Women Directors Shine!

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Still from Toni Erdmann

Just out! International critics (163 of them!) voted for the top five movies of 2016 in the annual poll conducted by the BFI. And women directors shine.

Women directed three of the top five: 60%! And 23% overall, a high proportion given how few women’s features are produced–

1 Toni Erdmannwr/dir Maren Ade (Germany-Austria)

Here’s Maren Ade and here’s one of Manohla Dargis’ great articles, about Maren and her work.

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4 Certain Womenwr/dir Kelly Reichardt (USA)

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Certain Women (actor Lily Gladstone at the wheel without a seat belt, a good metaphor for #womeninfilm?)

Here’s a great interview with Lily Gladstone, about working on Certain Women.

5 American Honeywr/dir Andrea Arnold (USA-UK)

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American Honey (actor Sasha Lane has a New Zealand parent)

Here’s Pamela Hutchinson’s review of American Honey.

And there are more, among other 25 listed.

8 Things to Comewr/dir Mia Hansen-Løve (France-Germany)

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isabel Huppert and Edith Scob in Things to Come

16= Camerapersondir Kirsten Johnson (USA)

A doco. Had to include the trailer for this.

21= Evolutionco-wr/dir Lucile Hadzihalilovic (France/Spain/Belgium)

A horror.

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Still from Evolution

26= Rawwr/dir Julia Ducournau (France/Belgium)

Also a horror. We do them well.

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Still from Raw

Warm congratulations to all these directors. All we need now is a better distribution system for their work.

Written by

Marian Evans. Stories by & about women artists, writers and filmmakers. Global outlook, from Aotearoa New Zealand.

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