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Essentials of Feminist Cinema

Essentials of Feminist Cinema

We celebrate a few of the female auteurs whose work defies categorization and directly addresses societal barriers and the inner lives of the women subjected to or resisting the status quo. From introspection to direct confrontation, grounded modern dramas to over-the-top speculative fiction, these films span the many waves of the feminist movement itself, but represent only a portion of the vibrant voices of underrepresented female directors.



Completed Screenings

JEANNE DIELMAN, 23 QUAI DU COMMERCE, 1080 BRUXELLES

JEANNE DIELMAN, 23 QUAI DU COMMERCE, 1080 BRUXELLES

In meticulously observing three days in the life of a middle-aged widow, Chantal Akerman’s landmark of experimental film depicts the fissuring of a psyche under the weight of routine.

BEAU TRAVAIL

BEAU TRAVAIL

Claire Denis’s masterful Billy Budd adaptation is a braggadocio battle of male bodies and egos played out against the stark terrain of Djibouti.

A QUESTION OF SILENCE

A QUESTION OF SILENCE

This provocative feminist work explores themes of violence, justice, and rationality under patriarchy through a criminal psychiatrist (Cox Habbema) investigating three women—total strangers—who have spontaneously joined together and brutally murdered the male owner of a clothes shop in an seemingly unprovoked attack.

CLEO FROM 5 TO 7

CLEO FROM 5 TO 7

Agnès Varda eloquently captures Paris in the sixties with this spirited real-time portrait of a singer (Corinne Marchand) set adrift in the city as she awaits test results of a biopsy.

VAGABOND

VAGABOND

Agnès Varda’s poetic 1985 film pieces together the story of a defiant young drifter through flashbacks told by those who encountered her, producing a splintered portrait of an enigmatic woman.

TICKET OF NO RETURN

TICKET OF NO RETURN

Rich, eccentric and always dressed to the nines, “She” hides her feelings behind a rigid mask, consciously drinking herself to death while on a one-way-ticket drunkard’s tour of Berlin.

LOSING GROUND

LOSING GROUND

Recently restored for its first-ever theatrical release, Kathleen Collins’ 1982 film LOSING GROUND, one of the first feature films written and directed by a black woman, is a groundbreaking romance exploring women’s sexuality, modern marriage, and the life of artists and scholars.

MORVERN CALLAR

MORVERN CALLAR

Morvern Callar (Samantha Morton) wakes on Christmas morning to discover that her boyfriend has killed himself, leaving a suicide note, mix tape, and an unpublished manuscript behind. Erasing his name and adding hers, it becomes her ticket out of small-town Scotland. Directed by Lynne Ramsay.

SWEPT AWAY

SWEPT AWAY

Set against the backdrop of the beautiful Mediterranean, SWEPT AWAY is Lina Wertmüller's most famous and controversial film about sex, love and politics.

BORN IN FLAMES

BORN IN FLAMES

A landmark of early 1980s American independent cinema, Lizzie Borden's Molotov cocktail of a film uses documentary techniques alongside invented narratives to tell the story of a feminist insurgency against the incumbent Socialist Democratic government.

WANDA

WANDA

This lean and understated landmark of 70s independent cinema, a revisionist road movie written and directed by Barbara Loden who stars in the title role, is a feminist portrayal of a woman seeking solace after a string of abusive relationships.

 

This Week (click showtimes to purchase)

Thursday

TAKE EVERY WAVE: THE LIFE OF LAIRD HAMILTONLUCKYBRAD'S STATUSAnatomy of Cinema Seminar: Mise-en-scèneNJFF: HARMONIA

Friday

THE FLORIDA PROJECT: Informal post-screening discussion upstairs (8:00pm)
TAKE EVERY WAVE: THE LIFE OF LAIRD HAMILTONLOVING VINCENTTHE FLORIDA PROJECTHUMAN FLOWLUCKY

Saturday

HUMAN FLOW: Post-screening discussion with Vanderbilt University's Robert Barsky and Jonathan Hiskey (12:20pm)
Olde Worlde Theatre presents “Little Red Riding Hood”LOVING VINCENTLUCKYTHE FLORIDA PROJECTHUMAN FLOWTAKE EVERY WAVE: THE LIFE OF LAIRD HAMILTONMANSFIELD 66/6712 Hours of Terror

Sunday

MACHINES: Post-screening discussion with Vanderbilt University's Dan Cornfield and Tariq Tachil (6:40pm)
THE FLORIDA PROJECTLOVING VINCENTTAKE EVERY WAVE: THE LIFE OF LAIRD HAMILTONHUMAN FLOWLUCKYMACHINESMANSFIELD 66/67

Monday

NJFF: THE WOMEN'S BALCONYLOVING VINCENTTHE FLORIDA PROJECTHUMAN FLOWCHAVELAMANSFIELD 66/67LUCKY

Tuesday

LOVING VINCENTTHE FLORIDA PROJECTHUMAN FLOWNJFF: FANNY'S JOURNEYCHAVELALUCKY
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