Alliance of Women Film Journalists Selections

Alliance of Women Film Journalists Selections

Weekly selections of Films Directed by Women from the Alliance of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ). This week's featured selection is Chanya Button's BURN BURN BURN. Read an excerpt from Valerie Kalfrin's AWFJ review: "Based on a novel by French author Anne-Sophie Brasme, director Mélanie Laurent's BREATHE is a story propelled by the mercurial friendships of teenage girls. The drama rises on the rich performances of its two leads, Lou de Laâge and Joséphine Japy. During their fast and intense relationship, Sarah (de Laâge) accuses Charlie (Japy) of playing the victim—but Sarah’s pretty good at that herself. There are no clear villains and heroes in the film until the tragic (no spoilers) climax."

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Alliance of Women Film Journalists Selections
  • Breathe

    Alliance of Women Film Journalists Selection! Read an excerpt from Valerie Kalfrin's AWFJ review: "Based on a novel by French author Anne-Sophie Brasme, director Mélanie Laurent's BREATHE is a story propelled by the mercurial friendships of teenage girls. The drama rises on the rich performances ...

  • Burn Burn Burn

    Alliance of Women Film Journalists Selection! Read an excerpt from Sherin Nicole's AWFJ review: "The sudden death of a loved one has a way of exposing our secrets—everything we’ve held on to comes pouring out. In grief, we are as vulnerable as when faced with our mortality and that need for heali...

  • Arranged

    Alliance of Women Film Journalists Selection! Read an excerpt from Sandie Angulo Chen's AWFJ review: "Directors Diane Crespo and Stefan C. Schaefer’s short-and-sweet film captures the joy of the two women bonding against the odds. Their blossoming friendship overcomes obstacles, including their p...

  • White Riot

    Alliance of Women Film Journalists Selection! Read an excerpt from Pam Grady's AWFJ review: "Punk rock met political activism when Rock Against Racism rose up in Britain, pushing back at the rise of racism, xenophobia, and the far-right National Front movement in the 1970s. It might seem like anc...

  • XXY

    Alliance of Women Film Journalists Selection! Read an excerpt from Beth Accomando's AWFJ review: "Lucia Puenzo's directing debut is a coming of age film with a twist. XXY is about a teenager who was born with both male and female genitalia. Alex has been raised as a girl but at fifteen, she’s sta...

  • Oh Lucy!

    Alliance of Women Film Journalists Selection! Read an excerpt from Liz Whittemore's AWFJ review: "At the suggestion of her niece, lonely middle-aged Setsuko takes English lessons. When her plucky teacher John goes missing, Setsuko gets on a plane to California in search of love and a life-changin...

  • Antonia's Line

    Alliance of Women Film Journalists Selection! Read an excerpt from Leslie Combemale's AWFJ review: "With ANTONIA'S LINE, writer/director Marleen Gorris created a film that is a celebration of life and an unflinching look at the challenges intergenerational women faced throughout the 20th century....

  • Only When I Dance

    Alliance of Women Film Journalists Selection! Read an excerpt from Jennifer Green's AWFJ review: "It is only when he's dancing that Brazilian teen Irlan Santos da Silva says he feels like himself. Born and raised in one of Rio de Janeiro's impoverished favelas, ballet has offered Irlan an escape ...

  • Yarn

    Alliance of Women Film Journalists Selection! Read an excerpt from Lois Alter Mark's AWFJ review: "The opening of Una Lorenzen’s YARN reminds us that the word doesn’t just refer to the stuff of scarves and mittens but is also 'A long, often elaborate narrative of real or fictitious adventures; an...

  • A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Alliance of Women Film Journalists Selection! Read an excerpt from Joan Amenn's AWFJ review: "Anyone who found themselves uninspired by their high school English classes might remember that there was a small spark of fun to look forward to, if they were lucky. Should your instructor assign you to...

  • Amour Fou

    Alliance of Women Film Journalists Selection! Read an excerpt from Marilyn Ferdinand's AWFJ review: "The careful framing, gorgeous period settings, brilliantly orchestrated set-pieces, and vibrant colors of this film are a feast for the eyes, and I admired the subtle performances of this uniforml...

  • I Am Not a Witch

    Alliance of Women Film Journalists Selection! Read an excerpt from Jennifer Merin's AWFJ review: "I AM NOT A WITCH is the beautifully crafted, profoundly provocative first feature from writer/director Rungaro Nyoni. The movie is set in rural Zambia, where Shula, a naive eight year old orphaned gi...