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Weekly Update for April 7: Women Centric, Directed, and Written Films Playing Near You

7 April 2017 12:04 PM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Films About Women Opening This Week“Their Finest

Their Finest — Directed by Lone Scherfig; Written by Gaby Chiappe

Their Finest” sees Gemma Arterton as Catrin, a young woman hired to write lines for women in British war propaganda movies. It’s a movie within a movie dealing with gender roles in the ’40s that at times feels all-too-relevant. Catrin’s paid less, she’s treated like a second class citizen, yet she endears herself to the operation which is vital to the morale of the British citizens during the war. Arterton, one of the finest young actresses working, infuses Catrin with some serious spunk in her endeavor to be taken seriously. (Melissa Silverstein)

Read Women and Hollywood’s interview with Lone Scherfig.

Read Women and Hollywood’s interview with Gemma Arterton.

Find tickets and screening info here.

Colossal

Colossal

Gloria (Anne Hathaway) is a mess. She gets kicked out of the apartment she shares with her boyfriend (Dan Stevens) — which served as a way station for her partying friends — and she winds up on the floor of her childhood house in the town everyone tries to escape from. She re-meets a childhood friend (Jason Sudeikis), starts to work in his bar, and then discovers that she is fueling a Godzilla-like monster wreaking havoc on Seoul, South Korea. The premise is crazy, but the movie works. There is a twist, which I won’t reveal, that illuminates a great gender discussion and sets Gloria on the path to taking her life back. (Melissa Silverstein)

Find screening info here.

Queen of the Desert (Opens in NY and La) (Available on VOD April 14)

Queen of the Desert

Gertrude Bell (Nicole Kidman) chafes against the stifling rigidity of life in turn-of-the-century England, leaving it behind for a chance to travel to Tehran. So begins her lifelong adventure across the Arab world, a journey marked by danger, a passionate affair with a British officer (James Franco), and an encounter with the legendary T.E. Lawrence (Robert Pattinson). Stunningly shot on location in Morocco and Jordan, “Queen of the Desert” reveals how an ahead-of-her-time woman shaped the course of history. (Press materials)

Bethany (Also Available on VOD)

Claire (Stefanie Estes) and her husband (Zack Ward) find themselves moving back into Claire’s childhood home only to have the abusive and traumatic memories of her mother come back to haunt her. As her husband starts to get more work, Claire finds herself mixed up in a fog of past and present with a mysterious figure haunting her memories. What is this small figure that is trying to reach out to her, and what does it want? (Press materials)

The Assignment (Also Available on VOD)

Hitman Frank Kitchen (Michelle Rodriguez) is given a lethal assignment, but after being double-crossed, he discovers he’s not the man he thought he was — he’s been surgically altered and now has the body of a woman. Seeking vengeance, Frank heads for a showdown with the person (Sigourney Weaver) who transformed him, a brilliant surgeon with a chilling agenda of her own. (Press materials)

Find tickets and screening info here.

Films About Women Currently Playing“The Zookeeper’s Wife”

The Zookeeper’s Wife — Directed by Niki Caro; Written by Angela Workman (Opens in Wide Release)

Carrie Pilby — Directed by Susan Johnson; Written by Kara Holden (Also Available on VOD)

Ghost in the Shell

The Blackcoat’s Daughter (Also Available on DirecTV)

Despite the Falling Show — Written and Directed by Shamin Sarif (Also Available on VOD)

All This Panic (Documentary) — Directed by Jenny Gage

Girl Unbound (Documentary) — Directed by Erin Heidenreich

Here Alone (Also Available on VOD)

God Knows Where I Am (Documentary)

Naam Shabana

The Levelling — Written and Directed by Hope Dickson Leach

Dig Two Graves (Also Available on VOD)

Beauty and the Beast

A Woman, a Part — Written and Directed by Elisabeth Subrin

Personal Shopper

Raw — Written and Directed by Julia Ducournau

The Women’s Balcony — Written by Shlomit Nechama

Before I Fall — Directed by Ry-Russo Young; Written by Maria Maggenti

The Last Word

Table 19

Sophie and the Rising Sun — Written and Directed by Maggie Greenwald (Also Available on VOD)

Lovesong — Co-Written and Directed by So Yong Kim

The Lure — Directed by Agnieszka Smoczynska

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

20th Century Women

Hidden Figures — Co-Written by Allison Schroeder

Toni Erdmann — Written and Directed by Maren Ade

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Julieta

Jackie

Moana — Co-Written by Pamela Ribon

Elle

The Eagle Huntress

Films Directed by Women Opening This Week“Alive and Kicking

Alive and Kicking (Documentary) — Directed by Susan Glatzer; Written by Susan Glatzer and Heidi Zimmerman (Also Available on VOD)

Alive and Kicking” is a feature-length documentary that takes an inside look into the culture of Swing dancing and the characters who make it special. It explores the culture surrounding Swing dance from the emergence of the Lindy Hop to the modern day international phenomenon. The film follows the growth of Swing dance from its purely American roots as an art form, to countries all over the world. “Alive and Kicking” looks at the lives of the Swing dancers themselves to find their personal stories and why this dance fills them with joy. (Press materials)

Find tickets and screening info here.

i hate myself :) (Documentary) — Directed by Joanna Arnow (Opens in NY) (Available on VOD April 11)

Nebbishy filmmaker Joanna Arnow documents her yearlong relationship with racially charged poet-provocateur James Kepple. What starts out as an uncomfortably intimate portrait of a dysfunctional relationship and protracted mid-twenties adolescence quickly turns into a complex commentary on societal repression, sexuality, and self-confrontation through art. (Press materials)

Find screening info here.

Glory — Co-Written and Co-Directed by Kristina Grozeva (Opens April 12)

“Glory”

Tsanko Petrov (Stefan Denolyubov), a railroad worker, finds millions of leva on the train tracks. He decides to turn the money over to the police, for which the state rewards him with a new wristwatch that soon stops working. Meanwhile, Julia Staikova (Margita Gosheva), head of the PR department of the Ministry of Transport, loses Petrov’s old watch, a family relic. Here starts his desperate struggle to recover both his old watch and his dignity. (Press materials)

Films Directed by Women Currently Playing“David Lynch: The Art Life”

David Lynch: The Art Life (Documentary) — Co-Directed by Olivia Neergaard-Holm

For Here or to Go? — Directed by Rucha Humnabadkar

The Prison — Written and Directed by Na Hyun

Cezanne and I — Written and Directed by Danièle Thompson

Karl Marx City (Documentary) — Co-Directed by Petra Epperlein

Bluebeard — Written and Directed by Soo-youn Lee

Tickling Giants (Documentary) — Directed by Sara Taksler

Viceroy’s House — Directed by Gurinder Chadha; Co-Written by Moira Buffini (UK)

Jasper Jones — Directed by Rachel Perkins (Australia)

The Last Laugh (Documentary) — Directed by Ferne Pearlstein

A United Kingdom — Directed by Amma Asante

Films Written by Women Opening This Week“Smurfs: The Lost Village

Smurfs: The Lost Village — Written by Stacey Harman and Pamela Ribon

In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette (Demi Lovato) and her friends Brainy (Danny Pudi), Clumsy (Jack McBrayer), and Hefty (Joe Manganiello) on an exciting race through the Forbidden Forest leading to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history. (Press materials)

Find tickets and screening info here.

The Ticket — Co-Written by Sharon Mashihi (Also Available on VOD)

After James (Dan Stevens), a blind man, inexplicably regains his vision, he becomes possessed by a drive to make a better life for himself. However, his new improvements — a nicer home, a higher paying job, tailored suits, luxury car — leave little room for the people who were part of his old, simpler life: his wife (Malin Akerman) and close friend (Oliver Platt). As his relationships buckle under the strain of his snowballing ambition, it becomes uncertain if James can ever return from darkness. (Press materials)

Find screening info here.

Films Written by Women Currently Playing

Phillauri — Written by Anvita Dutt

A Dog’s Purpose — Written by Cathryn Michon

The Red Turtle — Co-written by Pascale Ferran

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them — Written by J.K. Rowling

TV Premieres This Week

Casey Anthony: An American Murder Mystery (Miniseries) (Premieres April 9 on ID)

Lies, betrayal, and murder. What happened to Caylee Anthony? This three-part special looks inside one of the most controversial murder cases in American history. Explore the captivating investigation with interviews from the family at the center of it all. (Press materials)

The Great War (Documentary Miniseries) — Co-Directed and Co-Produced by Amanda Pollak (Premieres April 10 on PBS)

Drawing on unpublished diaries, memoirs, and letters, “The Great War” tells the rich and complex story of World War I through the voices of nurses, journalists, aviators, and the American troops who came to be known as “doughboys.” The series explores the experiences of African-American and Latino soldiers, suffragists, Native American “code talkers,” and others whose participation in the war to “make the world safe for democracy” has been largely forgotten. It is a story of heroism and sacrifice that would ultimately claim 15 million lives and profoundly change the world forever. (Press materials)

Hollywood Darlings — Executive Produced by Layla Smith (Premieres April 12 on Pop)

Pop’s new original comedy series turns the camera on real-life friends who are bonded by a sisterhood only they can share as former child stars who grew up in the ’90s limelight: Jodie Sweetin (“Full House,” “Fuller House”), Christine Lakin (“Step By Step”), and Beverley Mitchell (“7th Heaven”). In this improvised comedy, the three actresses play exaggerated versions of themselves in their current Hollywood lives. With the support of one another, this girl squad can take on anything when it comes to parenting, marriage, friendship, and revived careers in Hollywood. (Press materials)

VOD/DVD Releasing This Week“Toni Erdmann

3 Hikers (Documentary) — Written and Directed by Natalie Avital (VOD, Available Now)

Running Wild — Co-Written by Christina Moore (DVD, Available Now)

Silver Skies — Written and Directed by Rosemary Rodriguez (VOD/DVD, Available Now)

National Bird — Directed by Sonia Kennebeck (DVD, April 8)

Brimstone (DVD, April 11)

The Bye Bye Man — Directed by Stacy Title (VOD/DVD, April 11)

Hidden Figures (VOD/DVD, April 11)

Ovum — Written by Sonja O’Hara (VOD/DVD, April 11)

Toni Erdmann — Written and Directed by Maren Ade (VOD/DVD April 11)

Picks of the Week from Women and Hollywood

Finding the Balance: Crowdfunding Picks

Gemma Arterton Talks Sexism and Likability in “Their Finest

Guest Post: How One Non-Profit Changed The Game For Parents At SXSW

April 2017 Film Preview

On Women and Hollywood This WeekIronheart aka Riri Williams: Marvel

Their Finest” Director Lone Scherfig on Making Meaningful Films

Melissa Stack to Make Directorial Debut with Vacation Comedy

Quote of the Day: “Good Girls Revolt’s” Genevieve Angelson on Equal Pay

Actor Asia Kate Dillon Questions Emmys’ Gender Binary Acting Categories

Pussy Riot Documentary “Act & Punishment” Gets U.S. Release

Finding the Balance: Crowdfunding Picks

Shonda Rhimes’ MasterClass on Writing for Television Is Now Available

Iliza Shlesinger’s Late-Night Show “Truth & Iliza” Gets Premiere Date

“That’s So Raven” Spinoff Ordered to Series

Gemma Arterton Talks Sexism and Likability in “Their Finest

Catherine Hardwicke Set to Direct “Miss Bala” Remake for Sony

Trailer Watch: “Anne” Can Do Anything a Boy Can Do and More

Trailer Watch: Niecy Nash is a Badass Salon Owner in “Claws

Bette Midler to Be Honored by Drama League, Keeps Breaking Broadway Records

Trailer Watch: Chelsea Handler Is Back and Brasher than Ever in Season 2 of “Chelsea”

Wtf of the Day: Marvel Exec Thinks Female & Diverse Characters Are Ruining Sales

Tallgrass Film Festival to Launch Female-Helmed Doc Competition

Trailer Watch: “Wynonna Earp” Is on the Fury Road Express in Season 2

Character First: April VOD and Web Series Picks

Teaser Watch: Aubrey Plaza Is an Instagram Stalker in “Ingrid Goes West

Gurinder Chadha Moves to TV with FremantleMedia-Backed Bend It TV

Theresa Rebeck Opens Up About Being Fired from “Smash

Trailer Watch: Britt Robertson Starts a Fashion Empire in Netflix’s “Girlboss

Kelly Ripa Developing “Geek Girl Rising” as Scripted TV Series for ABC

Guest Post: What Inspired Me to Make a Film About Retirees

Lifetime and National Women’s Soccer League Announce 2017 Game of the Week Schedule

Quote of the Day: Ellen Pompeo Praises Shonda Rhimes’ Leadership

Guest Post: How One Non-Profit Changed The Game For Parents At SXSW

Sony Buys Rights to Emil Ferris’ Graphic Novel “My Favorite Thing Is Monsters”

Women Execs Appointed at British Film Institute, Creative BC, and Annapurna

HBO Announces TV Adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s “My Brilliant Friend”

Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs Accepts CinemaCon Pioneer of the Year Award

Weekly Reads from Around the Internet

The Women of “Iron Fist”: Marvel Continues to Struggle in Developing Their Woman Characters by Victoria Goff (Bitch Media)

How Feud Recreates the World of 1963 Hollywood, According to its Production Designer by Caroline Framke (Vox)

Female-Written ‘Daria’ Was Groundbreaking and Would Still Be an Exception Today by Carey Purcell (Mic)

Justice League Action’s” Rachel Kimsey Talked to Us About Wonder Woman’s Strengths, Her Flaws, and Fan Fantasies by Teresa Jusino (The Mary Sue)

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Weekly Update for March 31: Women Centric, Directed, and Written Films Playing Near You

31 March 2017 12:00 PM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Films About Women Opening This Week“The Zookeeper’s Wife”

The Zookeeper’s Wife — Directed by Niki Caro; Written by Angela Workman

The real-life story of one working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during World War II. In 1939 Poland, Antonina Żabińska (Jessica Chastain) and her husband, Dr. Jan Żabiński (Johan Heldenbergh), have the Warsaw Zoo flourishing under his stewardship and her care. When their country is invaded by the Germans, Jan and Antonina are stunned and forced to report to the Reich’s newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck (Daniel Brühl). To fight back on their own terms, the Żabińskis covertly begin working with the Resistance and put into action plans to save lives out of what has become the Warsaw Ghetto, with Antonina putting herself and even her children at great risk. (Press materials)

Read Women and Hollywood’s interview with Niki Caro.

Find tickets and screening info here.

Carrie Pilby — Directed by Susan Johnson; Written by Kara Holden (Opens in NY, La, D.C. and Chicago) (Available on VOD April 4)

Carrie Pilby”: Tiff

Carrie Pilby (Bel Powley) is a genius who graduated Harvard at 18. Convinced that the world is populated by oversexed hypocrites, she has a hard time making sense of life as it relates to morality, relationships, sex, and leaving her apartment. In an effort to coax Carrie out of her shell, her psychiatrist (Nathan Lane), makes a deceptively simple checklist of goals for her to achieve between Thanksgiving and the year’s end. Each goal brings Carrie closer to the understanding that humans, like books, can’t be judged by their covers. (Press materials)

Read Women and Hollywood’s interview with Susan Johnson

Ghost in the Shell

Ghost in the Shell

In the near future, Major (Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind — a human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people’s minds and control them, Major is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major discovers that she has been lied to: her life was not saved, it was stolen. She will stop at nothing to recover her past, find out who did this to her, and stop them before they do it to others. (Press materials)

Find tickets and screening info here

The Blackcoat’s Daughter (Also Available on DirecTV)

“The Blackcoat’s Daughter”

A deeply atmospheric and terrifying new horror film, “The Blackcoat’s Daughter” centers on Kat (Kiernan Shipka) and Rose (Lucy Boynton), two girls who are left alone at their prep school, Bramford, over winter break when their parents mysteriously fail to pick them up. While the girls experience increasingly strange and creepy occurrences at the isolated school, we cross cut to another story — that of Joan (Emma Roberts), a troubled young woman on the road, who, for unknown reasons, is determined to get to Bramford as fast as she can. As Joan gets closer to the school, Kat becomes plagued by progressively intense and horrifying visions, with Rose doing her best to help her new friend as she slips further and further into the grasp of an unseen evil force. (Press materials)

Despite the Falling Show — Written and Directed by Shamin Sarif (U.S. Premiere) (Also Available on VOD)

Moscow, 1959: Katya (Rebecca Ferguson) is young, beautiful — and a spy for the Americans. When she begins spying on Alexander (Sam Reid), an idealistic Communist politician, the last thing she expects is to fall in love with him. Her choice between love and duty leads to a nail-biting conclusion that Alexander can only unravel decades later in 1990s New York. His journey back to the snowbound streets of Moscow uncovers a love triangle and betrayals from those he trusted most. (Press materials)

Read Women and Hollywood’s Interview with Shamin Sarif.

Find screening info here.

All This Panic (Documentary) — Directed by Jenny Gage

All This Panic

All This Panic” takes an intimate look at the interior lives of a group of teenage girls as they come of age in Brooklyn. A potent mix of vivid portraiture and vérité, we follow the girls as they navigate the ephemeral and fleeting transition between childhood and adulthood. Shot over a three-year period in a lush and cinematic style, “All This Panic” is a meditation on the mysterious, often painful, yet ultimately exhilarating period of a teen’s life. In a world where, as one teen remarks, “they want to see us, but they don’t want to hear us,” this film is comprised entirely of young women speaking to their own experiences. (Press materials)

Read Women and Hollywood’s interview with Jenny Gage.

Girl Unbound (Documentary) — Directed by Erin Heidenreich (Opens April 6)

Girl Unbound

In Waziristan, “one of the most dangerous places on earth,” Maria Toorpakai defies the Taliban — disguising herself as a boy, so she can play sports freely. But when she becomes a rising star, her true identity is revealed, bringing constant death threats on her and her family. Undeterred, they continue to rebel for their freedom. (Press materials)

Read Women and Hollywood’s interview with Erin Heidenreich.

Here Alone (Also Available on VOD)

Deep in New York’s upstate wilderness, Ann (Lucy Walters), a young woman in her late 20s, struggles to survive after a mysterious epidemic decimates society. On the constant brink of starvation, Ann leads an isolated and regimented life. Haunted by memories of her past, she also battles the current bloodthirsty threat that lurks just outside of the forest’s borders. When her food stores run dangerously low Ann must make the desperate journey into a nearby town to forage for any remaining food. During one of these raids, a chance encounter brings Olivia (Gina Piersanti), a teenage girl, and her injured stepfather, Chris (Adam David Thompson), into Ann’s life and regimen of survival. (Press materials)

Find screening info here.

God Knows Where I Am (Documentary) (Opens in NY; Opens in La April 7)

The body of a homeless woman is found in an abandoned New Hampshire farmhouse. Beside the body lies a diary that documents a journey of starvation and the loss of sanity, but told with poignancy, beauty, humor, and spirituality. For nearly four months, Linda Bishop, a prisoner of her own mind, survived on apples and rain water, waiting for God to save her, during one of the coldest winters on record. As her story unfolds from different perspectives, including her own, we learn about our systemic failure to protect those who cannot protect themselves. (Press materials)

Find screening info here.

Naam Shabana

Naam Shabana

A spinoff of the 2015 film “Baby,” “Naam Shabana” provides the backstory of intelligence agent Shabana (Tapsee Pannu), and chronicles how she becomes a spy. (Press materials)

Films About Women Currently Playing“Prevenge

Prevenge — Written and Directed Alice Lowe

I, Olga Hepnarová

The Levelling — Written and Directed by Hope Dickson Leach (Opens in La and other cities)

Dig Two Graves (Also Available on VOD)

From a House on Willow Street — Co-Written by Catherine Blackman (Also Available on VOD)

Peelers — Written by Lisa DeVita (Also Available on VOD)

Beauty and the Beast

A Woman, a Part — Written and Directed by Elisabeth Subrin

Personal Shopper

Raw — Written and Directed by Julia Ducournau

The Dark Below

The Ottoman Lieutenant

The Women’s Balcony — Written by Shlomit Nechama

Before I Fall — Directed by Ry-Russo Young; Written by Maria Maggenti

The Last Word

Table 19

Xx (Anthology) — Directed by Roxanne Benjamin, Sofia Carrillo, Karyn Kusama, Annie Clark (St. Vincent), and Jovanka Vuckovic; Co-Written by Roxanne Benjamin and Jovanka Vuckovic (Also Available on VOD)

Sophie and the Rising Sun — Written and Directed by Maggie Greenwald (Also Available on VOD)

Lovesong — Co-Written and Directed by So Yong Kim

Everybody Loves Somebody — Written and Directed by Catalina Aguilar Mastretta

Rings

The Lure — Directed by Agnieszka Smoczynska

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

20th Century Women

Hidden Figures — Co-Written by Allison Schroeder

Toni Erdmann — Written and Directed by Maren Ade

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Julieta

Jackie

Moana — Co-Written by Pamela Ribon

Elle

The Eagle Huntress

Films Directed by Women Opening This Week“David Lynch: The Art Life”

David Lynch: The Art Life (Documentary) — Co-Directed by Olivia Neergaard-Holm

David Lynch takes us on an intimate journey through the formative years of his life. From his idyllic upbringing in small town America to the dark streets of Philadelphia, we follow Lynch as he traces the events that have helped to shape one of cinema’s most enigmatic directors. “David Lynch: The Art Life” infuses Lynch’s own art, music, and early films, shining a light into the dark corners of his unique world, and giving audiences a better understanding of the man and the artist. (Press materials)

Read Women and Hollywood’s interview with Olivia Neergaard-Holm.

For Here or to Go? — Directed by Rucha Humnabadkar

Young Silicon Valley software engineer Vivek Pandit (Ali Fazal) is poised to become a key hire at a promising healthcare startup, but when they realize his work visa has less than a year remaining, the offer disappears. Having learned the hard way about the flaws in his “it’s just paperwork” mentality, Vivek battles forces beyond his control to get his visa extended, whether at his existing company or a new job. Along the way, his eyes are opened to the similar struggles of his own roommates and those around him. American in mind and Indian at heart, this is a contemporary story of ambition and ambivalence fueled by one’s immigration status that characterizes the dilemma of modern cultural displacement. (Press materials)

Find screening info here.

The Prison — Written and Directed by Na Hyun

The Prison

After a fatal accident, Yu-gon (Rae-won Kim), a former police inspector, is sentenced to hard time in a prison he once helped fill. Once inside, he discovers the entire penitentiary is no longer controlled by the guards, but by a vicious crime syndicate that breaks out at night, using their prison sentences as the perfect alibi to commit intricate heists. Looking for revenge against the system that placed him inside, Yu-gon joins the syndicate… but with every man out for himself, how long can the perfect crime last? (Press materials)

Find screening info here.

Cezanne and I — Written and Directed by Danièle Thompson

“Cezanne and I”

“Cezanne and I” traces the parallel paths of the lives, careers, and passionate friendship of post-impressionist painter Paul Cézanne (Guillaume Gallienne) and novelist Emile Zola (Guillaume Canet). The two boys grew up in Aix-en-Provence. Emile was fatherless and poor. Paul came from a wealthy family. As young men, dreaming of glory and beautiful women, they left the south to conquer the art scene in Paris. Soon Emile had it all, success, money, and the perfect wife, and embraced the very bourgeoisie he mocked in his books. Meanwhile, Cezanne rejected the Parisian scene to focus only on his work, ignored by his peers and the establishment. (Press materials)

Find screening info here.

Films Directed by Women Currently Playing“Karl Marx City

Karl Marx City (Documentary) — Co-Directed by Petra Epperlein

Bluebeard — Written and Directed by Soo-youn Lee

Tickling Giants (Documentary) — Directed by Sara Taksler

Uncertain (Documentary) — Co-Written and Co-Directed by Anna Sandilands (Also Available on VOD)

Viceroy’s House — Directed by Gurinder Chadha; Co-Written by Moira Buffini (UK)

Jasper Jones — Directed by Rachel Perkins (Australia)

The Last Laugh (Documentary) — Directed by Ferne Pearlstein

A United Kingdom — Directed by Amma Asante

Films Written by Women Opening This Week

None.

Films Written by Women Currently Playing“Phillauri

Phillauri — Written by Anvita Dutt

Beautiful Devils — Written by Jennifer Majka (UK)

My Life as a Zucchini — Written by Céline Sciamma

A Dog’s Purpose — Written by Cathryn Michon

The Red Turtle — Co-written by Pascale Ferran

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them — Written by J.K. Rowling

TV Premieres This Week“Abortion: Stories Women Tell

Abortion: Stories Women Tell (Documentary) — Directed by Tracy Droz Tragos (Premieres April 3 on HBO)

In 1973 the U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade recognized the right of every woman in the United States to have an abortion. Since 2011, over half the states in the nation have significantly restricted access to abortions. In 2016, abortion remains one of the most divisive issues in America, especially in Missouri, where only one abortion clinic remains open, patients and their doctors must navigate a 72-hour waiting period, and each year sees more restrictions. Awarding-winning director and Missouri native Tracy Droz Tragos sheds new light on the contentious issue with a focus not on the debate, but rather on the women themselves — those struggling with unplanned pregnancies, the providers who show up at clinics to give medical care, as well as the activists on both sides of the issue hoping to sway decisions and lives. (Press materials)

Read Women and Hollywood’s interview with Tracy Droz Tragos.

VOD/DVD Releasing This Week“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”: Disney

Lavender (DVD, April 1)

The Bounce Back — Co-Written by Staci Robinson (DVD, April 4)

Newtown (Documentary) — Directed by Kim A. Snyder (DVD, April 4)

Office Christmas Party — Co-Written by Laura Solon (DVD, April 4)

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (DVD, April 4)

We Don’t Belong Here (VOD/DVD, April 4)

Women and Hollywood in the News

Aaron Sorkin, reportedly unaware of Hollywood’s diversity problem, had many chances to become aware (Washington Post)

Picks of the Week from Women and Hollywood

Listen: Podcast with “Harlots” Producer Alison Owen

A Conversation with “The Zookeeper’s Wife” Director Niki Caro

MPAA Report 2016: 52% of Movie Audiences Are Women & Other Takeaways

On Women and Hollywood This WeekTomi Adeyemi: Adeyemi’s Instagram account

Guest Post: Supporting Women’s Voices in Independent Film

Susan Johnson Talks “Carrie Pilby” and Finding Funding for the Female-Led Film

Joss Whedon May Direct Batgirl Standalone Film

Lois Smith-Starrer “Marjorie Prime” Acquired by FilmRise

Drew Barrymore, Samantha Bee, America Ferrara, & More to Be Honored at the Gracie Awards

23-Year-Old Author Tomi Adeyemi’s Debut Novel Acquired by Fox 2000

Trailer Watch: Diane Lane Takes the Trip of a Lifetime in Eleanor Coppola’s “Paris Can Wait

Women-Directed Features “Polina” and “The Drowning” Acquired

Lipstick Under My Burkha” to Open Indian Film Fests in La and NY

Janeane Garofalo to Make Broadway Debut in “Marvin’s Room”

Male Privilege Watch: Chris Addison to Make Feature Debut with “Nasty Women

Trailer Watch: Explorer Gertrude Bell Takes Center Stage in “Letters from Baghdad”

BAMcinématek to Present Anne-Marie Miéville Retrospective

Natalie Portman to Play a Bull Rider in Anna Rose Holmer’s “Bronco Belle”

Bentonville Film Fest to Open with Gaby Dellal’s “3 Generations”

Amber Heard to Star in Agnieszka Holland’s “The Kind Worth Killing”

Trailer Watch: Noomi Rapace Is Abducted & Subjected to Experiments in “Rupture

Sarah Silverman to Host Political Comedy Talk Show for Hulu

Queen of the Desert” Gets a U.S. Release Date and New Trailer

Jessica Chastain and Niki Caro on “The Zookeeper’s Wife” and the Importance of Recognizing Women in History

Amy Pascal & Bruna Papandrea to Produce Film Adaptions of Upcoming Books

Trailer Watch: Frances McDormand Takes on the Police in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Wtf of the Day: Aaron Sorkin Was Unaware of Hollywood’s Diversity Problem

Thea Sharrock Being Eyed to Direct “The One and Only Ivan”

What Happened to the Women Directors in Hollywood? Part 5: 2000–2017

Quote of the Day: Kate Winslet Talks Self-Acceptance & How to Rise Above Body Shaming

Robin Swicord’s “Wakefield” Acquired by IFC Films

Plays from Lucy Kirkwood and Anna Ziegler to Run at Manhattan Theater Club

Trailer Watch: Kitty Green Returns to the Scene of the Crime in “Casting JonBenet

Nicole Kidman and Amy Schumer to Star in Rebecca Miller’s “She Came to Me”

Trailer Watch: Netflix’s “Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On” Investigates the Porn Industry

Weekly Reads from Around the Internet

Aubrey Plaza Is Currently Serving Up the Most Terrifying Performance on TV by Anna Silman (New York Magazine)

What Scarlett Johansson Could Learn From the “Ghost in the Shell” Experience by Teresa Jusino (The Mary Sue)

Hulu’s “Harlots” Takes a Modern View of 18th-Century Sex Work by Sophie Gilbert (The Atlantic)

Feud’s” Alison Wright on Hollywood sexism, Men Behaving Badly, and That “Americans” Moment by Caroline Framke (Vox)

Why Are So Many Female-Led Projects Called ‘Camp’? by Angelica Jade Bastién (Vulture)

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Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker on Their Noir-ish Stasi Doc, Karl Marx City

31 March 2017 9:45 AM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Now playing in New York at Film Forum, Karl Marx City, Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker’s follow-up to 2013’s The Flag. An entirely different meditation on national identity, in Karl Marx City Epperlein — who emigrated to the States following the collapse of the Berlin Wall — travels back to her East German homeland, and the film follows her as she attempts to discover the reason for her father’s suicide in 1999. Evidence that he may have been a Stasi informant deepens the urgency of her journey, with a visit to the Stasi archives revealing thousands of hours of footage, somewhere in […] »

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Ghost In The Shell And Boss Baby Take Another Crack At The Box Office Beast -- The Weekend Warrior

31 March 2017 7:39 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.

Two Very Different Movies Look to Divide Up the Weekend Box Office Business

With Disney’s Beauty and the Beast continuing to dominate at the box office with $90 million this past weekend, and Saban’s Power Rangers (Lionsgate) also doing exceedingly well with $40 million in second place, you wouldn’t think anyone would try to release a movie that might get overshadowed by those two blockbusters.

That said, what’s interesting about this weekend is the fact there are two very different movies that are competing very heavily for second place with DreamWorks Animation’s latest animated family film, The Boss Baby (20th Century Fox), taking on the live action English remake of Ghost In The Shell (Paramount), starring Scarlett Johansson. In most cases, »

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‘Karl Marx City’ Review: A Woman Tries To Learn If Her Father Was An East German Informant In This Hypnotically Personal, Guy Maddin-esque Documentary

28 March 2017 3:03 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The German Democratic Republic was the most intensely surveilled society in human history, and yet — as time marches on and the Cold War becomes nothing more than a memory, gray and alien — the fundamental irony of such a perfect spy state grows more striking by the day: By obsessively monitoring their friends and neighbors, the Gdr’s secret police were creating a perfect documentary of themselves.

For proof of that fact, look no further than Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker’s fascinating and necessary “Karl Marx City,” a vaguely Guy Maddin-esque swan-dive into the mysteries of life behind the Berlin Wall and the traumas of surviving it. A remarkable if occasionally unfocused work of Vergangenheitsbewältigung (“the process of coming to terms with the past”), this hypnotic autobiography leverages one woman’s fear to exhume the paranoia that once defined an entire country. In its haphazard search for facts, it »

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Movie Review: Karl Marx City uncovers a dark mystery from the files of the East German secret police

27 March 2017 10:00 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

In the hours before his suicide in 1999, Petra Epperlein’s father washed his car, burned his personal papers, and mailed his daughter a cryptic note along with a postcard she had sent him some years earlier. The death seemed to come out of nowhere for Epperlein and her two brothers; their father had been a prototypical mustachioed, hard-working family man who labored to give his children the best life he could in their corner of East Germany. But there was the matter of the mysterious blackmail threat that arrived at their home not long after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, and the fact that their father had been able to get his sons out of military training thanks to what had been described as a favor from a friend. In the years since his suicide, a suspicion has bugged the family: Did their father, in fact, work with »

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Trailer for ‘Karl Marx City’ Retraces Life in Cold War Germany

22 March 2017 5:44 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

After premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, Karl Marx City stopped by New York Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, and more, and now it’s heading to theaters this month. In Karl Marx City, documentarians Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker take a personal exploration of life under the East German Stasi, specifically through the eyes of Epperlein as she reflects on her father’s suicide. Ahead of a release next, week a new trailer has now arrived.

We said in our review, “With a clearer focus, Karl Marx City could have been the Stasi version of What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy or Inheritance, or, with more intimacy, been akin to an East German No Home Movie. While we’re told that there is 111 km of Stasi archives informing on over 17 million people and shown the archive storage units, this film spends an inordinate amount of time »

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Trailer Watch: Petra Epperlein Investigates Surveillance Culture in “Karl Marx City”

21 March 2017 7:02 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Karl Marx City”: Tiff

“It’s easy to go down the rabbit hole of the subject of modern surveillance and come out sounding like a raving paranoid,” “Karl Marx City” co-director Petra Epperlein told us. But a newly released trailer for the documentary shows that Epperlein’s subject matter is as timely as ever.

The trailer for the doc kicks off with a voiceover: “The German Democratic Republic (Gdr) was the most surveilled society in history. She was born in a place called Karl Marx City, where she claims she had a happy childhood.” “She” refers to Epperlein, whose family history serves as the inspiration behind the feature.

Epperlein returned to her childhood home 25 years following the collapse of the Gdr “to find the truth about her late father’s suicide and his rumored Stasi past. Had he been an informant for the secret police? Was her childhood an elaborate fiction? As she looks for answers in the Stasi’s extensive archives and from her own family, she pulls back the curtain of her own nostalgia and enters the parallel world of the security state,” the doc’s official synopsis details. “Making eerie use of Stasi surveillance footage, the film is a Cold War mystery tale and a psycho-political look at how the larger world impacts our individual understanding of love, trust, and betrayal.”

“For obvious personal reasons, this was a difficult project to begin,” Epperlein shared with us. “While we sought answers about my father’s life and suicide, our journey also took us back into a contentious chapter in German history, one that — unlike the Nazi past — the German public still hasn’t come to terms with.”

And of course the topic of surveillance remains relevant today. As Epperlein explained, “As we embarked on our journey back to Karl Marx City, Edward Snowden’s revelations about the Nsa were very much in the news and it seemed that every other article referenced the Stasi, bringing not only new urgency and relevance to our search, but also new questions about trust, privacy, freedom, and the future.” She emphasized, “For anyone who has lived under the gaze of surveillance in a dictatorship, the implications — and dangers — of our data driven future are chilling, no matter what its architects tell us.”

Karl Marx City” made its world premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival and opens in select theaters March 29. The film is co-directed by Michael Tucker. Check out the trailer below.

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Trailer for Doc 'Karl Marx City' Journeying into Former East Germany

13 March 2017 3:56 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"She was born in a place called Karl Marx City, where she claims she had a happy childhood." Bond/360 has released an official trailer for the documentary Karl Marx City, which premiered at the Toronto and New York Film Festivals last fall. The film follows one of the filmmakers, Petra Epperlein, as she journeys through the former East Germany looking into her father's 1999 suicide. It has been described as a "lean, smart, quick, well-made, and unsparing" documentary. It's both a look into Cold War Germany, along with an investigation into her father's potential connection with the Stasi secret police of the German Democratic Republic. This looks like a fascinating documentary with multiple layers of discussion and examination. I like this trailer because it's so different than most trailers we see nowadays, and that's definitely refreshing. Here's the official trailer for Petra Epperlein & Michael Tucker's doc Karl Marx City, from »

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Exclusive: A Family Mystery Unfolds In The Trailer For Documentary ‘Karl Marx City’

13 March 2017 8:18 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Combining family history with a lean, but no less detailed look at Germany’s Stasi past, “Karl Marx City” is a documentary with the qualities of a thriller, and today we have the exclusive trailer for the upcoming film.

Directed by Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker, the duo behind “Gunner Palace,” the film explores the possible link Epperlein’s father had with the security state, while also studying Germany’s Cold War era.

Continue reading Exclusive: A Family Mystery Unfolds In The Trailer For Documentary ‘Karl Marx City’ at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Karl Marx City Movie Review

7 March 2017 6:45 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Karl Marx City Bond/360 Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Director:  Petra Epperlein, Michael Tucker Written by: Petra Epperlein, Michael Tucker Cast: Petra Epperlein, Matilda Tucker (voice), Christa Epperlein, Uwe Epperlein, Volker Epperlein, Dr. Udo Grashoff, Dr. Hubertus Knabe, Dr. Douglas Selvage, Dagmar Hovestädt, Lother Raschker, Dr. Juliane Schütterle, Jana X, R. S.X. Screened at: Critics’ […]

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Film Acquisition Rundown: Bleecker Street Picks Up ‘Megan Leavey,’ Imagination Worldwide Buys ‘Paint It Black’ and More

13 January 2017 9:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

– Bleecker Street has secured U.S. distribution rights to Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s true-life story, “Megan Leavey.” The film is based on the life of Leavey (Kate Mara), a young marine corporal in the K9 unit whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq.

Bleecker Street will release the movie on June 9, 2017.

Read More: Film Acquisition Rundown: Samuel Goldwyn Films Picks Up ‘Youth in Oregon,’ The Orchard Buys ‘Monkey Business’ and More

The film co-stars Edie Falco, Ramon Rodriguez, Bradley Whitford, and Common. Directed by Cowperthwaite (“Blackfish”), the movie was written by Pamela Gray, Annie Mumolo and Tim Lovestedt and produced by Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon and Jennifer Monroe. »

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Us Briefs: HBO takes Us rights to 'Cries From Syria'

10 January 2017 3:19 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

HBO has acquired Evgeny Afineevsky’s Sundance selection and follow-up to Winter On Fire: Ukraine’s Fight For Freedom in a deal with executive producer David Dinerstein.

Cries From Syria chronicles the Middle East country’s civil war and draws on hundreds of hours of war footage as well as testimony from child protestors, human rights activists, citizens and high-ranking army generals who have defected from the Army.

The film receives its world premiere in Park City this month in the Documentary Premieres strand and will debut on HBO on March 13.

Annapurna Television is partnering with the Coen Brothers on Western anthology The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs. Annapurna issued a press release saying it intended to pursue “an innovative television and theatrical integrated approach” without elaborating. Joel and Ethen Coen wrote the script and will direct and produce through their Mike Zoss Productions label. Ellison and Annapurna Television president of television Sue Naegle are executive producers. UTA represents »

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