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.
Sat, Apr 8 at 12:30pm
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.
Sun, Apr 9 at 7:30pm
Claire Denis’s masterful Billy Budd adaptation is a braggadocio battle of male bodies and egos played out against the stark terrain of Djibouti.
Tue, Apr 11 at 7:30pm
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.
Sat-Sun, Apr 15-16
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.
Sun, Apr 16 at 7:30pm
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.
Tue, Apr 18 at 7:30pm
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.
Sat, Apr 22 at 4:30pm
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.
Sun, Apr 23 at 7:30pm
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wakes on Christmas morning to discover that her boyfriend has killed himself, leaving a suicide note, mix tape, and an unpublished manuscript behind.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.
Sat, Apr 29 at 4:30pm
Set against the backdrop of the beautiful Mediterranean, SWEPT AWAY is Lina Wertmüller's most famous and controversial film about sex, love and politics.
Sun, Apr 30 at 7:30pm
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.
Tue, May 2 at 7:30pm
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.