Hateship Loveship – Directed by Liza Johnson
After receiving rave notices for her feature debut Return, director Liza Johnson has followed up with a second film about an outsider protagonist desperately wanting in. Kristen Wiig plays a naive, sheltered nanny who is deceived into falling in love with her charges’ drug-addict father (Guy Pearce). Johanna (Wiig) grew up isolated and friendless, which makes her an easy target for teenage rebel Sabitha’s (Hailee Steinfeld) spiraling prank. (Melissa Silverstein)
Read Women and Hollywood’s interview with Liza Johnson here.
Maidentrip (doc) – Directed by Jillian Schlesinger; Written by Laura Dekker, Penelope Falk, Jillian Schlesinger
Films Directed by Women Opening
A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair (doc) – Directed by Samantha Grant
A Fragile Trust tells the story of Jayson Blair, a young guy who made some really bad decisions. Jayson happened to be working at the most important newspaper in the world when he made those bad decisions, and his actions had a tremendous impact, not only on his life, but on the lives of everyone around him, and ultimately on journalism as a whole. The film takes a look at what happened, how it happened, and explores the way the media conveyed the scandal in their splashy, sensational coverage. (Samantha Grant)
Read Women and Hollywood’s intervew with Samantha Grant here.
Dancing in Jaffa (doc) – Directed by Hilla Medalia
Renowned ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine takes his belief that dance can overcome political and social differences and applies it to eleven-year-old Jewish and Palestinian Israelis. (Press materials)