OPENING July 4 to 10, 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. Titles highlighted in red have links to full reviews. Below is a concise list of new releases set for the week of July 4 to 10 that are of particular interest:  

Wednesday, July 6 

  • Fire of Love – Neon – Canada / USA – Documentary directed by Sara Dosa. Intrepid scientists and lovers Katia and Maurice Krafft died in a volcanic explosion doing the very thing that brought them together: unraveling the mysteries of volcanoes by capturing the most explosive imagery ever recorded.
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  • Girl in the Picture – Netflix – USA – Documentary directed by Skye Borgman. A young mother’s mysterious death and her son’s subsequent kidnapping blow open a decades-long mystery about the woman’s true identity, and the murderous federal fugitive at the center of it all.

  Friday, July 8

  • Both Sides of the Blade – IFC Films (Cinemas) – France – Drama directed by Claire Denis, co-written by Denis with Christine Angot, starring Juliette Binoche and Vincent Lindon. A love triangle story about a woman caught between two men, her long-time partner and his best friend, her former lover.
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  • Dreaming Walls: Inside the Chelsea Hotel – Magnolia Pictures (Cinemas) – USA / Europe – Documentary written and directed by Maya Duverdier and Amélie van Elmbt. The end of a long upmarket renovation of the legendary Chelsea Hotel is partly longed for and partly dreaded by the artists who still live there. The film grants us access to their apartments and interweaves the past with the present.
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  • Fair Play – Gravitas Ventures – USA – Documentary written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, adapted from the book by Eve Rodsky. Followed by three families on their journey to better balance their home lifestyle. They are fighting problems that affect millions of couples and families across the country and even the globe.
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  • Moon, 66 Questions – Film Movement (Cinemas) – Greece / France – Drama written and directed by Jacqueline Lentzou. After years of distance, Artemis has to get back to Athens due to her father’s frail state of health. Discovering her father’s well-kept secret allows Artemis to understand her father, in a way she was not able before, therefore love him truly for the first time.
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  • Murina – Kino Lorber (Cinemas) – Croatia / Brazil / USA / Slovenia – Drama co-written and directed by Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic. A teenage girl decides to replace her controlling father with his wealthy foreign friend during a weekend trip to the Adriatic Sea.
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  • The Sea Beast – Netflix – USA – Animated film. When a young girl stows away on the ship of a legendary sea monster hunter, they launch an epic journey into uncharted waters – and make history to boot.

Film descriptions are adapted from press releases. Stay tuned in for next week’s releases! Titles highlighted in red have links to full reviews. 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.