Releasing March 8 to 12, 2021 – Margaret Barton-Fumo previews

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The Alliance of Women Film Journalists highlights movies made by and about women. With a vigilant eye toward current releases, we maintain an interactive record of films that are pertinent to our interests. Be they female-made or female-centric productions, they are films that represent a wide range of women’s stories and present complex female characters. As such, they are movies that will most likely be reviewed on and will qualify for consideration for our annual EDA Awards, celebrating exceptional women working in film behind and in front of the camera. Our members are feature writers, columnists and regular contributors to a variety of media outlets and many of us publish regularly on the festival circuit. Our critical voices are widespread and diverse. We invite you to join us in tracking weekly releases of particular interest. And we welcome information about new films that will help us to keep our records updated and our critics alert. Below is a concise list of new releases set for March 8 to 12 that are of particular interest:  

Monday, March 8  

  • Rain Beau’s End – LesFlicks (VOD, LesFlicks) – USA – Female-directed drama starring Sean Young and Ed Asner. A prominent lesbian couple adopts a child diagnosed with a genetic predisposition for violence.

  • Underplayed – levelFILM (Amazon Prime) – USA – Female-directed documentary that focuses on the gender, ethnic, and sexual inequality issues within the electronic music industry and the female DJ’s who have risen to the top despite it all.

Friday, March 12  

  • Come True – IFC Midnight (VOD) – Canada – Sci-Fi/thriller with a female lead (Skylar Radzion). A teenage runaway takes part in a sleep study that becomes a nightmarish descent into the depths of her mind and a frightening examination of the power of dreams.  

  • The Human Voice – Sony Pictures Classics (Cinemas) – Spain – Pedro Almodóvar’s latest film, a 30-minute short starring Tilda Swinton and shot during quarantine. A woman watches time passing next to the suitcase of her ex-lover and a restless dog who doesn’t understand that his master has abandoned him. Based on a play by Jean Cocteau.

  • The Inheritance – Grasshopper Film (virtual cinemas) – USA – Director Ephraim Asili’s directorial debut is a narrative/documentary hybrid centering on a fictional Black activist collective in Philadelphia. Exploring the traumatic history of the liberation group MOVE, the film also features prominent poets and activists such as Sonia Sanchez, Ursula Rucker and Shirley Chisholm.

Stay tuned in for next week’s releases! Contact us if we’ve overlooked anything.

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Margaret Barton-Fumo

Based in New York, Margaret Barton-Fumo has contributed to Film Comment since 2006. Her monthly online column, “Deep Cuts,” focused on the intersection of film and music. She has interviewed such directors, actors, and musicians as Brian De Palma, James Gray, Harry Dean Stanton, and Paul Williams, and has additionally contributed to Senses of Cinema and Stop Smiling. She is the editor of Paul Verhoeven: Interviews, published by the University Press of Mississippi.