Opening June 24 – 30, 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 24 – 30 that are of particular interest. Titles highlighted in red have links to full reviews:  

Tuesday, June 25

  • Diane Von Furstenberg: Woman in Charge – Hulu – USA – Documentary co-directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Trish Dalton. Focuses on the life and work of Von Furstenberg, who created a name for herself in a field that was predominantly male and amassed a multi-million dollar fashion empire.
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  • I Am: Celine Dion – Amazon MGM (Prime) – Documentary directed by Irene Taylor. This is a journey inside Celine Dion’s life as she reveals her battle with Stiff Person Syndrome.

Friday, June 28

  • Daddio – Sony Pictures Classics (Cinemas) – USA – Drama written and directed by Christy Hall. A woman taking a cab ride from JFK engages in a conversation with the taxi driver about the important relationships in their lives.
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  • The Devil’s Bath – Shudder – Austria / Germany – Horror film co-written and directed by Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz. Austria in the 18th century. Forests surround villages. Killing a baby gets a woman sentenced to death. Agnes readies for married life with her beloved. But her mind and heart grow heavy. A gloomy path alone, evil thoughts arising.
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  • Family Portrait – Factory 25 (Cinemas) – USA – Drama co-written and directed by Lucy Kerr. A sprawling family’s futile attempts at capturing a family photo take a dreamlike turn when the matriarch vanishes and one daughter becomes desperate to find her.
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  • Last Summer – Janus Films (Cinemas) – France / Norway – Drama co-written and directed by Catherine Breillat. Follows Anne, a brilliant lawyer who lives with her husband Pierre and their daughters. Anne gradually engages in a passionate relationship with Theo, Pierre’s son from a previous marriage, putting her career and family life in danger.
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  • Music – Cinema Guild (Cinemas) – Germany / France / Greece / Serbia – Drama written and directed by Angela Schanelec. Abandoned as a baby, Jon finds himself in prison on a manslaughter charge. He falls in love with prison guard Iro, unaware of their fateful connection.

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.