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Films Directed by Women presented by Alliance of Women Film Journalists

Films Directed by Women presented by Alliance of Women Film Journalists

A collection of over 150 features and shorts directed by women. Filmmakers include Maren Ade, Véra Belmont, Marleen Gorris, Jessica Hausner, Atsuko Hirayanagi, Wanuri Kahiu, Mélanie Laurent, Maiwenn, Rungano Nyoni, Alice Rohrwacher, Julie Taymor, Cathy Yan, and more!

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Films Directed by Women presented by Alliance of Women Film Journalists
  • I Am Not a Witch
    Movie + 1 extra

    I Am Not a Witch

    Movie + 1 extra

    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...

  • Amour Fou
    Movie + 1 extra

    Amour Fou

    Movie + 1 extra

    Inspired by the actual suicide of Heinrich von Kleist (author of THE MARQUISE OF O...) and Henrietta Vogel, AMOUR FOU is a Cannes Film Festival-nominated wry period dramedy, which went on to win 2 prizes at the Austrian Film Awards. Forever under-appreciated and melancholy, Heinrich is a young po...

  • A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Movie

    From the mind of award-winning director Julie Taymor (The Lion King on Broadway, Frida, Titus) comes a Shakespeare adaptation like none other. Rich with Taymor's trademark creativity, this immersive and darkly poetic cinematic experience brings the play's iconic fairies, spells and hallucinatory ...

  • Only When I Dance

    Movie

    This feel-good documentary, which was nominated for the Documentary Jury Prize at the Tribeca Film Festival, follows Irlan and Isabela, two teenagers from the violent favelas of Rio de Janeiro, as they pursue their dreams of becoming professional ballet dancers. A truly inspiring story that takes...

  • Distances

    Movie

    Olivia, Eloy, Guille and Anna travel to Berlin to pay a surprise visit to their friend Comas, who is turning 35. When his reaction to their arrival does not go as expected and further conflicts emerge over the weekend, the strength of everyone's friendship is put to the test. Together they discov...

  • Our Times

    Movie

    Director Rakhshan Banietemad boldly examines the contributions and involvement of women in the 2001 Iranian elections. At first, following a group of young film actors and artists (including her daughter) who are rallying to support Mohammad Khatami for re-election, she goes on to meet some of ne...

  • Nargess

    Movie

    Adel is a young miscreant who carries out audacious schemes with his aging ex-lover and partner in crime Afagh. When Adel meets the beautiful Nargess, he vows to go straight, but honest work does not come easily, leading him to return to Afagh and his criminal ways.

    The fourth feature from accla...

  • Claire Darling

    Movie

    On the first day of summer, Claire Darling (Catherine Deneuve) has decided to rid herself of her entire estate. She’s laid down all her favorite objects on her front lawn for one splendid garage sale. As a horde of curious bystanders and neighbors fight over the ridiculously underpriced antiques,...

  • Bad Roads

    Movie

    Four short stories are set along the roads of Donbass during the war. There are no safe spaces and no one can make sense of just what is going on.

    Even as they are trapped in the chaos, some manage to wield authority over others. But in this world, where tomorrow may never come, not everyone is ...

  • Oeconomia

    Movie

    We live in a world where our economic system has made itself invisible and eludes understanding. In recent years, we often have had little more than a diffuse and unsatisfactory feeling that something is going wrong. But what? The episodically-structured feature-length documentary OECONOMIA expla...

  • Mug
    Movie

    Mug

    Movie

    Jacek, a fun-loving metalhead, works at the construction site of what is soon to become the tallest statue of Jesus in the world. After he becomes disfigured in a severe accident, Jacek becomes the first person in Poland to receive a face transplant. This leads to his status as a media spectacle...

  • Rara
    Movie

    Rara

    Movie

    Since their parents split up, Sara and her younger sister live with their mother, whose new partner is a woman. Everyday life for the four of them is very similar to any other family. While the situation is perfectly fine with Sara, not everyone sees it the same way. Her father, in particular, ha...

  • Falling

    Movie

    A fragile love story between a boy and a girl in today’s post-revolutionary Ukraine. Anton, a former enfant prodige composer who couldn’t handle his obsession with music, returns to Ukraine after a long period in rehab for drugs and alcohol. Katia, an ordinary girl living on the outskirts of Kiev...

  • When the Trees Fall

    Movie

    Five-year-old Vitka and her teenage cousin Larysa both yearn for a life beyond the archaic rules and restricting confines of their small, godforsaken Ukrainian village. Despite her family's staunch objections, Larysa falls wildly in love with Scar, a handsome ex-convict. Hoping to leave their tro...

  • A Perfectly Normal Family

    Movie

    Eleven-year-old Emma had a perfectly normal family until her dad reveals he is transitioning to become a woman. As Thomas becomes Agnete, both father and daughter struggle to hold on to the relationship they once had, while accepting the reality that everything has forever changed.

    The feature d...

  • The Taste of Pho

    Movie

    Long, a Vietnamese cook and Warsaw resident, has built up a loyal following for his expertly-made pho, until the restaurant where he works is sold to a new owner who wants to revamp the menu. This sudden change exacerbates Long’s struggles to fit in with the European culture his ten-year-old daug...

  • The Pencil

    Movie

    Antonina, an artist from Saint Petersburg, follows her husband, a political prisoner, to the deep north province of Russia. As she starts teaching art in a local school, she finds herself opposed by a twelve-year-old boy, Misha, whose brother is a feared local gang leader.

    DIRECTED BY NATALYA NA...

  • Holy Beasts

    Movie

    Aging punk diva Vera V. (Geraldine Chaplin) arrives in Santo Domingo to direct a musical as a cinematic tribute to her mentor, the late filmmaker Jean-Louis Jorge. Welcoming her are two old friends, the producer Victor (Jaime Pina) and cinematographer Martin (Luis Ospina), with whom Vera spent th...

  • Electric Shadows

    Movie

    Maverick female director Xiao Jiang tells the charming tale of a small-town cinema and the lifelong influence it has on a young boy and girl. Years later the two meet by chance under unusual circumstances in Beijing, an encounter that sparks both nostalgia and romance. ELECTRIC SHADOWS was praise...

  • Coffee with Cinnamon

    Movie

    Violeta lives in a tight-knit community in Bahia, Brazil. She is far from the only one struggling with grief and loss: there is also a grandmother entirely dependent on care, a woman desperately searching for love and a young doctor who – after 20 years – is left by his great love, a much older m...

  • Antonia's Line

    Movie

    In the aftermath of WWII, strong-willed Antonia returns to her small hometown where she has inherited her mother’s farm. Antonia, joined by her free-spirited artist daughter Danielle, ingratiate themselves with the town’s tight-knit and eccentric community. As the years unfold, love and tragedy c...

  • Breathe

    Movie

    Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds, Beginners) directs this taut, nuanced story about the depths of female friendships and the dark side of teenage infatuations, based on the best-selling young adult novel by Anne-Sophie Brasme. Seventeen-year-old Charlie (Joséphine Japy) is frustrated by her ...

  • Corpo Celeste

    Movie

    Having recently returned to her native Italy after living in Switzerland for 10 years, 13-year-old Marta is left to her own devices while her mother toils away at work. A stranger in her town, Marta's only source of socialization is the local church, where she takes classes to prepare for her con...

  • Dead Pigs

    Movie

    The fates of an unlucky pig farmer, a feisty home-owner defending her property, a lovestruck busboy, a disenchanted rich girl, and an American expat pursuing the Chinese Dream converge and collide as thousands of dead pigs are found floating down the Huangpu River, towards a modernizing Shanghai ...