Women Filmmakers

Women Filmmakers

Women Filmmakers
  • Spring Blossom


    Directed by Suzanne Lindon • 2021 • France
    Starring Suzanne Lindon, Arnaud Valois, Florence Viala

    The delicate, beautifully observed debut feature from writer-director-star Suzanne Lindon is the rare tale of adolescent romantic awakening to be told from the perspective of an actual teenager. Lin...

  • The Last Days of Chez Nous


    Directed by Gillian Armstrong • 1992 • Australia
    Starring Kerry Fox, Miranda Otto, Bill Hunter

    Working from a script by acclaimed writer Helen Garner, director Gillian Armstrong (MY BRILLIANT CAREER) charts a family’s dissolution with supreme sensitivity in this complex, bittersweet look at the ...

  • Beauty and the Dogs


    Directed by Kaouther Ben Hania • 2017 • Tunisia, France
    Starring Mariam Al Ferjani, Ghanem Zrelli, Noomane Hamda

    When Mariam, a young Tunisian woman, is raped by police officers after leaving a party, she is propelled into a harrowing night in which she must fight for justice even though power l...

  • Márta Mészáros’s Diary Trilogy

    1 season

    With her extraordinary Diary Trilogy, trailblazing Hungarian auteur Márta Mészáros fused the personal and the political, entwining her country’s turbulent post–World War II history with a heartrending story drawn from her own life experiences. Tracing the journey of a strong-willed orphan named J...

  • Docunight Presents: Iranian Women’s Stories

    1 season

    An initiative of the Kiarostami Foundation, Docunight is a streaming platform dedicated to documentaries from and about Iran. As Iranian women protest for a say in the future of their society, Docunight presents four piercing works by female filmmakers, which examine the parts that marriage and r...

  • Celia


    Directed by Ann Turner • 1989 • Australia
    Starring Rebecca Smart, Nicholas Eadie, Mary-Anne Fahey

    The dark side of childhood imagination is conjured with exquisite eeriness in this unsettling evocation of innocence lost. In what surely ranks as one of the all-time great performances by a child a...

  • I Am Another You


    Directed by Nanfu Wang • 2017 • United States

    When Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang (Hooligan Sparrow) arrives in America, Florida seems like an exotic frontier full of theme parks, prehistoric swamp creatures, and sunburned denizens. As she travels wide-eyed from one city to another, she eventually...

  • Clara sola


    Directed by Nathalie Álvarez Mesén • 2021 • Sweden, Costa Rica
    Starring Wendy Chinchilla Araya, Ana Julia Porras Espinoza, Daniel Castañeda Rincón

    This revelatory first feature from Nathalie Álvarez Mesén is a mesmerizing portrait of a woman in the process of taking ownership of her body and sel...

  • Wolf’s Hole


    Directed by Věra Chytilová • 1987 • Czechoslovakia
    Starring Miroslav Machácek, Tomás Palatý, Stepánka Cervenková

    Věra Chytilová’s subversive take on the 1980s teen-horror movie assembles a gaggle of bratty adolescents for a mysterious skiing retreat at a snowbound cabin where they find themselve...

  • Superior
    Movie + 1 extra


    Movie + 1 extra

    Directed by Erin Vassilopoulos • 2021 • United States
    Starring Alessandra Mesa, Anamari Mesa, Pico Alexander

    Garnering comparisons to the work of David Lynch, Brian De Palma, and Pedro Almodóvar—yet undeniably on its own uncanny wavelength—the debut feature from Erin Vassilopoulos is a stylishly...

  • Directed by Joyce Chopra

    1 season

    Focused on pivotal moments in the lives of women, the films of trailblazing feminist director Joyce Chopra were among the first in American cinema to give authentic expression to the intimate experiences of female adolescence, sexual awakening, and motherhood. Presented in conjunction with the re...

  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

    Movie + 1 extra

    Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour • 2014 • United States
    Starring Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi

    The first Iranian vampire western, Ana Lily Amirpour’s mesmerizing debut feature blends the influences of spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, the Iranian New Wave, and Jim Jarmusch into a truly...

  • The Slumber Party Massacre


    Directed by Amy Holden Jones • 1982 • United States
    Starring Michelle Michaels, Robin Stille, Michael Villella

    Scripted by lesbian feminist author Rita Mae Brown, THE SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE puts a smart, subversive, and lightly satirical spin on the 1980s slasher formula. When Trish (Michelle Mi...

  • The Lure
    Movie + 10 extras

    The Lure

    Movie + 10 extras

    Criterion Collection Edition #896

    This genre-defying horror-musical mash-up—the bold debut of Polish director Agnieszka Smoczyńska—follows a pair of carnivorous mermaid sisters drawn ashore to explore life on land in an alternate 1980s Poland. Their tantalizing siren songs and otherworldly auras...

  • Seahorse: The Dad Who Gave Birth


    Directed by Jeanie Finlay • 2019 • United Kingdom
    Starring Freddy McConnell

    Freddy is thirty and yearns to start a family, but for him this ordinary desire comes with unique challenges: he is a gay transgender man. Deciding to carry his own baby took years of soul searching, but nothing could pr...

  • The Woman Condemned


    Directed by Dorothy Davenport • 1934 • United States
    Starring Claudia Dell, Lola Lane, Richard Hemingway

    When a radio star (Lola Lane) is murdered, a mysterious young woman (Claudia Dell) is accused of the crime. Can a wisecracking reporter (Richard Hemingway), who finds himself captivated by th...

  • Short Films by Nikyatu Jusu

    1 season

    With her brilliant feature debut, NANNY—winner of the 2022 Sundance Grand Jury Prize—garnering acclaim, now is the perfect time to discover the smartly stylish short films of writer-director Nikyatu Jusu. By turns irreverent, provocative, powerful, and unsettling, these films—all centered on comp...

  • Warsha


    Directed by Dania Bdeir • 2022 • Lebanon, France
    Starring Khansa, Kamal Saleh, Hassan Aqqoul

    Queer alienation gives way to an ecstatic experience of liberation in Dania Bdeir’s dazzlingly conceived short, a Sundance prizewinner. One morning, Mohammad (Khansa), a Syrian migrant working constructi...

  • Three by Mai Zetterling

    1 season

    A fearlessly transgressive, long-overlooked pioneer of feminist cinema, Swedish actor turned director Mai Zetterling ruffled the feathers of the patriarchal establishment with a string of bracingly modern, sexually frank, and politically incendiary films focused on female agency and the turbulent...

  • Sambizanga
    Movie + 2 extras


    Movie + 2 extras

    Directed by Sarah Maldoror • 1972 • Angola
    Starring Domingos de Oliveira, Elisa Andrade, Jean M’Vondo

    This revolutionary bombshell by Sarah Maldoror chronicles the awakening of Angola’s independence movement. Based on a true story, SAMBIZANGA follows a young woman as she makes her way from the o...

  • Two Short Films by Lori Felker

    1 season

    Utilizing fractured editing, cacophonous sound design, and a whole lot of (possibly imaginary) cats, Lori Felker’s DISCONTINUITY brilliantly evokes the rapidly escalating pileup of interruptions, incongruities, and absurdities that arise when a long-term couple reunite after an extended separatio...

  • Les 3 boutons


    Directed by Agnès Varda • 2015 • France
    Starring Jasmine Thiré, Michel Jeannès, Jacky Patin

    A billowing pink dress launches a stouthearted teenage girl on a time- and space-collapsing odyssey from her humble goat farm to the big city and beyond in this playfully meandering feminist fantasia from...

  • Fran



    Directed by Glenda Hambly • 1985 • Australia
    Starring Noni Hazlehurst, Annie Byron, Alan Fletcher

    Built around a dynamic, sympathetic performance from Noni Hazlehurst, this candid, funny, unflinching portrait of the challenges of single parenthood follows Fran, a fiercely loving but troubled mot...

  • Three Documentaries by Marina Zenovich

    1 season

    Specializing in portraits of powerful and often controversial figures, Marina Zenovich (ROBIN WILLIAMS: COME INSIDE MY MIND, ROMAN POLANSKI: WANTED AND DESIRED) began her career with these three idiosyncratic documentaries, which range from a candid look at the struggles of American independent f...