NEW YORK FILM FEST ’19: Great (but too few) Female Filmmakers – Jennifer Merin reports

Programming for this year’s 57th New York Film Festival, held from September 15 to October 23, suggests that this highly regarded cinema showcase has little regard for the 5050×2020 gender parity initiative. Of the 66 feature films presented in this year’s 26-day schedule, just 11 were directed by women. That’s a mere 16.666666666667%, and a very long short fall from the 50/50 by 2020 goal. That said, the female-directed films that were showcased in this year’s NYFF program are absolutely brilliant. Here’s a run down.

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Kelly Reichart’s mid-career retrospective — Dorothy Woodend reports

The five-film program at Vancouver’s Cinematheque captures Reichert’s characteristic balance of sorrow and joy in a world of hard times and bad choices. The program, spanning almost the length of Reichardt’s career thus far, presents Old Joy (2006), Wendy and Lucy (2008), Meek’s Cutoff (2010) and Night Moves (2013) — which were all co-written with her writing partner, Jon Raymond — and her first feature, River of Grass (1994), in a new restoration.

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