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“Woman walks ahead” | Ahead of history: a conversation with Susanna White

A film from the Tribeca 2018 program
Interview with Susanna White

The film “Woman Walks Ahead” opens this weekend but I was fortunate enough to see it at the Tribeca Festival. It is an honor to finally review it and therefore close out my festival coverage by indeed saving the best for last. Like many films this year it was directed by a woman and judging by the response of the audiences, it’s proof that female directors are certainly on an even playing field ... more >

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#THEMTOO: the case of Hedy Lamarr, bombshell scientist, in the age of the #metoo movement

Where does a woman's intellectual competency begin, and her attractiveness end?

For a woman, surely, there can't be many life experiences as dreadful as rape. Even so- called "consensual" sex can be hard to bear when, for work-related or other reasons a woman has to give in to a man in whom she has no interest, in the best of cases, or by whom she is repulsed, in the worse. Think creepy, porcine Weinstein. But rape, sexual harassment, abuse, pay inequality, when pay there ... more >

AMY BAER, PRODUCER

A brief conversation with Hollywood's feminist rainmaker

One of the best films to come out of Tribeca this year was “Mary Shelley.” The period biopic about a woman was not only directed by one, Haifaa Al Mansour, but also produced by one. For over two decades Amy Baer has been a creative force in entertainment. The former President and CEO of CBS Films spent seventeen years at Sony Pictures Entertainment where she helped develop various films, some that ... more >

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With “Mary Shelley,” Woman Behind Monster Directed by Woman Behind Camera

INTERVIEW with Haifaa Al Mansour
Ben Hardy, Elle Fanning and Maisie Williams

There were many films at the Tribeca Festival, many about women, and many others directed by women. “Mary Shelley,” starring Elle Fanning, is not only both, but perhaps was one of the best films at this year’s Tribeca Festival, which ended recently. As the title suggests, "Mary Shelley" tells the story of the nineteenth century-author who penned the horror classic “Frankenstein.” And in a case of ... more >

CANNES WINNERS ANNOUNCED! Koreeda Hirokazu crowned King, wins Palme D’Or for “Shoplifters”

This has been one of the strongest selections in years, with crowd-pleasers like "Leto" and fully-accomplished films like "Dogman" making an impression on festival-goers. The addition of press screenings to the schedule grid, better organized secured access to the Palais also helped make this seventy-first edition of the Cannes Festival an exceptional one. The jury annoyed and frustrated me by ... more >

CANNES FESTIVAL, “Knife + Heart”

GIALLO / SLASHER
Vanessa Paradis, Kate Moran and Nicolas Maury
Directed by Yann Gonzalez

“Knife + Heart” is a surrealistic and zany whodunit slasher inspired by the Italian giallo genre and directed by French director Yann Gonzalez. This is his first film in the official selection. In 2013 he presented “Les Rencontres D’Après Minuit” at Critics Week, one of the parallel sections at the Cannes Festival. “Knife+Heart” is a candidate for a Palme D’Or. Did you know? Anthony Gonzalez, ... more >

CANNES FESTIVAL, “Cafarnaúm,” I am overreacting, I know, but hear me anyway

Thoughts about a movie gone wrong
Directed by Nadine Labaki

Everything about “Capharnaum” looked good, for a while. Nadine Labaki, its talented filmmaker, the trailer (“some squirt with killer looks stands in front of a judge in a Beirut court and tells him, “I want to sue my parents for having given birth to me”), the promise of a social drama examining Lebanese society, a film by a woman, going up for the top prize in Cannes. Labaki set out to make a ... more >