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We want to celebrate International Women’s Day in style with a special programme dedicated to the work of some of our favourite women filmmakers. Blatantly stealing the title of John Ford’s under-seen swan song—a sublime, crepuscular western with an all-female cast—we present, back-to-back, 7 fearless, distinctive and essential voices, old and new, that have taken their cinema practice beyond gender pigeonholing. Céline Sciamma, Ida Lupino, Anna Biller, Chantal Akerman, So Yong Kim, Agnès Varda, and Lena Dunham: we salute you.

Tiny Furniture

Lena Dunham United States, 2010

We close our women filmmaker series with Lena Dunham’s debut work Tiny Furniture, a charming and sober expression of self-doubt. It’s both darker and more formally rigorous than her hit series Girls. With its no-budget ingenuity, it’s one of the key films for modern American indie cinema.

Cléo from 5 to 7

Agnès Varda France, 1962

The justifiably best known film from the French New Wave’s sole female "member"—she in fact proceeded the movement and exceeded the "brand"—Agnès Varda’s sublime day-in-the-life masterpiece brought an essential female perspective to the streets of Paris too often shot from a male point of view.

For Ellen

So Yong Kim United States, 2012

Next in our remarkable women filmmakers series is South Korea-born So Yong Kim. In her first time working with professional actors—Dano!—Kim delivers an unaffected, quietly moving portrait of estranged fatherhood, sharply tracing what the life of a fading rock star is like when no one’s looking.

Tomorrow We Move

Chantal Akerman France, 2004

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we’re exclusively showing a gem from one of our favorites, Chantal Akerman. A neurotic screwball comedy, it smartly animates Akerman’s themes of loneliness, mother-daughter relations, creativity and claustrophobia with spry inspiration from Hollywood classics.

Viva

Anna Biller United States, 2007

With director-writer-star-designer-editor Anna Biller’s latest masterpiece The Love Witch opening soon, we’re proud to present her audacious debut feature. A mosaic of 60s & 70s aesthetics, ecstatic musical numbers, and a rich retro color palette. Viva is truly one-of-a-kind and a key feminist film.

The Trouble with Angels

Ida Lupino United States, 1966

Ida Lupino began as an actress (and one of the best), but tragically few remember she was an innovative and trailblazing filmmaker as well, starting her own production company, then heading to TV. Her last film for cinemas was this deceptively light comedy featuring her own sharp social criticism.

Tomboy

Céline Sciamma France, 2011

We’re delighted to launch a special series dedicated to the work of seven female directors we adore. Tomboy is the film that made us all fall in love with Céline Sciamma. It’s not very often that gender identity is tackled with such delicacy and insight, making us forget about the politics in it.

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