One of the movie-related challenges I try to complete every year is 52 Films By Women challenge…. that is to watch at least one film directed by women per week. Seems pretty easy right? Especially since there is better female representation behind the camera than ever before, though of course we still have a long way to go. Well, I wish I could say I’ve completed the entire challenge, but I’ve only managed to complete 70% of it, which means I have to do better next year!
Here are the list of films I saw. Though I haven’t reviewed them all, I briefly talked about most of these in my monthly recap.
- Promising Young Woman
- Raya and the Last Dragon – review
- One Night in Miami
- Where Hands Touch
- Things Heard and Seen
- Love It Was Not (doc)
- When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit
- Antoinette dans les Cevennes
- The Assistant
- Rita Moreno (doc)
- Black Widow – review
- Last Letter From Your Lover – review
- Love Sarah – review
- CODA – review
- The Girl In The Book
- Reminiscence – review
- The Souvenir
- Love & Basketball
- Our Kind Of Traitor
- Worth – review
- My Name is Pauli Murray – review
- Good On Paper
- I Am Woman
- I’m Your Man – review
- Sounds Like Love
- Eternals – review
- Forty Year Old Version – review
- Passing – review
- The Power of the Dog – review
- The Matrix Resurrections – review
- The Zookeeper’s Wife
- Ron’s Gone Wrong
- The Lost Daughter – review
TV SERIES/LIMITED SERIES CREATED/WRITTEN BY WOMEN
- Dix pour cent AKA Call My Agent (S4) – Netflix
- The Nevers – 2021 (S1) – HBO Max
- The Pursuit of Love – 2021 (Miniseries) – Amazon Prime
- Gold Digger – 2019 (Miniseries) – Sundance Now
I highly recommend all of these and they’re available to stream in various platforms listed above. I’d say my fave out of the four is definitely the French series Call My Agent, which sadly ended with season 4. It’s absolutely hilarious and likely pretty accurate too given it was created by actual former talent agents. I might have to rewatch the whole thing all over again… it’s so binge-worthy!
So out of the 35 films by women, here are my picks of the 10 Best:
Top 5 favorite new releases:
I’m Your Man
The Power Of the Dog
The Lost Daughter
I’m glad to see such a great variety of genres amongst these female-directed films… from superhero movie, sci-fi comedy, to psychological dramas, these films couldn’t be more different from each other but they show the sheer talent behind the camera. In addition to being directed by women, The Lost Daughter + The Power of the Dog both have female DPs, enhancing the female gaze storytelling perspective even more.
Top 5 favorite older movies:
Love & Basketball
Forty Year Old Version
Our Kind Of Traitor
I don’t know how I could’ve missed Love & Basketball which is such a terrific love story! Proxima is an underrated sci-fi drama about a female astronaut trying to balance her mission and being apart from her 8-year-old daughter, Eva Green is really good in the lead role. Our Kind of Traitor is a suspenseful spy thriller from British filmmaker Susanna White, highly recommend it for spy movie fans. I’ve reviewed Forty Year Old version which would’ve made my top 10 of 2020 if I had seen it sooner. Lastly, Orlando is Sally Potter’s adaptation of a Virginia Woolf novel starring the one and only Tilda Swinton.
I found this great link from BFI – The female gaze: 100 overlooked films directed by women
I’ve already added a few films to my watch-list, fortunately some of them are on streaming like Netflix or HBO Max. So no excuse not to watch more films by women 😉
Which of these films have you seen and which are your favorites?
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I ended up with 38 yet I think the best film from that list of films by women that I saw last year is most definitely… Portrait of a Lady on Fire as I’m eager to see more of Celine Sciamma’s films.
I like Celine Sciamma’s Girlhood from a few years ago and hoping to see Petite Maman once it hits streaming too.
That is the film I’m waiting for as it’s one of the reasons why I bought a one-year subscription for MUBI.
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You might not have hit your target but the fact you’ve embarked on the challenge is great enough!
Thanks! I really need to do better this year and at least increase the percentage if I can’t complete all 52 in a year.
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