“Orlando” by Sally Potter (UK, 1992)

man/woman/other…

Orlando

A wo/man crosses a 400-year destiny through history – a tribute to gender unity

Cast: Tilda Swinton, Billy Zane, Lothaire Bluteau, Quentin Crisp
Written and Directed by Sally Potter
Music by David Motion, Sally Potter
Cinematography by Aleksei Rodionov
Film Editing by Hervé Schneid

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“A Fantastic Woman” by Sebastian Lelio (Chile, 2017)

man/woman/other…

A fantastic woman

Strong message and gender/minorities representation, but static direction

Cast: Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco, Aline Küppenheim, Nicolás Saavedra
Director: Sebastián Lelio
Writer: Sebastián Lelio, Gonzalo Maza
Cinematographer: Benjamín Echazarreta
Editor: Soledad Salfate
Composer: Nani Garcia, Matthew Herbert

“The Female Brain” by Whitney Cummings (USA, 2017)

The Female Brain

First feature / Characters are too caricatural to create empathy, most dialogues sound unnatural and forced, and at times just poor

Cast: Whitney Cummings, Sofía Vergara, Toby Kebbell, James Marsden, Lucy Punch
Director: Whitney Cummings
Writer: Neal Brennan, Louann Brizendine, Whitney Cummings
Cinematographer: Bradford Lipson
Editor: Peggy Eghbalian
Composer: Jeff Cardoni

“Endless Love” by Shana Feste (USA, 2014)

Endless Love

Variation on a theme already found in Shana Feste’s The Greatest: a family mourns their deceased son / love introduced by a new personage brings the mourning process to a conclusion
Some good moments in an otherwise syrupy and predictable movie

Cast: Alex Pettyfer, Gabriella Wilde, Bruce Greenwood, Joely Richardson, Rhys Wakefield, Robert Patrick, Dayo Okeniyi, Emma Rigby, Anna Enger
Director: Shana Feste
Writer: Shana Feste, Joshua Safran
Music by Christophe Beck
Cinematography by Andrew Dunn
Film Editing by Maryann Brandon

“The Greatest” by Shana Feste (USA, 2009)

The Greatest

First feature /  A family mourns their son. The arrival of the girl he loved accelerates the mourning process. See also Endless Love.

Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Susan Sarandon, Carey Mulligan, Johnny Simmons, Aaron Johnson, Zoe Kravitz, Jennifer Ehle, Amy Morton, Michael Shannon
Written and directed by Shana Feste
Music by Christophe Beck
Cinematography by John Bailey
Film Editing by Cara Silverman

“Imitation Girl” by Natasha Kermani (USA, 2017)

Imitation Girl

Some beautiful scenes, a somewhat obscure ending

Cast: Lauren Ashley Carter, Neimah Djourabchi, Adam David Thompson
Director: Natasha Kermani
Writer: Natasha Kermani
Music by Kevin Hufnagel, Natasha Kermani
Cinematography by Travis Tips
Film Editing by Gabriel de Urioste

“Professor Marston & The Wonder Woman” by Angela Robinson (USA, 2017)

Professor Marston and the Wonder Woman

Powerful story and strong content that the director doesn’t fully control

“It’s a timely affirmation of feminine power—of the ways in which female wisdom and strength can charge hearts and minds, influence culture and inspire others to be their most authentic selves. That was certainly true of this summer’s origin story, with its deeply moving lead performance from Gal Gadot, and it’s true again here in the origin story behind that origin story.” Christy Lemire

Cast: Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote, Allie Gallerani, Christopher Jon Gombos, J. J. Feild, Connie Britton
Director:
Writer: Angela Robinson
Cinematographer: Bryce Fortner
Editor: Jeffrey M. Werner
Composer: Tom Howe