Opening November 21- 28, 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 November 21 to 28, 2022 that are of particular interest. Film titles highlighted in red have links to full reviews.

Wednesday, November 23

  • All the Beauty and the Bloodshed – Neon (Cinemas; NY Premiere) – USA – Documentary directed by Laura Poitras. Following the life of artist Nan Goldin and the downfall of the Sackler family, the pharmaceutical dynasty who was greatly responsible for the opioid epidemic’s unfathomable death toll.
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  • Lady Chatterley’s Lover – Netflix (Cinemas; Netflix release December 2) – UK / USA – Drama directed by Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre. Adapted from the novel by D.H. Lawrence, an unhappily married aristocrat begins a torrid affair with the gamekeeper on her husband’s country estate.
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  • Nanny – Amazon Prime (Cinemas; Amazon Prime release December 16) – USA – Drama written and directed by Nikyatu Jusu. Immigrant nanny Aisha, piecing together a new life in New York City while caring for the child of an Upper East Side family, is forced to confront a concealed truth that threatens to shatter her precarious American Dream.
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  • The Swimmers – Netflix – UK / USA – Drama co-written and directed by Sally El Hosaini. A story of the miraculous journey made by swimming sisters Yusra and Sarah Mardini who fled as refugees from war-torn Syria all the way to the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Friday, November 25

  • Ghislaine Maxwell: Filthy Rich – Netflix – USA – Documentary directed by Maiken Baird and Lisa Bryant. From filmmakers of Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich, this film goes beyond the headlines of the Ghislaine Maxwell case to tell the story of Epstein’s mystery accomplice, illuminating how her class and privilege concealed her predatory nature.
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  • Leonor Will Never Die – Music Box Films (Cinemas) – Philippines – Drama written and directed by Martika Ramirez Escobar. Fiction and reality blur when Leonor, a retired filmmaker, falls into a coma after a television lands on her head, compelling her to become the action hero of her unfinished screenplay.

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.