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 October 10 to 16 that are of particular interest:
Friday, October 14
- Cat Daddies – (Cinemas) – USA – Documentary directed by Mye Hoang. A heartwarming collective portrait of eight unique men whose lives have been changed by their love for cats. Some of these men will navigate the unprecedented challenges of 2020 with the help of these feline friends.
- Emily – Bleecker Street Films (Cinemas) – UK / USA – Biographical drama written and directed by Frances O’Connor imagining the transformative, exhilarating, and uplifting journey to womanhood of a rebel and a misfit, one of the world’s most famous, enigmatic, and provocative writers who died too soon at the age of 30.
- Game of Love (Time Is Up 2) – Vertical Entertainment (VOD) – Italy – Sequel co-written and directed by Elisa Amoruso following Vivien (Bella Thorne) and Roy (Benjamin Mascolo) as their love story continues and leads them to Roy’s childhood home in Sicily to prepare for the sale of the family estate.
- Halloween Ends – Universal Pictures / Peacock (Cinemas, Peacock) – USA / UK – Horror sequel starring Jamie Lee Curtis. The saga of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode comes to a spine-chilling climax in this final installment of the franchise.
- The Other Tom – Outsider Pictures (Cinemas) – Mexico – Drama co-written and directed by Rodrigo Plá and Laura Santullo. A mother may lose custody of her son because she refuses to medicate his ADHD.
- Piggy – Magnet (Cinemas) – Spain – Drama with horror tropes written and directed by Carlota Pereda. An overweight teenage girl (Laura Galán) is bullied mercilessly by her classmates until they desperately need her help to survive.
- Rosaline – Hulu – USA – Romantic comedy directed by Karen Maine, based on the source novel by Rebecca Serle. A comedic retelling of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” told from the point of view of Romeo’s jilted ex, Rosaline, the woman Romeo first claims to love before he falls for Juliet.
- Sell/Buy/Date – Cinedigm / Fandor (Cinemas; VOD Release November 8) – USA – Documentary written, directed by and starring Sarah Jones. One female comedian with many voices on a journey to better understand sex work, and her own personal relationship to it.
- Stars at Noon – A24 / Hulu (Cinemas; Hulu Release October 28) – France / Panama / USA – Drama directed by Claire Denis, starring Margaret Qualley and Joe Alwyn. In 1984’s Nicaragua, a mysterious English businessman and a headstrong American journalist strike up a romance as they soon become embroiled in a dangerous labyrinth of lies and conspiracies and are forced to try and escape the country.
- Till – United Artists / Orion (Cinemas; Wide Release October 28) – USA – Biographical drama co-written and directed by Chinonye Chukwu, starring Haley Bennett and Whoopi Goldberg. The story of Emmett Louis Till and the legacy of his mother who pursued justice for her lynched son.
Film descriptions are adapted from press releases. Stay tuned in for next week’s releases! Contact us if we’ve overlooked anything.