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10 Films Directed By Women Premiering At Sundance This Year


This year, Sundance Film Festival will show and premiere several exciting films, many directed by women.

Women directors have been and continue to be snubbed and shut out of awards recognition, as well as simply blocked from opportunities to take the lead role in a film's creation within the industry. Natalie Portman perhaps said it most concisely when she introduced the nominees for Best Director at this year's Golden Globes: "Here are the all-male nominees."

Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird won the Golden Globe for Best Picture--Musical or Comedy, while she herself failed to score a nomination. And Dee Rees' Mudbound, while receiving great reviews, has virtually been left behind come awards time.

This year, Sundance Film Festival will show and premiere several exciting films, many directed by women, as PAPERreports. The following are ten of those that we can't wait to see:

Madeleine's Madeleine, Directed by Josephine Decker

Decker's film about an experimental theater troupe stars Miranda July, Molly Parker, and Helena Howard. She told PAPER that she'll likely make one more film before pursuing another of her dreams: starting a family. Check out an interview with Decker below:

The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Directed by Desiree Akhavan

Akhavan's adaptation of the acclaimed novel stars Chloe Grace Moretz, Jennifer Ehle, John Gallagher Jr. and American Honey's Sasha Lane. It follows the story of a Montana teenager sent to a conversion camp to stop her from being gay. Check out an interview with Akhavan about her previous film Appropriate Behavior below:

I Think We're Alone Now, Directed by Reed Morano

Morano already has an impressive resume of previous film credits, having worked on Beyonce's Lemonade, HBO's Looking, and Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale. I Think We're Alone Now marks her second feature film in the director's chair, and tells the story of two of the final people on Earth post-apocalypse, played by Elle Fanning and Peter Dinklage. Below, Morano discusses her first feature, Meadowland.

The Queen of Fear, Directed by Valeria Bertuccelli & Fabiana Tiscornia

Bertuccelli stars in this Argentinian absurdist comedy, which she and co-director Tiscornia also both wrote. Take a look at the trailer below:

I Am Not A Witch, Directed by Rungono Nyoni

Nyoni's feature debut has already made a splash at Cannes. It follows a woman exiled to a strange camp after being accused of witchcraft. Check out the trailer below:

The Rider, Directed by Chloe Zhao

Zhao's first feature focused on siblings in South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation--her sophomore film takes her back to that locale to follow the dying stories of cowboys. Check out a clip from the film's debut at Cannes below:

You Were Never Really Here, Directed by Lynne Ramsay

Ramsay's made quite the name for herself with her chilling films We Need To Talk About Kevin, starring Tilda Swinton, as well as Morvern Callar and Ratcatcher. Her latest, starring Joaquin Phoenix, won Best Screenplay and Best Actor at Cannes. Trailer below:

Skate Kitchen, Directed by Crystal Moselle

Moselle's The Wolfpack, the documentary following children who'd been locked inside their Manhattan apartment for 14 years with only their television to give them any concept of life out in the world, won the Grand Jury prize for Best Documentary at Sundance in 2015. Her new work expands on films about skater girl groups that she's already documented in films for Miu Miu, one of which is available below:

Jane Fonda in Five Acts, Directed by Susan Lacy

Lacy, who's known for her work on PBS' American Masters, unpacks the marvel and mystery that is Hollywood legend and super hot 80-year-old Jane Fonda. Below, Lacy talks about the making of her documentary Spielberg:

Ophelia, Directed by Claire McCarthy

McCarthy's take on the troubled Hamlet heroine is one of the pictures we're most looking forward to this year. The star-studded cast includes Naomi Watts, Tom Felton, and Daisy Ridley. Images from the set below:

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