The Athena Film Festival has pulled back the curtain on its 2015 lineup, revealing an array of notable narrative films, docs and shorts from 2014 as well as the new year. Running February 5 through February 8 on New York’s Barnard College campus, the festival highlights women’s leadership in cinema and in the film industry.
The fest opens with the New York premiere of Kim Longinotto’s “Dreamcatcher,” a documentary about a former Chicago prostitute who battles to break the cycle of sex abuse and exploitation among young inner-city women. On Saturday, the little-seen backstage melodrama “Beyond the Lights” will screen along with a Q&A with writer/director Gina Prince-Bythewood.
Among the highly touted films in this year’s lineup are: Gillian Robespierre’s subversive abortion rom-com “Obvious Child” starring comedienne Jenny Slate, Lukas Moodysson’s warm and wonderful punk band comedy “We Are the Best!“, Afia Nathaniel’s Pakistani mother-daughter story “Dukhtar“, Doris Dorrie’s “Que Caramba Es La Vida” about women in the male-dominated world of Mariachi music and “Crash Reel” doc director Lucy Walker’s 27-minute short “The Lion’s Mouth Opens,” centered on a Scottish actress confronting Huntington’s Disease.
As previously announced, Jodie Foster will receive this year’s Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award. Additional awardees include Sheila Nevins, President of HBO Documentary Films, Cathy Schulman, Academy Award winning producer, President of Mandalay Pictures, and President of Women in Film.
The rest of the lineup is here.