Opening June 3 – 9, 2024 – 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 June 3 – 9 that are of particular interest. Titles highlighted in red have links to full reviews:  

Thursday, June 6

  • Am I OK? – HBO (Max) – USA – Dramedy co-directed by Stephanie Allynne and Tig Notaro. Lucy and Jane have been best friends their entire lives. Only when Lucy embarks on a personal journey, will she face a test of her friendship, and her sense of self, on a path she may not be entirely ready to take.

Friday, June 7

  • Banel & Adama – Kino Lorber (Cinemas) – France / Senegal / Mali / Qatar – Drama written and directed by Ramata-Toulaye Sy. A young couple in Senegal must contend with the disapproval of their remote village.
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  • Edge of Everything – Lightyear Entertainment – USA – Drama co-written and directed by Pablo Feldman and Sophia Sabella. A teenager on the cusp of turning 15, straddles the line between childhood and adulthood when she is forced to move in with her father and his younger girlfriend after her mother’s death.
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  • I Used to Be Funny – Utopia (Cinemas) – Canada – Dramedy written and directed by Ally Pankiw. Sam, a stand-up comedian struggling with PTSD, weighs whether or not to join the search for a missing teenage girl she used to nanny.
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  • Late Bloomers – Vertical Entertainment (Cinemas) – USA – Comedy directed by Lisa Steen. An aimless 28 year-old Brooklynite lands in the hospital after drunkenly breaking her hip. An encounter with a cranky elderly Polish woman who speaks no English leads to a job caring for her. Neither likes it, but it’s time to grow up.
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  • Someday We’ll Tell Each Other Everything – Strand Releasing (Cinemas) – Germany – Drama co-written and directed by Emily Atef. Set in a warm summer in 1990 in former East Germany, it follows a young woman who begins a relationship with a charismatic farmer who is twice her age.
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  • This Closeness – Factory 25 – USA – Drama written and directed by Kit Zauhar. Tensions rise when a couple stays at the home of a reclusive host, with the three entering an intimate battle to gain and reclaim territory.
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  • Trim Season – Blue Harbor Entertainment (Cinemas, VOD) – USA – Horror film co-written and directed by Ariel Vida. A group of young people go to a remote marijuana farm where they hope to make quick cash. But, they discover the location’s dark secrets and now must try to escape the mountain on which they are trapped.
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  • The Watchers – Warner Bros. (Cinemas) – USA – Horror film adapted for the screen and directed by Ishana Shyamalan. A young artist gets stranded in an extensive, immaculate forest in western Ireland, where, after finding shelter, she becomes trapped alongside three strangers, stalked by mysterious creatures each night.

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.