Watch on Cineuropa: Stunning women-helmed films from the decade
- Goodbye 2010s: enjoy independent gems directed by women over the past 10 years, only on Cineuropa!
It went by in a blink of an eye - or maybe not. It ushered in all sorts of changes, historic moments, crises, and now, a pandemic. But we powered through it, and to bid farewell to the decade, we thought we’d go back in time to spotlight some of the best new voices and gems in independent cinema from the 2010s. All through November, we’ll bring you works from new directors, outstanding festival prizewinners, and new stars from the decade. Stay tuned for all the films coming your way, and enjoy them on our pages!
First on the menu - some of the finest films directed by women in the past few years, movies pointing us to new exciting trends in the independent film world. We’re still a long way away from bridging the gender gap, but there are promising signs on the horizon, and these movies are a testament to that. Handpicked for you from the world’s best festivals, watch them on Cineuropa!
These titles are brought to you in partnership with eyelet (read the news), a streaming platform designed to give cinephiles around the world access to the very best in independent cinema. In conjunction with eyelet, we are now able to showcase films we’ve been reviewing over the years - titles you can stream and read about on Cineuropa. Stay tuned for the new movies coming your way soon!
Maryam Goormaghtigh’s first feature film, unveiled at ACID Cannes, takes us through the sunny streets of southern France, where three thirty-something Iranians struggle to adjust to life in the new country. What is it like to be a stranger in a strange land? A wonderful feature debut, as melancholic as it is electrifying.
Claudia Sainte-Luce homes in on an estranged father-daughter relationship in her harrowing second feature, a portrait of a 60-year-old Haitian immigrant who, diagnosed with dementia, goes to live with his daughter Jazmin in Mexico City.
Laura Schroeder depicts a triangular mother-daughter relationship in her Berlinale Forum entry: a homecoming tale that sees a young woman returning to her daughter, after letting her own mother bring her up for the child’s own good. Featuring Isabelle Huppert, in yet another riveting, scene-stealing performance.
Alice Winocour’s portrait of real-life 19th century French neurologist Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot and his star teenage patient is a riveting period drama, with an entirely contemporary perspective. A scathing criticism of doctor-patient treatments and a nuance study of power relations.
She won a César for most promising actress in 2005 for her turn in Abdellatif Kechiche’s Games of Love and Chance; 12 years later, actress-turned-director Sara Forestier unveiled her feature debut at the Venice Film Festival, as part of the Venice Days sidebar. A lacerating romance steeped in communication barriers, featuring a young woman with a debilitating stutter, and a man unable to read or write.
Looking for an endlessly entertaining and psychotic satire of life in the suburbs? Welcome to Greener Grass, Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe’s surreal, all-out-bizarre Pleasantville, where adults wear braces, everyone drives golf carts, and children turn into golden retrievers… A hypnotic watch, guaranteed to lure you into its crazy universe.
Unveiled in 2018 as part of Cannes - Un Certain Regard sidebar, Gaya Jiji’s My Favourite Fabric follows a young woman in 2011 Damascus, who rejects an arranged marriage to explore her fantasies in this hypnotic tale of female empowerment.
Croatian director Hana Jušić unveiled her feature debut in the Venice Days sidebar at the 73rd Venice Film Fest: a story of a young woman oppressed by her brutish relatives, hell-bent on breaking free and pursuing her own desires.
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A one percenter watches her life fall apart in Alejandra Márquez Abella’s seductive and brutal portrait of the 1980s Mexican elite, a fulminating and piercing satire that will leave you in awe of lse Salas’ lead performance.
Elodie Namer’s feature debut follows a 22-year-old French chess champion, whose throne is suddenly - and unexpectedly - challenged by a 9-year-old Hungarian opponent. A riveting, electrifying tale of youth and genius.
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