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Weekly Update for February 13: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

Weekly Update for February 13: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

Films About Women Opening This Week
Fifty Shades of Grey – Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson; Written by Kelly Marcel

Forget the haters: the highest-profile woman-directed film of 2015 is a gorgeous and frequently involving erotic fantasy that should prove a star-making turn for newcomer Dakota Johnson. In my review for TheWrap, I wrote that the “stylish and mostly satisfying film adaptation by director Sam Taylor-Johnson will be [a blockbuster], and deservedly so. Starring a vivacious Dakota Johnson and a game Jamie Dornan, [the film] is a skillful distillation of James’ first book that captures the heady exhilaration of being someone’s fixation.” (Inkoo Kang)

Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem – Co-Written and Co-Directed by Ronit Elkabetz

In Israel there is neither civil marriage nor civil divorce; only Orthodox rabbis can legalize a marriage or its dissolution, which is only possible with the husband’s full consent. Viviane Amsalem (Ronit Elkabetz) has been applying for a divorce for three years, but her religiously devout husband Elisha (Simon Abkarian, “Casino Royale,” “Persepolis”) continually refuses. His cold intransigence, Viviane’s determination to fight for her freedom, and the ambiguous role of the rabbinical judges shape a procedure where tragedy vies with absurdity, and everything is brought out into the open for judgment. (Press materials)

Butterfly Girl (doc) – Directed by Cary Bell

At first glance, it is not obvious that Abigail Evans lives with a life-threatening skin disease. She is a typical teenager: moody, rebellious, irreverent, and also strikingly beautiful. But her life is the antithesis of normal. Abbie grew up in hospitals, cared for by her protective mother and father. She then came into her own in honky tonks, selling merchandise for her father’s band. But just like any other 18 year-old, Abbie yearns for a life of her own. “Butterfly Girl” charts Abbie’s journey towards a new understanding of how she must balance her past with her future, her parents with her independence, and her disease with her desires. But what price must she pay for that freedom? (Press materials)

Films About Women Currently Playing

Girlhood – Written and Directed by Celine Sciamma

Gloria – Written by Sabina Berman

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 

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

The Homesman

Gone Girl

Films Directed by Women Currently Playing

Above and Beyond (doc) – Directed by Roberta Grossman 

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

Selma – Directed by Ava DuVernay 

Unbroken – Directed by Angelina Jolie 

Citizenfour (doc) – Directed by Laura Poitras


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 

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