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Weekly Update for September 13: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

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by Kerensa Cadenas
September 13, 2013 3:15 PM
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Mother of George

Films About Women Opening This Weekend

Wadjda - Haifaa Al-Mansour


What Wadjda (Waad Mohammed) wants to do is simple - ride a bike. That shouldn't be so difficult, but when you live in Saudia Arabia, a place where women can't drive, a girl riding a bike in the street is not allowed. What Haifaa Al-Mansour has done by being the first director to shoot a film in Saudia Arabia - male or female - is give us a movie that is fundamentally radical in a very accessible way. (PS Ms. Al-Monsour being a woman, was not allowed to venture out onto the street to direct her cast so she directed from a van.) Wadjda is on the cusp of growing up and as she enters puberty there are lots of rules that start to kick in. Read more. (Melissa Silverstein)

And While We Were Here - Written and Directed by Kat Coiro

While working on a writing project on the island of Ischia, a married woman (Kate Bosworth) enters into an affair with a younger man. Read guest post from director Kat Coiro

Plush - Catherine Hardwicke

A young singer/songwriter (Emily Browning), despite being married, becomes involved with her new guitarist, who she soon discovers has a dark past and may be a danger to her and those close to her. (IMDB)

Mademoiselle C (doc)

A documentary focused on former Vogue Paris editor-in-chief and fashion stylist Carine Roitfeld. (IMDB)


Mother of George - written by Darci Picoult

Andrew Dosunmu's Mother of George, written by Darci Picoult, tells the story of a woman Adenike (Danai Gurira) a woman who marries in a traditional African ceremony where she is re-named for her still to be born son George. The problem is the Adenike cannot get preganant, and quickly this becomes a very big problem because her only job is to produce George. It's always hard to watch a film where a woman has no other purpose in life except to have kids, but politics aside, this was a very original and interesting film. Dosunmu vibrantly presents a rich African culture that begins with a wedding the like I have never seen on the screen before. The colors jump off the screen, yet at the same time you see Adenike's world becoming smaller and smaller as she becomes more and more desperate to get pregnant. Danai Guria is curerntly on The Walking Dead and she is beyond terrific in this film. She brings to life an African woman living in NY trying to do what she was taught to do which is to be a mother. The subject of infertility has never been told this way before on film. (Melissa Silverstein- from Sundance)


Films About Women Currently Playing

Touchy Feely - Written and Directed by Lynn Shelton

Adore - Directed by Anne Fontaine

A Teacher - Written and Directed by Hannah Fidell

Best Kept Secret - Directed by Samantha Buck (doc)

Winnie Mandela

Populaire

Good Ol' Freda

Afternoon Delight - Written and Directed by Jill Soloway

Passion

Therese

The Mortal Intruments: City of Bones - Written by Jessica Postigo

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

Girl Most Likely - Directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, written by Michelle Morgan

The Heat - Written by Katie Dippold

20 Feet From Stardom

Hannah Arendt - Directed by Margarethe von Trotta

Fill The Void - Written and Directed by Rama Burshstein

Frances Ha - Co-Written by Greta Gerwig


Films Directed by Women Opening This Weekend


Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction - Sophie Huber (doc)

Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction is an impressionistic portrait of the iconic actor comprised of intimate moments, film clips from some of his 200 films and his own heart-breaking renditions of American folk songs. Lensed in color and black and white by Seamus McGarvey, the film explores the actor's enigmatic outlook on his life, his unexploited talents as a musician, and includes candid reminiscences by David Lynch, Wim Wenders, Sam Shepard, Kris Kristofferson and Deborah Harry. (Press Materials)


Herb and Dorothy 50x50 - Megumi Sasaki (doc)

A follow up to award winning documentary Herb & Dorothy, the film captures the ordinary couple's extraordinary gift of art to the nation as they close the door on their life as collectors. When Herb and Dorothy Vogel, a retired postal clerk and librarian, began collecting works of contemporary art in the 1960s, they never imagined it would outgrow their one bedroom Manhattan apartment and spread throughout America. 50 years later, the collection is nearly 5,000 pieces and worth millions. Refusing to sell, the couple launches an unprecedented gift project giving artworks to one museum in all 50 states. The film journeys around the country with the Vogels, meeting artists who are famous or unknown, often controversial, striking today's society with questions about art and its survival. (IMDB)


Films Directed by Women Currently Playing

99% The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film - Directed by Audrey Ewell, Aaron Aites, Lucian Read, Nina Krstic (doc)

Out of the Clear Blue Sky - Directed by Danielle Gardner (doc)

I Am Breathing - Directed by Emma Davie and Morag McKinnon (doc)

Una Noche - Written and Directed by Lucy Mulloy

Our Nixon - Directed by Penny Lane (doc)

Blackfish - Directed by Gabriela Coperthwaite (doc)

Love Is All You Need - Directed by Susanne Bier


Films Written by Women Currently Playing

Before Midnight - Co-Written by Julie Delpy


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

Three Worlds - directed by Catherine Corsini

Peeples - directed by Tina Gordon Chism

War Witch

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1 Comment

  • emma | September 16, 2013 12:19 PMReply

    Still: Courtney Solomon is a man and shouldn't be listed under "Films Directed by Women Currently Playing".

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