Maestro Barbara Ann O'Leary has created an incredible worldwide event celebrating women film directors!
"During this exuberant celebration, film lovers will gather together in their communities around the world for film screenings and guest filmmaker visits designed to focus attention on and offer appreciation for women film directors and their work."
As part of this event, Gitgo Productions presents FEM/CINE/ANARCHY, a popup screening of women-directed films to take place on First Friday, September 4 at 8:00 pm in Portland, Maine at Treefort Cycle Shop. This show brings together some never-before-seen short films from a diverse roster of women directors. Click for more info or visit our Facebook event page!
And here we offer 12 of our favorite women-directed films to get your celebration started! (Note: the films are not in number order — each has equal merit.)
- Belle, directed by Amma Assante. One of the best films of 2014. If you missed it, fix that right away!
- A New Leaf, directed by Elaine May. May was both brilliant and under-rated.
- Wanda, directed by Barbara Loden. This seminal work was Loden's only film; remarkable for its portrayal of a complicated (some might say, unlikable) female character.
- Frida, directed by Julie Taymor. A beautifully-rendered version of the life of Frida Kahlo.
- Vagabond, directed by Agnès Varda. Sandrine Bonnaire's performance in the leading role is absolutely riveting.
- Hannah Arendt, directed by Margarethe Von Trotta. Superb in every way with a bravura performance by the great Barbara Sukowa (who also, incidentally, appears in Office Killer, see below).
- Sister, My Sister, directed by Nancy Meckler. The story of a famous pair of French killers.
- A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, Ana Lily Amirpour. A startlingly gorgeous first film from this "one to watch."
- Sweetie, directed by Jane Campion. The visual style, combined with the family drama, make this film one of my favorites of her oeuvre.
- Pariah, directed by Dee Rees. A great film with great performances and a heroine who comes into her own after going through relationship fire.
- Higher Ground, directed by Vera Farmiga. Let's hope Farmiga gets to direct another film — this one is great.
- Office Killer, directed by Cindy Sherman. The one-and-only Cindy Sherman's one-and-only directed film. C'mon, what're you waiting for?!
Here are yet more titles to keep you going for the duration of the worldwide celebration and beyond!
- Selma, directed by Ava Duvernay
- Dreams of a Life, directed by Carol Morley
- Entre Nous, directed by Diane Kurys
- Boys Don't Cry, directed by Kimberly Peirce
- Slums of Beverly Hills, Tamara Jenkins
- My Father is Coming, Monika Treut
- A Dry White Season, Euzhan Palcy
- Chanthaly, directed by Mattie Do
- Proof, directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse
- The Owls, directed by Cheryl Dunye
- The Sound of My Voice, directed by Brit Marling
- Meshes of the Aftenroon, directed by Maya Deren
- Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080, directed by Chantal Akerman
- Top of the Lake, directed by Jane Campion
- The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum, co-directed by Margarethe Von Trotta
- Cléo From 5 to 7, directed by Agnès Varda
- Seven Beauties, directed by Lina Wertmuller
- Devil's Playground, directed by Lucy Walker
- Ginger and Rosa, directed by Sally Potter
- We Need to Talk About Kevin, directed by Lynne Ramsay
- Dog Fight, directed by Nancy Savoca
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