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March & April 2017
Directed by Women

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all films Fridays 7:30pm Ealing Town Hall
The figures consistently show that a disproportionately low number of the women working in film do so as directors, behind the camera and leading a production. We attempt to readdress the balance with a selection from just a few of the fascinating female filmmakers in recent times and further back. Their struggles in the business can be telling, and their successes are enlightening, bringing more voices and visions to cinema.

Friday 3rd March
La Ciénaga (The Swamp) 2001
Cert 12
96 minutes
Directed by Lucrecia Martel
Starring Mercedes Morán, Graciela Borges

In Salta, several families swelter through an oppressive heatwave and tensions reach boiling point, in this wryly funny satire on class, status and prospects in Argentina. The film was voted the best Latin American film of the decade by the Cinema Tropical institute, and indeed the director’s later films ‘The Holy Girl’ and ‘The Headless Woman’ were also in the top ten.
Winner of awards for its actors, cinematography, sound, direction, as a first film and other top prizes from Argentinian, Uruguayan and French critics, and at festivals in Havana, Brazil, Uruguay, Berlin, Toulouse and Sundance.

Friday 10th March
The Apple (Sib) 1998
Cert PG
84 minutes
Directed by Samira Makhmalbaf

A social worker visits a home where two girls have been kept enclosed for their entire lives, their parents wanting to protect them from the outside world. Based on a true situation and featuring the real people involved, the blend of documentary and re-enactment is deftly handled with gentle humour by the director, then still a teenager. Her later films include ‘Blackboards’ and ‘At Five in the Afternoon’.
Winner of the British Film Institute trophy as a first feature, awards and special mentions from the audience, critics, and a youth jury at film festivals in Buenos Aires, Locarno, Munich, Thessaloniki and Valladolid.

Friday 17th March
Orlando 1992
Cert PG
89 minutes
Directed by Sally Potter
Starring Tilda Swinton, Quentin Crisp, Billy Zane, Lothaire Bluteau

A nobleman is commanded by Queen Elizabeth I to never grow old – and so he complies, passing through centuries of history and culture, across nations, and even changing sex. Adapted from Virginia Woolf’s novel with irony and wit, this is a delightful and playful romp. The director’s other ambitious and experimental films include ‘The Gold Diggers’, ‘The Man Who Cried’, ‘Yes’ and ‘Ginger & Rosa’.
Academy Award nominations for art direction and costume design, BAFTA and British Film Awards for make-up and costumes, several acting prizes for Swinton, best film at Sitges and multiple major awards at the Thessaloniki and Venice film festivals.

Friday 24th March
Europa Europa 1990
Cert 15
107 minutes
Poland, Germany
Directed by Agnieszka Holland
Starring Marco Hofschneider, Julie Delpy

A Jewish boy conceals his identity and adapts to survive under Soviet and Nazi regimes, conforming convincingly as a Communist and then in the elite Hitler Youth. Based on the memoirs of Solomon Perel, this is unexpectedly comical at times, with its teenage preoccupations and almost absurd coincidences. The Polish director has worked internationally, and her other films include ‘The Secret Garden’, ‘Copying Beethoven’ and ‘In Darkness’.
Nominated for the Academy Award for best writing, winner of best screenplay at EuropaCinema festival, best music from the Los Angeles film critics, BAFTA nomination and several wins for best foreign film from the Golden Globes, National Board of Review, Boston, Kansas City and New York film critics.

Friday 31st March
Seven Beauties
(Pasqualino Settebellezze)
Cert 18
116 minutes
Directed by Lina Wertmüller
Starring Giancarlo Giannini, Fernando Rey, Shirley Stoler, Elena Fiore
In Naples, a self-absorbed ladies’ man and small time crook lives by his own code of honour and pride, although they will be heavily challenged and compromised as he tries to get his way out of jail, an asylum, the army, and a concentration camp. Operating as dark farce with gallows humour to explore ethics and endurance under Fascism, the director was controversial and acclaimed for bringing outré sexuality and radical politics to the big screen. Her other films include ‘The Seduction of Mimi’, ‘Love & Anarchy’ and ‘Swept Away’. She was the first woman nominated in the Best Director category at the Academy Awards.
Nominated for best director, best writing, best actor and best foreign film at the Academy Awards, and nominations for best foreign film, best direction, best screenplay and best film at the Golden Globes, Directors Guild of America and New York film critics.

Friday 7th April
Cleo from 5 to 7
(Cléo de 5 à 7)
Cert PG
90 minutes
directed by Agnès Varda
starring Corinne Marchand

A pop singer anxiously awaits the results of a medical test, spending a couple of hours in the cafés, shops and streets of Paris, visiting friends, and watching the strangers around her. Making both art films and documentaries, at once introspective and observant, Varda was a rare female director at the time of the French New Wave. Her other films include ‘Le Bonheur’, ‘Vagabond’, and ‘The Beaches of Agnès’.
Named best film by the French Syndicate of Cinema Critics.

Friday 14th April
No screening - Bank Holiday

Friday 21st April
Girlfriends 1978
Cert PG
86 minutes
Directed by Claudia Weill s
Starring Melanie Mayron, Anita Skinner, Eli Wallach, Bob Balaban, Christopher Guest

Two Manhattan roommates and best friends have their close relationship tested by work worries, artistic aspirations, self-doubt and loneliness. This independent film was singled out for high praise by Stanley Kubrick, who called it “one of the most interesting American films” of the time and “a wonderful film.” Variety said, “This is a warm, emotional and at times wise picture about friendship.” The director struggled to make more feature films in the studio system and has gone on to work in television.
The leads were nominated at the Golden Globes and BAFTAs for best acting debut and most promising newcomer, as well as an award at the Locarno film festival for acting, while the director was awarded a special prize for a first work from the Italian Academy of Cinema. It was in the National Board of Review’s Top Ten Films, and received the People’s Choice Award at Toronto.

Friday 28th April
A New Leaf 1971
Cert PG
102 minutes
Directed by Elaine May
Starring Walter Matthau, Elaine May, James Coco, Doris Roberts

An antisocial layabout bachelor sees a financial solution to his money troubles when he meets an awkward and absent-minded heiress, and he plots to make her inheritance his own using murderous means. The director was already well established as an influential comic when she started making her own funny films, and the marriage of the screwball and black comedy genres make this a constantly surprising and eccentric romantic comedy, advertised as “the love couple of the seventies and the laugh riot of the year.” Her other films are ‘The Heartbreak Kid’, ‘Mikey and Nicky’ and ‘Ishtar’.
Nominated for best comedy and best actress in a comedy at the Golden Globes, and best comedy by the Writers Guild of America.