MOVIE OF THE WEEK January 6, 2023: AFTERSUN

A woman’s sun-drenched recollections of a childhood holiday with her troubled father become poignant and melancholy as she revisits them two decades later in Scottish writer/director Charlotte Wells’ impressive feature debut Aftersun. Boasting excellent, authentic performances from stars Paul Mescal and young newcomer Frankie Corio, the film builds viewers’ empathy as it explores the nature of memory and the main characters’ loving but bumpy father-daughter relationship.

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AFTERSUN – Review by Martha K Baker

Aftersun is definitely a film to be seen in the cradle of a theater — without distractions and with Marshall McLuhan’s understanding of movie-going. The intimacy engendered by a theater supports the intimacy of Charlotte Wells’ work, of her theme, of her camera. Aftersun modeling the French approach to domestic dailyness, requires allowance for full appreciation.

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AFTERSUN – Review by Valerie Kalfrin

When do you see your parents as relatable people? When you’re a parent yourself, or just mature enough to take in their troubles and insecurities? Aftersun, the powerful feature debut from writer-director Charlotte Wells, stirs these thoughts in a way that’s tender, honest, and subtly devastating. It’s a heartfelt, affecting portrait of a father-daughter relationship that lingers in the mind afterward.

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NYFF 2022’s Unfamiliar Faces: Where are they now? – Margaret Barton-Fumo reports

A lot of big titles screened at the NYFF this year, many of which were directed by esteemed women filmmakers, including festival darlings Claire Denis, Kelly Reichardt and Joanna Hogg. Also of note were new films by Sarah Polley and Maria Schneider. Several women directors snuck in under the radar with films that largely challenged the status quo. Most of them were first-time directors or unfamiliar faces, infusing fresh blood into a somewhat tired festival circuit. We should be on the lookout for such women who enrich our filmgoing experience, introducing us to new methods of filmmaking. But where do these films go after the festival screening? The answer is not always clear-cut.

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NY Film Fest 2022: 37.5% of Main Slate Films are Femme-Helmed – Jennifer Merin reports

The 32 films that comprise the Main Slate of the 60th New York Film Festival (NYFF), taking place September 30–October 16, 2022, at Lincoln Center and in venues across the city include 11 films directed by women and one that was co-directed by a woman — equaling 37.5 percent. In comparison, New York Film Festival’s 2021 Main Slate roster of 32 titles included eight films directed by women, two films co-directed by women — or 31.25 percent. This year’s femme helmed films represent a diverse selection of styles, genres and themes directed by filmmakers who are returning to NYFF and those whose work is being shown at NYFF for the first time.

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