“Skate Kitchen” by Crystal Moselle (2018)

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An 18-year old girl joins a colorful group of girls, and while she skates with them, she learns what friendship means.
Cool because the movie shows “a younger generation [of women] that feels empowered to cross boundaries and to make their own world.” [Pat Brown]

Cast: Rachelle Vinberg, Jaden Smith, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Ardelia Lovelace, Nina Moran
Director: Crystal Moselle
Writer: Crystal Moselle, Aslihan Ünaldı, Jen Silverman
Cinematography: Shabier Kirchner
Music: Aska Matsumiya
Editor: Nico Leunen

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“Night Moves” by Kelly Reichardt (2013)

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Night Moves

The first movie by this director with a ‘real’ storyline
“As with all of Reichardt’s films, it’s more about the journey than the destination… Reichardt uses her increasingly impressive sense of composition and intuitive pacing to slow burn the audience into a state of anxiety instead of manipulatively pushing them there.” [Brian Tallerico]

Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, Peter Sarsgaard, Alia Shawkat, Logan Miller, Katherine Waterston, James Legros
Director: Kelly Reichardt
Writer: Jonathan Raymond, Kelly Reichardt
Director of Photography: Christopher Blauvelt
Editor: Kelly Reichardt
Original Music Composer: Jeff Grace

“Losing Ground” by Kathleen Collins (1982)

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The acting is at times a bit clumsy and the personages stretched, but nevertheless interesting: leads possess charm, the music is sensual
Kathleen Collins comes very close to succeeding in combining intellectual dialogues and sensuality
“Hazily fixated on the phantoms of the past, Losing Ground is now itself a relic of such a time, an unfortunate memory of the continued ignorance of so many talented, unfairly marginalized voices.” [Jesse Cataldo]

Cast: Seret Scott, Bill Gunn, Duane Jones
Director: Kathleen Collins
Writer: Kathleen Collins
Music by Michael Minard
Cinematography by Ronald K. Gray
Film Editing by Kathleen Collins, Ronald K. Gray

“Women Who Kill” by Ingrid Jungermann (2016)

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women who kill

Interesting score

Cast: Annette O’Toole, Sheila Vand, Deborah Rush
Director: Ingrid Jungermann
Writer: Ingrid Jungermann
Cinematography by Robert Leitzell
Film Editing by Ron Dulin

“Wajib” by Annemarie Jacir (2017)

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Unfailing to her themes (Palestinians expats / occupation / right of return) / At times clumsy

Cast: Mohammad Bakri, Saleh Bakri, Tarik Kopty
Director: Annemarie Jacir
Writer: Annemarie Jacir
Cinematography by Antoine Héberlé
Film Editing by Jacques Comets

“MDMA (Angie X)” by Angie Wang (2017)

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The first hour is fireworks, the last half hour (starting with a long and boring Christmas scene with Christmas music) a boring bland story that transforms the lead into an inconsistent character. A pity!
The abundant racial cliches and a girl who returns to her daddy in the end left me with a bitter taste

Cast: Francesca Eastwood, Elisa Donovan, Pierson Fode
Director: Angie Wang
Writers: Angie Wang, Angie Wang
Music by Pei Pei Chung
Cinematography by Brett Pawlak
Film Editing by Jeff Castelluccio, Robert Schafer

 

“Beauty And The Dogs” by Kaouther Ben Hania (2017)

Beauty And The Dogs

Theatrical but a good restitution of the way police try to cover up their crime in a land where women have few rights
Another look on the themes this director approached in her first feature

Cast: Mariam Al Ferjani, Ghanem Zrelli, Noomen Hamda
Director: Kaouther Ben Hania
Writer: Kaouther Ben Hania
Music by Amin Bouhafa
Cinematography by Johan Holmquist
Film Editing by Nadia Ben Rachid