Although even in the industry women’s cinema is still considered in the minority, it is undeniable that something is changing. There is an important and varied selection of films made by inspired women that are authentic timeless treasures and that show the growing diversity of themes and genre that is being addressed masterfully. We propose some titles for you to have a good weekend.
Mignonnes (Cuites), by Maimouma Doucouré. A perfect illustration of today’s growth. The debut of the French director Maimouna Doucouré “Mignonnes (Cuties)” evaluates the transition from childhood to adolescence by pointing her lens at an 11-year-old girl at the crossroads of tradition and personal discovery. An idiosyncratic narrative centered on black childhood that goes against the status quo. Very interesting.
Vers la Tendress, by Alice Diop. In this film, director Alice Diop invites us to reflect on love from the perspective of four young people in a suburban area where female bodies are nothing but ghostly and virtual silhouettes. An excellent movie worth a look.
A hurt locker, by Kathryn Bigelow. It is undeniable that Kathryn Bigelow is a great lover of action and adrenaline and has a special gift for creating an unusual tension. She made history at the 2010 Oscars as the first woman to be awarded the Best Direction Award, and also won the Academy Award for Best Picture. An essential film for those passionate about war movies.
An Education, by Lone Scherfig. An Education superbly raises the dilemma between formal education and life experiences. An elegant questioning of established values starring a formidable Carey Mulligan who perfectly embodies the naivety of a teenage girl in the 1960s. Simply wonderful.
Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi The film adaptation of the Persepolis comic by Marjane Satrapi, who also signs the direction of the film along with Vincent Paronnaud, is an opportunity to talk about one of the most intelligent and powerful graphic works of the last decade. The Iranian author tells her personal history and that of her family, and describes the main events that have shaped Iran’s last quarter-century of history. Humor, sensitivity and intellect.
Queen&Slim, by Melina Matsouka. The director of the successful Insecure serie debuted with a vibrant, rhythmic, immersive and beautifully polished film, which evokes the classic Bonnie&Clyde cinema, with a racial twist and impressive esthetic that adds credibility and engages you from the first minute. Starring Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith, Queen&Slim is a stunning piece of art.
Portrait of a lady on fire, by Célie Sciamma. The film speaks of the invention of love at a time when women existed only to be looked at, desired or despised by men. Céline Sciamma embarks us on a dramatic and romantic story, exquisitely executed. Fearless and emotionally devastating, you’ll want to see her again and again. Sublime.
Sofia, by Meryem Benm’Darek. The Moroccan director seamlessly tackles the drama of having a child without getting married, in Morocco. A meticulous portrait that masterfully captures the sensitivity of the protagonists with which you manage to empathize from the first moment. A film that stays forever in memory.
On the basis of sex, by Mimi Leder. A biopic about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman in history (after Sandra Day O’Connor) to serve in this high court. Starring Felicity Jones, she is an excellent ode to feminism and the need for her constant struggle. Absolutely brilliant.
Captain Marvel, by Anna Boden. The Marvel universe has also wanted to pay tribute to women with the first film starring inside it by a woman and played by actress Brie Larson.
The Bookshop, by Isabel Coixet. Extraordinary work by director Isabel Coixet who also won the 2018 Goya Award for Best Film, Directing and Adapted Screenplay. A meticulous and very delicate adaptation of Penelope Fitzgerald’s novel of the same name that conveys the imagination, creativity and knowledge of the books from a moving vision.
Atlantiques, by Mati Diop. An interesting look at the drama of contemporary African youth, caught between traditions, lack of opportunities and European sleep. A heterogeneous cocktail, bold and unique, demonstrating the filmmaker’s ability to plausiblely reconstruct the African reality of the young protagonist. Deeply captivating.
Farewell, by Lulu Wang. Lulu Wang’s touching and fun comedy with which rapper Awkafina made history in the last edition of the Golden Globes.