Opening Aug 8 – 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 August 8 to 15. 2022 that are of particular interest. Film titles highlighted in red have links to full reviews.  

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  • A Man’s Place – Belgium – Documentary written and directed by Coline Grando focusing on men between 20 and 40 who have been confronted with an unforeseen pregnancy and in most cases, abortion. The men reveal their feelings and thoughts about the event and through these life stories, the film explores a man’s place in relationships.

Tuesday, August 9

  • Pil’s Adventures – Viva Pictures (Cinemas) – France – Animated adventure film. A spunky young girl disguises herself as a princess in order to save the kingdom and the heir to the throne.

Friday, August 12

  • 13: The Musical – Netflix – USA – Family musical directed by Tamra Davis. After his parents’ divorce, Evan Goldman moves from NYC to small-town Indiana. As his 13th birthday nears, he must master the complex social circles of his new school and win friends by turning his Bar Mitzvah into the coolest party ever.
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  • Back to the Drive-In – (Cinemas) – USA – Documentary written and directed by April Wright. When the pandemic hit, everyone went back to the drive-in, but behind the scenes it’s been a struggle for the resilient owners determined to keep their unique drive-ins alive.
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  • Emily the Criminal – Roadside Attractions / Vertical Entertainment (Cinemas) – USA – Thriller starring Aubrey Plaza. Down on her luck and saddled with debt, Emily gets involved in a credit card scam that pulls her into the criminal underworld of Los Angeles, ultimately leading to deadly consequences.
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  • Fall – Lionsgate (Cinemas) – USA – Thriller starring Grace Fulton and Virginia Gardner. Best friends Becky and Hunter find themselves at the top of a 2,000-foot radio tower. Now their expert climbing skills will be put to the ultimate test as they desperately fight to survive the elements, a lack of supplies, and vertigo-inducing heights.
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  • Free Puppies! – First Run Features (Cinemas) – USA – Documentary directed by Christina Thomas and Samantha Wishman. By following dog rescuers throughout rural counties in the Georgia-Alabama-Tennessee tri state area, we see the challenges that lead to dog overpopulation in the first place and the work being done in these communities to overcome them.
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  • Girl Picture – Strand Releasing (Cinemas) – Finland – Coming-of-age film directed by Alli Haapasalo. Mimmi, Emma and Rönkkö are girls on the cusp of womanhood. In three consecutive Fridays, two of them experience the earth moving effects of falling in love, while the third goes on a quest to find something she’s never experienced before: pleasure.
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  • Mack & Rita – Gravitas (Cinemas) – USA – Dramedy directed by Katie Aselton, starring Wendy Malick and Diane Keaton. A woman in her 30s is struck by lightning and wakes up as a 65-year-old, which isn’t like what she imagined.
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  • Summering – Bleecker Street Media (Cinemas) – USA – Drama directed by James Ponsoldt. During their last days of summer and childhood — the weekend before middle school begins — four girls struggle with the harsh truths of growing up and embark on a mysterious adventure.
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  • Lost Time (El Tiempo Perdido) – (Cinemas; NY Premiere) – Argentina – Documentary written, directed and edited by María Alvarez. A group of people have been gathering for the last eighteen years at a bar in Buenos Aires to read the same book over and over: “In Search of Lost Time” by Marcel Proust.

Saturday, August 13

  • The Princess – HBO Max – UK / Germany – Documentary written and directed by Ed Perkins. Princess Diana’s story is told exclusively through a contemporaneous archive creating a bold and immersive narrative of her life and death. It also illuminates the public’s attitude to the monarchy then and now.

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.