Opening Mar 28 to Apr 4, 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 AWFJ.org 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 28 to April 3 that are of particular interest:  

Wednesday, March 30 

  • Zero Fucks Given – Mubi – France / Belgium – Dramedy co-directed and written by Julie Lecoustre and Emmanuel Marre, starring Adèle Exarchopoulos. A searing character study set around Cassandre Wassels (Exarchopoulos), a young flight attendant who loses her job at a low-cost airline.

Thursday, March 31 

  • Night’s End – Shudder – USA – Horror directed by Jennifer Reeder, starring Michael Shannon, Kate Arrington and Daniel Kyri. An anxious shut-in moves into a haunted apartment, hiring a stranger to perform an exorcism which quickly takes a horrific turn.

Friday, April 1 

  • Dakota – Samuel Goldwyn Films (Cinemas, VOD) – USA – Family film starring Abbie Cornish as Kate, a widow who lost her husband in the war in Afghanistan and is struggling to maintain her small-town farm with her daughter while also running the local volunteer fire department.
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  • Gagarine – Cohen Media Group (Cinemas) – France – Drama co-written and directed by Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh. Yuri fights to save his home town – which he shares with his namesake, Yuri Gagarin – from demolition.
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  • The Rose Maker – Music Box Films (Cinemas) – France – Comedy written by Fadette Drouard with director Pierre Pinaud, Blandine Jet and Sara Wikler, starring Catherine Frot. Eve Vernet was the largest rose grower. It is now on the verge of bankruptcy, on the verge of being bought out by a powerful competitor. In addition, Véra, her faithful secretary, hired three employees without any gardening skills.
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  • See You Then – Breaking Glass Pictures (Cinemas; VOD Release April 19) – USA – Drama directed by Mari Walker, co-written by Walker and Kristen Uno. A decade after abruptly breaking up with Naomi, Kris invites her to dinner to catch up on their complicated lives, relationships, and Kris’ transition.
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  • You Won’t Be Alone – Focus Features (Cinemas) – Australia / UK / Serbia – Horror starring Noomi Rapace and Alice Englert. In an isolated mountain village in 19th century Macedonia, a young girl is kidnapped and then transformed into a witch by an ancient spirit.

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.