Opening April 5 – 11, 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 5 – 11 that are of particular interest. Film titles highlighted in red have links to full reviews.  

Tuesday, April 5 

  • Lioness: The Nicola Adams Story – Gravitas Ventures (VOD) – UK – Documentary written and directed by Helena Coan about Nicola Adams OBE, the double Olympic and WBO female boxing champion, and the first woman to ever represent England in boxing.
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  • Meat the Future – Giant Pictures (Cinemas, VOD) – Canada – Documentary written and directed by Liz Marshall. A profile of Silicon Valley based Upside Foods (formally Memphis Meats), which grows meat from meat cells. Narrated by Jane Goodall.

Thursday, April 7 

  • La Mami – Habanero Film Sales (Cinemas) – Mexico / Spain – Documentary shot and directed by Laura Herrero Garvín. At the Barba Azul cabaret in Mexico City, the women dance and drink with the men who can afford it. In the upstairs toilets, “Mami” looks after their bags and even tries to support them.
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  • Return to Space – Netflix – USA – Documentary co-directed by Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi. Offering rare inside access to NASA and SpaceX, this is the thrilling story of the nearly 20 year journey to send American astronauts back to space aboard U.S. rockets.

Friday, April 8 

  • Aline – Samuel Goldwyn Films (Cinemas) – France / Canada – Drama written, directed by and starring Valérie Lemercier. The youngest of a hardworking French-Canadian couple’s 14 children is propelled to global music superstardom in this fictional musical dramedy freely inspired by the life of Céline Dion.
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  • As They Made Us – Quiver Distribution (Cinemas, VOD) – USA – Drama written and directed by Mayim Bialik, starring Dustin Hoffman and Candice Bergen. A divorced mom tries to make peace with her dysfunctional family as she finds a second chance at love.
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  • Coast – Cinedigm Entertainment Group (Cinemas, VOD) – USA – Drama written by Cindy Kitagawa, co-directed by Jessica Hester and Derek Schweickart. 16-year-old Abby’s life changes when a traveling rock band gets stuck in her small town. Starring Ciara Bravo, Melissa Leo and Cristela Alonzo.
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  • Cow – IFC Films (Cinemas, VOD) – UK – Documentary directed by Andrea Arnold, shot by Magda Kowalczyk. A close-up portrait of the daily lives of two cows.

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.