Opening May 2 to 8, 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 May 2 to 8, 2022, that are of particular interest. Film titles highlighted in red have links to full reviews.  

Tuesday, May 3 

  • All My Puny Sorrows – Momentum Pictures (VOD) – Canada – Drama based on an adaptation of the novel by Miriam Toews, starring Alison Pill and Sarah Gadon. The story of two sisters: one a concert pianist obsessed with ending her life, the other, a writer, who wrestles with her sister’s decision.
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  • Box of Rain – Mutiny Pictures (VOD) – USA – Documentary written and directed by Lonnie Frazier about a road trip to see the Grateful Dead.
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  • Inbetween Girl – Utopia (VOD) – USA – Drama written and directed by Mei Makino. Teen artist Angie Chen turns to secret hook-ups with the heartthrob of her private school after her parents’ sudden divorce.
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  • Workhorse Queen – Breaking Glass Pictures (VOD) – USA – Documentary written and directed by Angela Washko. By day, Ed Popil worked as the manager of a telemarketing center in post-industrial Rochester, New York for 18 years. By night, he transformed into drag queen Mrs. Kasha Davis.

Friday, May 6 

  • Along for the Ride – Netflix – USA – Romance written and directed by Sofia Alvarez. The summer before college Auden meets the mysterious Eli, a fellow insomniac. While the seaside town of Colby sleeps, the two embark on a nightly quest to help Auden experience the fun, carefree teen life she never knew she wanted.
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  • Glimpse – (Cinemas, VOD) – USA – Thriller written and directed by Theresa Rebeck. Three people are up for the same job. And someone is watching the whole thing. More than one person, in fact. A sorrowful and comedic examination of our fall into surveillance culture.
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  • Happening – IFC Films (Cinemas) – France – Drama directed by Audrey Diwan. An adaptation of Annie Ernaux’s eponymous novel, looking back on her experience with abortion when it was still illegal in France in the 1960s.
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  • Lux Æterna – Yellow Veil Pictures (NY Premiere) – France – Drama written and directed by Gaspar Noé. Two actresses, Béatrice Dalle and Charlotte Gainsbourg, are on a film set telling stories about witches – but that’s not all. ‘Lux Æterna’ is also an essay on cinema, the love of film, and on-set hysterics.
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  • Remembering Heaven – Purdie Distribution (Cinemas) – USA – Documentary written by and starring Sarah Hinze, an author, speaker and filmmaker who compiled dozens of uplifting and remarkable accounts of parents and families who have had the opportunity to meet the souls of their sons and daughters before they were born.

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.