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Weekly Update for May 1: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

Weekly Update for May 1: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

Films About Women Opening This Week

Far From the Madding Crowd

Carey Mulligan is luminous and inspiring as self-reliant landowner Bathsheba Everdene in “Far from the Madding Crowd.” The Thomas Hardy adaptation is a lovely romance about a young woman reluctant to give up her independence and hard-won authority in the small, rural village she governs for a mere wedding ring. But suitors do arrive, steadily and persistently, in the forms of Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen, and Tom Sturridge. Every decision that Bathsheba Everdene, who is partially inspired by the character of Katniss in “The Hunger Games,” makes for her future is excitingly tied to the new kind of world the young woman wants to create for herself. Whether it’s washing sheep in ladylike finery alongside her men, ensuring that all of the villagers in her care enjoy a proper burial, or allowing herself to explore her sexual desires with a handsome stranger, Bathsheba is a heroine for the ages — and the film around her already one of the year’s finest. (Inkoo Kang)

Read Women and Hollywood’s interview with “Far From the Madding Crowd” actress Carey Mulligan.

Ride – Written and Directed by Helen Hunt

Helen Hunt plays a Type A editor from New York who’s too busy working to see that she has become disconnected from life. When her son moves to LA to spend the summer with his father, then decides not to attend college, her entire core is shaken. She heads to LA to get him to come back and makes mistake after mistake trying to reach him. But as she is struggling to figure out how to communicate with her son through surfing, she finds that the water helps her rediscover her own love for life. (Melissa Silverstein)

Listen to Women and Hollywood’s podcast with Helen Hunt on Soundcloud or on iTunes.

Welcome to Me – Directed by Shira Piven

What happens when a young woman with Borderline Personality Disorder wins the lottery? In the case of Alice Klieg (Kristen Wiig), she quits her psychiatric meds and buys her own talk show. Inspired by the immortal Oprah, she broadcasts her dirty laundry as both a form of exhibitionism and a platform to share her peculiar views on everything from nutrition to relationships and neutering pets. Also starring Joan Cusack, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Linda Cardellini. (Press materials)

Marie’s Story

At the turn of the 19th century, a humble artisan and his wife have a daughter, Marie, who is born deaf and blind and unable to communicate with the world around her. Desperate to find a connection to their daughter and avoid sending her to an asylum, the Heurtins send fourteen-year-old Marie to the Larnay Institute in central France, where an order of Catholic nuns manage a school for deaf girls. There, the idealistic Sister Marguerite sees in Marie a unique potential, and despite her Mother Superior’s skepticism, vos to bring the wild young thing would of the darkness into which she was born. Based on true events, “Marie’s Story” recounts the courageous journey of a young nun and the lives she would change forever, confronting failures and discouragement with joyous faith and love. (Press materials)

Maya the Bee Movie

Maya (Coco Jack Gillies) is a little bee with a big heart. She dreams of an exciting life of freedom, fun and adventure – the world is simply far too interesting to stay inside a hive! Her funny attempts to fit in bring her into trouble with the Queen’s narrow-minded royal advisor, Buzzlina (Jacki Weaver). With her best friend Willy (Kodi Smit-McPhee), Maya buzzes out into the meadow on an exhilarating adventure of self-discovery. While most bees believe that other insects should be feared, Maya can’t help but make friends with Flip the charismatic and eccentric grasshopper (Richard Roxburgh), Kurt the dung beetle (Lutz Schnell) and even Sting, a young hornet (Joel Franco). But when the Queen’s royal jelly is stolen, it will take Maya and all of her bug buddies to figure out who did it and how to save the day! (Rotten Tomatoes)

Films About Women Currently Playing

The Age of Adaline

Helicopter Mom – Directed by Salomé Breziner

See You In Valhalla

Iris (doc)

Félix & Meira

Alex of Venice – Co-Written by Jessica Goldberg and Katie Nehra (Available on VOD)

Monkey Kingdom

The Sisterhood of Night – Directed by Caryn Waechter and Written by Marilyn Fu

Clouds of Sils Maria

Effie Gray – Written by Emma Thompson

About Elly

Woman in Gold

52 Tuesdays – Directed and Co-Written by Sophie Hyde

The Divergent Series: Insurgent

Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

Cinderella – Co-Written by Aline Brosh McKenna

It Follows

The Hunting Ground (doc)

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

Films Directed by Women Currently Playing

Just Before You Go – Directed by Courteney Cox

The Road Within – Written and Directed by Gren Wells

Antarctic Edge: 70° South (doc) – Directed by Dena Seidel

The Human Experiment – Co-Directed by Dana Nachman

The Hand That Feeds (doc) – Co-Written and Co-Directed by Rachel Lears

Serena – Directed by Susanne Bier

Amour Fou – Directed by Jessica Hausner

Films Written by Women Opening This Week

She’s Funny That Way (Squirrels to the Nuts) – Co-Written by Louise Stratten

A married Broadway director (Owen Wilson) implores a call girl to turn her life around while the star of his latest production (Rhys Ifans) makes a play for his wife (Kathryn Hahn) in this ensemble comedy from director Peter Bogdonavich. Jennifer Aniston, Cybill Shepherd, Will Forte and Lucy Punch co-star. (Rotten Tomatoes)

Films Written by Women Currently Playing

Adult Beginners – Co-Written by Liz Flahive

24 Days – Co-Written by Emilie Frèche

White God – Co-Written by Viktória Petrányi and Kata Wéber

Cas & Dylan – Written by Jessie Gabe

Chappie – Co-Written by Terri Tatchell

VOD/DVD Releasing This Week

The Boy Next Door – Written by Barbara Curry

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