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Weekly Update for September 26: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

Weekly Update for September 26: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

Films About Women Opening

Bjork: Biophilia Live (doc)

In 2011, Icelandic artist Björk released her eighth full-length studio album Biophilia, yet the Biophilia project has continued beyond an album into performances, interactive applications, educational programs, and now a concert film. Working with co-directors Peter Strickland and Nick Fenton, Björk created this concert film for the Biophilia world tour’s final performance, at Alexandra Palace in London. In addition to the always fascinating Björk herself, the performance features an angelic Icelandic choir, Austrian percussionist Manu Delago, and numerous unusual instruments. In the film, the performance is juxtaposed with collages referencing tectonic plates, DNA, the moon, mushrooms, and many other objects of scientific interest. [Karlovy Vary International Film Festival]

Days and Nights

Inspired by Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull and set in rural New England in the 1980s, the film centers around Elizabeth (Allison Janney), a movie star, who brings her paramour Peter (Christian Camargo) to her lakeside estate to visit her family on Memorial Day weekend. The household includes her ailing brother (William Hurt), her artist son (Ben Whishaw), his ethereal muse (Juliet Rylance), the family doctor (Jean Reno), as well as the estate’s custodian (Russell Means), the careless caretaker (Michael Nyqvist) and his wife (Cherry Jones), their temperamental daughter (Katie Holmes), and her long-suffering ornithologist husband (Mark Rylance) — the keeper of the sacred land where a bald eagle is trying to raise its young. During the weekend, a disastrous turn of events leads the family from dysfunction to heartbreak and, ultimately, salvation. (Press materials)

Films About Women Currently Playing

Fort Bliss – Written and Directed by Claudia Meyers 
The Scribbler 
Born to Fly (doc) – Directed by Catherine Gund
Archaeology of a Woman – Directed by Sharon Greytak
No Good Deed – Written by Aimee Lagos
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
A Five Star Life – Directed by Maria Sole Tognazzi; Co-Written by Francesca Marciano and Maria Sole Tognazzi
Tammy – Co-Written by Melissa McCarthy
The Fault in Our Stars 
Maleficent – Written by Linda Woolverton

Films Directed by Women Opening

The Little Bedroom (doc) – Directed by Stephanie Chuat and Veronique Reymond

When Edmond (Michel Bouquet), a man quickly facing the loss of his independence, is placed in a care facility after taking a bad fall, he discovers that his son has sold his apartment. Determined to reclaim his autonomy, he leaves the care facility with Rose (Florence Loiret Caille), an empathetic nurse still suffering from the loss of her unborn child. She takes him into her home to allow him the measure of freedom he deserves. Through this new living situation, they develop a bond that helps them move forward with their lives. However, the unlikely friends must face the consequences when Edmond is reported missing. (Press materials)

Films Directed by Women Currently Playing

Art and Craft (doc) – Co-Directed by Jennifer Grausman
Swim Little Fish Swim – Co-Directed by Lola Bessis
Honeymoon – Written and Directed by Leigh Janiak 
I Am Eleven (doc) – Directed by Genevieve Bailey
Fort McCoy – Written and Directed by Kate Connor
Land Ho! – Co-Directed by Martha Stephens
Step Up All In – Directed by Trish Sie
The Last Days in Vietnam (doc) – Directed by Rory Kennedy 

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 


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