Of the 28 films slated for screening at the 46th New York Film Festival (Septembr 26 to October 12, 2008 at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater and the Ziegfield Theater at 141 West 54 Street), eight are directed by and/or focus on women.
Directed by women:
- Agnès Jaoui’s “Let It Rain” (“Parlez-moi de la pluie”) – France, 2008 – 110m – A portrait of a rising feminist politician may be the ticket to fame and jobs for two aspiring filmmakers.
- Lucrecia Martel’s “The Headless Woman” (“La mujer sin cabeza”) – Argentina/France/Italy/Spain, 2008 – 87m – The Argentine filmmaker’s powerful third feature takes us into an altered perceptual state with a woman who hits something with her car.
- Kelly Reichardt‘s “Wendy and Lucy” – USA, 2008 – 80m – In this follow up to the director’s acclaimed “Old Joy,” Wendy (Michelle Williams) searches for her dog Lucy, revealing the troubled spirit of modern America along the way.
- Clint Eastwood’s “Changeling,” a provocative fact-based period drama about Christine Collins (Angelina Jolie), a single mother in 1928 Los Angeles who returns home to find her nineyear-old son missing. The police return five months later with a child claiming to be her son, but despite the affirmation of the media, she remains unconvinced. She joins forces with a community activist Gustav Briegleb (John Malkovich), and the search for her son becomes a personal campaign against institutional corruption and for equality under the law.
Darezhan Omirbaev“s “Chouga” (“Shuga) – France/Kazakhstan, 2007 – 91m –
A Kazakh, minimalist adaptation of “Anna Karenina.”
- Mike Leigh’s “Happy-Go-Lucky” – UK, 2008 – 118m – An affectionate portrait of an unattached, 30-something London schoolteacher coming to terms with the fact that she’s no longer young.
- Max Ophuls’ “Lola Montès” – France/West Germany, 1955 – 115m – A gleaming new restoration from the Cinémathèque uses all available footage for Ophuls’ classic about the life of the legendary courtesan and circus performer—lover of kings, knaves and Franz Liszt. This is the third time the masterpiece will be screened at the New York Film Festival, now as the spotlight retrospective.
- João Botelho‘s “The Northern Land” (“A Corte do Norte“) – Portugal, 2008 – 101m – A woman searches for the truth about her life in the stories of ancestors and the distant manor house they inhabited.
Check the New York Film Festival for the complete program, screening dates and ticket information.