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

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

Films About Women Opening This Week

Cinderella – Co-Written by Aline Brosh McKenna

After her father unexpectedly dies, young Ella (Lily James) finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and stepsisters, who reduce her to scullery maid. Despite her circumstances, she refuses to despair. An invitation to a palace ball gives Ella hope that she might reunite with the dashing stranger (Richard Madden) she met in the woods, but her stepmother prevents her from going. Help arrives in the form of a kindly beggar woman (Helena Bonham Carter) who has a magic touch for ordinary things. (Press materials)

It Follows

After a strange sexual encounter, a teenager (Maika Monroe) finds herself haunted by nightmarish visions and the inescapable sense that something is after her. (Press materials)


Several women — independent, strong-willed, beautiful — try to hold on in the world of shifting influences that is New York City. Each struggles to overcome her personal conflicts against the backdrop of greater political struggles and the global Occupy Movements. (Press materials)

Films About Women Currently Playing

October Gale – Written and Directed by Ruba Nadda

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

X/Y (streaming on VOD)

Grey Gardens (doc) (Restored version screening in select cities) – Co-Directed by Ellen Hovde and Muffie Meyer

The Hunting Ground (doc)

Ana Maria in Novela Land – Directed and Co-Written by Georgina Garcia Riedel

Maps to the Stars


Farewell to Hollywood (doc) – Co-Directed and Co-Written by Regina Nicholson

Everly (streaming on VOD)


Fifty Shades of Grey – Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson; Written by Kelly Marcel

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

Jupiter Ascending

Girlhood – Written and Directed by Celine Sciamma

Gloria – Written by Sabina Berman

The Boy Next Door – Written by Barbara Curry 

Still Alice 

Annie – Co-Written by Aline Brosh McKenna 

Two Days, One Night 

Big Eyes


Films Directed by Women Opening This Week

Treading Water – Directed & Co-Written by Analeine Cal Y Mayor (Opening in NYC)

“Treading Water” is a charming and romantic modern-day coming-of-age love story told through the eyes of a sensitive boy who is forced to face life with a rare condition that leaves him smelling like a fish. With his strange ailment, our young hero Mica (Douglas Smith) sadly grows to accept that he may never find happiness… until, as a young boy, he meets Laura (Zoë Kravitz), who seems to not notice Mica’s unique odor and wants to be his friend. Even as Mica’s therapist Catherine (Carrie-Anne Moss) gently guides him through his daily troubles, it becomes more and more obvious that only his childhood crush Laura can actually cure what ails him. (Press materials)

Read Analeine Cal Y Mayor’s guest post about “Treading Water.”

Films Directed by Women Currently Playing

My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn *doc) – Written and Directed by Liv Corfixen

McFarland, USA – Directed by Niki Caro; Co-Written by Bettina Gilois

Above and Beyond (doc) – Directed by Roberta Grossman 

Selma – Directed by Ava DuVernay 

Unbroken – Directed by Angelina Jolie 

Citizenfour (doc) – Directed by Laura Poitras

Films Written by Women Currently Playing

Chappie – Co-Written by Terri Tatchell

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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