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

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by Kerensa Cadenas
October 25, 2013 5:00 PM
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'The Square'-Winner of the People's Choice Award at RIDM

Films About Women Opening This Weekend

Blue is the Warmest Color

There's no doubt when Abdellatif Kechiche's Blue is the Warmest Color hits theaters today it will cause controversy. The movie has already experienced the both praise and backlash from critics, its own director and lead actresses.

Winner of this year's Palme d'Or at Cannes, the first queer film to do so, follows Adele (Adele Exarchopoulos), a reserved teenager. She goes to school, hangs out with her friends and spends time with her family. Adele's friends are soaked in hormones--constantly chatting about boys and sex. Adele seems uncomfortable in joining on their conversations. She soon starts seeing a guy from school and their lackluster sexual encounters can't compete with her seconds-long run in on the street with a beautiful blue haired girl. And when Adele finally meets Emma (Lea Seydoux) and they connect--it is completely electric.

The film's treatment of the budding romance between Adele and Emma hits the audience in their softest, squishiest parts. Their first shared glance on the street echoes real chance encounters in our lives--locking eyes across a bar, a silent smile on the subway-- but it becomes an actual relationship instead of the ones we imagine within those moments. (Kerensa Cadenas)

Girl on a Bicycle

Paolo, an Italian tour bus driver living in the "second most beautiful city in the world", Paris, has just summoned up the courage to propose marriage to his flight attendant girlfriend Greta when, per chance, he encounters the alluring, mysterious Girl on a Bicycle. Infatuation is immediate. Obsession follows. Unable to get the image of this beauty out of his head, he seeks advice from his best friend, the witty and womanizing Derek. In his bumbling attempt to meet the Girl, French model Cecile, Paolo accidentally knocks her over with his bus and his life turns madly chaotic. (IMDB)

Films About Women Currently Playing

Carrie - Directed by Kimberly Peirce

Camille Claudel 1915

Paradise - Written and Directed by Diablo Cody

Haunter

Peaches Does Herself

A River Changes Course - Directed by Kalyanee Mann (doc)

Gravity

Grace Unplugged

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

Baggage Claim

Enough Said - Written and Directed by Nicole Holofcener

Haute Cuisine

Wadjda - Haifaa Al-Mansour

Touchy Feely - Written and Directed by Lynn Shelton

Populaire

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

Bastards - Co-Written and Directed by Claire Denis


Marco returns to Paris after his brother-in-law's suicide, where he targets the man his sister believes caused the tragedy - though he is ill-prepared for her secrets as they quickly muddy the waters. (IMDB)

The Square - Directed by Jehane Noujaim (doc)

The Square directed by Jehane Noujaim is an extremely gritty and realistic look at one of the defining political moments of our time, the Egyptian revolution and the dawn of the Arab Spring. She takes her camera into the streets and makes us feel like we are there with these people who know that what they are doing is historical. It shows that revolution is not pretty and the lengths that people will go to for freedom and liberty. My biggest problem with this film is that it is half the story - the male half. We all know that women were in Tahrir Square, yet we really don't hear their voices in this revolution. Hopefully the very talented Noujaim will show us the other side of the story and then maybe we will get a full understanding of the revolution. (Melissa Silverstein)

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

When two orphans, Bianca and Tomas meet up with Tomas' gym rat friends, they concoct an elaborate scheme to rob an aging movie star and one-time Mr. Universe, Maciste (played by Rutger Hauer). The boys enlist Bianca to seduce the now blind star so they can get access to his hidden fortune. At once a sly psychological thriller with erotic overtones, this unique film finds a young woman faced with a moral dilemma as a unique friendship develops between her and the actor in his crumbling mansion. (IMDB)


Films Directed by Women Currently Playing

American Promise - Co-Directed by Michele Stephenson

Symphony of Soil - Directed by Koons Garcia (doc)

Blackfish - Directed by Gabriela Coperthwaite (doc)


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

Before Midnight - Co-Written by Julie Delpy

As Cool as I Am

Shepard & Dark - Directed by Treva Wurmfeld

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