“Pure” by Lisa Langseth (Sweden, 2010)

Pure

Outstanding acting by Vikander / a not really focused and a bit chaotic musical choice / original title: To What’s Beautiful

Cast: Alicia Vikander, Samuel Fröler, Josephine Bauer
Director: Lisa Langseth
Writer: Lisa Langseth
Music by Per-Erik Winberg
Cinematography by Simon Pramsten
Film Editing by Malin Lindström

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“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

“Ginger And Rosa” by Sally Potter (UK, 2012)

-The Work of Sally Potter

Ginger and Rosa

Set during the Cold War in the nascent post-war world of feminism and youth activism / Another facet of the influence of a strong fatherly figure on a young girl (see also The Man Who Cried (2000)) 

Cast: Elle Fanning, Alice Englert, Alessandro Nivola, Annette Bening, Timothy Spall
Written and directed by Sally Potter
Cinematography by Robbie Ryan
Film Editing by Anders Refn

“Chicken With Plums” by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud (France, 2011)

Working in pair: man + woman directing

Chicken With Plums

At times magic and a fantastic cast / The strength of the story gets a bit lost through the complex editing

Cast: Mathieu Amalric, Maria de Medeiros, Edouard Baer, Golshifteh Farahani, Isabella Rossellini
Directed by Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud
Written by Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud
Music by Olivier Bernet
Cinematography by Christophe Beaucarne
Film Editing by Stéphane Roche

Paula Van Der Oest, director (4): “Black Butterflies” (NL, 2011)

Black Butterflies

Contrary to A Quiet Passion that depicts the life of a poet (Emily Dickinson) who controls her words and the passion that inhabits her with excessive resolve, Black Butterflies pictures the South African poet Ingrid Jonker as a woman overwhelmed by the love and words that flow from her. SPOILER AHEAD: After several break-downs, her life finally ends at the feet of her father who implacably rejected her and the people she lent her voice to.

Actors: Carice van Houten, Liam Cunningham, Rutger Hauer
Director: Paula van der Oest
Writer: Greg Latter
Music by Philip Miller
Cinematography by Giulio Biccari
Film Editing by Sander Vos

“A Quiet Passion” (Terence Davies, USA 2016)

A Quiet Passion

The periods succeed each other without indication of a transition in time. The pace in the end becomes ever so slow and the rich but affected dialogues sound unnatural. However, the extraordinary poems of Emily Dickinson enlighten the movie.

Cast: Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle, Duncan Duff, Keith Carradine, Jodhi May
Director: Terence Davies
Writer: Terence Davies
Cinematographer: Florian Hoffmeister
Editor: Pia Di Ciaula

“Paterson” (Jim Jarmusch, USA 2016)

Paterson

“‘I breathe poetry’ … the movie is about: the conviction that if you can live at least part of your life breathing poetry (and that poetry is not necessarily a verbal thing), you can make your life more worthwhile.” [Paterson by Glenn Kenny. December 27, 2o16 http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/paterson-2016%5D

Cast: Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani, Barry Shabaka Henley
Director: Jim Jarmusch
Writer: Jim Jarmusch
Cinematographer: Frederick Elmes
Editor: Affonso Gonçalves
Composer: Jim Jarmusch, Carter Logan, Sqürl