Every month our writers will be submitting their fave films written and/or directed by women, one for every week of the year – and for November, we’re featuring the best films of 2017 as selected by Genesis Cinema! Have any suggestions? Tweet us @The_Nopebook with the hashtag #52FilmsbyWomen or email our Screen Queen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Genesis Cinema has, for the past year, continued to promote female filmmaking talent. Monthly, the cinema promotes a female led movie in their DirectedByWomen strand. These movies have included classics, modern epics, and movies that you may have missed such as Wayne’s World and American Psycho.
In celebration of all the good movies that have come out in 2017, powered by talented women, Genesis are hosting a Directed by Women – Class of 2017 film festival, highlighting the importance of putting women behind the camera – and you could win two tickets for you and a friend to attend! Head over to our Twitter to find out more…
So, what can you catch over the weekend?
Saturday 11th November
Wonder Woman (2017) – Patty Jenkins
Introduced by Sarah Cook (We Make Movies On Weekends)
Patty Jenkins blockbuster hit movie powered DC through to another level (in fact, Forbes recently declared it the highest grossing superhero origin film!). Starring Gal Gadot and Chris Pine, the movie revolves around the Princess of the Amazons who is enlisted into World War 1 to stop the bloody battle and bring down God Ares. Whilst not without it’s faults, Wonder Woman was an action-packed and entertaining movie, allowing Diana, our epitomes heroine, to make cinematic history.
Detroit (2017) – Kathryn Bigelow
The only woman ever to win an Academy Award for directing, Katherine Bigelow charges Detroit with intensity. Led by John Boyega, this historical drama brings to life the devastating events of the Detroit Riots. When police raid a local hotel, racial tensions boil over with murderous consequences. With amazing performances, Bigelow’s work is brutal and shocking.
Certain Women (2016) – Kelly Reichardt
Introduced by Charlotte Ashcroft (Dispatch)
Kelly Reichardt formidably intertwines for stories of women as they navigate love, life, and men in the a sleep small town. Bringing together Michelle Williams, Laura Dern, and Kristen Stewart, as well as introducing the world to the incredible Lily Gladstone, this slow-paced by impeccably acted piece is an intricate and intimate look at ferocious femininity.
Raw (2017) – Julia Ducournau
Introduced by Jennifer Shearman (Dispatch)
2017 has already gifted us with a stellar collection of impeccable and beguiling horrors. Taking a huge bit of that is Julia Ducournau’s French thriller Raw. Telling the story of a strict vegetarian Justine, the film sees her unravel when she is forced to eat meat during a hazing ritual at college. Opening up an urge, Justine discovers that her new tastes aren’t strictly contained to animals and her exploration of that makes for a disturbing, grim, but ultimately compelling watch.
Sunday 12th November (in Partnership with Hackney’s Wicked Women)
Maudie (2016) – Aisling Walsh
Sally Hawkins is one of our greatest actresses and that is prevalent in biopic Maudie. Directed by Aisling Walsh, the film revolves around Maud Lewis, a Canadian folk singer who falls in love with a fishmonger whilst tending to his house. Hawkins is wonderful in this quaint tale of love and circumstance.
Their Finest (2016) – Lone Scherfig
Starring Bill Nighy and Gemma Arterton, Their Finest revolves around a group of hard-working and plucky screenwriters who are pulling together the greatest World War 2 propaganda film to instil the public with a sense of pride and hope. Director Lone Scherfig balances with brutality and shock of war with the fun and rambunctious task of crafting a film in this spectacular comedy drama.
Lovesong (2016) – So Yong Kim
Lovesong revolves around Sarah, a neglected woman who decides to go on a journey with her daughter and daughter’s friend Milly. However, the road trip proves catalyst as their relationship intensifies. A powerful portrait of intimacy, Kim’s work is a delightful and vivid piece with Jenna Malone and Rile Keough.
The Beguiled (2017) – Sofia Coppola
Sofia Coppola returns with this bewitching period thriller where Colin Farrell plays a wounded soldier who stumbles across a school for women and finds himself ensnared by their desires. With Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, and Elle Fanning leading the generational women, the acting talent is just ridiculous brilliant. Coppola brings a lush aesthetic to the drama and it works in such an emotionally evoking way.
Want to win two tickets to the Genesis Cinema Directed by Women – Class of 2017 festival on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th November, featuring the above films? Head over the The Nopebook’s Twitter page, retweet the pinned tweet by Thursday 9th November at 6pm (GMT), and we’ll announce the winner on Friday 10th November!
(Please note – this competition is open to UK entrants only, and you will need to be able to get to the Genesis Cinema in London for the event on Saturday 11th and/or Sunday 12th November 2017. Tickets are not exchangeable.)