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Weekly Update for March 25: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

Weekly Update for March 25: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

Films About Women Opening This Week
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 – Written by Nia Vardalos

Written by Academy Award-nominee Nia Vardalos, who stars alongside the entire returning cast of favorites, the film reveals a Portokalos family secret that will bring the beloved characters back together for an even bigger and Greeker wedding. (Press materials)

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Jane Wants A Boyfriend

“Jane Wants a Boyfriend” centers around Jane (Louisa Krause) — a bright eyed young woman in her mid 20’s living with autism — and her overprotective and recently engaged older sister, Bianca (Eliza Dushku). When their parents announce that they are moving out of their Brooklyn brownstone, and heading to the suburbs of New Jersey, they propose the sisters move in together — a suggestion that throws Bianca’s newly engaged life through a loop and forces her to re-examine her relationship with her sister. (Press materials)
April and the Extraordinary World (Opens in NYC; Screenings in French with subtitles and in English)

Paris, 1941. A family of scientists is on the brink of discovering a powerful longevity serum when all of a sudden a mysterious force abducts them, leaving their young daughter April behind. Ten years later, April (voiced in French by Marion Cotillard and in English by Angela Galuppo) lives alone with her dear cat, Darwin (voiced in French by Philippe Katerine and in English by Tony Hale) and carries on her family’s research in secret. But she soon finds herself at the center of a shadowy and far-reaching conspiracy, and on the run from government agents, bicycle-powered dirigibles and cyborg rat spies. Undaunted, she continues her quest to find her parents and discover the truth behind their disappearance. (Press materials)

I Don’t Belong Anywhere: The Cinema of Chantal Akerman (Documentary) – Directed by Marianne Lambert (Opens in NYC March 30)

“I Don’t Belong Anywhere: The Cinema of Chantal Akerman” explores some of the Belgian filmmaker’s 40-plus films, and, from Brussels to Tel Aviv, from Paris to New York, it charts the sites of her peregrinations. An experimental filmmaker and nomad, Akerman shared with director Marianne Lambert her cinematic trajectory, one that never ceased to interrogate the meaning of her existence. (Press materials)

Miss India America – Written by Meera Simhan

Lily Prasad (Tiya Sircar) is graduating from her Orange County high school at the top of her class. And she has a plan — “The Lily Plan.” She will become a brain surgeon like her father (Bernard White). Her sweet, lost boyfriend Karim (Kunal Sharma) will become a petroleum engineer. They’ll get married. Have kids. Live happily ever after. But the plan is thrown into confusion when Karim becomes smitten by and runs off with the reigning Miss India National beauty queen (Sameera Eligeti). Not happy about losing at anything, Lily decides that she herself must become the new Miss India National! (Press materials)

Films About Women Currently Playing

The Bronze – Co-Written by Melissa Rauch
The Divergent Series: Allegiant
Lolo – Directed by Julie Delpy; Written by Julie Delpy and Eugenie Grandval
About Scout – Written and Directed by Laurie Weltz (Also Available on VOD)
Hello, My Name is Doris – Co-Written by Laura Terruso
Marguerite – Co-Written by Marcia Romano
10 Cloverfield Lane
Eye in the Sky
Miracles From Heaven – Directed by Patricia Riggen
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
Trapped (Documentary) – Directed by Dawn Porter; Written by Sari Gilman and Dawn Porter
The Other Side of the Door
Ava’s Possessions (Also on VOD)
Cemetery of Splendour
The Witch
Neerja – Co-Written by Sanyukta Shaikh Chawla
How To Be Single – Co-Written by Dana Fox and Abby Kohn
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
The 5th Wave – Co-Written by Susannah Grant
The Boy
The Lady in the Van
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Carol – Written by Phyllis Nagy
Mustang – Directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven; Written by Deniz Gamze Ergüven and Alice Winocour

Films Directed by Women Opening This Week

Ron and Laura Take Back America – Co-Written and Co-Directed by Janice Markham (Opens in NYC)

Award-winning “Ron and Laura Take Back America”  is a mockumentary satire that follows in the footsteps of such films as Christopher Guest’s “Best in Show” and “Waiting for Guffman.” The film follows the exploits of a conservative suburban couple (Janice Markham and Mel England) who decide to take their country back from Obamacare, Immigration Reform, Gay Marriage — and Hollywood Health Food Nuts.  (Press materials)

Films Directed by Women Currently Playing

Thank You For Playing (Documentary) – Co-Directed by Malika Zouhali-Worrall
The Brainwashing of My Dad (Documentary) – Directed by Jen Senko; Written by Jen Senko, Melodie Bryant, Fiore Derosa and Kala Mandrake (Also Available on VOD)
Sweet Bean – Written and Directed by Naomi Kawase (Opens in NYC)
City of Gold (Documentary) – Directed by Laura Gabbert
Here Come the Videofreex! (Documentary) – Co-Directed by Jenny Raskin 
Marguerite and Julien – Co-Written and Directed by Valerie Donzelli
King Georges (Documentary) – Directed by Erika Frankel (Also Available on VOD)
Kung Fu Panda 3 – Co-Directed by Jennifer Yuh

Films Written by Women Opening This Week

No Letting Go – Co-Written by Randi Silverman

“No Letting Go,” based on a true story and adapted from the award-winning short film, “Illness,” is a feature drama that follows one family’s journey to understand and to cope with the erratic behavior and emotional instability of their middle son, Tim (portrayed at different ages by David Schallipp and Noah Silverman). The family’s world starts to unravel as they discover that their son’s increasing fragility is due to mental illness. Tim’s painful, yet invisible, struggle takes its toll on his parents and the well-being of his two brothers. (Press materials)

Films Written by Women Currently Playing

Kapoor & Sons – Co-Written by Ayesha Devitre Dhillon
My Golden Days – Co-Written by Julie Peyr
The Preppie Connection – Co-Written by Ashley Rudden
The Young Messiah – Co-Written by Betsy Giffen Nowrasteh
London Has Fallen – Co-Written by Katrin Benedikt
Race – Co-Written by Anna Waterhouse
In the Shadow of Women – Co-Written by Caroline Deruas and Arlette Langman
The Good Dinosaur – Written by Meg LeFauve
Room – Written by Emma Donoghue

TV Premieres This Week

Spring Broke (Documentary) – Written and Directed by Alison Ellwood (Premieres March 25 on Showtime)

“Spring Broke” is a documentary charting the raucous history of the infamous spring vacation revelries in Daytona, which started in the early 60s, and by the 1980s led to the arrival of tens of thousands of college students, lured by lust, booze, fun in the sun and eventually, the hope to make it onto MTV. (Press materials)

VOD/DVD Releasing This Week

Ava’s Possessions (VOD, Available Now)
The Last Treasure Hunt – Written by Kate Murdoch and Casey Nelson (VOD, March 29)

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