Opening December 12 – 19, 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 December 12 to 19 that are of particular interest:  

Tuesday, December 13

  • Pelosi in the House – HBO Max – USA – Documentary directed by Alexandra Pelosi following Nancy Pelosi behind the scenes, through the milestones of her career leading up to the inauguration of President Joseph Biden.

Friday, December 16

  • The Apology – RLJE / Shudder (Cinemas, VOD) – USA – Thriller written and directed by Alison Locke. Twenty years after the disappearance of her daughter, a recovering alcoholic is preparing to host her family’s Christmas celebration when her estranged ex-bother-in-law arrives unannounced, bearing nostalgic gifts and a heavy secret.
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  • Children of the Mist – CAT&Docs / Film Movement (Cinemas) – Vietnam – Documentary directed by Hà Lệ Diễm. DI is a 13-year-old girl living in a village lost in the mist of North Vietnamese mountains. She is fortunate in that she is part of the first generation of kids who have the opportunity to have access to education, but she must convince her parents that studying is not a waste of time and money.
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  • Nanny – Amazon Prime – 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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  • Nelly & Nadine – Wolfe Releasing (Cinemas) – Sweden / Belgium / Norway – Documentary. Nelly and Nadine is the unlikely love story between two women falling in love on Christmas Eve, 1944, in the Ravensbrück concentration camp. For many years their relationship was kept a secret.
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  • The Super 8 Years – Kino Lorber (Cinemas; VOD Release December 20) – France – Documentary co-directed and written by author Annie Ernaux. Home videos shot by Ernaux and her family from 1972 to 1981 and feeds into the themes of her work over the past 60 years.

Film descriptions are adapted from press releases. 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.