AWFJ highlights films made by and about women:
Thursday, January 14
- Bran Nue Dae – Mayfan, 88 mins, limited – Rachel Perkins directed and co-wrote this Australian coming of age musical comedy about a boy who runs away from home, only to find his way back to it.
Friday, January 15
- 44 Inch Chest – Image Entertainment, 95 mins., limited LA, followed by NY, DC, San Diego on January 29
- The Book of Eli – Warner Bros, 118 mins.
- Fish Tank – IFC Films, 122 mins, limited – Andrea Arnold directs this coming of age drama about a rebellious British Midlands working class teenage girl who has a rough encounter with her mother’s new boyfriend. Katie Jarvis is garnering a lot of attention for her portrayal of the girl.
- Hoodwinked 2: Hood vs. Evil – Weinstein Co. – This time, the animated Red Riding Hood is training in the group of Sister Hoods, when she and the Wolf are called to examine the sudden mysterious disappearance of Hansel and Gretel.
- The Last Station – Sony Pictures Classics, 112 mins., limited NY, LA – The drama about the elder years of Leon Tolstoy features a marvelous performance by Helen Mirren as Sofya Tolstoy, the very dramatic wife of the great Russian author.
- The Lovely Bones – Paramount Pictures, 135 mins., wide release) – With screenplay by Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, and based on Alice Sebold’s best-selling novel, the film is about a murdered girl who watches her family’s response to her death from heaven. Starring Rachel Weisz, Saoirse Ronan and Susan Sarandon.
- The Spy Next Door – Lionsgate, 92 mins.