding or brutally murdered, Bernice realizes she needs someone with the connections to navigate Rodney’s world without involving the police and turns to her old friend.  The pair enlist the services of disgraced ex-LAPD detective Freddy Suárez (Edward James Olmos) and plunge into the underbelly of Tijuana, forced to unravel a complex web of human traffickers, smugglers, and corrupt cops before Rodney meets the same fate as his partners.  (Press Materials)


How I Live Now 

Set in the near-future UK, Ronan plays Daisy, an American teenager sent to stay with relatives in the English countryside. Initially withdrawn and alienated, she begins to warm up to her charming surroundings, and strikes up a romance with the handsome Edmund (George MacKay). But on the fringes of their idyllic summer days are tense news reports of an escalating conflict in Europe. When a nuclear device is detonated, the UK falls into a violent, chaotic military state, and Daisy finds herself hiding and fighting to survive. (Press Materials)


The Book Thief

Based on the beloved international bestselling book, The Book Thief tells the story of an extraordinary, spirited young girl sent to live with a foster family in WWII Germany. Intrigued by the only book she brought with her, she begins collecting books as she finds them. With the help of her new parents and a secret guest under the stairs, she learns to read and creates a magical world that inspires them all. (Press Materials)

 

Films About Women Currently Playing

Running from Crazy - Directed by Barbara Kopple (doc)

Sweet Dreams - Co-directed by Lisa Fruchtman (doc)

Casting By

Diana

Blue is the Warmest Color

Carrie - Directed by Kimberly Peirce 

Gravity

Grace Unplugged 

I Used to be Darker - Co-Written by Amy Belk 

Baggage Claim

Enough Said - Written and directed by Nicole Holofcener

Wadjda - Written and directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour

Good Ol' Freda

Short Term 12

Austenland - Written and directed by Jerusha Hess, adapted for the screen by Jerusha Hess and Shannon Hale 

The Patience Stone

In A World... - Written and Directed by Lake Bell

Blue Jasmine


Films Directed by Women Opening This Weekend

Cinemability - Directed by Jenni Gold (doc) 

Filmmaker Jenni Gold, who herself suffers from a form of muscular dystrophy, explores images of disability in the documentary CinemAbility. From my L.A. Times review: “Narrated by actress Jane Seymour and packed with A-list interviewees, this exhaustive and eye-opening documentary explores images of the physically disabled on TV and in the movies. Because cinema’s earliest stories about disability now strike us as patently offensive – popular tropes included supposedly handicapped beggars who faked their infirmities and blind girls who miraculously regained their eyesight as a reward for virginal behavior – the film’s overall narrative is one of rocky but steady progress.” (Inkoo Kang)


A Case of You - Directed by Kat Coiro 

Director Kat Coiro explores love, Brooklyn-style, in the indie rom-com A Case of You. Justin Long and Evan Rachel Wood star as cutesy hipsters whose coffee shop-born love might not withstand his insecurities about not being cool enough for her. From my Village Voice review: “The script takes a hoary sitcom trope - a boy goes to great lengths to find out what the girl he's smitten with likes so he can pretend to like those things, too - and takes it to its logical extreme.” Like so many romantic heroes, Long eventually realizes that deception is a pretty bad first step in wooing a girl. (Inkoo Kang) 

 

Ghosts in Our Machine - Directed by Liz Marshall (doc) 

Ghosts in our Machine is an extremely upsetting yet moving film about how we treat animals.  It tells the story of Jo-Ann McArthur, a photographer, who has dedicated her life to showing the disturbing treatment of animals.  After watching the film, there is no way you will look or thinks about animals the same way again. (Melissa Silverstein)

Read interview with director Liz Marshall.

 

Films Directed by Women Currently Playing

Symphony of the Soil - Directed by Deborah Koons Garcia (doc)

Last Love - Written and directed by Sandra Nettelbeck

The New Black - Directed by Yeruba Richen (doc)

The Pervert's Guide to Ideology - Directed by Sophie Fiennes (doc)

Bastards - Co-written and directed by Claire Denis

The Square - Directed by Jehane Noujaim (doc)

Il Futuro (The Future) - Written and directed by Alicia Scherson 

American Promise - Co-directed by Michele Stephenson

 

Films Written by Women Currently Playing

Dallas Buyers Club - Co-Written by Melissa Wallack 


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

Hava Nagila - Directed by Roberta Grossman (doc)

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1 Comment

  • Helise Flickstein | November 10, 2013 6:25 AMReply

    TWO SCRIPTS WRITTEN BY A WOMAN THAT NEEDS A DIRECTOR!

    THE REVOLUTIONISTS by, Helise Flickstein (historical biopic) is about two women who changed history and the laws about women...Susan B. Anthony & Elizabeth Cady Stanton. However they had one secret that they kept hidden from each other and themselves which led to inner personal disaster.(c) & WGAe

    BOGIE & BACALL by, Helise Flickstein (biopic) is about the true stories of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Bogie wants love but feels unworthy of love, so he self sabotages his personal relationships. When he realizes what he has, it's too late because he is dying of esophagus cancer. (c) & WGAw

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