Opening May 9 to 15, 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 9 to 15 that are of particular interest. Film titles highlighted in red have links to full reviews

Tuesday, May 10 

  • Faye – Trinity Creative Partnership (VOD) – USA – Horror directed by Kd Amond, co-written by Amond with Sarah Zanotti. Faye is a successful personal growth author mourning the loss of her husband. She retreats to a cabin on the bayou to finish her next book only to find that more than just her past will haunt her.

Wednesday, May 11 

  • Our Father – Netflix – USA – Documentary directed by Lucie Jourdan. After a woman’s at-home DNA test reveals multiple half-siblings, she discovers a shocking scheme involving donor sperm and a popular fertility doctor.

Friday, May 13 

  • Banksy Most Wanted – Level 33 Entertainment (VOD) – France – Documentary about the artist Banksy co-written and directed by Seamus Haley, Laurent Richard and Aurélia Rouvier.
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  • Monstrous – Screen Media Ventures (Cinemas, VOD) – USA – Horror written by Carol Chrest, starring Christina Ricci as a traumatized woman fleeing from her abusive ex-husband with her 7-year-old son. In their new, remote sanctuary they find they have a bigger, more terrifying monster to deal with.
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  • Pleasure – Neon (Cinemas) – Sweden / Netherlands / France – Drama written and directed by Ninja Thyberg. Bella Cherry arrives in Los Angeles with dreams of becoming an adult film star, but she soon learns that fame won’t come easy as she harnesses her ambition and cunning to rise to the top of this mesmerizing and singular world.
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  • Senior Year – Netflix – USA – Comedy starring Rebel Wilson. A cheerleading stunt gone wrong landed her in a 20-year coma. Now she’s 37, newly awake and ready to live out her high school dream: becoming prom queen.
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  • Sneakerella – Disney+ – USA – Family film directed by Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum. A modern twist on Cinderella set in New York City’s Sneaker culture.
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  • To Which We Belong – Passion River Films – USA – Documentary by Pamela Tanner Boll and Lindsay Richardson that highlights farmers and ranchers leaving behind conventional practices that are no longer profitable or sustainable, and reversing climate change by regenerating fertile soil.

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.