#52FILMSBYWOMEN is a campaign launched by Women In Film in an attempt to raise awareness of female filmmakers. Their initiative asks cinephiles to watch a female-directed film once a week for an entire year, and in this series I will document the films I watched as a part of this pledge.
Much like the humble foodstuff itself, Sweet Bean may not sound the most appetising of confections, but this modest foodie drama from the Japanese director Naomi Kawase is a charming, bittersweet delight.
Met with controversy upon release, this daring Dutch drama from writer-director Marleen Gorris sticks one big, bold, unapologetic middle finger at the patriarchy.
Kelly Reichardt’s female-centric western abandons the mythos of the robust gunslinging cowboy commonly associated with the genre in favour of a sombre, realistic depiction of journeying pioneers lost in the arid, desolate wilderness.
With spectacular visuals and an alluring lead performance, Mika Ninagawa’s intoxicating fable set in the dark heart of the modelling industry could be The Neon Demon’s Japanese sister.
Two Romeos do battle over one Juliet (or perhaps we should say Julieta) in Paula Ortiz’s doomed romantic tale based on Federico García Lorca’s classic tragedy Blood Wedding.
Despite wielding a strong cast which includes Lena Headey, Mark Strong and Penélope Cruz, this Spanish-British fantasy romantic comedy from first time director María Ripoll is severely lacking in wit and romance.