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Directed by Women

Directed by Women

A curated collection of films directed by women with featured selections by AWFJ. 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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Directed by Women
  • Banu
    Movie

    Banu

    Movie

    Amidst the chaos surrounding the Second Nagorno-Karabakh War, Banu has four days to mount a defense against her influential soon-to-be ex-husband, Javid. He wants to get full custody of their son and is claiming that Banu is an unfit mother who suffers from psychiatric issues. With no time to spa...

  • Aalto

    Movie

    Journey into the life and work of the defining figure in Scandic design and one of the greatest modern architects, Alvar Aalto. Recounting the intimate yet tragic love story he shared with his architect wife, Aino, the film provides a cinematic tour of their creative process and iconic buildings ...

  • Amour Fou

    Movie

    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...

  • Antonia's Line

    Movie

    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....

  • 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 ...

  • Body
    Movie

    Body

    Movie

    Janusz (Janusz Gajos) is a crime scene investigator who is not easily fazed and has seen it all. But when dealing with his anorexic daughter, Olga (Justyna Suwala), who is still grieving the loss of her recently deceased mother, he feels helpless. Fearing that she might harm herself, Janusz commi...

  • Burn Burn Burn

    Movie

    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...

  • Children of the Mist

    Movie

    In a village hidden in the mist-shrouded Northwest Vietnamese mountains resides an indigenous Hmong community, home to twelve-year-old Di, part of the first generation of her people with access to formal education. A free spirit, Di happily recounts her experiences to Vietnamese filmmaker Diễm Hà...

  • Corpo Celeste

    Movie

    Alliance of Women Film Journalists Selection! Read an excerpt from Erin Trahan's AWFJ review: "If a cinematic canon were to prioritize an adolescent girl’s point of view, Alice Rohrwacher’s CORPO CELESTE from 2011 would top the list. The first of Rohrwacher’s several features as writer-director o...

  • Cure: The Life of Another

    Movie

    1993: after the Siege of Dubrovnik. 14-year-old Linda has moved back to Croatia from Switzerland with her father. Her new best friend Eta takes her up to the forbidden forest above the city. The two girls become entangled in an obsessive, sexually charged game of swapping identities that leads to...

  • Dead Pigs

    Movie

    Alliance of Women Film Journalists Selection! Read an excerpt from Margaret Barton Fumo's AWFJ review: "Cathy Yan’s 2018 film DEAD PIGS is a dazzling debut ahead of her better-known followup, the blockbuster superhero film BIRDS OF PREY (2020). DEAD PIGS premiered at Sundance, where it won a Spec...

  • Faith

    Movie

    An isolated monastery in the Italian hills. A kung fu master. A community of Christian monks with a touch of Asian disciplines. A single faith: to fight evil in the name of the Father... For twenty years, former martial arts champions the Warrior of Light have been preparing for a “higher” war am...

  • Foreign Letters

    Movie

    Set in the 1980s, FOREIGN LETTERS follows Ellie, a homesick 12-year-old Israeli girl who recently moved to the US. Life brightens when she meets Thuy, a Vietnamese refugee her age. Though they don't seem to have much in common, they share an experience of being a stranger in a new country, and tr...

  • Glory

    Movie

    Tsanko Petrov, a railroad linesman, finds millions in cash on the train tracks. After turning all the money over to the police, the state celebrates his good deed with a televised press conference and a shiny new wristwatch that promptly stops working. Meanwhile, Julia Staikova, head of public re...

  • 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...

  • In Between
    Movie + 1 extra

    In Between

    Movie + 1 extra

    Maysaloun Hamoud’s remarkable debut feature follows three strong and independent-minded Palestinian women who share an apartment in Tel Aviv. Away from the constraints of their families and tradition, they find themselves “in between” the free and unfettered lives they are aspiring to lead and th...

  • Joy Womack: The White Swan

    Movie

    After leaving her home in Texas at the early age of fifteen, Joy Womack made history as the first U.S.-born student to graduate from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy’s main training program, and the first American woman to sign a contract with the Bolshoi Ballet.

    Providing exclusive access to her grue...

  • Karl Marx City

    Movie

    Alliance of Women Film Journalists Selection! Read an excerpt from Marilyn Ferdinand's AWFJ review: "As citizens in several parts of the world (among them, Italy, Sweden, and the United States) toy with the idea of authoritarianism as a way to bring order and stability to the frequent messiness o...

  • Love Me

    Movie

    Sasha is an attractive young Ukranian woman who finally decides to end her dead-end relationship with a married man. Cemal, bound by tradition to marry a girl he's never met, is dragged by his uncle and cousin from Turkey to Kiev for a decadent bachelor party. When their paths cross at a nightclu...

  • 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...

  • My Little Sister
    Movie + 1 extra

    My Little Sister

    Movie + 1 extra

    Once a brilliant playwright, Lisa (Nina Hoss) no longer writes. She lives in Switzerland with her family, but her heart remains in Berlin, where her twin brother, Sven (Lars Eidinger), is battling an aggressive type of leukemia. He is a famous theater actor, and Lisa tries moving heaven and earth...

  • My Sole Desire

    Movie

    The Paris strip club À mon seul désir (My Sole Desire) is home to a mesmerizing troupe of seductive female performers. Like a moth to a flame, newcomer Manon (Louise Chevillotte) is drawn to their sensual allure and adopts the stage name Aurore. Among her fellow dancers is audience favorite Mia (...

  • Nevia

    Movie

    Nevia is a poor, seventeen-year-old girl who lives in the suburbs of Naples with her aunt, grandmother, and little sister Enza. Determined to get more out of life than what fate has in store for her, she struggles to find her way in a society where men make all the rules. Everything changes, howe...

  • Oh Lucy!

    Movie

    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...