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    Marco11
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    Pretty self-explanatory? I’m looking to expand my knowledge of women filmmakers and of great films directed by women.
    I thought it might interest others too, and that’s why I made a topic out of it.

    So anyone who wants to contribute with their knowledge on the theme is very welcome, no matter whether sharing names of ancient pioneer from many decades ago or ‘promising young women’ (lol) of today and tomorrow. Especially artists who are not well known and that others might have not heard of.
    Let’s make an instructive thread!

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    Here are three of my favorites

    Kelly Reichardt:

    Wendy and Lucy

    Certain Women

    Old Joy

    First Cow

    I would watch Old Joy and First Cow back to back, because First Cow is pratically a prequel to Old Joy.

     

    Celine Sciamma:

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Tomboy

    Water Lillies

     

    Lynne Ramsay:

    Morvern Callar

    We Need to Talk About Kevin

    You Were Never Really Here

     

     

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    Jane Campion, the legend.

    An Angel at My Table is one of the most incredible films ever.

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    Fab idea for a thread! Nice to get some positivity on here.

    I second the choices above. I would also like to add –

    Dee Rees:
    Bessie
    Mudbound

    Jennifer Kent:
    Babadook
    Nightingale

    Penny Marshall:
    Big
    League of their Own
    Awakenings

    Karyn Kusama:
    The Invitation
    Destroyer
    She has one of the shorts in XX too.

    XX is a nice little horror anthology film made of 4 short films with female directors – the one directed by St Vincent in particular is splendid!

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    String Cheese Theory
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    Also adding Jocelyn Moorhouse, fab Australian director (Proof, Stateless (TV), The Dressmaker, et al).

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    One terribly overlooked director this century is Rita Azevedo Gomes. She directed some of the best pieces of slow cinema I’ve seen. My favorite of hers is probably A Woman’s Revenge. This reminded me I should take a look at her non-feature films.

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    Marco, I love you. Awesome thread idea.

    I’m pretty certain you’re already very familiar with Akerman, so enough said there. Absolute master of her craft. Everybody should watch three of her biggest, all docs: News from Home, D’Est, and No Home Movie.

    My biggest recommendation is, of course, Marguerite Duras. India Song, Baxter, Vera Baxter, and Agatha and the Limitless Readings are all fabulous.

    Then you have one of the earliest film explorations of homosexuality in Leontine Sagan’s Mädchen in Uniform, from 1931. Not a perfect movie, but a good one.

    And nobody should be allowed to die until they’ve seen at least one film from Angela Schanelec. Really intense dedication to non-commercial narrative forms.

    I’ll return to this thread soon to see what others are thinking and to post more thoughts haha

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    Came here to see if Marguerite Duras had been mentioned yet and she has so YAY!

    Jane Campion is one of my favorite living directors.

    Agnès Varda & Chantal Akerman are legendary.

    Lynne Ramsay, Debra Granik, Kelly Reichardt, Leslye Headland, Celine Schiamma, Andrea Arnold, Maren Ade, Claire Denis, Sarah Polley, Dee Rees, Elaine May, Haifaa Al Mansour are incredibly underrated (to varying degrees). Gillian Armstrong, Susanne Bier, Niki Caro, Sally Potter, have made some very average films, but some great ones too.

    It’s funny when I think about it that I don’t particularly love what most of the female directors who’ve been nominated at the Oscars have made. Gerwig—Lady Bird was fantastic, Little Women not so much. I don’t like a single Kathryn Bigelow film. Haven’t seen Lina Wertmüller.

    And Sofia Coppola—oh boy. The only films of hers I like are the ones with Kirsten Dunst in them lol. Dunst is the best decision Coppola ever made, and frankly I find films like On the Rocks, Lost in Translation, Somewhere to seem like they almost can’t come from the same mind who made The Virgin Suicides. Yes, her aesthetic is very consistent but the quality varies wildly.

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    Thanks, much appreciated 🙂 So many names I’d only heard of, or not even that!

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    I highly recommend Miranda July.

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    Dropping by to share a film I watched last night and that I would highly recommend. Talking about The Eternal Breasts by Kinuyo Tanaka. It’s really sad to see how ignored it was on arrival and even more sad to see how forgotten it is nowadays.

    The film is about a woman who divorces her unfaithful husband at the same time she starts to grow as a poetess, and then once her poems start to gain attention she is diagnosed with breast cancer. It’s a very melodramatic film but handled with a maturity and delicacy rarely seen. Kinuyo had a great eye for compositions and small moments that made the film even more affecting.

    It can be seen on youtube for those interested.

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    The film is about a woman who divorces her unfaithful husband at the same time she starts to grow as a poetess, and then once her poems start to gain attention she is diagnosed with breast cancer. 

    Poetess? Is that like a poet?

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    Poetess? Is that like a poet?

    Yes. A female poet.

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    A woman who is a poet is called a poet.

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    Eh, sure. Not my first language. I’m just using the same word used on letterboxd, imdb, etc lol.

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