52 Films by Women [2020]

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List of films directed by women I watched and rewatched this year. Neither short films, nor co-directions (with male directors) were considered, which were the following (original titles):

Taego Ãwa (2016) [Marcela Borela] La telenovela errante (2017) [Valeria Sarmiento] Dal Polo all'Equatore (1987) [Angela Ricci Lucchi] Grzeli nateli dgeebi (2013) [Nana Ekvtimishvili] Die Kinder der Toten (2019) [Kelly Copper] Maria: Não Esqueça Que Eu Venho dos Trópicos (2017) [Elisa Gomes] Trop tôt/Trop tard (1981) [Danièle Huillet] Papusza (2013) [Joanna Kos-Krauze] Die Antigone des Sophokles nach der Hölderlinschen Übertragung für die Bühne bearbeitet von Brecht 1948 (Suhrkamp Verlag) (1992) [Danièle Huillet] Girimunho (2011) [Clarissa Campolina] Indianara (2019) [Aude Chevalier-Beaumel] Sicilia! (1999) [Danièle Huillet] Comment ça va? (1976) [Anne-Marie Miéville] Forman vs. Forman (2019) [Helena Trestíková] Até o Fim (2020) [Glenda Nicácio] El Tango del Viudo y Su Espejo Deformante (2020) [Valeria Sarmiento] Antena da Raça (2020) [Paloma Rocha] L'Île aux oiseaux (2019) [Maya Kosa] Guerra (2020) [Marta Ramos]

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1. I Still Hide to Smoke (2016)

90 min | Drama

Fatima, a strong-minded woman, is the lead masseuse of a hammam in Algiers. This is 1995 and the situation is tense in the capital. The day ahead promises to be hectic for all, and for ... See full summary »

Director: Rayhana Obermeyer | Stars: Hiam Abbass, Fadila Belkebla, Nadia Kaci, Nassima Benchicou

Votes: 849

3. Manuela Jankovic's War (2014)

92 min | Drama

In the year 1991, Manuela and her grandmother, a Serbian immigrant who flew from the World War II, live together in Mexico. A conflict starts in their homeland, as well as in their private lives.

Director: Diana Cardozo | Stars: Karina Gidi, Hector Kotsifakis, Adrian Vazquez, Mima Vukovic-Kuric

Votes: 42

4. Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)

R | 122 min | Drama, Romance

95 Metascore

On an isolated island in Brittany at the end of the eighteenth century, a female painter is obliged to paint a wedding portrait of a young woman.

Director: Céline Sciamma | Stars: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami, Valeria Golino

Votes: 56,709 | Gross: $3.76M

5. The Grand Bizarre (2018)

60 min | Documentary

81 Metascore

A playful trip around the world, through its fabrics and textiles and their place in a busy international market.

Director: Jodie Mack

Votes: 440

6. Passing Summer (2001)

Not Rated | 85 min | Drama

A woman faces a variety of emotional crises as she spends the summer interacting in various ways with friends, family, and lovers.

Director: Angela Schanelec | Stars: Ursina Lardi, Andreas Patton, Anne Tismer, Wolfgang Michael

Votes: 413

7. Goshogaoka (1998)

63 min | Documentary, Sport

This non-narrative film depicts the routines of a girls' basketball team in a junior high school near Tokyo. Shot with a stationary camera, it consists of six ten-minute segments, some of ... See full summary »

Director: Sharon Lockhart | Stars: Naomi Hasegawa, Eri Hashimoto, Emi Ishida, Yuka Ishigami

Votes: 45

8. Überall wo wir sind (2018)

92 min | Documentary

Heiko, a bright, lively dance teacher from Berlin has been fighting a deadly illness for 7 years. When his family and friends have gotten used to the fact that Heiko just lives on, despite ... See full summary »

Director: Veronika Kaserer

Votes: 83

9. Maggie (I) (2018)

88 min | Comedy, Drama

She wants to believe for everything.

Director: Ok-seop Yi | Stars: Joo-Young Lee, Gyo-hwan Koo, So-Ri Moon, Ju-Young Lee

Votes: 422

10. The Beast in the Jungle (2019)

87 min | Drama

The enigmatic love story of John Marcher and May Bartram. Their duet around an ominous secret is captured in a style both physical and poetic.

Director: Clara van Gool | Stars: Sarah Reynolds, Dane Hurst, Claire Johnston, Larisa Faber

Votes: 124

11. I Was at Home, But... (2019)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

67 Metascore

After a 13-year-old student disappears without a trace for a week and suddenly reappears, his mother and teachers are confronted with existential questions that change their whole view of life.

Director: Angela Schanelec | Stars: Thorbjörn Björnsson, Esther Buss, Martin Clausen, Lucas Confurius

Votes: 667

12. A Couch in New York (1996)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Romance

A psychoanalyst in NYC exchanges apartment with a woman in Paris. When his patients show up, they talk to her and then pay. He returns early to NYC and becomes a patient.

Director: Chantal Akerman | Stars: Juliette Binoche, William Hurt, Stephanie Buttle, Barbara Garrick

Votes: 2,007

13. So Pretty (2019)

Not Rated | 83 min | Drama

Four queer and trans youth in New York City struggle to maintain their proto-utopian community against the outside world as their lives curiously merge with the 1980s German novel So Schön by Ronald M. Schernikau.

Director: Jessica Dunn Rovinelli | Stars: Edem Dela-Seshie, Thomas Love, Rachika Samarth, Jessica Dunn Rovinelli

Votes: 314

14. Canção de Baal (2007)

77 min | Musical

A marginal version of Brecht's piece, "Baal".

Directors: Helena Ignez, Michele Matalon | Stars: Carlos Careqa, Carlos Figueiredo, Beth Goulart, Felipe Kannenberg

Votes: 28

15. India Song (1975)

120 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Anne-Marie Stretter, wife of a French diplomat, lives in 1930s India. She takes many lovers as systems of oppression decay around her.

Director: Marguerite Duras | Stars: Delphine Seyrig, Michael Lonsdale, Mathieu Carrière, Claude Mann

Votes: 1,809

16. Night Moves (2013)

R | 112 min | Drama, Thriller

75 Metascore

Three radical environmentalists look to execute the protest of their lives: the explosion of a hydroelectric dam.

Director: Kelly Reichardt | Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, Peter Sarsgaard, Alia Shawkat

Votes: 14,571 | Gross: $0.25M

17. Meek's Cutoff (2010)

PG | 104 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

85 Metascore

Settlers traveling through the Oregon desert in 1845 find themselves stranded in harsh conditions.

Director: Kelly Reichardt | Stars: Michelle Williams, Bruce Greenwood, Paul Dano, Will Patton

Votes: 12,296 | Gross: $0.98M

18. Cassandro, The Exotico! (2018)

73 min | Documentary

76 Metascore

After 26 years of spinning dives and flying uppercuts in the ring, Cassandro, the star of the gender-bending cross-dressing Mexican wrestlers known as the Exoticos, is far from retiring. ... See full summary »

Director: Marie Losier | Star: Cassandro

Votes: 339 | Gross: $0.01M

19. Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2018)

103 min | Documentary

76 Metascore

Pamela B. Green's energetic film about pioneer filmmaker Alice Guy-Blaché is both a tribute and a detective story, tracing the circumstances by which this extraordinary artist faded from memory and the path toward her reclamation.

Director: Pamela B. Green | Stars: Alice Guy, Richard Abel, Marc Abraham, Stephanie Allain

Votes: 564 | Gross: $0.10M

20. Around the World When You Were My Age (2018)

Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary

The portrait of a father as seen through the eyes of his daughter by means of a photo album. A travel diary from the 1970s, starting in Japan and around the world. Father and daughter cross... See full summary »

Director: Aya Koretzky | Stars: Aya Koretzky, Jiro Koretzky, Atsushi Sugita

Votes: 277

21. Ghostwatch (1992 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

The BBC gives over a whole evening to an 'investigation into the supernatural'. Four respected presenters and a camera crew attempt to discover the truth behind 'The most haunted house in ... See full summary »

Director: Lesley Manning | Stars: Michael Parkinson, Sarah Greene, Mike Smith, Craig Charles

Votes: 3,382

22. Your Turn (2019)

93 min | Documentary

Young Brazilians make history in this radical document. Initially they are fighting for education, then their subversive actions take on a new dimension.

Director: Eliza Capai | Stars: Marcela Jesus, Lucas 'Koka' Penteado, Nayara Souza

Votes: 225

23. First Cow (2019)

PG-13 | 122 min | Drama

89 Metascore

A skilled cook has traveled west and joined a group of fur trappers in Oregon, though he only finds true connection with a Chinese immigrant also seeking his fortune. Soon the two collaborate on a successful business.

Director: Kelly Reichardt | Stars: Alia Shawkat, John Magaro, Dylan Smith, Ryan Findley

Votes: 5,143

24. MS Slavic 7 (2019)

64 min | Drama

68 Metascore

A young woman discovers letters in a Harvard archive that her great-grandmother wrote to a fellow Polish poet.

Directors: Sofia Bohdanowicz, Deragh Campbell | Stars: Deragh Campbell, Aaron Danby, Elizabeth Rucker, Mariusz Sibiga

Votes: 282

25. Seduction: The Cruel Woman (1985)

Not Rated | 84 min | Drama

Wanda ist von Berufs wegen grausam. Ihre Spezialitaet: das Erfinden von Fallen fuer ihre Liebhaber/innen. Gregor, der romantische Schwaermer, wird aus seinem Traum gerissen. Justine, die ... See full summary »

Directors: Elfi Mikesch, Monika Treut | Stars: Mechthild Großmann, Udo Kier, Sheila McLaughlin, Carola Regnier

Votes: 162

26. Film Title Poem (2016)

68 min | Documentary

An etched, hand-painted 35mm digitized film comprised of coll-aged words, images, patterns and glitches shot from over 500 movie title cards to a musical soundtrack.

Director: Jennifer West

Votes: 118

27. Pendular (2017)

108 min | Drama, Romance

The loving relationship between a sculptor and a dancer.

Director: Júlia Murat | Stars: Raquel Karro, Rodrigo Bolzan, Neto Machado, Marcio Vito

Votes: 400

28. Triumph of the Will (1935)

Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary, History, War

The infamous propaganda film of the 1934 Nazi Party rally in Nuremberg, Germany.

Director: Leni Riefenstahl | Stars: Adolf Hitler, Hermann Göring, Max Amann, Martin Bormann

Votes: 14,755

29. A Portuguesa (2018)

Not Rated | 136 min | Drama, History

His home is war. Her home is Portugal. Yet the young, newly married wife of Lord von Ketten is determined to make her husband's family abode, an inhospitable castle on a cliff in northern Italy, into her home.

Director: Rita Azevedo Gomes | Stars: Clara Riedenstein, Marcello Urgeghe, Ingrid Caven, Rita Durão

Votes: 315

30. Los silencios (2018)

TV-14 | 88 min | Drama

Nuria, 12, Fabio, 9, and their mother arrive on a small island in the middle of the Amazon, bordering Brazil, Colombia and Peru. They fled the Colombian armed conflict, in which their ... See full summary »

Director: Beatriz Seigner | Stars: Marleyda Soto, Enrique Diaz, María Paula Tabares Peña, Adolfo Savilvino

Votes: 419

33. A Woman's Revenge (2012)

Not Rated | 100 min | Biography, Drama

Roberto is a dandy!An unmoved, inscrutable and thus enigmatic man. He enjoys the aristocratic amusement of astonishment.Women, whom he knows full well in all sorts of styles and races, can ... See full summary »

Director: Rita Azevedo Gomes | Stars: Rita Durão, Fernando Rodrigues, Hugo Tourita, Duarte Martins

Votes: 279

34. Giraffe (2019)

Not Rated | 82 min | Drama

A Danish summer: long days turn into blue nights. A tunnel is being built to connect Denmark and Germany. Three people meet and part ways again.

Director: Anna Sofie Hartmann | Stars: Lisa Loven Kongsli, Jakub Gierszal, Maren Eggert, Christoph Bach

Votes: 290

35. Correspondences (2016)

145 min | Biography, Drama, History

The film was inspired by the letters exchanged between two leading Portuguese poets, Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen and Jorge de Sena, during the exile of the latter (1957-78). Through ... See full summary »

Director: Rita Azevedo Gomes | Stars: Mário Barroso, Luís Miguel Cintra, Tânia Dinis, Rita Durão

Votes: 95

36. White Riot (2019)

80 min | Documentary, Music

80 Metascore

Rock Against Racism was formed in 1976, prompted by Eric Clapton. It blends fresh interviews with archive footage to recreate a hostile environment of anti-immigrant hysteria and National Front marches.

Director: Rubika Shah | Stars: Red Saunders, Dennis Bovell, Mykaell Riley, Pervez Bilgrami

Votes: 332

37. Fragile as the World (2001)

90 min | Drama, Romance

An impossible love. Two young people in love. Vera and John can't find a space nor time, nor identity in this life that can solve this love. Apparently everything is beneficial to them, ... See full summary »

Director: Rita Azevedo Gomes | Stars: Maria Gonçalves, Bruno Terra, Sophie Balabanian, Carlos Ferreira

Votes: 241

38. Baxter, Vera Baxter (1977)

91 min | Drama, Music, Mystery

In response to a new friend's queries, Vera recounts her life, starting with her no-good husband Jean, who has been using her to keep his failing building business afloat - up to the present affair she's having with Cayre (Depardieu).

Director: Marguerite Duras | Stars: Delphine Seyrig, Noëlle Châtelet, Nathalie Nell, Claude Aufaure

Votes: 284

39. The Metamorphosis of Birds (2020)

101 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

The passing away of their mothers makes Catarina and her own father meet in an emotional place that is different from the one most fathers and daughters know.

Director: Catarina Vasconcelos | Stars: Manuel Rosa, João Móra, Ana Vasconcelos, Henrique Vasconcelos

Votes: 189

40. Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama

76 Metascore

A lonely shoe salesman and an eccentric performance artist struggle to connect in this unique take on contemporary life.

Director: Miranda July | Stars: John Hawkes, Miranda July, Miles Thompson, Brandon Ratcliff

Votes: 34,960 | Gross: $3.89M

41. Fakir (2019)

93 min | Documentary

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Director: Helena Ignez

Votes: 5

43. Mayak (2006)

80 min | Drama, War

In the 90s, Lena returns to the home of her grandparents in a tiny, war-torn village in Armenia. Lena begs them to follow her lead and retreat to the safety of Moscow. They are hesitant to ... See full summary »

Director: Mariya Saakyan | Stars: Anna Kapaleva, Olga Yakovleva, Sos Sargsyan, Sofiko Chiaureli

Votes: 447

44. The Cloud in Her Room (2020)

98 min | Drama

Zhao Muzi went back to her hometown Hangzhou for spring festival. Her parents divorced years ago, her mother is dating a foreigner now while her father started a new family and had a new kid.

Director: Xinyuan Zheng Lu | Stars: Zhou Chen, Ye Hongming, Jin Jing, Dong Kangning

Votes: 87

45. Eleições (2019)

100 min | Documentary

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Director: Alice Riff

Votes: 39