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Films Directed by Women Challenge (Official, March 2020)

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Films Directed by Women Challenge (Official, March 2020)

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Post by allisoncm » February 25th, 2020, 8:39 pm

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Watch films directed by women through March.

Rules:
- Rewatches allowed.
- A feature film (Anything 40 minutes or over) counts as one entry
- A total of 60 minutes of short films counts as one entry
- For Mini-Series/TV episodes (40 minute episodes or longer) each episode counts as an entry.
- For Mini-Series or programs with shorter episodes, the 60 minute rule applies.
-Please include the name of the filmmaker. Year would be helpful, but is not required.
-Regarding films co-directed by women (50% or another percentage due to omnibus films), they all count as one point.

Challenge runs from March 1st, 2020 - March 31st, 2020

Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/2974953?so=az

Links (ICM-related):
Female Directors Present on the Jonathan Rosenbaum List
Official movies with a woman director
ICMForum's Favourite Films Directed by Women

Links (not ICM-related):
BBC's 100 Greatest Films Directed by Women
IndieWire : The 100 All-Time Greatest Films Directed by Women
Sight and Sound's 100 Overlooked Films Directed by Women
Films Directed By Women
100 Films Directed by Women
Allison's Favorite Films Directed by Women
Actresses Who Have Tried Their Hand at Directing
Films Directed by Danish Women
Films Directed by French Women
Films Directed by Norwegian Women
Films Directed by Portuguese Women
A Female Director a Day
Female Directors in Hollywood
Female Directors on UBUWeb
Baalman78's Top 50 Female Directors

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psychotronicbeatnik - 111
flavo5000 - 106
72aicm - 59
jdidaco - 48
sol - 47
jeroeno - 43
blueboybob - 39
Obgeoff - 38
allisoncm - 37
OldAle1 - 33
sebby -27
maxwelldeux - 24
peeptoad - 20
India Istanbul - 18
cinephage - 16
ororama - 18
blocho - 15
Straka - 15
AB537 - 15
albajos - 14
John Milton - 12
RogerTheMovieManiac88 - 13
hurluberlu - 8
vortexsurfer - 7
zzzorf - 5
VincentPrice - 4
Daviddoes - 2
Teproc - 2
nimimerkillinen - 2
mathiasa - 1
Cinepolis - 1
jal90 - 1
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#2

Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » February 25th, 2020, 8:49 pm

Woohoo, yeah!! Always excited to see this one hove into view on the challenge horizon. Most definitely in.

Thanks for hosting, Allison!
That's all, folks!

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Post by allisoncm » February 25th, 2020, 9:21 pm

Of course! Glad to have you join us, Roger.

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Post by 3eyes » February 26th, 2020, 8:40 pm

I'm no longer into official challenges, but I have a little list.

I had no idea that También la lluvia / Even the rain (on Netflix) had a female director. One of my alltime faves, I've seen it at least 3 times.
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Post by blocho » February 26th, 2020, 9:06 pm

3eyes wrote:
February 26th, 2020, 8:40 pm
I had no idea that También la lluvia / Even the rain (on Netflix) had a female director. One of my alltime faves, I've seen it at least 3 times.
I just read the plot description, and I'd really like to see this. I had an interesting encounter once with a political protest in Bolivia over access to water supply.

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Post by 72aicm » February 26th, 2020, 10:16 pm

I’m in. Thanks for hosting allisoncm.

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Post by allisoncm » February 26th, 2020, 10:44 pm

That's great, everyone. Looking forward to getting this party started.


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Post by Daviddoes » February 28th, 2020, 12:04 am

I will participate.

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Post by jal90 » February 28th, 2020, 12:42 am

A good chance to get back to my intent of watching every Claire Denis feature in chronological order from last year. I'll be in.


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Post by John Milton » February 28th, 2020, 10:15 am

Also in!

I have some nice titles lined up, I think.

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Post by peeptoad » February 28th, 2020, 1:40 pm

I'll try for a few... I have a hard time filtering my watch list in this way, but those links in the OP def help. :thumbsup:




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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » March 1st, 2020, 1:13 am

Definitely in. I will not be able to post until March 3rd or 4th though.

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Post by sol » March 1st, 2020, 4:45 am

It starts! First in. :D

1. Hustlers (2019)

Directed by Lorene Scafaria

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This crime drama initially comes with quite a bit of pizzazz as a female empowerment tale as the women decide to "start thinking like those Wall Street guys" with some clever fleecing/deception. The protagonists far too quickly cross the point though at which their crimes are more heinous than their clients'. Structurally, the film pulls in a few directions at once too. It is definitely well acted though and there is certainly nary a boring moment.
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Post by allisoncm » March 1st, 2020, 5:56 am

John Milton wrote:
February 28th, 2020, 10:15 am
Also in!

I have some nice titles lined up, I think.
Looks good!

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Post by allisoncm » March 1st, 2020, 6:01 am

albajos wrote:
February 28th, 2020, 1:45 pm
We also had the forum poll
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/icmf ... ulanarchy/
Thanks, albajos! Added.

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Post by allisoncm » March 1st, 2020, 6:01 am

Lonewolf2003 wrote:
February 29th, 2020, 1:34 pm
Another good and interesting list: https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/bbcs ... ulanarchy/
Thanks! Also added.

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Post by allisoncm » March 1st, 2020, 6:02 am

psychotronicbeatnik wrote:
March 1st, 2020, 1:13 am
Definitely in. I will not be able to post until March 3rd or 4th though.
That's okay! It's still an early start.

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Post by John Milton » March 1st, 2020, 9:43 am

1. El Despertar de las Hormigas (2019)

Directed by Antonella Sudassasi Furnis

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Straight from the Berlinale section on Mubi comes this Costa-Rican gender drama about a 28 year old seamstress start to question the choices she makes, and in which measure those reflect her one wishes or are in fact heavily influenced by the expectations of those around her? Is her life a product of tradition and the things her husband, family and friends expect of her? No shouty feminism here though, Antonella Sudasassi paints a very nuanced portrait with The Awakening of the Ants.


2. Atlantique (2019)

Directed by: Mati Diop

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The much lauded directorial debut of Mat Diop, and winner of the Grand Jury prize in Cannes. Afro-futurism, magic realism and probably some other isms, but more importantly this film from Senegal is a very welcome piece of cinema from a country I have seen very little recent films. Over the last few years I say 10+ titles from Senegal, But Ousmane Sembene’s Moolaadé (2004) was the most recent one until Atlantics came along with this remarkable story about forbidden love, among other things.

3. The Sun Against My Eyes (2013)

Directed by: Flora Dias & Juruna Mallon

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A Brazilian slow-cinema take on the road movie genre, with a grieving protagonist who hits the road, after finding his wife dead on the floor. An interesting take, but I found it somewhat hard to connect with the film.
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Post by sol » March 1st, 2020, 11:36 am

Directed by WomenShow
1. Hustlers (2019)

2. So Pretty (2019)

Directed by Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli

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Titled after a novel by Ronald M. Schernikau and inspired by it, this indie drama might make more sense if one has read the source material. It is basically a few days in the lives of a small group of LGBTIQ friends, some of whom might identify as trans, others of whom might simply identify as gay. There are some exquisite shots (purple sunsets; blue neon interiors) and lots of luscious slow pans, but working out what it means is another question.
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Post by AB537 » March 1st, 2020, 2:29 pm

For clarification, what are the eligiblity rules for films co-directed by women with men? Are all eligible regardless, do at least half of the directors have to be women, etc.?

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Post by 72aicm » March 1st, 2020, 4:05 pm

1. Grbavica (2006, Jasmila Zbanic)
2. De cierta manera (1977, Sara Gómez)
3. Örökbefogadás (1975, Márta Mészáros)

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Post by John Milton » March 1st, 2020, 5:27 pm

4. Herutâ Sukerutâ (2012)

Directed by Mika Ninagawa

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A title that came heartily recommended by onderhond. This Japanese films shows us what happens if the facade of external beauty starts crumbling down, literally. Lilico has altered almost her entire appearance, but when all the surgery starts to come undone, her psyche seems to unravel along with it. A regular visual feast with an abundant splendor of color.

5. Girlfriends (1978)

Directed by Claudia Weill

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Going from a cinematographic orgy like Helter Skelter to Girlfriends was perhaps not my brightest idea, but too little too late. Well's film is supposedly unfairly forgotten compared to the more celebrated likes of Woody Allen, and is according to one ICM user, a precursor to our current indie film and the mumblecore subgenre. It's also one of Kubrick's favorite films. I Unfortunately wasn't very moved or intrigued...
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March 1st, 2020, 2:29 pm
For clarification, what are the eligiblity rules for films co-directed by women with men? Are all eligible regardless, do at least half of the directors have to be women, etc.?
To be honest, I haven't even bothered with that question. I saw a female (co)director, and went with it. But I'm flexible, if need be :-)

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Post by hurluberlu » March 1st, 2020, 7:50 pm

1. La nuit est à elles, Paris 1919-1939 (Carole Wrona, 2019) 7+
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Post by VincentPrice » March 1st, 2020, 8:28 pm

1. Blood Sisters-1987: 8/10 (Dir: Roberta Findlay)

Definitely recommended to anyone who digs low budget batshit crazy '80s Horror flicks.

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Post by AB537 » March 1st, 2020, 9:07 pm

AB537 wrote:
March 1st, 2020, 2:29 pm
For clarification, what are the eligiblity rules for films co-directed by women with men? Are all eligible regardless, do at least half of the directors have to be women, etc.?
To be honest, I haven't even bothered with that question. I saw a female (co)director, and went with it. But I'm flexible, if need be :-)
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I'm also operating under the assumption that they're in unless told otherwise.

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Post by John Milton » March 1st, 2020, 9:18 pm

6. Une Colonie (2018)

Directed by: Geneviève Dulude-De Celles

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Coming of age can be hit-or-miss, and sometimes its hard to explain why. Une Colonie is definitely a hit, every scene just feels right. Emilie Bierre is casted to perfection in this role, and it's the little moments and looks that make this movie what it is.

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Post by allisoncm » March 1st, 2020, 11:02 pm

AB537 wrote:
March 1st, 2020, 9:07 pm
AB537 wrote:
March 1st, 2020, 2:29 pm
For clarification, what are the eligiblity rules for films co-directed by women with men? Are all eligible regardless, do at least half of the directors have to be women, etc.?
To be honest, I haven't even bothered with that question. I saw a female (co)director, and went with it. But I'm flexible, if need be :-)
I'm also operating under the assumption that they're in unless told otherwise.
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Traditionally, it all counts, whether it's 2% omnibus or 50% or 100%.

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Post by maxwelldeux » March 2nd, 2020, 12:03 am

1. American Factory (2019)

The breadth on this was good, covering numerous different individual issues relating to the rise and fall of manufacturing in the US, Chinese/American cultural differences, labor relations, OSHA, etc. But I would have liked more depth in this; my preference would be to dive deep on an issue or two.

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Post by AB537 » March 2nd, 2020, 12:13 am

1. Atlantique - Atlantics (Mati Diop, 2019) 7.5/10 ... Very intriguing, I think this one would reward multiple viewings. Another strong entry from last year's Cannes main competition - hopefully more will become available to me soon.

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Post by allisoncm » March 2nd, 2020, 1:16 am

allisoncm wrote:
March 1st, 2020, 11:02 pm
Traditionally, it all counts, whether it's 2% omnibus or 50% or 100%.
I'll update the OP.

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Post by sol » March 2nd, 2020, 3:21 am

Directed by WomenShow
1. Hustlers (2019)
2. So Pretty (2019)

3. Third Star (2010)

Directed by Hattie Dalton

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This young-man-dying-from-cancer drama goes through the expected motions with all of his friends expressing their regrets and fears along the way. Always a classy actor, Cumberbatch levels the film up a notch, especially as he does his best to convince his friends that he is not feeling as unwell as he clearly is. The script does, however, often dip into sentimentality, whereas all their joking around etc was when the film felt most alive to me.
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Post by maxwelldeux » March 2nd, 2020, 4:14 am

We need more of thisShow
1. American Factory (2019)
2. The Virgin Suicides (1999, Sofia Coppola)
I love Sofia Coppola, so I wanted to revisit what might be my favorite of hers. Subtle jokes, beautiful shots, it all worked for me. I thought it captured the weird mix of almost-adulthood with parental control fabulously. It all seemed a little mysterious, but nothing seemed weird or out of place. Fantastic film.

3. Gilmore Girls: I Solemnly Swear (2003, Carla McClosky)
[Yes, this is TV - if we're doing something odd with TV in this challenge, let me know and I'll adjust]

Wife and I have been rewatching this series for a while, and tonight's episode fit the challenge. Lovely series and super fun to dig into.

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Post by allisoncm » March 2nd, 2020, 6:48 am

1. Keep the Change (2017, Rachel Israel) 5/10

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Post by allisoncm » March 2nd, 2020, 6:49 am

sol wrote:
March 2nd, 2020, 3:21 am
Directed by WomenShow
1. Hustlers (2019)
2. So Pretty (2019)

3. Third Star (2010)
I see what you did there! :cheers:

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Post by sol » March 2nd, 2020, 7:42 am

allisoncm wrote:
March 2nd, 2020, 6:49 am
sol wrote:
March 2nd, 2020, 3:21 am
Directed by WomenShow
1. Hustlers (2019)
2. So Pretty (2019)

3. Third Star (2010)
I see what you did there! :cheers:
Sure... and if I hit 50 films with this Challenge, I might even end up compelling myself to finally watch Fifty Shades of Grey. (D:)
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