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Women Directors Make Up Half of the 27th International Film Critics Week at the Venice Film Festival

by Kerensa Cadenas
July 24, 2012 11:49 AM
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Magnet "Kiss of the Damned"

The 69th Annual Venice International Film Festival announced the lineup for the 27th International Film Critics Week (SIC), the festival’s independent section.  In this year’s selection of films, women directors are prominently featured, comprising 4 of the 8 films (the ninth film, Water, is a collective) in competition.

SIC general director, Francesco di Pace commented on inclusion of women giving a bit of a dig to his colleagues at the Cannes Film Festival noting:

We can reassure those who believe that cinema and festivals need female quotas: the strong presence of women presenting their first feature film at this year’s festival highlights the existence of a courage and expressive urgency that overcomes any cultural obstacles or political and economic censors. In the films that comprise this year’s SIC selection, four out of the eight directors (the ninth film is a collective) are women. This is not the result of an opportunistic decision: despite the major changes that cinema is undergoing, it remains a universal language that knows no limits relating to gender.

Here is a list of the women directed films competing:

Kiss of the Damned – Xan Cassavetes (USA)

Eat Sleep Die – Gabriela Pichler (Sweden)

She Doesn’t Want To Sleep Alone – Natalia Beristain (Mexico)

Lotus – Liu Shu (People's Republic of China)

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  • Destri | July 24, 2012 2:04 PMReply

    Very awesome.

  • Lorenzo | July 24, 2012 12:31 PMReply

    Also the other independent festival section (Giornate degli Autori-Venice Days) will be very feminine:

    Heritage - Hiam Abbas
    Stories we tell - Sarah Polley
    Women's tales - Zoe Cassavetes, Lucrecia Martel, Giada Colagrande, Massy Tadjedin
    Queen of Montreuil - Sólveig Anspach
    Keep smiling - Rusudan Chkonia
    Bob Wilson's life and death of Marina Abramovic - Giada Colagrande
    Terramatta - Costanza Quatriglio

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