AWFJ highlights films made by and about women:
Wednesday, October 7
- Araya – Milestone Films, 90 mins. (limited) – Director Margot Benacerraf shared the 1959 Cannes Film Festival Palm d’Or with Alain Renais’ Hiroshima Mon Amor for her poetic and beautifully shot docudrama about salt miners in Araya, the stark and remote peninsula in northeastern Venezuela. Milestone Films has restored the film and is releasing it theatrically for the first time in the U.S.
Friday, October 9
- Bronson – Magnet Releasing 92 mins. (limited)
- Couples Retreat – Universal Pictures 107 mins.
- The Damned United – Sony Classics, 97 mins. (NY, LA) –
- An Education – Sony Classics 95 mins. (limited) – Danish director Lone Scherfig’s film based on Lynn Barber’s memoir stars Carey Mulligan as a smart and beautiful sixteen-year-old English schoolgirl who abandons her college plans to take up with a much older, very high-living man (Peter Sarsgaard) — with the blessings of her socially-climbing parents.
- Free Style – Samuel Goldwyn, 94 mins. (limited)
- Good Hair -Roadside Attractions, 95 mins. (limited) – In this dicumentary, director Jeff Stilson follows comedian Chris Rock as he travels from New York to Atlanta to India, investigating and commenting about African American women’s complexes about their hair, and about the billion dollar industry that thrives from their desire to straighten and manage it.
- Peter and Vandy – Strand Releasing, 95 mins. (limited)
- Trucker – Michelle Monaghan stars as an idependent truck driver whose life is filled with long haul drives and one night stands until her estranged 11-year-old son comes to live with her.