Opening October 9 – 15, 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 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 9 – 15 that are of particular interest:  

Tuesday, October 10

  • No Accident – HBO (Max) – USA – Documentary directed by Kristi Jacobson. In August 2017, white supremacists rallied in Charlottesville, Virginia, viciously attacking counter-protestors. Two lawyers, convinced that the Trump DOJ would do nothing, decided to sue a group of violent rightwing protestors.

Wednesday, October 11

  • Reality Winner – Codebreaker Films (Cinemas, NY) – USA – Documentary directed by Sonia Kennebeck. A state of secrets and a ruthless hunt for whistleblowers – this is the story of 25-year-old NSA contractor Reality Winner.

Friday, October 13

  • Anatomy of a Fall – Neon (Cinemas) – France – Drama co-written and directed by Justine Triet. A woman is suspected of her husband’s murder, and their blind son faces a moral dilemma as the sole witness.
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  • The Mission – National Geographic Documentary Films (Cinemas) – USA – Documentary co-written and directed by Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss. 26-year-old American missionary John Chau was killed as he attempted to make contact with an Indigenous group off the coast of India, one of the last communities on the planet still living in isolation.
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  • Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour – Variance Films (Cinemas) – USA – Experience the breathtaking Eras Tour concert, performed by the one and only Taylor Swift.

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.