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Women with Movie Cameras

OLLA

Ariane Labed France, 2019

We’re thrilled to see French actress Ariane Labed (Attenberg, The Lobster) jump behind the camera, and her directing debut is nothing short of explosive! Premiering in Cannes last year, this 27-minute gem subverts ideas of femalehood and immigration with style, humor, and insight to spare.

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LE NAVIRE NIGHT

Marguerite Duras France, 1979

Directed by French writer Marguerite Duras—who penned, among other films, Resnais’ Hiroshima mon amour—this Paris-set drama is a follow-up to her iconic, utterly enchanting India Song. A fervid letter to anonymous love and desire, featuring the voices of Duras and protégé Benoît Jacquot.

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.

BAXTER, VERA BAXTER

Marguerite Duras France, 1977

Mighty performances from Claudine Gabay and Delphine Seyrig bring to life Marguerite Duras’ (India Song) compassionate film. Fixating on one heartbreaking conversation—as music from a neighboring party permeates the room—Duras creates a one-of-a-kind, visceral experience about the anguish of love.

BREAKWATER

Cris Lyra Brazil, 2019

In this collectively made short, Cris Lyra’s intimate gaze records, with minute attention, the bodies and voices of a group of friends as they talk about sexual identity and politics in today’s Brazil. This is affective lesbian cinema, in the vein of Barbara Hammer, where caring and community reign.

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.

SEVEN BEAUTIES

Lina Wertmüller Italy, 1975

Here is the seminal film that made Lina Wertmüller the first woman to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director. Genuinely shocking in mood and subject matter, Seven Beauties is an extravagant and revelatory film about the many ways in which the petty bourgeoisie can disgrace themselves.

LOVE AND ANARCHY

Lina Wertmüller Italy, 1973

A former Fellini disciple, an infamous hellraiser, and the first woman to be nominated for a Best Director Oscar, Lina Wertmüller is a marvel. This sharp satire on fascism—in resplendently muted colors and lush period details—is an assassination thriller that shifts into wild, delicious burlesque.