Opening July 8 – 14, 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 July 8 – 14 that are of particular interest. Titles highlighted in red have links to full reviews:  

Wednesday, July 10

  • Quad Gods – HBO (Max) – USA – Documentary directed by Jess Jacklin that follows the lives of a group of New Yorkers with quadriplegia who meet in a neuro-rehabilitation lab at Mount Sinai Hospital and create the world’s first all-quadriplegic Esports team.

Friday, July 12

  • Dandelion – IFC Films (Cinemas) – USA – Drama written and directed by Nicole Riegel. It follows a singer-songwriter in a downward spiral as she takes a last effort gig at a motorcycle rally in South Dakota where she meets Casey, a guitarist who walked away from his dream long ago.
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  • Faye – HBO (Max) – USA – Documentary. Faye Dunaway reflects on her life and candidly discusses the triumphs and challenges of her illustrious career.
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  • Sisi & I – Film Movement – Germany / Switzerland / Austria – Historical drama co-written and directed by Frauke Finsterwalder. Countess Irma finds Empress Sisi in Greece, away from the etiquette of the Austro-Hungarian court. They live in freedom, but no matter how much they resist, in the end they are left with only one fatal path that will bind them forever.
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  • Sorry/Not Sorry – Greenwich Entertainment (Cinemas) – USA – Documentary co-directed by Cara Mones and Caroline Suh. An examination of Louis C.K., who was accused of sexual harassment in 2017. They explore his comeback and the unseen effects of this on the women who spoke publicly about his behavior.
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  • Twice Colonized – Film Movement – Denmark / Greenland / Canada – Documentary co-written and directed by Lin Alluna. Renowned Inuit lawyer Aaju Peter who has led a lifelong fight for the rights of her people. When her youngest son unexpectedly passes away, Aaju embarks on a personal journey to bring her colonizers in both Canada and Denmark to justice.

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.