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Weekly Update April 26: Women-Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

Weekly Update April 26: Women-Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

Films About Women Opening This Weekend

Sun Don’t Shine – Directed and Written by Amy Seimetz

Written and directed by actress/filmmaker Amy Seimetz (Tiny Furniture, Upstream Color and Pit Stop), Sun Don’t Shine follows Crystal (Kate Lyn Sheil) and her boyfriend Leo (Kentucker Audley) on a tense and mysterious road trip through the desolate yet hauntingly beautiful landscape of central Florida. From the outset, the purpose of their journey is unclear, and the motivations behind their heated altercations and shady errands are hazy, but sporadic moments of tenderness illuminate the bond between the two that exists underneath their overt tensions. As the couple travels up the Gulf Coast past an endless panorama of mangrove fields, trailer parks, and cookie-cutter housing developments, the disturbing details of their excursion gradually begin to emerge, revealing Crystal’s sinister past and the couple’s troubling future. (From Press Materials)

Paradise: Love

On the beaches of Kenya they’re known as “Sugar Mamas” — European women who seek out African boys selling love to earn a living. Teresa, a 50-year-old Austrian and mother of a daughter entering puberty, travels to this vacation paradise. She goes from one Beach Boy to the next, from one disappointment to the next and finally she must recognize: On the beaches of Kenya love is a business. (From IMDB)

Films About Women Currently Playing

Girl Rising

Filly Brown

Free Angela and All Political Prisoners – Directed by Shola Lynch (doc)

The Brass Teapot – Written and Directed by Ramaa Mosley

The Host

Violeta Went to Heaven


Admission – Written by Karen Croner

The Sapphires

Ginger and Rosa – Written and Directed by Sally Potter

The Call

Spring Breakers

Beyond the Hills


Lore – Directed by Cate Shortland

Side Effects

Films Directed by Women Opening This Weekend

Most weeks we don’t get a single movie by a female Indian director and this week two of the best have films opening — Mira Nair and Deepa Mehta. Their films are very different but we thought this confluence was worth noting.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist – Directed by Mira Nair

A young Pakistani man is chasing corporate success on Wall Street. He finds himself embroiled in a conflict between his American Dream, a hostage crisis, and the enduring call of his family’s homeland. (From IMDB)

Midnight’s Children – Directed by Deepa Mehta

Midnight’s Children is literally an epic movie. It tells about the birth and development of India through the eyes of children born the moment the country declared its independence. Deepa Mehta takes a huge leap forward as a director taking the adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s novel and crafting a movie that deals with large global issues and still feels like it is a story of people. Read more…

Films Directed by Women Currently Playing

Gut Renovation – Directed by Su Freidrich

Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay – Directed by Molly Bernstein and Alan Edelstein

No Place on Earth – Directed by Janet Tobias (doc)

A Place At The Table – Directed by Kristi Jacobsen and Lori Silverbush (doc)

Hava Naglia: The Movie – Directed by Roberta Grossman (doc)

West of Memphis – Directed by Amy Berg (doc)

Films Written by Women Opening This Weekend

Arthur Newman – Written by Becky Johnston

Wallace Avery (Colin Firth) is tired of his existence. Divorced, disconnected from his young son, dissatisfied with his love life, he decides to make a radical change by walking away from his old life. He buys a new identity and hits the road as Arthur Newman where he dreams of reinventing himself as a golf pro at a tiny country club. But his road trip is derailed by the entrance of Michaela “Mike” Fitzgerald (Emily Blunt), whom Arthur discovers passed out poolside at a seedy roadside motel. Mike sees through Arthur’s identity scam, and soon enough Arthur sees through hers – she’s a kleptomaniac fleeing from domestic turmoil of her own. Soon romance blossoms on the road to Indiana as the unexpected couple infiltrates the lives of random strangers as a way of better grasping the essence of their own waylaid lives. Painful secrets unfold; new lives take shape. But is it possible to truly start all over again?

Films Written by Women Currently Playing

Olympus Has Fallen – Co-Written by Katrin Benedikt

Emperor – Co-Written by Vera Blasi

Safe Haven – Co-Written by Dana Stevens

Films By and About Women on DVD/On Demand

The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg – directed by Aviva Kempner (reissue)

The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg is a feature length documentary film about an extraordinary baseball player who transcended ethnic and religious prejudice to become a hero for all Americans. Hank Greenberg’s achievements during the “Golden Age of Baseball” in the thirties and forties rivaled those of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. As America’s first Jewish baseball star, he helped break down the barriers of discrimination in American sports and society. Greenberg was a beacon of hope to millions of American Jews who faced bigotry during the Depression and World War II.

See Girl Run

Emmie (Robin Tunney) is questioning the choices she’s made–about her husband, her life and her past relationships. She decides to go back to her hometown to see if her high school love interest, Jason (Adam Scott) still has feelings for her –leaving her husband questioning what’s going on.

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