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SHOWING RESULTS | FILMS SORTED BY GENRE: 'FEMALE DIRECTOR(S)'
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BRIGHT DAYS AHEAD

  • Release Year: 2013
  • Runtime: 95 minutes
  • Directed By: Marion Vernoux
  • Country: France
In this sophisticated and sexy drama, a newly retired woman in her 60s (French cinema icon, Fanny Ardant) finds herself tumbling into an affair with a much younger man (Laurent Lafitte), her computer teacher at the local seniors’ club. As she finds herself courting danger—taking her young lover to places they could easily be discovered by her husband (Patrick Chesnais)—she must decide if her retirement will mark the end for her marriage, or a new beginning. | Read More
Female Director(s), Comedy, Relationships, Female Screenwriter(s)
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BROKEN HILL BLUES

  • Release Year: 2013
  • Runtime: 80 minutes
  • Directed By: Sofia Norlin
  • Country: Sweden
A group of adolescents wrestle with uncertain futures in a remote mining town that is literally cracking underneath their feet. Kiruna, the northernmost town in Sweden, sits above an iron ore mine that has been slowly eroding the land around it for decades. Soon, Kiruna and everyone in it will have to move, but to where they do not know. As the displaced teenagers linger on the cusp of adulthood, they echo the town’s own fragility in this beautiful and understated film. | Read More
Drama, Female Director(s), Female Screenwriter(s), First Time Filmmaker
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BUDRUS

  • Release Year: 2009
  • Runtime: 82 minutes
  • Directed By: Julia Bacha
  • Country: USA, Israel, Palestine
In one of the most conflicted parts of the world, a Palestinian family man unites rival parties Fatah and Hamas, Western activists, and even groups of progressive Israelis in a nonviolent movement to save his village from being destroyed. Award-winning documentarian Julia Bacha (Encounter Point, TFF '06) captures with rawness and galvanizing intensity the power of ordinary people to peaceably fight for extraordinary changes. | Read More
Female Director(s) and Documentary
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BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE: THE STORY OF CBGB

  • Release Year: 2009
  • Runtime: 90 minutes
  • Directed By: Mandy Stein
  • Country: USA
Fueled by vintage performances by the likes of Patti Smith, Talking Heads, Television, Bad Brains, and The Ramones, this doc charts the history and far-reaching influence of iconic downtown club CBGB and its fight for survival against the Bowery homeless shelter that sought to shut it down. Sonic Youth, Debbie Harry, Ice-T, Fab 5 Freddy, and others share their passion for the anything-goes spirit of the club and its founder, Hilly Kristal. | Read More
Female Director(s), Documentary, Music
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BURNING SEASON

  • Release Year: 2009
  • Runtime: 90 minutes
  • Directed By: Cathy Henkel
  • Country: Australia
TFF award winner Henkel returns with this powerful portrait of three lives affected by deliberately lit fires raging across Indonesia. Destroying pristine rainforest, endangering wildlife, and contributing to climate change, these fires only benefit the lucrative palm oil industry. Following a carbon-trading entrepreneur, an orangutan rescuer, and a palm oil farmer, this doc inspirationally shows those caught at the intersection of big business and conservation. Hugh Jackman narrates. | Read More
Female Director(s) and Documentary
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BUSINESS OF BEING BORN

  • Release Year: 2007
  • Runtime: 84 minutes
  • Directed By: Abby Epstein
  • Country: USA
In this candid and eye-opening documentary, director Epstein and producer Ricki Lake explore and question the way American women have babies. Shocking facts (to men and women alike) regarding the historical and current practices of the child birthing industry interweave with stories of couples who decide to give birth on their own terms. | Read More
Female Director(s) and Documentary
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CUT

  • Release Year: 2014
  • Runtime: 7 minutes
  • Directed By: Anita Thacher
  • Country: USA
CUT appropriates six classic black and white Hollywood film clips from the 30s and 40s. The images and sound are reconfigured through graphic and sequential interventions. The disruptions refocus and enhance our attention to obscure aspects of the films and compel us to watch anew with heightened awareness.

Screening in Shorts Program: Digital Dilemma | Read More
Female Director(s), Female Screenwriter(s), Experimental, Returning Filmmaker
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CAIRO TIME

  • Release Year: 2009
  • Runtime: 88 minutes
  • Directed By: Ruba Nadda
  • Country: Canada, Ireland, Egypt
In this graceful cross-cultural love story, a happily married woman (Patricia Clarkson) is separated from her husband in the overwhelming city of Cairo. While waiting for his return, she experiences the unique beauty of Egypt with his friend (Alexander Siddig). As their tender friendship blossoms, a series of small yet profound moments changes both of their worlds forever. | Read More
Drama and Female Director(s)
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CAROL CHANNING: LARGER THAN LIFE

  • Release Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 83 minutes
  • Directed By: Dori Berinstein
  • Country: USA
The story of legendary performer Carol Channing's life is as colorful as the lipstick on her big, bright smile. Director Dori Berinstein captures the magic and vivacity of the 90-year-old icon and throws it at the screen like roses at the stage during curtain call. You'll have a grin on your face and a tear in your eye, evidence that the original Dolly Levi is still glowin', still crowin', and still goin' strong. | Read More
Female Director(s) and Documentary
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