Opening March 25 to 27, 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 the week of March 22 to 28 that are of particular interest:  

Thursday, March 25  

  • Violation – Shudder (VOD) – Canada – Drama/horror co-written, co-directed and starring Madeleine Sims-Fewer as a troubled woman who returns home to her younger sister after years apart, embarking on a vicious crusade of revenge when her sister and brother-in-law betray her trust.

Friday, March 26  

  • Blood Moon – Hulu – USA – Fantasy/horror film directed by Emma Tammi for the season 2 finale of Hulu’s “Into the Dark” series of Blumhouse productions. When Esme (Megalyn Echikunwoke) and her ten-year-old son, Luna (Yonas Kibreab) move to a small desert town looking for a fresh start they attract all the wrong kinds of attention. As the locals begin to probe, Esme must battle to protect her son and a terrifying secret before the next full moon threatens their very existence.  

  • The Good Traitor – Samuel Goldwyn Films (VOD) – Denmark – Danish historical drama about Charlotte Kauffmann (Denise Gough), who was the Danish ambassador to Washington in 1939 when World War II started and who declared herself to be the only true representative of a free Denmark in opposition to the Nazis. Directed by Christina Rosendahl.

  • Nina Wu – Film Movement (virtual cinemas) – Taiwan, Malaysia, Myanmar – Taiwanese psychological drama directed by Midi Z. Written by and starring Wu Ke-xi as Nina Wu, an aspiring actress who leaves her hometown and moves to Taiwan in search of fame.

  • Shoplifters of the World – RLJE Films (VOD) – USA – Comedy/drama set in 1987 about young fans of the British band The Smiths. Starring Helena Howard (Madeline’s Madeline).

Saturday, March 27 

  • Tina – HBO – USA, UK – American-British documentary following the life and career of musician Tina Turner.

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.