“Love & Basketball” by Gina Prince-Bythewood (USA, 2000)

Love & Basketball

Cast: Sanaa Lathan, Omar Epps, Alfre Woodard, Dennis Haysbert, Debbi Morgan
Written and Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood
Music by Terence Blanchard
Cinematography by Reynaldo Villalobos
Film Editing by Terilyn A. Shropshire

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“Disappearing Acts” by Gina Prince-Bythewood (USA, 2000)

Disappearing Acts

Good acting, good music

Cast: Sanaa Lathan, Wesley Snipes, Michael Imperioli
Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Writers: Terry McMillan (novel), Lisa Jones (teleplay)
Music by Allen Cato, Meshell Ndegeocello
Cinematography by Tami Reiker
Film Editing by Françoise Bonnot

“Equity” by Meera Menon (USA, 2016)

Equity

Intricate script shows how women can be as ruthless as men, and much meaner at the same time, eating each other alive while smiling! If ‘sharks’ describe guys, then what could be applied to a woman? Is “tigress”not to noble in this case?
But of course, we all know that it’s the context that transforms us into what we are: “The environment is not separate from ourselves. We are inside it and it is inside us. We make it, and it makes us.” (Yanomami, Brazil)

Cast: Anna Gunn, James Purefoy, Sarah Megan Thomas, Alysia Reiner, Carrie Preston, Michael Izquierdo, Craig Bierko, Margaret Colin
Director: Meera Menon
Writer (story by): Sarah Megan Thomas
Writer: Amy Fox
Cinematographer: Eric Lin
Editor: Andrew Hafitz
Composer: Samuel Jones, Alexis Marsh

“Alias Grace” by Mary Harron (Canada, 2017)

Alias Grace

The many facets of truth!
Gender roles in Victorian Canada / Excellent female lead

Cast: Sarah Gadon, Edward Holcroft, Rebecca Liddiard, David Cronenberg, Anna Paquin
Director: Mary Harron
Script: Margaret Atwood, Sarah Polley
Cinematography: Brendan Steacy
Music: Jeff Danna, Mychael Danna

“The Divine Order” by Petra Volpe (Switzerland, 2017)

The Divine Order

Wrong music! A bit to conventional.

Cast: Marie Leuenberger, Maximilian Simonischek, Marta Zoffoli, Bettina Stucky, Rachel Braunschweig, Sibylle Brunner, Noe Krejcí, Finn Sutter
Director: Petra Biondina Volpe
Writer: Petra Biondina Volpe
Cinematographer: Judith Kaufmann
Editor: Hansjörg Weißbrich
Composer: Annette Focks

“Maudie” by Aisling Walsh (Ireland, 2016)

Maudie

Happiness doesn’t need much and can be learned.
One negative point: Ethan Hawke doesn’t fit the personage.

Cast: Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke, Gabrielle Rose, Billy MacLellan, Zachary Bennett, Kari Matchett
Director: Aisling Walsh
Writer: Sherry White
Cinematographer: Guy Godfree
Editor: Stephen O’Connell
Composer: Michael Timmins