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Weekly Update May 24: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

Weekly Update May 24: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

Films About Women Opening This Weekend

Fill The Void – Written and Directed by Rama Burshtein

I saw Fill the Void back in September at the Toronto Film Festival. It’s been making its way around the country on the film festival circuit before opening in limited release this weekend.

It is the story of Shira a very devout Hasidic girl in Israel who is arriving at the point of her life where she will be set up to be married. This is a community where people are put together by a matchmaker. They have a couple of chaste meetings (if they are lucky) and then a decision is made if they are compatible. This is not about love. This is about having babies and continuing the Jewish people. This is exactly what Shira dreams of doing. She dreams of doing this because this is what she knows, this is what she is told and this is what is expected of her. Read more…

Films About Women Currently Playing

Black Rock – Directed by Katie Aselton

Frances Ha – Co-Written by Greta Gerwig

The English Teacher – Co-Written by Stacy Chariton

Augustine – Directed by Alice Winocour

Please Kill Mr. Know It All – Co-Directed by Sandra Feldman

Venus and Serena – Directed by Maiken Baird and Michelle Major (doc)

Stories We Tell – Directed by Sarah Polley (doc)

Kiss of the Damned – Written and Directed by Xan Cassavetes

What Maisie Knew – Co-Written by Nancy Doyne

Caroline and Jackie

Sun Don’t Shine

Filly Brown

The Host

Admission – Written by Karen Croner

The Sapphires

Ginger and Rosa – Written and Directed by Sally Potter

The Call

Spring Breakers

Lore – Directed by Cate Shortland

Films Directed by Women Currently Playing

Peeples – Written and Directed by Tina Gordon Chism

Love Is All You Need – Directed by Susanne Bier

The Source Family – Directed by Maria Demopoulous and Jodie Wille (doc)

The Reluctant Fundamentalist – Directed by Mira Nair

Midnight’s Children – Directed by Deepa Mehta

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)

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

Films Written by Women Opening This Weekend

Before Midnight – Co-Written by Julie Delpy

Co-Written and starring Julie Delpy, Richard Linklater’s Before Midnight continues the story of Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Delpy) that began in 1995’s Before Sunrise and 2004’s Before Sunset. Close to twenty years ago, the star-crossed pair met on a train to Vienna and spent a day together aimlessly wandering–talking about love, sex, philosophy, politics–having those long meandering conversations that begin romantic relationships and making promises that aren’t always easy to keep.

The next chapter in Jesse and Celine’s story picks up from those promises and where life takes you when they aren’t met. In Linklater’s latest installment, we meet Jesse and Celine in their early 40s (their status is introduced minutes into the film) and Before Midnight takes the romantic realism of the first two films and further evolves it. We get the same meandering, bickering conversations that have evolved as Jesse and Celine have. And as always it is equal parts swoonily romantic, at times unbearably realistic and one of the most touching films you’ll see this year. (Kerensa Cadenas)

Films Written by Women Currently Playing

Arthur Newman – Written by Becky Johnston

Olympus Has Fallen – Co-Written by Katrin Benedikt

Emperor – Co-Written by Vera Blasi

Films By and About Women on DVD/On Demand

Side Effects

Beautiful Creatures

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