“Outside In” by Lynn Shelton (2017)

Outside in

A focused, “quiet, deeply empathetic film” (Allison Shoemaker) / Formidable performance by Edie Falco

Cast: Edie Falco, Jay Duplass, Kaitlyn Dever, Ben Schwartz, Aaron Blakely, Claudine Nako
Director: Lynn Shelton
Writer: Jay Duplass, Lynn Shelton
Cinematographer: Nathan M. Miller
Editor: Celia Beasley
Composer: Andrew Bird


“The Bookshop” by Isabel Coixet (2017)

The Bookshop

Good acting but it takes too long for the rhythm of the movie, the plot, and the musical score to form a whole

Cast: Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, Patricia Clarkson
Director: Isabel Coixet
Writers: Isabel Coixet, Penelope Fitzgerald (novel)
Music by Alfonso de Vilallonga
Cinematography by Jean-Claude Larrieu
Film Editing by Bernat Aragonés

“The Night Stalker” by Megan Griffiths (2016)

The Night Stalker

Cast: Bellamy Young, Lou Diamond Phillips, Chelle Sherrill, Benjamin Barrett, Andrew Ruiz
Director: Megan Griffiths
Writer: Megan Griffiths
Cinematographer: Quyen Tran
Composer: Matthew Emerson Brown, Jeremy Koepping

“The Pretty One” by Jenée LaMarque (2013)

The Pretty One

An intelligent take on ‘a young woman in search of her identity’ / enjoyable, witty, deep, sensitive… / First feature

Cast: Zoe Kazan, Jake M. Johnson, Ron Livingston, Danny Pudi, Sterling Beaumon, Jeremy Howard
Director: Jenée LaMarque
Writer: Jenée LaMarque
Director of Photography: Polly Morgan
Editor: Kiran Pallegadda

“The Feels” by Jenée LaMarque (2017)

The Feels

Another approach to ‘a young woman in search of her identity’ / Team work gives a very nice ‘feel’ to the movie

Cast: Constance Wu, Josh Fadem, Jenée LaMarque
Director: Jenée LaMarque
Writers: Jenée LaMarque, Lauren Parks
Music by Julian Wass
Cinematography by Kristin Fieldhouse
Film Editing by Steph Zenee Perez

“Where Do We Go Now?” by Nadine Labaki (Lebanon, 2011)

Non-U.S. female directors

Where Do We Go Now

In a war-torn country divided along religious lines, the Christian and Muslim women of a small Lebanese village work together to stop their men’s fighting.
Intelligence and humor, comedy and drama, clear message

Cast: Nadine Labaki, Leyla Hakim, Yvonne Maalouf, Antoinette Noufaily
Directed by Nadine Labaki
Written by Thomas Bidegain, Nadine Labaki
Music by Khaled Mouzanar
Cinematography by Christophe Offenstein
Film Editing by Véronique Lange

“Brief Encounters” by Kira Muratova (Russia, 1967)

Non-U.S. female directors

Brief Encounters

Muratova’s images have their own language, her dialogues are very poetic – although at times obscure – and the abrupt cuts do not hinder the continuity. Original and powerful!

Cast: Nina Ruslanova, Vladimir Vysotsky, Kira Muratova, Yelena Bazilskaya, Olga Vikland, Aleksei Glazyrin, Valeri Isakov
Director: Kira Muratova
Screenplay: Kira Muratova, Leonid Zhukhovitsky
Dir. of Photography: Gennadi Karyuk
Music: Oleg Karavaichuk, Vladimir Vysotsky
Editor: O. Kharakova