Category Archives: female lead

"To Each, Her Own" by Myriam Aziza (2018)

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to each her own
A Jewish lesbian falls for a Muslim Black
Performances lack cohesion but message is welcome
Cast: Sarah Stern, Jean-Christophe Folly, Julia Piaton
Director: Myriam Aziza
Writers: Myriam Aziza, Denyse Rodriguez-Tomé
Music by Martin Rappeneau
Cinematography by Benoît Chamaillard
Film Editing by Vincent Zuffranieri

"The Evening Dress" by Myriam Aziza (2009)

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the evening dress
A 12-year-old girl transforms a crush she has for a (female) teacher into an obsessive jealousy. Unable to talk about it with anyone, she locks herself up in an inextricable situation. One hopes that the situation will ultimately resolve itself in a positive way, although everything points out towards a dramatic end.
Cleverly brings the position of the teacher into perspective
Great performances!
Cast: Alba Gaïa Bellugi, Lio, Sophie Mounicot
Director: Myriam Aziza
Writers: Myriam Aziza, Sophie Bredier
Music by Martin Wheeler
Cinematography by Benoît Chamaillard
Film Editing by Ariane Mellet

"Appropriate Behavior" by Desiree Akhavan (2014)

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Appropriate Behavior
What does ‘appropriate behavior’mean for someone who doesn’t fit anywhere?
Cast: Desiree Akhavan, Rebecca Henderson, Halley Feiffer, Scott Adsit, Anh Duong
Director: Desiree Akhavan
Screenplay: Desiree Akhavan
Music by Josephine Wiggs
Cinematography by Chris Teague
Film Editing by Sara Shaw

"Never Steady, Never Still" by Kathleen Hepburn (2017)

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Never steady, never still
This sober but intense movie contrasts the inhumane landscapes of Alberta (Canada) with the survival drive of a woman with Alzheimer’s disease.
Fantastic photography of these unforgivable landscapes in which nothing good can happen, in which life cannot be but a struggle and death’s a part of everyday life: you wouldn’t know you’re on planet earth!
Extraordinary performance by Shirley Henderson: “She pulls off the most difficult and effective illusion of all, which is to make it look as if she’s living through what she’s acting. This is not the sort of screen acting that wins awards, I fear—it’s too subtle. But if you don’t treat yourself to this movie, you will indeed be missing out on one of the best pieces of acting 2018 cinema has to offer.” [Glenn Kenny]
Cast: Shirley Henderson, Théodore Pellerin, Mary Galloway, Nicholas Campbell, Jared Abrahamson, Hugo Ateo
Director: Kathleen Hepburn
Writer: Kathleen Hepburn
Music by Ben Fox
Cinematography by Norm Li
Film Editing by Simone Smith

“Wadjda” by Haifaa Al-Mansour (2012)

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Wadjda

A simple story with a profound and multi-faceted message
A very exceptional insight on women’s life and expectations in Saudi Arabia

Cast: Waad Mohammed, Reem Abdullah, Abdullrahman Al Gohani
Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour
Writer: Haifaa Al-Mansour
Music by Max Richter
Cinematography by Lutz Reitemeier
Film Editing by Andreas Wodraschke

"Wadjda" by Haifaa Al-Mansour (2012)

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Wadjda
A simple story with a profound and multi-faceted message
A very exceptional insight on women’s life and expectations in Saudi Arabia
Cast: Waad Mohammed, Reem Abdullah, Abdullrahman Al Gohani
Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour
Writer: Haifaa Al-Mansour
Music by Max Richter
Cinematography by Lutz Reitemeier
Film Editing by Andreas Wodraschke

“Mary Shelley” by Haifaa Al-Mansour (2017)

Mary Shelley

Great images and strong performance, but somewhat lost in time

Cast: Elle Fanning, Douglas Booth, Bel Powley, Maisie Williams, Joanne Froggatt, Stephen Dillane, Tom Sturridge, Ben Hardy, Hugh O’Conor, Jack Hickey, Ciara Charteris
Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour
Writer: Emma Jensen
Editor: Alex Mackie, Nathan Nugent
Director of Photography: David Ungaro

"Mary Shelley" by Haifaa Al-Mansour (2017)

Mary Shelley
Great images and strong performance, but somewhat lost in time
Cast: Elle Fanning, Douglas Booth, Bel Powley, Maisie Williams, Joanne Froggatt, Stephen Dillane, Tom Sturridge, Ben Hardy, Hugh O’Conor, Jack Hickey, Ciara Charteris
Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour
Writer: Emma Jensen
Editor: Alex Mackie, Nathan Nugent
Director of Photography: David Ungaro

"First Match" by Olivia Newman (2018)

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first match
One of the best father-daughter relationships! Fantastic work by Elvire Emanuelle. 
“A hard story about a young woman having to decide if she should destroy herself for the person who deserves it the least.” [Jessica Ritchey]
Cast: Elvire Emanuelle, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Colman Domingo, Jharrel Jerome, Jared Kemp
Director: Olivia Newman
Writer: Olivia Newman
Cinematographer: Ashley Connor
Edito: Tamara Meem

“First Match” by Olivia Newman (2018)

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first match

One of the best father-daughter relationships! Fantastic work by Elvire Emanuelle. 
“A hard story about a young woman having to decide if she should destroy herself for the person who deserves it the least.” [Jessica Ritchey]

Cast: Elvire Emanuelle, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Colman Domingo, Jharrel Jerome, Jared Kemp
Director: Olivia Newman
Writer: Olivia Newman
Cinematographer: Ashley Connor
Edito: Tamara Meem