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Women with Movie Cameras

Berthe Morisot

Caroline Champetier France, 2012

A sensitive portrait of the career of overlooked Impressionist painter Berthe Morisot, contemporary and sister-in-law to Edouard Manet. From cinematographer-turned-director Caroline Champetier, who has shot films by Godard, Rivette, and Carax!

From the Reports of Security Guards & Patrol Services No.1

Helke Sander West Germany, 1985

Renowned German filmmaker Helke Sander recounts the following true story: with her two small children, a woman heads to a construction yard…

Ma

Celia Rowlson-Hall United States, 2015

A striking modern-day vision of Mother Mary’s pilgrimage through the eyes of Ma (played by Celia Rowlson-Hall), a woman who must venture across the scorched landscape of the American Southwest to fulfill her destiny.

Further Beyond

Christine Molloy, Joe Lawlor Ireland, 2016

A riveting, completely original anti-biopic from one of our favorite filmmaker duos, whose revisionist crime film, Helen is an ingenious gem. Molloy & Lawlor’s first foray into documentary explores identity and space while playfully dissecting the very nature of cinematic language. And it’s funny!

Munmo tashi khyidron

Dechen Roder Bhutan, 2016

This is the feature debut of Bhutanese director Dechen Roder, and all signs point her being a talent to follow. Enriching the relationship between a detective and a femme fatale, her film upends noir expectations, all the while being closely rooted in local culture and vibrantly photographed. A gem.

Alba

Ana Cristina Barragán Ecuador, 2016

This atmospheric coming-of-age tale from Ecuador eschews any sentimentality to convey the shyness and confusion of a young girl as she navigates the troubled waters of childhood. An award-winning first feature, carried by poignant, understated performances.

Come Worry with Us!

Helene Klodawsky Canada, 2013

Violinist Jessica Moss and singer/guitarist Efrim Menuck are struggling to balance parenthood with making music in their internationally acclaimed Montreal-based band Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra.

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Ana Lily Amirpour United States, 2014

Let this intriguing title lure you into the mysterious world of this modern, feminist take on the vampire horror film set in Iran! Shot in crisp B&W cinematography, this is an invigorating reappropriation of a genre usually known for undermining women as the ultimate victims. No more, time’s up!

She's Lost Control

Anja Marquardt United States, 2014

Fiercely independent, Ronah works as a sexual surrogate in New York City, teaching her clients the very thing they fear most – to be intimate. Her life unravels when she starts working with a volatile new client, blurring the thin line between professional and personal intimacy in the modern world.

Zipper: Coney Island's Last Wild Ride

Amy Nicholson United States, 2012

A story about greed, politics and the land grab of the century, ZIPPER chronicles the battle over an American cultural icon. Small-time ride operator, Eddie Miranda, proudly operates a carnival contraption called the Zipper in the heart of Coney Island’s gritty amusement district.

Memory Exercises

Paz Encina Paraguay, 2016

Through the childhood memories of Agustín Goiburú’s children, Paz Encina traces the life in exile and disappearance of a dissident of Paraguay’s dictatorship. Absence imbues the poetic images of this evocative documentary, conveying the impact of the violent, political past on the personal present.

The Dreamed Path

Angela Schanelec Germany, 2016

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Through Bressonian fragmentation, the Berlin School auteur Angela Schanelec delivers a puzzling, elliptical anti-love story, and keeps challenging our notion of narrative with her radical, quietly masterful filmmaking.

The Pretty Ones

Melisa Liebenthal Argentina, 2016

Winner of the Bright Future Award at Rotterdam, director Melisa Liebenthal places herself at the center of this candid essay film. Interviewing childhood friends about their shared coming-of-age experiences, The Pretty Ones interrogates the construction of femininity and its relationship to images.

When Pigs Fly

Sara Driver Germany, 1993

Ten years after the sublime Sleepwalk, Driver followed it with this oneiric, jazz-infused ghost story. Set in a small port town and haunted by a host phantoms (one played by the always brilliant Marianne Faithfull!), When Pigs Fly is a completely beguiling invocation of the unresolved past.

Dog Lady

Laura Citarella, Verónica Llinás Argentina, 2015

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Dog Lady finds in the outstanding performance of Verónica Llinás (also co-director) an enigmatic, quietly potent screen presence able to challenge the pillars of our society without need of words. One of El Pampero collective’s most recent triumphs.

As Long as Shotguns Remain

Jonathan Vinel, Caroline Poggi France, 2014

This Golden Bear winning short film is a crime-drama-meets-indie-ghost-story(!), with its own irresistibly peculiar way of looking at the world. Set in a suffocating suburban setting, its story might unravel like a video game, yet its emotions are deeply anchored to reality.

The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas

Elina Psykou Greece, 2013

Antonis arrives in a hotel near the sea. It is winter, the hotel is closed and Antonis wanders alone. It seems to have all the time with him. Until television announced the disappearance of the famous journalist Antonis Paraskevas.

Les coquillettes

Sophie Letourneur France, 2012

With her usual self-deprecatory playfulness, Sophie Letourneur crafted this delightful gem starring Louis Garrel. Shot during the Locarno Film Festival, this comedy full of refreshing candor and wit follows three unashamed women more interested in potential flings than high-brow flicks.

Ostende

Laura Citarella Argentina, 2011

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Set in an emblematic holidaymakers’ destination since the early XX century, Ostende is both a delightful observational comedy and a minimalistic detective story of Hitchcockian undertones. Laura Citarella’s debut, also produced by the New Argentine Cinema’s Mariano Llinás.

Touch Me Not

Adina Pintilie Romania, 2018

Billed as the most controversial Berlinale Golden Bear in history, Adina Pintilie’s fearless investigation of intimacy and sexuality persuasively invites the spectator to participate in its exploratory narrative. A treatise on bodies and our perception of the Other that won’t leave you indifferent.

The Grand Bizarre

Jodie Mack United States, 2018

From MUBI regular Jodie Mack comes a tour de force, sui generis globetrotting textile documentary in the form of a 16mm abstract animated (and musical!) feature. An entrancing experience that is as much about the creation and circulation of fabric as it’s about the pure pleasure of color and design.

Take Me Somewhere Nice

Ena Sendijarević Netherlands, 2019

As in all great journeys, the characters of Ena Sendijarević’s award-winning debut won’t be the same after this adventure. Vibrantly nodding to Jarmusch’s beloved Stranger Than Paradise, this stylized, offbeat road movie glows with pastel-colored melancholy, Balkan humor and teen self-discovery.

Around the World When You Were My Age

Aya Koretzky Portugal, 2018

A parent and child meet across eras, countries, and memories in Aya Koretzky’s enchanting documentary about her Japanese father’s exceptional globetrotting adventures in the 1970s. As her father’s life blooms before the filmmaker, we see how, decades before, the world blossomed for the young man.

Sleepwalk

Sara Driver United States, 1986

Curses and endless night engulf this hypnotic film and the drifting woman at its center. One of the great New York filmmakers of the “No Wave” generation, the feature debut by Sara Driver is a jagged maze of puzzles with an irresistible dreamlike flow. Featuring cinematography by Jim Jarmusch!

Thou Wast Mild and Lovely

Josephine Decker United States, 2014

A true auteur on the U.S. indie scene, Josephine Decker’s second feature (which was funded partly on Kickstarter!) unfolds like an atmospheric and erotic dream. Decker reworks the psychodrama of Bergman and the impressionism of Malick into an utterly unique, intensely primal experiment.

Jane B. par Agnès V.

Agnès Varda France, 1988

A cinematic collaboration between two of the most fabulous of women: French New Wave director Agnès Varda and British singer and actress Jane Birkin. In this marvelous, indescribable film the two cross paths, inspiring each other and us too.

The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty

Esfir Shub Soviet Union, 1927

This Soviet rarity, Esfir Shub’s ingenious compilation epic on the Russian Revolution, is an ecstatic grab bag: archival collage as national history, as political and social critique, as exposé, as celebration. Footage not to be found elsewhere, and arranged to make a point—with vigor!

The Order of Myths

Margaret Brown United States, 2008

Filmmaker Margaret Brown, herself a daughter of Mobile, Alabama, escorts us into the parallel hearts of the city’s two Mardi Gras carnivals to explore this hallowed tradition—and the forces that keep it organized along color lines.

Still the Water

Naomi Kawase Japan, 2014

Retracing her ancestry back to Japan’s southern island of Amami Ōshima, Naomi Kawase touchingly set this meditation of youth in her family’s originating community. Calling it her own masterpiece, Kawase envelops one in a rare distillation of nature and existence painted upon a canvas of pure calm.

Asparagus

Suzan Pitt United States, 1979

A landmark work in experimental surrealist animation, Suzan Pitt’s short has more ideas than even some features! Brilliantly mixing hand-drawn animation with stop-motion, Asparagus is resplendent with evocative ideas on femininity, interiority, and the body. A truly singular piece of cinema.

Delphine

Chloé Robichaud Canada, 2019

Winner of Best Canadian Short Film at TIFF, this moving short from director Chloé Robichaud (Sarah Prefers to Run) evocatively captures the sensitive tensions of teenage society. Succinctly probing the politics at play in school, the film holds a mirror to the ways society can resemble adolescence.

Trouble Every Day

Claire Denis France, 2001

From one of the luminaries of the contemporary arthouse, Claire Denis, whose elliptical, hypnotic films are a rich and unique sensory experience. This, Denis’ own version of a vampire tale, may be her darkest vision, unforgettably scored by the Tindersticks and starring Vincent Gallo.

The Girls

Mai Zetterling Sweden, 1968

Starring Bergman regulars Bibi and Harriet Andersson (no relation), Mai Zetterling’s The Girls is a tragicomedy, at once tender and ironic, about how much (or how little) women’s roles have changed. A union of Swedish icons and a key work of 60s feminist cinema, screened all too rarely.

Loving Couples

Mai Zetterling Sweden, 1964

Three expectant mothers from different backgrounds think back over their lives while waiting for their impending births in a Stockholm hospital. Adapted from the controversial novel by Agnes von Krusenstjerna.

Variety

Bette Gordon United States, 1983

Based on a Brechtian script by Kathy Acker and starring New York underground legends like Nan Goldin and Cookie Mueller, Bette Gordon’s trailblazing New York indie powerfully inverts the gendered conventions of the erotic thriller, foregrounding women’s sexual fantasies in grimy, downtown New York.

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The Hitch-Hiker

Ida Lupino United States, 1953

Ray and Gilbert’s fishing trip takes a terrifying turn when the hitchhiker they pick up turns out to be a sociopath on the run from the law. The man’s peculiar physical affliction, an eye that never closes even when he sleeps, makes it impossible for the two friends to plot an escape.

Everyone Else

Maren Ade Germany, 2009

The winner of the Grand Prix and Best Actress prizes at Berlin, Everyone Else confirms German director Maren Ade as a great new talent. Ade’s film is deeply immersed in its characters, exploring the nuances of relationships and situations with incredible, rich insight.

India Song

Marguerite Duras France, 1975

Set in the colonialist homes of ‘30s India, renowned writer and filmmaker Marguerite Duras cast Delphine Seyrig as a diplomat’s wife haunted by imperialist guilt and the anguishing emptiness of opulence. Notably, the film eschews sync sound, advancing its narrative through various off-screen voices.

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Lourdes

Jessica Hausner Austria, 2009

Christine is a lonely, almost entirely handicapped woman who goes on a life-changing journey to Lourdes, the iconic site of pilgrimage in the Pyrenees Mountains. Not that she believes in miracles—it just happens to be the only way to get out and about.

Two Ships

Justine Triet France, 2012

Before her Cannes Competition debut Sibyl, the young French filmmaker Justine Triet (In Bed With Victoria) transitioned from documentary filmmaking with this acclaimed, prizewinning short fiction film: an all-night urban comedy-drama, full of spirit and starring the great Laetitia Dosch.

Artificial Paradises

Yulene Olaizola Mexico, 2011

Having since gone on to compete at Cannes and Tallinn, it was with Artificial Paradises that young Mexican filmmaker Yulene Olaizola announced her substantial talent. A prizewinner at Tribeca, this is a sincere narrative debut that subverts the typical addiction tale.

Nana

Valérie Massadian France, 2011

Nana is four years old and lives in a stone house beyond the forest. Back from school one late afternoon, all she finds in her house is silence. A journey into the night of her childhood. The world at her height.

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