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Weekly Update for March 20: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

Weekly Update for March 20: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

Films About Women Opening This Week

The Divergent Series: Insurgent

“Insurgent” raises the stakes for Tris as she searches for allies and answers in the ruins of a futuristic Chicago. Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) are now fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine (Kate Winslet), the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite. Racing against time, they must find out what Tris’s family sacrificed their lives to protect and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them. Haunted by her past choices but desperate to protect the ones she loves, Tris, with Four at her side, faces one impossible challenge after another as they unlock the truth about the past and ultimately the future of their world. (Press materials)

She’s Lost Control – Written and Directed by Anja Marquardt

Fiercely independent, Ronah (Brooke Bloom) works as a sexual surrogate in New York City, teaching her clients the very thing they fear most — to be intimate. Her life unravels when she starts working with a volatile new client, Johnny (Marc Menchaca), blurring the thin line between professional and personal intimacy in the modern world. (Press materials)

Read Women and Hollywood’s interview with director Anja Marquardt about “She’s Lost Control.”

Lily and Kat – Co-Written by Megan Platts

Inseparable best friends (Jessica Rothe and Hannah Murray) struggle to make the best of their last few days together, savoring the city nightlife with an enigmatic artist (Jack Falahee) one of them takes a liking for. (Press materials)

Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

In this darkly comedic odyssey, Academy Award nominee Rinko Kikuchi (Babel, “Pacific Rim”) stars as Kumiko, a frustrated Office Lady whose imagination transcends the confines of her mundane life. Kumiko becomes obsessed with a mysterious, battered VHS tape of a popular film she’s mistaken for a documentary, fixating on a scene where a suitcase of stolen cash is buried in the desolate, frozen landscape of North Dakota. Believing this treasure to be real, she leaves behind Tokyo and her beloved rabbit Bunzo to recover it — and finds herself on a dangerous adventure unlike anything she’s seen in the movies. (Press materials)

Films About Women Currently Playing

Cinderella – Co-Written by Aline Brosh McKenna

It Follows


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

The Boy Next Door – Written by Barbara Curry 

Still Alice 

Two Days, One Night 


Films Directed by Women Opening This Week

Amour Fou – Directed by Jessica Hausner

Berlin, 1810: a despondent young Romantic poet (Christian Friedel) pines for a woman to join him in a pact to end his despair — and which will be the ultimate expression of their love. He meets the terminally ill Henrietta (Birte Schnoeink), who is fascinated by his controversial novella, “The Marquise of O.” Inspired by the historical events leading to the double suicide of poet/dramatist Heinrich von Kleist (1777-1811) and Henrietta Vogel, Austrian director Jessica Hausner recreates early-19th-century haute-bourgeois Berlin: the hushed drawing rooms, the deliberate rhythms of family life, the period decor and clothing — all suffused with a color scheme worthy of Vermeer. (Press materials)

Films Directed by Women Currently Playing 

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

My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn – 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 

VOD/DVD Releasing This Week

Ana and I (doc) – Directed by Primavera Ruiz

Primavera asks forbidden questions about her childhood over the course of four years, encouraging her adoptive sisters to travel with her to Equatorial Guinea in search for understanding. (Press materials)
If You Don’t, I Will – Directed by Sophie Fillieres

“If You Don’t, I Will” is the smart, wry observation of a strained marriage on the brink of collapse. Pomme and Pierre’s constant bickering has pushed their relationship to its breaking point when Pomme (Emmanuelle Devos, “Coco Before Chanel”) decides to leave Pierre (Mathieu Amalric, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”) while they’re on a hike in the woods in order to live on her own rather than return to their hum-drum life. “If You Don’t, I Will” enjoyed a critically acclaimed theatrical release in December 2014 in select cities; Entertainment Weekly calls the film a “poignant portrait of two people who’ve lost each other and aren’t sure they want to find their way back.” (Press materials)

Read Women and Hollywood’s interview with director Sophie Fillieres about “If You Don’t, I Will.”

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