Opening Aug 29 – Sept 4, 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 29 to September 4 that are of particular interest/ Titles in red have links to full reviews.  

Friday, September 2

  • The Book of Delights – Film Movement (Cinemas) – Brazil / Argentina – Drama directed by Marcela Lordy, co-written by Lordy and Josefina Trotta. Lóri is a lonely and melancholy woman who divides her time between her tasks as an elementary school teacher and her romantic relationships, which are always quick and superficial. By chance, she meets the Argentine Ulysses, a renowned professor of philosophy, self-centered and provocative. A modern adaptation of a Clarice Lispector novel.
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  • Burial – IFC Midnight (Cinemas) – UK – Thriller starring Harriet Walter. A small group of Russian soldiers have the task of taking Hitler’s discovered remains back to Stalin in Moscow, led by an intrepid female intelligence officer.
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  • Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul. – Focus Features (Cinemas, Peacock) – USA – Comedy written and directed by Adamma Ebo. In the aftermath of a huge scandal, Trinitie Childs, the first lady of a prominent Southern Baptist Mega Church, attempts to help her pastor-husband, Lee-Curtis Childs, rebuild their congregation. Starring Regina Hall and Sterling K. Brown.
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  • Ivy + Bean – Netflix – USA – Family film directed by Elissa Down. Two unlikely friends, the loud and fearless Bean, and the thoughtful and quiet Ivy. The two discover that an adventure can reveal that even seemingly different people can become the best of friends.
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  • Loving Highsmith – Zeitgeist Films (Cinemas) – Switzerland / Germany – Documentary written and directed by Eva Vitija. Based on Patricia Highsmith’s personal writings and accounts of her family and lovers, the film casts new light on the famous thriller writer’s life and oeuvre, permeated by themes of love and its defining influence on identity.
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  • Our American Family – Giant Pictures (Cinemas; VOD release September 6) – USA – Documentary co-directed by Hallee Adelman and Sean King O’Grady. An honest, unfiltered look at a close-knit Philadelphia family dealing with generational substance abuse.
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Film descriptions are adapted from press releases. Titles 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.