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Weekly Update for September 12: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

Weekly Update for September 12: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

Films About Women Opening

No Good Deed – Written by Aimee Lagos

Don’t let the bad press about the last-minute canceled critics’ screenings discourage you from No Good Deed, an effective and well paced thriller starring Taraji P. Henson. In my review for TheWrap, I noted, “Screenwriter Aimee Lagos knows the way, mapping out a throughline of femme-powerment,” and Henson steals the movie playing a too-trusting former prosecutor and a protective mama bear. (Inkoo Kang)

Born to Fly (doc) – Directed by Catherine Gund

Elizabeth Streb’s Extreme Action Company is to American Ballet Theater what Spider-Man is to a National Geographic special on arachnids. Working out of an industrial building in Williamsburg, her troupe hones dangerous, mind-boggling feats — hybrids of dance, acrobatics, performance art, theater of cruelty, and maybe just plain cruelty. The spiky-haired Streb, outfitted in motorcycle boots and de rigeur black everything, is a surprisingly gamine woman whose charisma is as palpable as the affection and compassion she affords her dancers. (Press materials)

Read Women and Hollywood’s interview with Catherine Gund about Born to Fly.

Archaeology of a Woman – Written and Directed by Sharon Greytak

The boundaries between reality and imagination blur in this drama from director Sharon Greytak, when dementia-ridden Margaret (Sally Kirkland) battles to retain her independence while simultaneously falling victim to the secrets of her past. Neither the audience nor Margaret’s daughter Kate (Victoria Clark), an up-and-coming chef caught between her professional aspirations and her mother’s increasing dependence, are ever sure if Margaret’s claimed connection to a thirty-year-old crime is legitimate or mere fantasy. Regardless, both of their emotions unravel while confronting, albeit from different perspectives, the same demon: the horrifying, ugly, absolute reality of Alzheimer’s. Bravely filmed, written, and performed, Archeology of a Woman addresses many issues related to womanhood (beauty, desire, age, identity) while intimately exploring the devastating effects of loss. (Kelcie Mattson)

Read writer-director Sharon Greytak’s guest post about coping with her mother’s dementia — and paying tribute to her through this film.

Altina (doc)

Altina Schinasi (1907-1999) was a paradox. Simultaneously seductive and reserved, her sheltered upbringing was in sharp contrast to the bold sexuality of her artwork, and she created a fashion sensation in the 1930s with her design for Harlequin eyeglasses. Altina is an affecting, provocative, and richly informative documentary about an American trendsetter — a woman before her time. (Press materials)

At the Devil’s Door

When ambitious young real-estate agent Leigh (Catalina Sandino Moreno) is asked to sell a house with a checkered past, she crosses paths with a disturbed girl (Olivia Crocicchia) whom she learns is the runaway daughter of the couple selling the property. When Leigh tries to intervene and help her, she becomes entangled with a supernatural force that soon pulls Leigh’s artist sister Vera (Naya Rivera) into its web — and has sinister plans for both of them. (SXSW)

Before I Go To Sleep

A woman (Nicole Kidman) wakes up every day, remembering nothing as a result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, new terrifying truths emerge that force her to question everyone around her. (Press materials)

Films About Women Currently Playing 

Rocks in My Pockets – Written and Directed by Signe Baumane
Kelly & Cal – Directed by Jen McGowan; Written by Amy Lowe Starbin 
The Congress
Last Weekend
If I Stay
May in the Summer – Written and Directed by Cherin Dabis
Abuse of Weakness – Written and Directed by Catharine Breillat
Happy Christmas
A Five Star Life – Directed by Maria Sole Tognazzi; Co-Written by Francesca Marciano and Maria Sole Tognazzi
Tammy – Co-Written by Melissa McCarthy
Obvious Child – Written and Directed by Gillian Robespierre
The Fault in Our Stars 
Maleficent – Written by Linda Woolverton
We Are the Best!

Films Directed by Women Opening

Honeymoon – Written and Directed by Leigh Janiak

Young newlyweds Paul (Harry Treadaway) and Bea (Rose Leslie) travel to remote lake country for their honeymoon, where the promise of private romance awaits them. Shortly after arriving, Paul finds Bea wandering and disoriented in the middle of the night. As she becomes more distant and her behavior increasingly peculiar, Paul begins to suspect something more sinister than sleepwalking took place in the woods. (Press materials)

I Am Eleven (doc) – Directed by Genevieve Bailey

Australian filmmaker Genevieve Bailey travelled the world for six years talking with 11-year-olds to compose this insightful, funny, and moving documentary portrait of childhood. From an orphanage in India, to a single-parent household in inner-city Melbourne, to bathing with elephants in Thailand, I Am Eleven explores the lives and thoughts of children from 15 countries. I Am Eleven weaves together deeply personal and at times hilarious portraits of what it means to sit at this transitional age. These young minds provide us with a powerful insight into the future of our world. (Press materials)

Films Directed by Women Currently Playing

The Last Days of Vietnam (doc) – Directed by Rory Kennedy
Fort McCoy – Written and Directed by Kate Connor
Land Ho! – Co-Directed by Martha Stephens
Step Up All In – Directed by Trish Sie
The Dog (doc) – Co-Directed by Allison Berg

Films Written by Women Currently Playing

Guardians of the Galaxy – Co-Written by Nicole Perlman
Sex Tape – Co-Written by Kate Angelo
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – Co-Written by Amanda Silver 


The Fault In Our Stars
The German Doctor – Written and Directed by Lucia Puenzo
Casting By (doc)
Palo Alto – Written and Directed by Gia Coppola 

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