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Andrea Arnold and Patty Jenkins Have New Female-Driven Films in the Works

Andrea Arnold and Patty Jenkins Have New Female-Driven Films in the Works

It’s about time. This Summer, master British filmmaker Andrea Arnold will shoot her first film set in the United States. Entitled “American Honey,” the film will be introduced by Protagonist Pictures to buyers at the Cannes market starting next week. Meanwhile, on the other side of the Croisette, Arnold will head the Critics’ Week jury. Here’s that lineup.

Produced by Parts & Labor (“Beginners” and this year’s buzzy “Love Is Strange”), Pulse Films and Man Down Pictures, this is a road movie that turns on a teenage runaway who falls into law-breaking, partying and romance while peddling magazine subscriptions in the United States. Arnold developed “American Honey” with Film4.

She won an Oscar in 2003 for her short “Wasp.” Her critically acclaimed debut “Red Road” (2006) won the Jury Prize at Cannes, as did her brilliant followup “Fish Tank” (2009), a working-class portrait of a young girl that, while British-based, shares thematic similarities with “American Honey.” In 2011, her experimental Emily Bronte adaptation “Wuthering Heights” polarized critics after premiering in competition at Venice.

Meanwhile, Patty Jenkins, who directed Charlize Theron to an Oscar in “Monster” (2003), has finally landed a new, perhaps more lighthearted followup. Her next film will be “Sweetheart,” an action movie adapted from a Black Listed script by “Chronicle 2” scribe Jack Stanley. It revolves around a female assassin whose attempts to retire from the biz land her right back where she started. 

Producers are Michael Costigan and Jewerl Ross. Jenkins, who hasn’t made a feature since “Monster” but has directed TV including “Arrested Development” and “The Killing,” is currently looking at actresses for the role. She was in talks to direct “Thor 2” before Marvel dropped the ball, ticking off star Natalie Portman.

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