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Weekly Update for September 11: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

Weekly Update for September 11: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

Films About Women Opening This Week

Breathe – Written and Directed by Mélanie Laurent

With her second feature, actress-turned-director Melanie Laurent has made one of the best movies of the year. In my review for TheWrap, I wrote, “This naturalistic teen drama is a slow boil, tracing two high schoolers’ instant bond, their few weeks of inseparability, and the long, panic-inducing, burstingly painful aftermath when the thrilling girl who’d initiated the friendship becomes her former BFF’s tormentor.” (Inkoo Kang)

Films About Women Currently Playing

Number One Fan – Written and Directed by Jeanne Harry 
The Second Mother – Written and Directed by Anna Muylaert
Z For Zachariah
Grandma
Learning to Drive – Directed by Isabel Coixet; Written by Sarah Kernochan
Mistress America – Co-Written by Greta Gerwig 
Ricki and the Flash – Written by Diablo Cody 
The Diary of a Teenage Girl – Written and Directed by Marielle Heller 
Phoenix
Trainwreck – Written by Amy Schumer
Inside Out
Spy
Tangerine
Testament of Youth -Written by Juliette Towhidi

Films Directed by Women Opening This Week

Sleeping With Other People – Written and Directed by Leslye Headland

Good-natured womanizer, Jake (Jason Sudeikis), and serial cheater, Lainey (Alison Brie), form a platonic relationship that helps reform them in ways, while a mutual attraction sets in. (Press materials) 

Read Women and Hollywood’s interview with Leslye Headland

Meet the Patels (Documentary) – Co-Directed by Geeta Patel

“Meet the Patels” is a laugh-out-loud real life romantic comedy about Ravi Patel, an almost-30-year-old Indian-American who enters a love triangle between the woman of his dreams — and his parents. (Press materials)

Read Women and Hollywood’s interview with Geeta Patel.

Goodnight Mommy – Co-Directed and Co-Written by Veronika Franz

Twin boys (Lukas and Elias Schwarz) move to a new home with their mother (Susanne Wuest) after she has face changing cosmetic surgery, but under her bandages is someone the children don’t recognize. (Press materials)

Paul Taylor: Creative Domain (Documentary) – Directed by Kate Geis

Paul Taylor is one of the dance world’s most elusive and respected choreographers. For over 50 years he has only given glimpses into his creative process, this film is an unprecedented exploration of how Taylor creates a single dance. The dominant voice is Paul’s, between the guarded and unguarded moments we see him with new eyes and new understanding. (Press materials)

 
Films Directed by Women Currently Playing

 
Rosenwald (Documentary) – Directed by Aviva Kempner 
Meru (Documentary) – Co-Directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelvi
Infinitely Polar Bear – Written and Directed by Maya Forbes 
Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet – Co-Directed by Joan C. Gratz and Nina Paley 
The Wolfpack (Documentary) – Directed by Crystal Moselle

Films Written by Women Opening This Week

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Films Written by Women Currently Playing

We Are Your Friends – Co-Written by Meaghan Oppenheimer
She’s Funny That Way – Co-Written by Louise Stratten 
Straight Outta Compton – Co-Written by Andrea Berloff 
Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation – Co-Written by Laeta Kalogridis 
Terminator: Genisys – Co-Written by Laeta Kalogridis
Jurassic World – Co-Written by Amanda Silver

TV Premiering This Week

American Experience: Walt Disney (Documentary) (PBS) – Directed and Co-Written by Sarah Colt (September 14-15)

Coming to American Experience September 14 & 15 is the unprecedented look at the complex life and enduring legacy of one of America’s best-known storytellers — Walt Disney. Featuring rarely seen footage from the Disney archive, scenes from some of his greatest films, and interviews with biographers, animators and artists who worked on his early films, as well as the designers who helped turn his dream of Disneyland into reality, this two-night, four-hour film reveals the makings of the man who would leave an indelible mark on our nation’s cultural history. (Press materials) 

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Truth Be Told (Hallmark Movies) – Written by Martha Williamson (September 13)

The Postables are on a mission to deliver a soldier’s letter from Afghanistan to a teenager who’s being relentlessly bullied, while Oliver’s (Eric Mabius) estranged father surprises him with news that shakes him to his core. Stars Kristin Booth and Crystal Lowe. (Press materials)

VOD/DVD Releasing This Week 

Eden – Directed and Co-Written by Mia Hansen-Løve (VOD)
Heaven Knows What (VOD)
Pushing Motherhood (Documentary) – Directed by Sybil Azur and Linda Cevallos-French (VOD)

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