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Weekly Update for March 6: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

Weekly Update for March 6: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

Films About Women Opening This Week

October Gale – Written and Directed by Ruba Nadda

Toronto doctor Helen Matthews (Patricia Clarkson,) mourning the death of her husband, retreats to the isolated island cabin where they’d spent some of their most cherished moments together. Her reverie is cut short when a mysterious man, Will (Scott Speedman,) washes ashore with a bullet in his shoulder. As he recuperates, the two develop a tentative connection, though Will refuses to explain what happened. When a severe storm traps them on the island as Will’s would-be killer returns, their ability to trust each other then becomes a matter of survival. This film is the story of a couple warily exploring their growing bond under extreme circumstances. (Press Materials)

Read Women and Hollywood’s interview with Rubba Nadda.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Now that The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is full up with its long-term residents, co-managers Muriel Donnelly (Maggie Smith) and Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel) have a dream of expansion, and they’ve found just the place: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. With plans underway, Evelyn and Douglas (Judi Dench and Bill Nighy) venture into the Jaipur workforce, wondering where their regular breakfast dates will lead.  Meanwhile, Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle) navigate the swirling waters of an exclusive relationship, as Madge (Celia Imrie) juggles two very eligible suitors, and recent arrival Guy Chambers (Richard Gere) finds a muse in Sonny’s mother, Mrs Kapoor (Lillete Dubey) for his next novel. As his marriage to Sunaina (Tina Desai), the love of his life, quickly approaches, Sonny finds his plans for the new hotel making more claims on his time than he has available. Perhaps the only one who may know the answers is Muriel, the keeper of everyone’s secrets. As the big day nears, family and guests alike find themselves swept up in the irresistible intoxication of an Indian wedding. (Press materials)

X/Y (Simultaneously releasing to VOD)

A group of friends living in New York, caught between “generation X and Y,” struggle to forge and sustain emotional relationships and human connections in a society reliant on modern technology. With America Ferrera, Ryan Piers Williams, Melonie Diaz, Jon Paul Phillips, Amber Tamblyn, David Harbour, and Common. (Press materials)

Grey Gardens (doc) (Restored Version screening in select cities) – Co-Directed by Ellen Hovde and Muffie Meyer

Meet Big and Little Edie Beale: mother and daughter, high-society dropouts, and reclusive cousins of Jackie Onassis. The two manage to thrive together amid the decay and disorder of their East Hampton, New York, mansion, making for an eerily ramshackle echo of the American Camelot. An impossibly intimate portrait, this 1976 documentary by Albert and David Maysles, co-directed by Ellen Hovde and Muffie Meyer, quickly became a cult classic and established Little Edie as a fashion icon and philosopher queen. (Press materials)


Films About Women Currently Playing

The Hunting Ground (doc)

Ana Maria in Novela Land – Directed and Co-Written by Georgina Garcia Riedel

Maps to the Stars

Bluebird

Farewell to Hollywood (doc) – Co-Directed and Co-Written by Regina Nicholson

Everly

The DUFF

Fifty Shades of Grey – Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson; Written by Kelly Marcel

Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem – Co-Written and Co-Directed by Ronit Elkabetz

Jupiter Ascending

Girlhood – Written and Directed by Celine Sciamma

Gloria – Written by Sabina Berman

The Boy Next Door – Written by Barbara Curry 

Still Alice 

Annie – Co-Written by Aline Brosh McKenna 

Two Days, One Night 

Big Eyes

Wild

Films Directed by Women Currently Playing

My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn – Written and Directed by Liv Corfixen

McFarland, USA – Directed by Niki Caro; Co-Written by Bettina Gilois

Above and Beyond (doc) – Directed by Roberta Grossman 

Selma – Directed by Ava DuVernay 

Unbroken – Directed by Angelina Jolie 

Citizenfour (doc) – Directed by Laura Poitras

Films Written by Women Opening This Week

Chappie – Co-Written by Terri Tatchell

In the near future, crime is patrolled by an oppressive mechanized police force. But now, the people are fighting back. When one police droid, Chappie, is stolen and given new programming, he becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. As powerful, destructive forces start to see Chappie as a danger to mankind and order, they will stop at nothing to maintain the status quo and ensure that Chappie is the last of his kind. (Press materials)

Films Written by Women Currently Playing

Strange Magic – Co-Written by Irene Mecchi 

Spare Parts – Written by Elissa Matsueda 

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Co-Written by Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh 

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