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Weekly Update for February 6: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

Weekly Update for February 6: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

Films About Women Opening This Week

Jupiter Ascending – Co-Written and Co-Directed by Lana Wachowski 

Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) was born under signs that predicted future greatness, but her reality as a woman consists of cleaning other people’s houses and endless bad breaks. Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered hunter, arrives on Earth to locate her, making Jupiter finally aware of the great destiny that awaits her. Jupiter’s genetic signature marks her as the next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos. (Press materials)

Love, Rosie – Written by Juliette Towhidi

Since the moment they met at age 5, Rosie (Lily Collins) and Alex (Sam Claflin) have been best friends, facing the highs and lows of growing up side by side. A fleeting shared moment, one missed opportunity, and the decisions that follow send their lives in completely different directions. As each navigates the complexities of life, love, and everything in between, they always find their way back to each other — but is it just friendship, or something more? Based on Cecelia Ahern’s bestselling novel, Love, Rosie is a heart-warming, modern comedy-of-errors posing the ultimate question: Do we really only get one shot at true love? (Press materials)

No Evidence of Disease (doc) – Directed by Andrea Kalin (Opened Feb. 4)

No Evidence of Disease interweaves the harrowing experiences and remarkable courage of women, devoted families, and dedicated doctors. As music and medicine join forces in the fight for life, the surgeons are transformed into rising rock stars, and their patients and loved ones jump on the bandwagon, infusing the struggle for survival with heart, hope, and rock and roll. (Press materials)

The Price of Honor (doc) – Co-Directed by Neena Nejad; Written by Leah Welch

The Price of Honor is a documentary about the murders of Amina and Sarah Said, teenage sisters from Lewisville, Texas, who were killed in a premeditated “honor killing” in 2008. The film shows the lives of the sisters and the path to their eventual murders by their own father, Yaser Said, who fled the crime scene and is a fugitive on the FBI’s Top 10 Most Wanted List. The film reveals new details and uncovers evidence about the case that has never before been made public, including a previous murder committed by Yaser, and the ultimate sacrifice of Amina Said, who had a secret plan to protect the love of her life. Her words — through emails, letters, and diary entries — become the voice of the film and change much of what has heretofore been assumed about this case. Despite the tragedy, viewers will learn of an incredible love story that still has life after death. (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 

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 

Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine (doc) – Directed by Michele Josue

Michele Josue’s debut — and the first film helmed by someone from Matt’s life — is an intimate tribute to the young man she knew, the young man behind the story that rocked the nation and cause outcry around the world. On October 7, 1998, University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard was brutally beaten, tied to a fence, and left to die because he was gay. Years later, Michele Josue, a close friend of Matt’s, revisits the shocking case with never-before-seen photos and rare video footage, as Matt’s all-too-brief life is remembered through the vivid testimonies of those whose lives he touched, from the friends and family who knew him best to the bartender who saw him the night of the attack. (Press materials)

Read Women and Hollywood’s interview with Michele Josue about Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine.

The Voices – Directed by Marjane Satrapi

Jerry (Ryan Reynolds) is that chipper guy clocking the nine-to-five at a bathtub factory, with the offbeat charm of anyone who could use a few friends. With the help of his court-appointed psychiatrist, he pursues his office crush (Gemma Arterton). However, the relationship takes a sudden, murderous turn after she stands him up for a date. Guided by his evil, talking cat and benevolent, talking dog, Jerry must decide whether to keep striving for normalcy, or indulge in a much more sinister path. (Press materials)

Read Women and Hollywood’s interview with Marjane Satrapi about The Voices.

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 

On DVD and VOD This Week 

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – Co-Written by Lisa Cholodenko 
Addicted – Co-Written by Christina Welsh
The Lookalike – Written by Michele Davis-Gray
A Tale of Winter
Refuge From The Storm 

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