“Brief Encounters” by Kira Muratova (Russia, 1967)

Non-U.S. female directors

Brief Encounters

Muratova’s images have their own language, her dialogues are very poetic – although at times obscure – and the abrupt cuts do not hinder the continuity. Original and powerful!

Cast: Nina Ruslanova, Vladimir Vysotsky, Kira Muratova, Yelena Bazilskaya, Olga Vikland, Aleksei Glazyrin, Valeri Isakov
Director: Kira Muratova
Screenplay: Kira Muratova, Leonid Zhukhovitsky
Dir. of Photography: Gennadi Karyuk
Music: Oleg Karavaichuk, Vladimir Vysotsky
Editor: O. Kharakova

“Madame” by Amanda Sthers (France, 2017)

Non-U.S. female directors


Good script and personages, great acting, but fizzles out in the end

Cast: Toni Collette, Harvey Keitel, Rossy de Palma
Director: Amanda Sthers
Writers: Amanda Sthers (screenplay), Amanda Sthers (story) | 2 more credits »
Music by Matthieu Gonet
Cinematography by Régis Blondeau
Film Editing by Nicolas Chaudeurge

“Mommy Is At The Hairdresser’s” by Léa Pool (Canada, 2008)

Non-U.S. female directors

Mommy is at the hairdresser

The 60’s, the American dream. A woman discovers that her husband betrays her with a man. She is so humiliated and wounded that she leaves her family.
Her three children express their resentment, loss, pain, feeling of guilt, and incomprehension in very different ways. A beautiful and poignant movie!

Cast: Marianne Fortier, Élie Dupuis, Hugo St-Onge-Paquin
Director: Léa Pool
Writer: Isabelle Hébert
Music by Laurent Eyquem
Cinematography by Daniel Jobin
Film Editing by Dominique Fortin

“They” by Anahita Ghazvinizadeh (USA, 2017)

First feature


A movie about hesitation in which everyone is at a crossroad

Cast:  Rhys Fehrenbacher, Koohyar Hosseini, Nicole Coffineau
Director: Anahita Ghazvinizadeh
Writer: Anahita Ghazvinizadeh
Music by Vincent Gillioz
Cinematography by Carolina Costa
Film Editing by Anahita Ghazvinizadeh, Dean Gonzalez

“Life Partners” by Susanna Fogel (USA, 2014)


First feature

Life Partners

Two long-time best friends come into adulthood in very different ways / a coming of age story that avoids stereotypes / good direction, script, personages, and dialogues

Cast: Leighton Meester, Gillian Jacobs, Adam Brody, Gabourey Sidibe, Beth Dover, Abby Elliott, Mark Feuerstein, Kate McKinnon, Greer Grammer
Director: Susanna Fogel
Writer: Joni Lefkowitz, Susanna Fogel
Director of Photography: Brian Burgoyne

“Paris-Manhattan” by Sophie Lellouche (France, 2014)

First feature


Another “liberated” woman whose ultimate goal is romance, love, and marriage!

Cast: Alice Taglioni, Patrick Bruel, Marine Delterme
Director: Sophie Lellouche
Writer: Sophie Lellouche (scenario and dialogue)
Music by Jean-Michel Bernard
Cinematography by Laurent Machuel
Film Editing by Monica Coleman

“Reinventing Marvin” by Anne Fontaine (France, 2017)


Reinventing Marvin

A young gay man stages a theater play about his youth, which enables him to distance himself from the environment where he grew up and allows him to come to term with it / Excellent scenario “like a postmodern collage” [Diego Semerene

Cast: Finnegan Oldfield, Grégory Gadebois, Vincent Macaigne
Director: Anne Fontaine
Writers: Pierre Trividic, Anne Fontaine
Cinematography by Yves Angelo
Film Editing by Annette Dutertre

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