The notion of time travel is almost as old as time itself. Ever since we humans invented the idea, we’ve been struggling against it, wanting to go forwards, and then backwards, anywhere but the oppressive present. Director Ela Thier takes this conceit, and tips it gently on its head in her remarkable new film Tomorrow Ever After. Continue reading…read more
Melancholy and moving, Heal the Living is a quiet, affecting French drama about organ donation. It weaves multiple characters’ stories together as it explores both the heartbreaking loss and the heady promise of renewed life. Continue reading…read more
The Zookeeper’s Wife is a powerful, emotional fact-based drama about both the depth of human suffering experienced during World War II and the remarkable courage and strength of character that ordinary women and men demonstrated when their friends’ and neighbors’ lives were in danger. Jessica Chastain stars as Antonina Zabinska, a warm, gentle wife, mother, and animal lover who helps her husband, Jan (Johan Heldenbergh), run the Warsaw Zoo in late-1930s Poland. Read on…
St Louis International Film Festival Selects Nominees for AWFJ EDA Award @ SLIFF 2015 – Michelle McCue reports
AWFJ will again partner with the St Louis International Film Festival to recognize women’s accomplishments in filmmaking, presenting AWFJ EDA Awards for the Best Female-Directed Narrative Feature and Best Female-Directed Documentary at the 24th Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival will be held Nov. 5-15, 2015. Nominations for the AWFJ EDA Awards for Best Female-Directed Film and Best Female-Directed Documentary are made by SLIFF and have been announced. Five films will compete in each category. Here’s a glimpse of the films that have been selected: Read on…read more
The 24th Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival takes place Nov. 5-15. This is the third year AWFJ partners with SLIFF to recognize outstanding achievements of women filmmakers. Read on…read more
Opening March 6, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Merchants of Doubt, the new documentary from Oscar-nominated filmmaker Robert Kenner (Food, Inc). Here, he turns his attention to the shadowy world of pundits-for-hire, shining a light on the infuriating ways in which huge organisations attempt to sway public opinion against those inconvenient truths that may have a negative impact on their popularity and, more importantly, their profits. These often take the form of highly paid, media-savvy individuals who talk a good game to persuade the general public that scientific fact – smoking kills, for example, or climate change is something to worry about – is actually unfounded social hysteria. Read on…read more
The Alliance of Women Film Journalists is partnering with Salem Film Fest to present the EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Film at this year’s festival, taking place in Salem, Massachusetts from March 5 to 12, 2015. This is the fourth consecutive year of the EDA Awards partnership. For the list of nominated films and jury members, read on…read more
The Alliance of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ) has extended its EDA Awards festival program to include presentation of juried EDA Awards for best female-directed narrative and documentary features at the 2014 Edinburgh International Film Festival, held from June 18 to 30, 2014. The EDA Award winners were announced and EDA Award certificates presented by AWFJ President Jennifer Merin at EIFF’s awards ceremony on June 27, at Edinburgh’s FilmHouse. AWFJ jurors presented three awards to female-directed films at EIFF this year. Read on…read more
Opening April 25, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is The German Doctor, Argentinean filmmaker Lucia Puenzo’s cinematic adaptation of her best-selling eponymous novel. This is the horrifying story of Dr. Joseph Mengele, the Nazi “Angel of Death,” who fled retribution in post-WWII Europe and hid out in Argentina, eluding Israeli agents determined to bring him to justice. Mengele takes up residence in remote Patagonia with a family who are unaware of his heinous past and risk falling prey to his habitual evil. The film is a truth-based horror tale of tremendous magnitude. Brilliant performed and beautifully shot, The German Doctor is a monumental clash between evil and innocence. Read on…read more
Opening April 18, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Fading Gigolo, a quirky and tender New York comedic fantasy written and directed by John Turturro, who also stars as Fioravante, an unspectacular florist who is in need of money and so takes a turn at the world’s oldest profession– and is surprisingly, spectacularly successful.
Costar Woody Allen as his pal and pimp, along with Sharon Stone, Liew Schreiber, Jill Scott and Bob Balaban give seductive performances that bring engaging eccentricity, genuine warmth and subtle humor to the film.
This is Turturro’s fifth feature, and it’s a winner. Read on…read more