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NZ International Film Festival – 2. A Global Women's Film Fest

2. Women-Written and/or Directed Features From Around The World 

I'm going to go with some trailers here, for narrative features only. If you'd like to construct your own women's film festival, try any combination of these, plus some animations – there seem to be a few more by women than usual – and one or two docos. (My unmissable doco is Morgan Neville's Twenty Feet From Stardom, about some women who sing backup; backing singers are one of my current obsessions - clip quietly embedded at bottom of the page). For festival films written and/or directed by New Zealand women see here.

But first, because I believe that women who act and write are key to increasing the numbers of films about women, two films co-written by actors (just in, this article on the trend). Brit Marling co-wrote and acts in The East. Greta Gerwig co-wrote and acts in Frances Ha.






Then, Stories We Tell, by actor/writer/director Sarah Polley.



Then, alphabetically by title.

Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring.



Rama Burshtein's Fill the Void



Sally Potter's Ginger & Rosa



Margarethe von Trotta's Hannah Arendt



Eliza Hittman's It Felt Like Love (preceded by Alison Maclean's The Professor)



Valeria Sarmiento's Lines of Wellington



Clio Barnard's The Selfish Giant (a 'clip', not a trailer)



Haifaa Al-Mansour's Wadjda (this is the one that calls to me most strongly)




I have a feeling I've missed something. Will add if so...

And Morgan Neville's Twenty Feet From Stardom doesn't include Perla Batalla and Julie Christensen, but I'm there anyway...



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