“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

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“Thelma” by Joachim Trier (Norway, 2017)

Lesbian love through the eyes of male directors

Thelma

A girl succeeds at accepting her sexual identity by resisting the religious constraints imposed on her

Cast: Eili Harboe, Kaya Wilkins, Henrik Rafaelsen. Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Grethe Eltervåg
Director: Joachim Trier
Writer: Joachim Trier, Eskil Vogt
Cinematographer: Jakob Ihre
Editor: Olivier Bugge Coutté
Composer: Ola Fløttum

“Novitiate” by Maggie Betts (USA, 2017)

Novitiate

A somewhat stereotyped nun story with vocational doubts and hierarchical abuse, enriched with an intricate historical perspective

Cast: Margaret Qualley, Melissa Leo, Julianne Nicholson, Dianna Agron, Morgan Saylor, Liana Liberato, Denis O’Hare
Director: Maggie Betts
Writer: Maggie Betts
Cinematographer: Kat Westergaard
Editor: Susan E. Morse
Composer: Christopher Stark

“When Night Is Falling” by Patricia Rozema (Canada, 1995)

Lesbian love seen by a female director

When Night Is Falling (sec view)

The passion a woman feels for another woman makes her abandon all her moral certitudes / Some weaknesses in the script / Excellent camera work on bodies and movement

Cast: Pascale Bussières, Rachael Crawford, Henry Czerny
Director: Patricia Rozema
Writer: Patricia Rozema
Music by Lesley Barber
Cinematography by Douglas Koch
Film Editing by Susan Shipton

“Elena Undone” by Nicole Conn (USA, 2010)

Lesbian love seen by a female director

Elena Undone

Predictable but very real, with good love scenes / Shunned by critics

Cast: Necar Zadegan, Traci Dinwiddie, Gary Weeks
Director: Nicole Conn
Writer: Nicole Conn
Music by Mark Chait
Cinematography by Tal Lazar
Film Editing by Nicole Conn, Brian Wessel

“I Can’t Think Straight” by Shamim Sarif (UK, 2008)

Lesbian love seen by a female director

I can't think straight

Less audacious than her preceding movie, but better acting, a more confident direction, and a nice touch of humor

Cast: Lisa Ray, Sheetal Sheth, Antonia Frering
Director: Shamim Sarif
Writers: Shamim Sarif, Kelly Moss
Music by Raiomond Mirza
Cinematography by Aseem Bajaj
Film Editing by David Martin

“Buster’s Mal Heart” by Sarah Adina Smith (USA, 2017)

Buster's Mal Heart

A typical piece of Americana with doomsayers, prophets, and believers of all kind at every corner. However, not sure what the story is all about, with its narrative marred in mysteries that lead nowhere

Cast: Rami Malek, Dj Qualls, Kate Lyn Sheil, Toby Huss, Lin Shaye, Mark Kelly
Director: Sarah Adina Smith
Writer: Sarah Adina Smith
Cinematographer: Shaheen Seth
Editor: Sarah Adina Smith