Women’s View at Palm Springs International Film Festival 2019 – Marietta Steinhart reports (Guest Post)

Programmed by a team of six remarkable women, plus two men, the 2019 Palm Springs International Film Festival showed 228 films of which 55 were either directed or co-directed by women (about 24 percent), leaving room for more female directors in the future. Nevertheless the festival has no lack in films with or about women.

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COLD WAR – Review by Marietta Steinhart

Four years after winning an Oscar for best-foreign-language film for Ida, author and director Pawel Pawlikowski has returned with three-time Oscar-nominated Cold War, a meticulously composed story of love shattered by the Iron Curtain, and temperaments. It will break your heart, but never mind: despair has never looked so gorgeous.

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SHOPLIFTERS – Review by Marietta Steinhart (Guest Post)

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Shoplifters is a tender, strangely powerful and sad exploration of what makes a real family and implies that we often find true compassion among the strangers we encounter in the world. The film won the Palme d’Or at Cannes, claimed the FIPRESCI Prize for Best Foreign Language Film at Palm Springs International Film Festival and is nominated for a best foreign-language film Oscar.

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Indian Filmmaker Nandita Das and MANTO – Mythily Ramachandran reports (Guest Post)

Filmmaker Nandita Das, the first Indian to be inducted into the International Women’s Forum’s Hall of Fame, is a multi-hyphenated talent who debuted as an actress in 1995, and became a director in 2008. Manto, her sophomore feature, screened earlier this year at Cannes, where Das has twice served as juror. Manto next plays at BFI’s London Film Festival.

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NYFF18: Just 4 Out of 30 Main Slate Films are Female-Directed – Melissa Hanson reports (Guest Post)

In 2017, New York Film Festival (NYFF) announced that its main slate lineup featured the most female-directed films in 10 years. This year it’s back below average with just four female-directed films in the lineup of 30. NYFF has made no mention of an equality pledge, nor commented on the inclusion rider circulating in Hollywood, and it shows.

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NYWIFT’s AfriAmerican Immigrant Screening: Local Stories, Global Themes – Madeline Johnson reports (Exclusive Guest Post)

In Astoria’s historic Kaufman Studios, filmmakers from the African diaspora shared local stories that reverberated deep into universal themes and

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