Opening January 22 – 29, 2022 – 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 January 24 to 30 that are of particular interest:  

Now Playing: 

  • Simple Passion – Strand Releasing (Cinemas) – France / Belgium – Drama written and directed by Danielle Arbid, adapted from the novel by Annie Ernaux. A mother falls into an addictive relationship with a Russian diplomat, with whom she has nothing in common. Starring Laetitia Dosch and Sergei Polunin.

Thursday, January 27 

  • The Fallout – Warner Brothers / HBO Max (HBO Max) – USA – Drama written and directed by Megan Park. High schooler Vada navigates the emotional fallout she experiences in the wake of a school tragedy. Relationships with her family, friends and view of the world are forever altered. Starring Jenna Ortega and Maddie Ziegler.

Friday, January 28 

  • The Conductor – Cargo Film and Releasing (Cinemas) – USA – Documentary directed by Bernadette Wegenstein. Leonard Bernstein’s protégé Marin Alsop reveals how she smashed the glass ceiling to become an internationally renowned conductor.

Saturday, January 29 

  • Harper – Indican Pictures (Cinemas, VOD) – USA – Drama directed by Kate Bohan, co-written by Bohan and Jiamin Qiu. An 11-year-old girl’s life is shattered when her father dies suddenly. Sent to live on a dilapidated farm with an Aunt she’s never met, Harper must adjust to her new reality. However, just as she settles in, Isabella, her wealthy mother, appears to claim the child she abandoned at birth.

Film descriptions are adapted from press releases. Titles highlighted in red have links to full reviews. 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.