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Women with Movie Cameras

OLLA

Ariane Labed France, 2019

After answering an ad on a dating website for Eastern European women, Olla leaves Ukraine and heads to French suburbia to move in with Pierre, who lives with his elderly mother. However, the suburbia cannot temper her desires, and nothing goes as expected.

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ASPARAGUS

Suzan Pitt United States, 1979

A landmark work in experimental surrealist animation, Suzan Pitt’s short has more ideas than even some features! Brilliantly mixing hand-drawn animation with stop-motion, Asparagus is resplendent with evocative ideas on femininity, interiority, and the body. A truly singular piece of cinema.

CRYSTAL SWAN

Darya Zhuk Belarus, 2018

The exuberant and stylish debut from Belarusian director Darya Zhuk cares little for 90s nostalgia, and instead is suffused with vivid sympathy, wry humor, and a heartfelt touch. Equal praise is due Alina Nasibullina, who fully embodies a young woman’s desire to change her life. A winning film.

INDIA SONG

Marguerite Duras France, 1975

Set in the colonialist homes of ‘30s India, renowned writer and filmmaker Marguerite Duras cast Delphine Seyrig as a diplomat’s wife haunted by imperialist guilt and the anguishing emptiness of opulence. Notably, the film eschews sync sound, advancing its narrative through various off-screen voices.

TROUBLE EVERY DAY

Claire Denis France, 2001

From one of the luminaries of the contemporary arthouse, Claire Denis, whose elliptical, hypnotic films are a rich and unique sensory experience. This, Denis’ own version of a vampire tale, may be her darkest vision, unforgettably scored by the Tindersticks and starring Vincent Gallo.

THE GRAND BIZARRE

Jodie Mack United States, 2018

From MUBI regular Jodie Mack comes a tour de force, sui generis globetrotting textile documentary in the form of a 16mm abstract animated (and musical!) feature. An entrancing experience that is as much about the creation and circulation of fabric as it’s about the pure pleasure of color and design.

A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT

Ana Lily Amirpour United States, 2014

Let this intriguing title lure you into the mysterious world of this modern, feminist take on the vampire horror film set in Iran! Shot in crisp B&W cinematography, this is an invigorating reappropriation of a genre usually known for undermining women as the ultimate victims. No more, time’s up!

AROUND THE WORLD WHEN YOU WERE MY AGE

Aya Koretzky Portugal, 2018

A parent and child meet across eras, countries, and memories in Aya Koretzky’s enchanting documentary about her Japanese father’s exceptional globetrotting adventures in the 1970s. As her father’s life blooms before the filmmaker, we see how, decades before, the world blossomed for the young man.