Opening November 8 -14, 2021- Margaret Barton-Fumo reports

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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 November 8 to 14 that are of particular interest:  

Tuesday, November 9  

  • The Dilemma of Desire – Utopia (VOD) – USA – Documentary directed by Maria Finitzo that explores the work of four women who are shattering the myths and lies that women are often told about sexual desire and their own bodies.

  • See You Next Christmas – Giant Pictures (VOD) – USA – Holiday romance written and directed by Christine Weatherup. When chronically single Natalie and Logan continue to run into each other at the “Clarkmas” holiday party year after year, they begin to wonder if maybe they’re meant to be together.

Thursday, November 11 

  • Small Time – The Film Arcade (Virtual Cinemas, VOD) – USA – Drama written, directed, and shot by Niav Conty. It can be brutal enough just growing up as a girl. Then add poverty, addiction, and God to the mix. Armed with a gun and a prayer, Emma and her cat bravely go where too many girls have gone before.

Friday, November 12 

  • The Accursed – Gravitas Ventures (VOD) – USA – Horror co-directed and written by Kathryn Michelle and Elizabeta Vidovic. Hana spends twenty years suppressing a maleficent curse that was placed upon her bloodline, only to have a family member knowingly release it, forcing her to kill or to be killed.

  • Double Walker – Good Deed Entertainment (Cinemas) – USA – Indie horror written and directed by Colin West, based on a story by producer and star Sylvie Mix. A young Ghost (producer/co-writer Sylvie Mix) haunts her cold Midwestern hometown, trying to piece together the horrific flashes of memories from her past. One by one she kills the men she believes were responsible for her death, though her plan is derailed when she meets Jack, a kind movie theater usher.

  • Julia – Sony Pictures Classics (Cinemas) – USA – Documentary directed by Julie Cohen and Betsy West. Julia tells the story of the legendary cookbook author and television superstar who changed the way Americans think about food, television, and even about women.

  • Love Is Love Is Love – Blue Fox Entertainment (Cinemas) – USA – Romantic comedy written and directed by Eleanor Coppola. A woven tale of three stories that explore love, commitment, and loyalty between couples and friends. Starring Rosanna Arquette, Justin Ashforth and Kathy Baker.

  • My Fiona – (Cinemas; VOD release Nov. 23) – USA – Drama written and directed by Kelly Walker. Best friends for life, Jane and Fiona have done everything together since kindergarten with Jane following wherever Fiona will lead. Left devastated and adrift following Fiona’s sudden suicide, Jane’s only way to make sense of everything is by helping Fiona’s widow Gemma care for their young son Bailey.

  • Night Raiders – Samuel Goldwyn (Cinemas, VOD) – Canada / New Zealand – Sci-fi thriller written and directed by Danis Goulet. A mother joins an underground band of vigilantes to try and rescue her daughter from a state-run institution.

  • Prayers for the Stolen – Netflix (Cinemas; Netflix release Nov. 17) – International Co-Production – Drama written and directed by Tatiana Huezo, adapted from the novel by Jennifer Clement. Life in a town at war seen through the eyes of three young girls on the path to adolescence.

  • Soulmates – Vertical Entertainment (Cinemas, VOD) – USA – Comedy directed by Timothy Armstrong, written by and starring Stephanie Lynn and Alexandra Chase. Two Vermont girls, Samantha and Jessamine, are each other’s everything. Their small-town way of life is suddenly jeopardized by two out-of-staters: Jess’s new fiancé and a corporation threatening Vermont’s age-old maple syrup industry.

Film descriptions are adapted from press releases. 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.