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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
  • 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...

  • 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....

  • Only When I Dance

    Movie

    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
    Movie

    Yarn

    Movie

    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

    Movie

    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
    Movie + 1 extra

    Amour Fou

    Movie + 1 extra

    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
    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...

  • Sun, Heart, Love

    Movie

    Lifelong friends Eli (Isabella Ragonese) and Vale (Eva Grieco) have chosen very different paths in life: Eli has four children, an unemployed husband and a job with an almost impossible commute. Vale is single, a dancer and performer and makes ends meet by working in clubs. Tied by a profound emo...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Carmilla
    Movie + 2 extras

    Carmilla

    Movie + 2 extras

    Isolated from the outside world, fifteen-year-old Lara (Hannah Rae) lives in seclusion on a vast country estate with her father and strict governess Miss Fontaine (Jessica Raine). Late one evening, a mysterious carriage crash brings an enigmatic young girl into their home to recuperate. Lara imme...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...