Opening March 6 to 12, 2023 – 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 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 March 6 to 12 that are of particular interest:  

Tuesday, March 7

  • Unseen – Paramount Home Entertainment (VOD) – USA – Horror film directed by Yoko Okumura. Sam receives a call from Emily, a nearly blind woman who is running from her murderous ex in the woods. She must survive the ordeal with Sam acting as her eyes on a video call.

Wednesday, March 8

  • Faraway – Netflix – Germany – Romantic comedy directed by Vanessa Jopp, written by Jane Ainscough. Zeynep is unhappy. That’s why she flees to a Croatian island, where her deceased mother bought a house long ago. She hopes to find peace and relaxation finally – but she hasn’t reckoned with Josip, who still lives on the property.

Friday, March 10

  • Confession – Vertical Entertainment (Cinemas) – USA – Drama directed by Dayna Hanson. An up-and-coming district attorney takes on the case of a young woman who has accused three men of sexual assault. She puts her career on the line in order to uncover a deeper web of mystery, murder and deception.

  • Fugue – Dekanalog (LA Premiere) – Poland / Czech Republic / Sweden – Drama directed by Agnieszka Smoczynska. Alicja suffers from memory loss and has rebuilt her own free spirited way of life. Two years later, she returns to her former family to assume against her will her role as wife, mother and daughter.

  • Stonewalling – KimStim (NY Premiere) – China – Drama co-directed by Huang Ji and Ryuji Otsuka. When Lynn discovers that she is pregnant, finishing her studies as a flight attendant are in doubt, not wanting to have an abortion and hide her pregnancy from her absent boyfriend, Lynn hopes to give the child away at birth.

Saturday, March 11

  • Bottoms – Orion Pictures (Cinemas) – USA – Comedy directed by Emma Seligman, co-written by Seligman and Rachel Sennott. Two unpopular queer high school students start a fight club to have sex before graduation.

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.