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Weekly Update for January 23: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

Weekly Update for January 23: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

Films About Women Opening This Week

Girlhood – Written and Directed by Celine Sciamma

French writer-director Céline Sciamma has a small but sturdy body of work that addresses how girls navigate a culture that can be incredibly hostile to them. She does it with nuance, intelligence, and a ton of bravery. Her third film, Girlhood, focuses on a teenage girl on the margins who is looking for a place to fit in. This story, just like the Oscar-nominated film Boyhood, is universal. (Melissa Silverstein)

Read our interview with Celine Sciamma about Girlhood. 

Gloria – Written by Sabina Berman

Based on the life story of controversial Mexican pop/rock icon Gloria Trevi (played by Sofia Espinosa). (Press materials)

Films About Women Currently Playing

Song One – Written and Directed by Kate Barker-Froyland

The Boy Next Door – Written by Barbara Curry 


Big Muddy

Miss Hill: Making Dance Matter (doc) 


The Duke of Burgundy 

Appropriate Behavior – Written and Directed by Desiree Akhavan

Still Alice 

Beloved Sisters 

Annie – Co-Written by Aline Brosh McKenna 

Two Days, One Night 

Big Eyes


The Babadook – Written and Directed by Jennifer Kent

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 

Beyond the Lights – Written and Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood 

The Homesman

Dear White People 

Gone Girl 

Films Directed by Women Opening This Week

Above and Beyond (doc) – Directed by Roberta Grossman

In 1948, just three years after the liberation of the Nazi death camps, a group of Jewish American pilots answered a call for help. In secret and at great personal risk, they smuggled planes out of the U.S., trained behind the Iron Curtain in Czechoslovakia, and flew for Israel in its War of Independence. As members of Machal — “volunteers from abroad” — this rag-tag band of brothers not only turned the tide of the war; they also embarked on personal journeys of discovery and renewed Jewish pride. Above and Beyond is their story. (Press materials)

Read Women and Hollywood’s interview with Roberta Grossman.

Films Directed by Women Currently Playing

We’ll Never Have Paris – Co-Directed by Jocelyn Towne 

Little Accidents – Written and Directed by Sara Colangelo  

Farewell Herr Schwarz (doc) – Directed by Yael Reuveny 

Selma – Directed by Ava DuVernay 

Unbroken – Directed by Angelina Jolie 

Citizenfour (doc) – Directed by Laura Poitras

Awake: The Life of Yogananda (doc) – Directed by Paola di Florio and Lisa Leeman

Films Written by Women Currently Playing

Strange Magic – Co-Written by Irene Mecchi 

Spare Parts – Written by Elissa Matsueda 

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Co-Written by Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh 

On DVD and VOD This Week 

Hector and the Search for Happiness – Co-Written by Maria von Heland and Tinker Lindsay 
Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage – Co-Written by Evelyn Gabai 
Starry Eyes
Axe to Grind 

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