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Emergence: Women Filmmakers

Kate (Shirley Henderson) is unable to grieve for her missing sister, who two years earlier disappeared without trace. In her search for answers, Kate - a fish-factory worker in the astonishingly beautiful Morecambe Bay - steals a security tape from the police. It holds the last sighting of Annie ... Read more
[In the Battlefields], which premiered in Cannes' Directors' Fortnight and also screened in Venice, is an evocative and acutely observed work that marks the emergence of a great filmmaking talent. Director Danielle Arbid, who grew up in Beirut, brings a clear-eyed perspective that could only be ... Read more
Six-year-old Iris emerges from a burial box into a dreamlike world of pre-pubescent girls, all with coloured ribbons in their hair. The ribbons denote the girls' ages, all-important in this self-contained school set deep in the forest's heart. Here the girls are tutored in ballet and biology, for ... Read more
The debut feature of Margarida Cardoso is a beautifully nuanced film about love, power, subordination and pride. ... Young bride Evita arrives in an African colony coastal town to spend her honeymoon with Luis, who's stationed there as part of his Portuguese national service. The day she arrives ... Read more
Mercedes Alvarez's debut feature, [The Sky Turns], is a reflective meditation on impermanence, memory and the passage of time. ... Just 14 inhabitants remain in Aldealsenor, a village in the dramatic barren uplands of Spain's Soria (Castilla). They are the last of a people that has lived a largely ... Read more
The beautiful 22-year-old Eva is stuck in a go-nowhere job and the lout to whom she has become pregnant has left her. With few options open, she chooses to terminate the pregnancy. On her way to the clinic, Eva is mugged by a desperate junkie, Michal, who makes off with her money and thus directs ... Read more
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