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Films Directed by Women Challenge; Official; March 2016
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[pictured: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy with her Oscar (February 2016)]

Watch films directed by women through March.

Rules:
- Rewatches allowed.
- A feature film (Anything 40 minutes or over) counts as one entry
- A total of 60 minutes of short films counts as one entry
- For Mini-Series (40 minute episodes or longer) each episode counts as an entry.
- For Mini-Series with shorter episodes, the 60 minute rule applies.

Challenge runs from March 1st, 2016 - March 31st, 2016

TWITTER
Yearly: You can also participate in the #52FilmsByWomen Challenge (yearly) and post your watches on Twitter/Facebook.
https://twitter.com/hashtag/52FilmsByWomen?src=hash
Monthly: I've been using: #FilmsDirectedbyWomenMarch2016


Links (ICM-related):
Female Directors Present on the Jonathan Rosenbaum List
Official movies with a woman director

Links (not ICM-related):
Sight and Sound's 100 Overlooked Films Directed by Women
Films Directed By Women
100 Films Directed by Women
Allison's Favorite Films Directed by Women
Actresses Who Have Tried Their Hand at Directing
Female Danish Filmmakers
Films Directed by French Women
Films Directed by Portuguese Women
A Female Director a Day
Female Directors in Hollywood
Female Directors on UBUWeb
Baalman78's Top 50 Female Directors

Streaming links (title/director/link):
Elsa la rose (Agnes Varda, 20 mins) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NE4yAX_jCC0
Fatso (Anne Bancroft) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjOOqjplprk
Loyalties (Anne Wheeler) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcC0uL0Zm1o

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If you want to participate in this month's official Eastern Europe Challenge as well:

Poland
Krystyna Gryczelowska
Danuta Halladin
Agnieszka Holland
Irena Kamienska
Dorota Kedzierzawska
Joanna Kos-Krauze
Krystyna Janda
Wanda Jakubowska
Magdalena Lazarkiewicz
Magdalena Piekorz
Barbara Sass
Malgorzata Szumowska (sometimes works under the name Malgosia Szumowska)

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Jasmila Zbanic

Czech
Vera Chytilova

Hungary
Ildikó Enyedi
Marta Meszaros

Russia
Svetlana Baskova
Lidiya Bobrova
Oksana Bychkova
Valeriya Gay Germanika
Renata Litvinova
Natalia Meschaninova
Angelina Nikonova
Olga Preobrazhenskaya
Svetlana Proskurina
Larisa Shepitko
Yuliya Solntseva
Elizaveta Svilova

Participants | # of films
beavis 32
allisoncm 26
Perception de Ambiguity 16
treadwaynathan 9
tarr 11
jvv 8
connordenney 8
Lilarcor 5
ororama 5
Fergenaprido 3
3eyes 3
sheikofhyrule 3
cinephage 2
Edited by allisoncm, Mar 1 2017, 11:45:55 PM.
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Only one major change this year: I'm allowing rewatches.

Last year, this challenge went on at the same time as the Polish challenge. This year, it's going on at the same time as the Eastern Europe Challenge. Therefore, I've kept the list of Polish directors (women) and added a couple of Eastern European women off the top of my head. Feel free to share others you're familiar with and I'll update the main post.

Thanks!! Looking forward to this year.

(BTW - I will be out of town the last week of March. I will not be participating/updating often. But the results will eventually be posted).
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https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/sight+and+sounds+100+overlooked+films+directed+by+women/peacefulanarchy/
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I have a list of 13 movies directed by women I want to see, I'll try to as many of these as possible this month. :)
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I'm in, but don't know how much I'll watch. I have some stuff on hold at the library, so, at least those. (About 10 or so)
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1. D'Est (Chantal Akerman, 1993)
2. Les rendez-vous d'Anna (Chantal Akerman, 1978)
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1. Proof (Jocelyn Moorhouse, 1991) 8/10
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1. Dis-Moi (Chantal Akerman) I felt this was what No Home Movie should have been more like. It was in the shorter side.
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2. Kung Fu Panda 2 (Jennifer Yuh Nelson) 5/10 List: All-Time Box Office - not really sure how this became such a big hit. There were some elements that tried to tug at the heartstrings + lots of celebrity voices. I guess this movie is probably great for kids that haven't seen much. Anyway, it was ok at best.
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I'm in.

If somebody could make a list or at least point out some of the DtC nominees that were directed by women, I'd find that helpful and I'd appreciate it.
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Mar 2 2016, 09:44:46 AM
I'm in.

If somebody could make a list or at least point out some of the DtC nominees that were directed by women, I'd find that helpful and I'd appreciate it.
I'll take a quick look and post at least some of the noms, but I can't guarantee including them all. ;)
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1. Proof (Jocelyn Moorhouse, 1991)

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3. Je, tu, il, elle (Chantal Akerman, 1976)
4. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Fran Rubel Kuzui, 1992)
5. Mogari no mori (Naomi Kawase, 2007)

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Updated the DTC nominations list. Irina Poplavskaya seems like a feminine name to me, but I couldn't find any pictures or biographical information. So if any native Russian speakers could confirm or deny.
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allisoncm
Mar 2 2016, 10:20:10 PM
Updated the DTC nominations list. Irina Poplavskaya seems like a feminine name to me, but I couldn't find any pictures or biographical information. So if any native Russian speakers could confirm or deny.
russian name endings change to indicate gender. so yeah, you guessed correctly.
Edited by funkybusiness, Mar 2 2016, 10:31:23 PM.
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2. A Man, When He Is a Man (Valeria Sarmiento, 1982)

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1. Horící ker / Burning bush (Cz 2013) - Agnieszka Holland

Wrenching, especially Part 3. It was hard to stick it out, but I'm glad I did.

A film I meant to save for this challenge but somehow didn't, but enjoyed thoroughly:

Learning to drive (2015)

I don't plan to work very hard at this month's challenges, but one never knows....
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WHY DOES THIS ALWAYS HAPPEN?
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Mar 2 2016, 10:20:10 PM
Updated the DTC nominations list.
Excellent. Thank you.
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allisoncm
Mar 2 2016, 10:20:10 PM
Updated the DTC nominations list.
Excellent. Thank you.
I ended up finding some I'm interested in seeing as well, so good little side project today. :D
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Türkan Soray - Turkey
Ildikó Enyedi - Hungary
Russia: Oksana Bychkova, Angelina Nikonova, Valeriya Gay Germanika, Lidiya Bobrova, Svetlana Proskurina, Yuliya Solntseva, Svetlana Baskova, Renata Litvinova, Natalia Meschaninova... and many more I'm sure

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I'm already at three for this month, maybe I should join :)

Nian nian (2015) Murmur of the Hearts - 7.5
Verführung: Die grausame Frau (1985) Seduction: The Cruel Woman - 7.5
Tung baan tung hok (2015) Lazy Hazy Crazy - 6

Murmur of the Hearts is certainly nice, but there are places where it drags and the story is not that special (it's just the way that it's develloped that is above average)

Seduction is a German movie from the 80's with one foot in an older arthouse generation (Fassbinder and Schroeter) and the other in a current underground scene (with SM its subject, industrial soundscapes and expressionistic/noir cinematography). And it has Udo Kier. Liked it for what it is. Very much so.

Lazy Hazy Crazy has a story that has been done many times. What sets it apart is more frankness than usual about sexual situations. But I felt the story didn't really need that... it felt like it was there just to spice things up... which is maybe a bit strange coming from a female director...?
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Thanks, beavis.
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I've been using: #FilmsDirectedbyWomenMarch2016 to post my results on Twitter. I know something more concise would be better, but I'm bad at stuff like that. Also remember #52FilmsbyWomen if you want to shoot to watch 52 films directed by women this year (not my personal project, but it's been good participating so far).
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3. Quei loro incontri (co-directed by Danièle Huillet) 3/10
4. Loyalties (Anne Wheeler) 6/10 Definitely a film by a feminine point of view.
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1. Bande de filles aka Girlhood (2014, Céline Sciamma) - 6.5/10

Even though the girls were annoying I still liked the first part, that focused on their relationships with each other, better than the second part which veered into drugs and prostitution.
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6. Wrony (Dorota Kedzierzawska, 1994)
7. Koniec swiata (Dorota Kedzierzawska, 1988)
8. Blood & Donuts (Holly Dale, 1995)

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5. Lolo (Julie Delpy) 6.2/10 About a woman with a sadistic son who is trying to sabotage his mother's relationships.
6. 36 Chowringhee Lane (Aparna Sen) 6/10 Okay character study of an older lady.
7. Reason Over Passion (Joyce Wieland) 3/10 Totally weird experimental film that doesn't have much of a point, but is pretty patriotic (Canada).
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8. Peaux de vaches/Thick-Skinned (Patricia Mazuy) Low-key drama with good acting. Sometimes I felt the tone was a little bit uneven.
9. Oublie-moi/Forget Me (Noémie Lvovsky) This is another film that mainly benefits from starring really good lead actresses (Emmanuelle Devos and Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi) early in their careers. The story is okay. It is mainly the facial expressions that reel you in.
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2. Soof (2013, Antoinette Beumer) - 6/10

Acting was OK, but the comedy felt a bit forced.

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01. Suzanne, by Katell Quillévéré (2013) 6/10

Interesting casting, which assembles many of France's current talents (Adele Haenel, Sara Forestier, François Damiens, Paul Hamy and a few others). But the movie uses music in excess, which lessens its strength and emotion. Interesting, though...
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10. George qui? (Michèle Rosier) 6/10 Good acting (Anne Wiazemsky) in this Georges Sand biopic. I felt the cinematography could have been better. There were opportunities that weren't taken.
11. Riddles of the Sphinx (Laura Mulvey, Peter Wollen) 7/10 A good, experimental and intellectual essay on motherhood, women, etc..
12. Nattlek (1966, Mai Zetterling) 6/10 A wild film that is on John Waters' top 10 films he didn't make that he wished he did.
13. (A)sexuality (Angela Tucker) 6/10 An interesting look at people who do not experience sexual attraction to either males or females.
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1. Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (Chantal Akerman). Only the second film I've seen from her. Where should I go from here?
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2. Appropriate Behavior (2014) dir. Desiree Akhavan
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1. Little Fugitive (Ray Ashley & Morris Engel & Ruth Orkin, 1953) 7/10

2. Få meg på, for faen / Turn Me On, Dammit! (Jannicke Systad Jacobsen, 2011) 4+/10

[26 min]. Gradiva Esquisse I (Raymonde Carasco, 1978) 3/10

[17 min]. Oh Willy... (Emma De Swaef & Marc James Roels, 2012) 7/10
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14. Marguerite et Julien (Valérie Donzelli) 6.5/10 Really an alright love story. I guess the low ratings on IMDB are due to the incestuous storyline, but...
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I guess the low ratings on IMDB are due to the incestuous storyline, but...
but the iCM ratings are thru the roof!
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3. Perfect Mothers (2013, Anne Fontaine) - 7/10

Good performances by Naomi Watts and Robin Wright. Story felt a bit contrived.

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15. Angano... Angano... (co-director: Marie Clémence) 6/10 Okay for the most part. It wasn't really interesting for most of the film, but it got interesting toward the end.


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3. Regarding Susan Sontag (Nancy D. Kates, 2014) 6/10
Very conventional HBO documentary that doesn't offer much of an insight into anything, but passes the time and works as a gateway into her writing.

4. Heart of a Dog (Laurie Anderson, 2015) 6/10
A really odd piece of video essay. Felt immediately after that I need to see this again, even though it sometimes struck me as a bit banal.

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4. Shoes (1916, Lois Weber) - 4/10

Melodramatic, moralistic and the main character had the same facial expression during the whole movie.

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