MOVIE OF THE WEEK March 17, 2023: RODEO

In director Lola Quivoron’s compelling drama Rodeo — which won the Coup de Coeur prize at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival — Julia (Julie Ledru) finds joy and freedom behind the handlebars of a motocross dirt bike, soaring down rural French roads with the wind in her hair and a grin on her face. But these moments of escape are hard to find in a world that wants to limit her at every turn.

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RODEO – Review by Jennifer Merin

Rodeo is an enthralling character-driven thriller. The narrative follows Julia’s unrelenting determination to be somebody, even if that somebody is female “thug.” The narrative is infused with details that suggest how Julia got to be who she is and how she figures out where she wants to go. Lola Quivoron takes a tough, confrontational theme and turns it into an emotion-grabbing character study of a young woman who, against all odds, uses her wits to triumph.

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AWFJ EDA Awards @ Whistler Film Festival 2022: THE WINNERS – Jennifer Merin reports

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists is proud to announce the winners of the AWFJ EDA Awards for Best Female-Directed Feature and Best Female-Directed Short at Whistler Film Festival 2022. The EDA Awards were presented at a virtual awards ceremony on December 13, 2022. This is the tenth anniversary of the AWFJ and WFF partnership to recognize and honor the work of female filmmakers. WFF nominates the films for consideration. AWFJ members are the jurors. Great results.

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